Vermont Folklife Center Middlebury Vermont

Vermont Folklife Center Employment Opportunities

Job Title: Director of Education
Reports To: Co-Executive Director
Position: Full-time

Organizational Background:

Founded in 1984, the Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) is the only organization in the state focused on the documentation, preservation, and presentation of the diverse cultural experiences that make Vermont unique. We are researchers and storytellers concerned with the knowledge of everyday living. We believe the experiential insights of everyday life – those things that might otherwise be overlooked in the historical record or are often simply taken for granted - are in fact the most valuable witness to our senses of identity and community. We celebrate these insights and advocate for their inclusion in conversations around the challenges and opportunities of Vermont’s future.

OUR MISSION is to deepen our understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.

 

Position Description:

The Director of Education is an integral member of the VFC staff whose primary responsibility is to administer our state-wide education program that couples place based education and service learning to ethnographic theory and methods, cultural documentation, and digital media production. In addition the Director of Education participates in general VFC programming and planning activities. The VFC education program includes our annual Discovering Community Summer Institute for Educators, ongoing partnerships with Vermont schools and institutions of higher education, formal and informal workshops, public presentations related to Vermont culture and traditional cultural practice, and our internship and fellowship programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administer the VFC Education Program including: long range planning; creation and revision of policies and procedures; building and maintaining curricular partnerships with Vermont schools, colleges and universities; grant writing; budgeting; supervision of education program staff.
  • Coordinate and participate in the annual Discovering Community Summer Institute for Educators.
  • Coordinate and participate in direct service activities in K-12 and higher education across Vermont.
  • Coordinate and participate in onsite and offsite workshops for the general public.
  • Maintain existing, and build new, collaborative working partnerships with like-minded organizations and entities to leverage staff, services, and resources.
  • Oversee promotion of education program and updating of Discovering Community website including technical assistance opportunities, educator trainings/workshops, student project content, and other educator resources.
  • Collaborate with VFC development staff to raise funds to support Education Program. Administer VFC Internship and Fellowship programs.
  • Conduct ethnographic fieldwork for VFC and collaborate with VFC staff on other projects and programs, as needed.
  • Represent VFC to the local, state and regional community and maintain a working relationship with relevant regional associations.
  • Maintain a flexible and open-minded attitude to the evolving nature of non-profit work and takes on other tasks as requested by the Co-Executive Directors.

 

Requirements:

Education, Experience, Other:

MA degree (or equivalent) in an ethnographic discipline (e.g. folklore, ethnomusicology, anthropology), or MA (or equivalent) in other humanities or social science field with training in ethnographic methods and theory. Professional experience and/or formal training in K-12 education and/or higher education. Professional experience in program and/or project management. Professional experience with digital media documentation technology (audio, still image and/or video). Grant writing experience is a plus. Must have valid and current drivers license, insurance, and reliable transportation as significant travel is required in the position.

Essential Skills:

Demonstrated ability for effective program/project management. Demonstrated ability as an engaging and effective educator. Strong verbal and communication skills. Competency in digital media editing (audio, still image and/or video), common office software (e.g. MS Word, Excel), and computer operating systems (Windows, Mac OS). Familiarity with WordPress or other similar Web CMS is a plus. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and participate in consensus-based decision making. Willingness and capacity to take initiative and work independently, as needed. Demonstrated productivity and creativity.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly to talk, hear, walk, sit for extended periods, travel, and occasionally stand, use hands to feel and hold, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. The ability to drive an automobile during the day and night is critical. The work environment is varied and may take place in a wide range of venues. (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Please note: This is not an all-encompassing statement of this position’s responsibilities. While it attempts to be comprehensive, new responsibilities may be assigned to this position at any time.

 

Compensation:

This is a full-time position. Professional-level salary based on training and experience. Compensation includes VFC-sponsored health insurance plan and TIAA-CREF retirement plan.

 

To Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to info@vermontfolklifecenter.org. Position open until filled.

 


Job Title: Major Giving Officer
Reports To: Director of Development
Position: Half-time (20 hrs/week)

Organizational Background:

Founded in 1984, the Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) is the only organization in the state focused on the documentation, preservation, and presentation of the diverse cultural experiences that make Vermont unique. We are researchers and storytellers concerned with the knowledge of everyday living. We believe the experiential insights of everyday life – those things that might otherwise be overlooked in the historical record or are often simply taken for granted - are in fact the most valuable witness to our senses of identity and community. We celebrate these insights and advocate for their inclusion in conversations around the challenges and opportunities of Vermont's future.

OUR MISSION is to deepen our understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.

 

Position Description:

The Major Giving Officer is a half-time position responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors who make gifts to further the mission and programs of the VFC. This position oversees the implementation of major donor activities relating to the organization's comprehensive fundraising plan and helps to design and implement special fundraising campaigns and initiatives, as needed. This position works closely with, and reports to, the Director of Development. This position can work remotely though will need to be on-site at the VFC headquarters in Middlebury, VT, as needed.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Meets personally with major and prospective donors to cultivate and solicit their support, and collaborates with the Development Director, Co-Executive Directors, other VFC staff, and Board as needed to cultivate and solicit major donors.
  • Maintains a portfolio of current and prospective major donors to meet unrestricted major donor revenue goals on an annual basis.
  • Conducts professional level research on donor inclinations and capacity, as appropriate and with a commitment to confidentiality and ethics.
  • Works with Co-Executive Directors and Program Staff to identify and fundraise for program/restricted revenue goals on an annual basis.
  • Assists in identifying and developing Board member skills and confidence in their donor stewardship and solicitation responsibilities.
  • Develops and executes cultivation plans for current major donors, lapsed donors, and prospective prospects in portfolio.
  • Maintains up-to-date major donor giving information through a professional fundraising database in collaboration with the Development Assistant.
  • Participates in the planning and execution of events related to the cultivation and/or recognition of major donors.
  • Analyzes giving history and giving levels across all contributors to identify potential for increased giving capacity.
  • Serves as a member of the Development Committee along with the Director of Development and appointed board members.
  • Invests time in ongoing learning about VFC mission and programs in order to be an informed and passionate representative of VFC to the local, state and regional community.
  • Maintains a flexible and open-minded attitude to the evolving nature of non-profit work and takes on other tasks as requested by the Development Director and/or Co-Executive Director.

 

Requirements:

Education, Experience, Other:

Bachelor's degree and at least two years of relevant experience in major or annual giving. Experience with donor tracking databases is a plus. Must have valid and current drivers license, vehicle, insurance, and/or reliable transportation as significant travel is required in the position.

Essential Skills:

Strong organizational skills. Superb writing and presentation skills and keen ability to relate to donors at all levels required. Familiarity with common office software (e.g. MS Word, Excel) and computer operating systems (Windows, Mac OS). Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and participate in consensus-based decision making. Willingness and capacity to take initiative and work independently, as needed. Demonstrated productivity and creativity. Must be able to present self in a professional manner.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly to talk, hear, walk, sit for extended periods, travel, and occasionally stand. The ability to drive an automobile during the day and night, and fly in a plane or use other public transportation is critical. The work environment is usually an office and is usually quiet, but fundraising events may take place in a wide range of venues. (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Please note: This is not an all-encompassing statement of this position's responsibilities. While it attempts to be comprehensive, new responsibilities may be assigned to this position at any time.

 

Compensation:

This is a half-time position. Professional-level salary based on training and experience.

 

To Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to info@vermontfolklifecenter.org. Position open until filled.


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