Job Announcement - Programs Manager

POSITION: The Western Folklife Center, in Elko, Nevada, seeks a Programs Manager. This is an excellent opportunity for a creative person to add their signature to nationally recognized programs as well as contribute to the creation of new programs.

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to use story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world. The Western Folklife Center is best known for its premiere event, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Our other year-round public programs, exhibitions, educational programs, and media productions explore and give voice to traditional and dynamic cultures of the American West. Located in the historic Pioneer Building in downtown Elko, Nevada, the Western Folklife Center is both a local and a regional nonprofit cultural center boasting an exhibition gallery, 300-seat theater, 20-seat black box theater, historic saloon and gift shop. The Center’s archives house 30+ years of fieldwork materials, program documentation and donated work that supports program development. Our website is increasingly used to bring our programs to far-flung audiences.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The major duty of the Programs Manager is to manage the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Begun in 1985 as a regional effort to showcase the tradition of poetry writing and recitation in ranching communities, the Gathering remains an important annual meeting place for poets, musicians, writers, filmmakers, gear makers, visual artists, ranchers, cowboys, Western activists and enthusiasts. The Gathering, now in its 35th year, is a two-week event featuring performances, workshops, dances, films, youth education, speakers and exhibitions. Responsibilities include:
●    overseeing artistic and educational programming
●    artist communications (creative and contractual)
●    writing promotional and interpretive materials
●    contracting and supervising part-time programs staff, event staff and participants
●    project budget management
●    grant writing and reporting
●    creatively extending the reach of Gathering programs beyond the two-week event  

The Programs Manager also works with program staff to design and produce other events, educational programs, exhibitions and activities highlighting western traditional culture locally, regionally and online. This includes:
●    overseeing regular, volunteer-led, participatory dance and music programs
●    managing year-round concerts and programs
●    contributing to our social media presence and strategy

QUALIFICATIONS: B.A. in folklife studies, ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, or related field. Candidate should have at least two years’ experience in event and program management with increasingly responsible positions. Candidate should be able to direct staff and volunteers, be able to develop and manage budgets, and contribute to grant-writing and reporting efforts. Must have strong organizational and leadership skills and ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines. Excellent verbal, writing, editing and computer skills are required. Best candidate would be comfortable working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment and working with a diverse group of staff, volunteers and constituents. Should have an interest in and ability to manage and expand on cultural programs, to incorporate feedback into program design, and to establish community partnerships. Interest and skills in fieldwork, program curation, media, digital storytelling and exhibit production are a plus. A strong design eye and a good ear are also valued.

SALARY commensurate with experience along with benefits package. 

ABOUT THE ELKO AREA: The City of Elko sits at an elevation of 5,060-feet in the Great Basin region of northeastern Nevada and offers a number of outdoor experiences including hiking and camping in the spectacular Ruby Mountains. The city has a population of around 19,000 and the greater Elko population is approximately 33,000. Elko County is one of the largest counties in the U.S. and is home for a range of tribal, ethnic and occupational communities including Western Shoshone, Paiute, Basque, Latino, South Asian, Filipino, ranching and gold mining. Located in the high desert we enjoy four dynamic seasons. Interstate 80 traverses Elko County and by car Elko is approximately 4 hours from Reno, Nevada; 3.5 hours from Salt Lake City ("SLC"); Utah, 3 hours from Twin Falls, Idaho and 4 hours from Boise, Idaho. Elko is served by Skywest Airlines (a Delta Connection to SLC), Amtrak (California Zephyr route) and two NPR stations (KUNR-Reno & KNPR-Las Vegas). Assets of the community include the Great Basin College, the Northeastern Nevada Museum and the California Trail Interpretive Center. Elko has a thriving grassroots artistic community and a strong culture of volunteerism.

QUALIFIED CANDIDATES should submit a resume, cover letter, and names of three references to: Meg Glaser, Artistic Director, Western Folklife Center, 501 Railroad Street, Elko, NV 89801, by April 27, 2018. Applications may also be submitted via email to: