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Programs Coordinator

Programs Coordinator

Northwest Folklife is an independent arts organization that celebrates the multigenerational arts, cultures, and traditions of a global Pacific Northwest. For over 47 years, Northwest Folklife has been deeply committed to celebrating the diversity of our Northwest communities and to de-mystifying our differences together, under one roof. Northwest Folklife programs afford access for all to participate together with no financial barrier, creating the most inclusive, wide-reaching arts experiences for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds in the region, and quite possibly the nation. Northwest Folklife encourages communities to share their cultural arts, believing that interaction with new audiences enriches the community as much as the audience. When people share aspects of their culture, opportunities are created to dissolve misunderstandings, break down stereotypes and increase respect for one another.

Position Overview: The Programs Coordinator is one of the public faces of Northwest Folklife and works closely with many cultural 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, curating and producing performances, including the annual Northwest Folklife Festival held 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.

Responsibilities and General Duties:

  • Uphold relationships with current Community Coordinators as well as develop new relationships with communities of the Northwest
  • Assist in the general programming for all Northwest Folklife programs, including the Northwest Folklife Festival, events under the Our Big Neighborhood program such as the Seattle Children’s Festival, including the scheduling, coordination and production advancing of performances
  • Prepare written materials for Marketing department, including blog posts, event copy, and reports
  • Make focused outreach efforts to new communities of the Northwest, especially those not yet represented at Northwest Folklife programs
  • Research and update current cultural and heritage program resources and interests within the community
  • 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
  • Knowledge of and/or training in music, dance and cultural arts, folklore, performance studies, gender studies, race or ethnic studies, or other fields in the humanities and social sciences
  • 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
  • General office hours are Monday through Friday. 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 a cultural programming field 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: 32 hours per week. *
* It is understood that March – May are peak months for Northwest Folklife Festival and additional hours may be worked during this period of time. Scheduling will be negotiated with your supervisor.

Compensation: $30,000-$31,000 a year

This position includes health and retirement benefits.

Reports To: Executive Artistic Director

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume as attachments 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 5 PM on June 29, 2018.

All applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, national origin, ancestry, physical/mental disability, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. By completing this application, you are seeking to join a team of hardworking people dedicated to consistently delivering outstanding service to accomplish Northwest Folklife’s vision and mission. Equal access to programs, services, and employment is available to all qualified persons. Those applicants requiring accommodation to complete the application and/or interview process should contact a management representative.