Folklife Specialist

Western Kentucky University
March 17, 2023
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Folklife Specialist

Category: Staff Subscribe: Department: Folk Studies & Anthropology Locations: Bowling Green, KY Posted: Feb 14, 2023 Closes: Open Until Filled Type: Full-time Ref. No.: 995882 Position ID: 159070


About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 15,035 students (29% first generation, 18% underrepresented minority) and just over 2,500 faculty and staff employees.

Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.

Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU's main campus is in Bowling Green, KY - a city with approximately 70,000 residents. Our population is ethnically diverse, with more than 85 languages spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our community home.

Western Kentucky University seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU's strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependents are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at

Job Description:

The Kentucky Folklife Program (KFP) based within the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology on the campus of Western Kentucky University seeks to hire a Folklife Specialist. The KFP is a statewide public folklore program established in 1989 with a mission to: document, present and conserve the diverse traditional culture and heritage of the Commonwealth.

Working under the supervision of the Director of the KFP, this individual is responsible for implementing the mission of the Kentucky Folklife Program.

Responsibilities and duties of the position will include but are not limited to the following, all with guidance from the KFP Director:

  • Writing grant proposals to federal and state agencies, other non-profit organizations, and private foundations to help secure funding for programming and projects.
  • Implementing existing, new and ongoing grant-funded programming and projects.
  • Developing and maintaining digital archives and documentation databases.
  • Enhancing and promoting the KFP by growing its social media presence.
  • Working with and supporting the goals of the WKU Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology faculty.
  • Mentoring folklore/folk studies students on community-based and public folklore projects.
  • Disseminating information and resources on Kentucky folklife/traditional culture topics to the public, including planning a variety of community events, organizing workshops, and creating web-based KFP content.
  • Managing day-to-day operations of the KFP including public correspondence, student supervision, and other duties as assigned.
  • Requirements:

  • M.A. in folklore, folk studies or a related field at the time of hiring.
  • Experience with public folklore documentation and presentation and/or coursework in one or more of the following areas: public folklore, cultural conservation, and museum techniques.
  • Proven track record in planning, organizing and prioritizing time and workload in order to meet deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of fieldwork equipment including digital audio and video recorders and microphones, as well as a readiness to learn customized software.
  • Statewide travel and a valid driver's license
  • Occasional work on evenings, weekends, and outdoor events
  • Must be able to lift up to twenty pounds.
  • Additional Information:

    Hourly Rate: $19.78

    Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

    Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.

    Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU''s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at [email protected] or by phone at (270) 745-5121.

    The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender- based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Ena Demir, who can be contacted via email at [email protected] or by phone at (270) 745-6867. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU's https: // www. website.

    Information concerning educational programs offered by WKU are provided at: https:// www.

    Application Instructions:

    The following items must be submitted through this electronic talent management system:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • You will receive email confirmation that your submission has been received. The candidate review process will generally begin as materials are received.

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