Employment Opportunities


Job Title: Director of Education

Reports To: 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 statewide education program that couples place- and project-based education 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 program.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administer/manage 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 and reporting; program 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/marketing of all education programming
  • Oversee 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 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 take on other tasks as requested by the Executive Director.



Education, Experience, Other:

  • Minimum of MA degree (or equivalent) in an ethnographic discipline (e.g. folklore studies, 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 driver’s 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, Google Docs).
  • Familiarity with Squarespace is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and participate in consensus-based decision making.
  • Willingness and capacity to take initiative and work independently.
  • Demonstrated productivity and creativity.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, see, 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.



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 by August 15, 2018. Please include “Director of Education Position Application” in the subject line.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.