10/1/13: The Philadelphia Folklore Project, a 27-year-old public interest folklore organization, seeks an Education Specialist to plan and produce PFP's complement of educational programs: residencies for young people, and workshops and professional development for adult learners. Working in school and community settings, and with a wide range of artists and educators, the Education Specialist will create and manage offerings that meet community needs, effectively build constituent capacity in ethnography and documentation, and develop understanding of and proficiency in discrete folk art forms, advancing PFP's overall approach, which aims to mix critical pedagogy with folk arts education.
At the Folk Art-Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS), which PFP co-founded and which serves as a laboratory for programs, the Education Specialist shares responsibility for coordinating and managing approximately 14 residencies in which folk and traditional artists teach K-8 students. At PFP, responsibilities include producing PFP workshops and popular education offerings in ethnography and in folk arts for learners of all ages that relate to, and extend, PFP exhibitions and programs.
- Planning and implementing programs advancing PFP's educational vision, connecting folk arts education and critical folk arts pedagogy.
- In collaboration with FACTS and PFP staff, planning and overseeing residencies, workshops, and programs for young people, community members, adult learners, and/or educators.
- Participating in evaluating programs: tracking learnings, outcomes, and other measures.
- Developing interpretive materials that extend PFP's folk arts education offerings.
- Successfully writing and managing grants in support of PFP education programs, and
- Managing budgets, contracts, and logistics related to education programming.
Qualifications: Commitment to PFP's mission. Advanced degree in education, folklore or allied field (Asian American / African American studies, cultural anthropology, ethnomusicology). Specialization in a particular cultural tradition is highly valued. At least 4 years experience in folklore and/or arts education, with a track record of significant work. Knowledge of critical pedagogy or popular education. Experience in managing budgets and successful grant-writing. Commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation. Able to work thoughtfully and effectively with a wide range of constituents, individuals and communities, from diverse cultures and backgrounds, on issues of significance. Able to work both independently and as part of a small and dedicated team. Excellent writing skills and thoughtful politics essential.
The Philadelphia Folklore Project works for cultural equity and to sustain living cultural heritage in communities in our region. We identify local folk artists and support their artistic growth; produce public programs advancing folk artists and traditions significant to Philadelphia communities; develop education programs benefiting children and adults; and document outstanding practitioners and practices. (See www.folkloreproject.org for more information). Salary commensurate with experience.
Deadline for applications: January 15, 2014. Position to begin no later than March 1, 2014. The Philadelphia Folklore Project values diversity and we strongly encourage people of color and diverse workplace experiences to apply. Please send resume and letter of interest to Dr. Debora Kodish, Director, Philadelphia Folklore Project, 735 S. 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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