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  • Smithsonian Folkways Seeks Applications for New Director

    Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is seeking applications for the vacant Director position. More information on duties, requirements, evaluation, required documents, and how to apply instructions can be found here.


    Leading, Curating and Managing Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Formulates policies, business plans, programmatic, research documentary, and educational goals and objectives for Smithsonian Folkways.

    Determines guidelines, standards, and criteria for the generation and/or acquisition of Smithsonian Folkways collections of musical and other performance materials, and for the development of recordings and accompanying photographic and explanatory (liner note) content issued on Smithsonian Folkways labels and appearing in other public products.

    Oversees and monitors the development and execution of short- and long-range plans to accomplish program goals and objectives.

    Ensures appropriate coordination and integration of all program components in accord with sound business decisions and the achievement of high-quality products.

    Serves ex officio on the Folkways Advisory Board to both represent Smithsonian Folkways and process the Board’s advice and guidance.

    Leading, Curating and Managing the Rinzler Archives

    Serves as the supervisory curator of the Rinzler Archives and its collections, including developing its goals, objectives, and annual plans in coordination with the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH or Center) Director and its senior managers.

    Serves as staff liaison to the CFCH Advisory Council and the Folkways Advisory Board with regard to the Rinzler Archives.

    Issues guidelines, standards, and criteria for the generation/acquisition, care, processing, and physical and digital accessibility of the Rinzler Archives consistent with acquisition agreements, Smithsonian guidelines, and best practices.

    Oversees the physical collection of artifacts in the collections, their inventory, care, and display in the Center offices, other Smithsonian museums, and venues.

    Reviews and evaluates proposals for new collections, collection management, preservation, security, storage, digitization, and accessibility and major shifts or expansions in existing programs.

    Managing Human Resources

    Supervises subordinates in the Smithsonian Folkways operation and oversees their supervision of approximately 20 staff and dozens of fellows, interns, contract producers, and relationships with participating musicians, recording experts, and designers.

    Supervises subordinates in the Rinzler Archives and oversees a handful of staff, dozens of interns, fellows, visiting researchers, educators, and contractors, and relationships with constituent musicians, artists, field researchers and documentarians represented in the archival collections.

    Performs the full range of supervisory oversight responsibilities for all assigned staff and contractors.

    Seeking and Managing Allotments, Revenue, Gifts, Grants, and Contracts

    Develops, justifies, presents, and executes annual operating budgets for Smithsonian Folkways and the Rinzler Archives that meet program and financial objectives to the Center Director and Smithsonian management.

    Ensures that collections, products, and activities generate sufficient income through grants, gifts, contract, mail order, retail and wholesale sales, licenses, downloads, streams, subscriptions, and other sources to meet expenses.

    Oversees the development and terms of all Smithsonian Folkways business activities, all contracts—including those with sponsors and partners, wholesale and retail distributors, agents for subscription sales, streaming, licensing companies and individuals, online brokers, compilers, and service providers—to assure positive results with regard to the generation of income and net revenue.

    Identifies and actively pursues additional revenue-generating and fundraising opportunities.

    Smithsonian Collaboration and External Engagement

    Represents Smithsonian Folkways and the Rinzler Archives on the CFCH leadership team, regularly reporting to colleagues on activities and issues.

    Represents Smithsonian Folkways and the Rinzler Archives both within and outside the Institution and maintains active relationships with similar programs of other museums and educational institutions throughout the U.S. and internationally.

    Coordinates programmatic and operational efforts with other programs of the CFCH including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, research, educational and sustainability programs.

    Works with other Smithsonian units to assure high-quality, high-impact programs through joint programs or activities such as concerts or jointly produced publications and digital products.

    Explores and develops joint products and activities in cooperation with professional organizations, museums, Smithsonian affiliates, national community organizations, and educational and cultural associations to create high visibility and good will for the Institution.

    Participates in national and international forums, conferences, symposia, and/or performances and produces exemplary leadership, scholarly, artistic, and/or entrepreneurial presentations.