Jobs & Internships

Northwest Folklife is now seeking candidates for these positions. 

Programs Coordinator

Position Overview: The Programs Coordinator is one of the public faces of Northwest Folklife and works closely with all of the communities and performers who support and participate in the work of the organization.

The Programs Coordinator assists in all duties related to year round programming such as scheduling, coordinating and producing performances, including the annual Northwest Folklife Festival held for four days (Friday through Monday) every Memorial Day weekend at the Seattle Center. In cooperation with other programming department staff, the coordinator will work closely with representatives from various communities to organize music and dance performances, panel discussions and workshops. The coordinator will arrange for performers’ technical and sound needs as well as help select appropriate MCs. This position will also assist in curating our family programs including the Discovery Zone area and the Seattle Children’s Festival.

Responsibilities and General Duties:

  • Maintain relationships and community outreach with current Community Coordinators as well as develop new relationships with communities of the Northwest
  • Assist in the general programming of the Northwest Folklife Festival, including scheduling, coordination and production of performances
  • Prepare written materials for Marketing department, including blog posts, marketing copy, and reports
  • Make focused outreach efforts to new communities of the Northwest, especially those not yet represented at the Northwest Folklife Festival
  • Assist with advancing programmatic elements of performances, in collaboration with the Production Department
  • Work with other Folklife departments to provide programmatic related materials
  • Liaise with Community Coordinators to organize logistics around community performances
  • Troubleshoot stage and programmatic issues during events

Successful candidates for this position must demonstrate the following core competencies:

  • Ability to build productive relationships in a high-performing, collaborative and multicultural environment
  • Experience in outreach work with ethnic, occupational, regional and other community groups
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with experience writing blog posts and marketing copy
  • A flexible schedule is required for off-site events that may occur during evenings and weekends.

Desired Qualifications:

  1. Experience, interest and education in a wide variety of cultural performance traditions, such as music, dance, and storytelling.
  2. Level of experience comparable to the duties explained above (ideally 2+ years working in an cultural programming and event production)
  3. Familiar with stage and sound technicalities
  4. Ability to work independently, while communicating progress to team
  5. Good communication and public relations skills
  6. Excellent attention to detail coupled with sensitivity to timelines and deadlines
  7. Excellent general office skills
  8. Experience with Microsoft Office
  9. Familiarity with database navigation
  10. Sensitivity to working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds

Hours: 28-32 hours per week. *

Part Time, Contract Position: November 2- June 30 *with potential for continuation.

* It is understood that March – May are peak months for Folklife and additional hours may be worked during this period of time. Scheduling will be negotiated with your supervisor.

Compensation: DOE, Inquire

Reports To: Programs Director

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume by email to with Programs Coordinator and your name in the subject line or by postal mail to Northwest Folklife attn: Programs Coordinator Search, 305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109-4623. Applications open until position is filled. *Priority is given to applications received by 5PM on October 16th, 2015.