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Employment and Teaching Opportunities

Resident Artist - Weaving, Rugs, Thread Art, Lace, Beading

The Resident Artist of these program areas successfully manages Weaving Studio operations, program development and instructor, staff, and student communications. This contract position requires ability to dedicate 25-45 hours per month (on average) to the care of the studio and program, and weekend work is necessary to maintain the studio between class sessions. Advanced experience with weaving and looms and a knowledge of teaching artists and trends in fiber arts is necessary. Working knowledge of dyeing, rug hooking, embroidery, thread art techniques, lace, and beading is very helpful. Basic administrative skills are also needed, with some computer work. This position reports to the Programs Director for program development and to the Studio Manager for studio operations.

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Community Programs Manager

The Community Programs Manager will work collaboratively with key staff to develop and manage a learning facility in Murphy and a Mobile Outreach program to provide traditional Appalachian craft and culture education to local audiences. This position will be responsible for specific current and proposed educational offerings such as community workshops, a new artist residency program, and community partnerships that preserve, promote, and raise awareness of traditional Appalachian craft, music, and dance. They will ensure that these new programs meet objectives, help reach the goals of the Folk School's strategic plan, and further our mission, vision, and values. This position reports to the Special Programs Manager and is a full time, 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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Studio Coordinator in Wood

The Studio Coordinator in Wood is responsible for working with existing Resident Artists to coordinate the Folk School's woodturning, woodcarving and woodworking programs including program development, community engagement, studio maintenance, instructor and student relations, and working across departments to promote and strengthen the programs. The position will develop programming and schedule instructors in woodturning, one of our largest programs, offering up to 60 classes per year. They will work with existing Resident Artists in woodcarving and woodworking to collaboratively develop programs and oversee studio operations in the Woodturning, Woodworking and Woodcarving Studios. They will work closely with the Programs team and Resident Artists, to help reach the goals of the Folk School's strategic plan and further our mission, vision, and values. The Studio Coordinator will represent the organization to local, regional, and national audiences including instructors, assistants, students, and donors, and will develop new constituents through continued outreach. The Studio 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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Studio Manager

The Studio Manager will manage a team that is responsible for the operations of the Folk School's 17 studios. The position will be responsible for executing or arranging equipment maintenance, studio safety, coordinating studio use with key staff, and managing day to day studio operations to maximize the student and instructor experience. They will work with Studio Coordinators to develop and manage capital and operating budgets and restricted funds for all studios. They will work closely with the Programs Director to oversee the development and implementation of a revised management model that provides a balanced workforce of contract Resident Artists, contract Studio Assistants, and full-time employed Studio Coordinators. This position reports directly to the Programs Director and will work collaboratively across departments to help reach the goals of the newly established strategic plan and further the Folk School's mission, vision, and values. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, salaried exempt position.

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Gardener

The Gardener manages organic production of gardens to supply vegetables, herbs, and flowers to the Dining Hall, Cooking, Gardening, Nature Studies classes, and special events. This position will oversee the Cory Brown Memorial Dye Garden and grows specialty plants that provide natural materials for various classes. They will supervise Work Study students assigned to gardens and grounds in the performance of their daily work routines. This position will work with Maintenance staff and volunteers in the development and sustainment of landscape beds, paths, and general landscaping throughout campus.

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