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The Accountant is responsible for the smooth and timely operation of the general accounting duties that include but not limited to the following functional areas: preparation of journal entries, maintenance of balance sheet schedules, ledgers, and bank reconciliations, and assisting with monthly closings and account analysis. The position will work closely with the Finance Director and budget managers to manage day-to-day accounting operations. This position requires strong organizational and management skills, meticulous attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.

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Human Resources Manager

The Human Resources Manager will be responsible for performing HR-related duties and works closely with the executive leadership team to cultivate a culture of best management practices. The position will engage in strategic decision making and implementation to achieve the human capital goal of the Strategic Plan. The position will work to attract, nurture, and retain people who personify, support and further the school's mission and values. This position acts as a liaison for employees and encourages fair and equitable treatment while keeping the Folk School's best interest in the forefront. They will carry out responsibilities in the following functional areas: benefits administration, employee relations, training, diversity and inclusion training, performance management, recruitment, on-boarding, policy guidance and implementation. Responsible for staying current with federal and state laws and managing compliance in a timely manner.

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Music and Dance Coordinator

The Music and Dance Coordinator is responsible for managing thriving music and dance programs that are an integral part of campus life and bring people together in a multitude of long-term and transformative ways. They will work to ensure that music and dance traditions are preserved and passed down to the next generation and that the Folk School remains connected to our community through the Junior Appalachian Musicians program, increased community outreach, and through our existing concert and dance series. They will represent the organization to local, regional, and national audiences including dancers, performers, instructors, and students. This position will bring vision and direction to a program with deep historic roots and serve as an important liaison between the Folk School and the greater music and dance community. They will work closely with the Programs team to help reach the goals of the Folk School's strategic plan and further our mission, vision, and values. The Music and Dance Coordinator reports to the Programs Director for program development and to the Studio Manager for studio operations. This is a 40-hour per week, non-exempt, benefits eligible position.

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Special Programs Manager

The Special Programs Manager will work collaboratively to develop and implement new community engagement programs, including a learning facility in Murphy, the Mobile Outreach program, and community workshops. They will oversee a team that will develop programs and will facilitate the day-to-day operations of these community-focused initiatives and help build community partnerships. This position will also be responsible for recruiting and managing our existing Student Host and Student Work Study programs as well as proposed programs including an artist residency program. They will ensure that these initiatives and programs preserve, promote, and raise awareness of traditional Appalachian craft, music, and dance. They will be responsible for ensuring that these programs meet all objectives, help reach the goals of the Folk School's strategic plan, and further our mission, vision, and values. They will oversee a significant budget including managing expenses, approving expenditures, maintaining accurate accounting data, and collaborating with or providing reports to other departments. This position reports to the Programs Director and is a full-time, salaried exempt, benefits-eligible position.

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Applying for Employment

The Folk School offers excellent benefits to full-time employees, including subsidized health, dental and vision insurance premiums, and a generous Paid Time Off policy, a 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan, and much more to all employees.

Please see individual job descriptions for submission and contact info.

The Folk School Teaching Model

Grounded in the Danish Folk School tradition, we emphasize non-competitive, hands-on learning in an encouraging and supportive environment. We do not give grades and there are no exams. Emphasis is placed on forming bonds through communal living and learning. Our focus is on developing skills that will lead to a higher level of craftsmanship over time rather than on the final product.

Our Instructors

Our pool of over 800 instructors ranges from traditional artisans to practicing studio artists and arts educators. Whether they are a professional artist or a scientist who moonlights as a blacksmith, our instructors share a high level of craftsmanship, a passion for what they do, and an ability to inspire and uplift students of all skill levels. We expect our instructors to embody the values of the Folk School which are joy, kindness, stewardship, and non-competitive learning. We take educational and professional experience into account when considering new instructors, as well as their ability to provide a cultural and historical context to their craft. Familiarity with the Folk School is helpful as a first-time instructor.

How to Apply

Please submit a proposal online at this web address.

You may also mail a proposal to the following address:

John C. Campbell Folk School
Attn: Program Director
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

John C. Campbell Folk School provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

1-800.FOLK.SCH (365.5724)
828.837.2775 Contact us by email

John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

Main Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Craft Shop Hours:
Temporarily Closed, 828-837-2775

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