Jobs & Internships

Northwest Folklife is currently seeking a year round:

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Northwest Folklife is seeking an experienced Communications Coordinator to manage the marketing and co1mmunications for Northwest Folklife. A nonprofit organization, Northwest Folklife creates opportunities for all people to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest, year-round. The Communications Coordinator is responsible for promoting the organization’s mission; managing all communication and marketing activities; and cultivating/maintaining social media relationships and media partnerships. The organization’s annual Northwest Folklife Festival, held for the past 46 years each Memorial Day weekend at Seattle Center, is a signature event in the Pacific Northwest and one of the nation’s largest community arts festivals.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

· Coordinate all year-round marketing and PR efforts for all Folklife-produced events and organizational messaging

· Liaise between Media Relations consultant and Northwest Folklife, advance all media sponsorship contracts

· Work directly with the Programs Director and Development Director to create external communication strategies

· Manage all social media platforms and develop content based on strategic goals, best practices, that result in stronger social engagement

· Develop and implement a content editorial calendar to manage content and plan specific, timely campaigns

· Coordinate event artwork and collateral (posters, buttons, ads, wrap report)

· Manage content submission for the program guides, coordinating inter-departmentally with staff

· Develop graphic design solutions to communication challenges, including signage, online and print advertisements, and web graphics

· Uphold messaging in support of Northwest Folklife’s unique business model and donated income, including donor development and stewardship

· Development of brand awareness and online reputation

· Manage and edit website content for nwfolklife.org

· Create blog content and solicit guest posts

· Schedule and send monthly eNewsletters and eBlasts

· Support communications and marketing team as writer, editor, and proofreader.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:

· Level of experience comparable to the duties explained above (ideally 2+ years working in an arts non-profit based marketing position)

· Excellent written and oral communication skills

· Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team and in a fast-paced environment

· Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

· Proficiency in WordPress, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign

· Demonstrated ability to map out a comprehensive marketing plan including strategies that are proven by testing and metrics

· Experience in managing multiple social media platforms with an increase social media audiences and participation levels

· Experience maintaining a strong awareness of developing trends, using that awareness to adapt and improve a social media strategy

· An understanding of and appreciation for Northwest Folklife’s mission

· Demonstrated success in working with marketing campaigns and cultivating relationships with companies

· The ability to efficiently organize, prioritize work and meet deadlines

· Excellent planning, presentation, and communication skills

· Ability to work under pressure with a positive attitude

This part-time position is open until filled.

Reports To: Programs Director

Time Commitment: 24 hours per week

To apply, please attach a cover letter of interest and resume by email to hiring@nwfolklife.org with Communications Coordinator and your name in the subject line or send by postal mail to Northwest Folklife attn: Communications Coordinator Search, 305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109-4623. Applications received by August 3 will be given priority.

About Northwest Folklife:

Northwest Folklife is an independent year-round nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to appreciate, share, and participate in the evolving folk and ethnic traditions of the Pacific Northwest. We do this in a number ways throughout the year, most notably through the annual production of the Northwest Folklife Festival presented without admission fee every year since 1972 at Seattle Center on Memorial Day Weekend.

Northwest Folklife Internship Program

Northwest Folklife Internship Program:
Interning at Northwest Folklife can be the experience you need to gain a career in event planning, festival production, the music industry, nonprofit management, marketing, fundraising and a whole host of other fields. Interns take on a meaningful role in executing elements of the Northwest Folklife Festival, the largest community arts festival in the nation, and learn how to strengthen the sustainability of a non-profit organization.

Before you apply:

  • Housing and transportation are not provided. Prospective interns should carefully consider their financial needs as the internships are unpaid.
  • Start and end dates, hours per week, and days of the week are all negotiable based on the intern’s availability
  • All applicants must be able to commit to working Memorial Day weekend, (May 26th – 29th, 2017) NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Academic credit for internships must be arranged by the intern with their sponsoring institution. Academic credit is up to the discretion of the intern’s college or university
  • Computer resources are limited; prospective interns with laptops are encouraged to apply

To apply:
Please send your resume and a cover letter via email to the Hiring Committee at hiring@nwfolklife.org with the title of your desired internship in the subject line. Although we prefer electronic methods, you may also submit your resume to:

Northwest Folklife
Attn: Hiring Committee
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA. 98109

Positions are open until filled.

Communications Internship

Reports To: Programs Director
Internship Length: March 2017 – June 2017
Time Commitment: 15-20 hours per week
**Priority given to applications received by March 13th

Northwest Folklife is seeking a Communications Intern to support the marketing and communications for the Northwest Folklife Festival (May 26-29, 2017). The Communications Intern is will assist in promoting the Northwest Folklife’s mission; support all communication and marketing activities, including media sponsorships contracts and layout of the Festival Program Guide.

Responsibilities:

  • Work directly with the Programs Director and Development Director to support external communication strategies
  • Act as liaison with sponsors and designer to approve ad logos
  • Manage content submission for the Festival Program Guide, coordinating inter-departmentally with staff and manage guide distribution in the greater Seattle area
  • Support Communications Coordinator with social media and assist in developing content based on strategic goals, best practices, that result in stronger social engagement
  • Create blog content and solicit guest posts and interviews
  • Assist with updating website content for nwfolklife.org
  • Liaise between Media Relations consultant and Northwest Folklife
  • Create media sponsorship messages for stage announcements
  • Support communications and marketing team as writer, editor, and proofreader

Requirements:

  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to work as part of a fast-moving team
  • The ability to manage time efficiently
  • The ability to work with grace under pressure
  • The ability to deal with small details and connect them to a larger whole
  • Knowledge of or experience with cultural arts in the Pacific Northwest
  • A working knowledge of Office and databases
  • A working knowledge of social media best practices
  • Ability to work individually as well as in groups
  • A desire to obtain the skills for marketing
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A healthy sense of humor

 

Development Internship

Supervisor: Development Director
Internship Length: March 2017 – June 2017
Time Commitment: 10-20 hours per week

The Development Intern will assist the Northwest Folklife Development team in its communications and fundraising efforts and will have the opportunity to learn about nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and event planning. The Development Intern will have significant exposure and opportunity to learn about the many cultural communities that make up the Pacific Northwest, and the folklife they each bring to the Northwest Folklife Festival.

Identified Learning Outcomes

  • Develop skills to translate program activities to development messages
  • Develop skills in organizing program information for use in development strategy
  • Contribute to developing and fulfilling new communications strategies in support of community engagement and community-powered fundraising
  • Learn how to engage donors through ‘new media’ including social networks
  • Learn how to create successful fundraising events

Responsibilities

  • Edit and compile donor and constituent interviews and stories of community engagement
  • Plan and activate donor benefits and activities at the Festival at the Friends of Folklife Head Quarters, including in-kind donation procurement
  • Assist with coordinating pre-festival events including a Festival Preview Party and the “First Look” Reception
  • Assist in planning and activation of Festival fundraising plan through the Pitch Program
  • Complete tasks such as data entry, initiating and following up on correspondence, and assisting with post-festival mailings and data collection

Requirements

  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to work as part of a fast-moving team
  • The ability to work with grace under pressure
  • The ability to deal with small details and connect them to a larger whole
  • Knowledge of or experience with cultural arts in the Pacific Northwest
  • A working knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook, and databases
  • Ability to work individually as well as in groups
  • A desire to obtain the skills for event production
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A healthy sense of humor

Additionally, anyone with a love of music, arts, and culture is encouraged to apply.