Applications are invited for a consultant to survey folklife and plan related program development for nine counties in the Finger Lakes and Western Southern Tier regions of New York State. This nine month position is for a joint initiative of the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and New York Folklore Society (NYFS) that will begin in April 2016. The consulting folklorist will work closely with the NYSCA Folk Arts Program and NYFS, public folklorists and ethnomusicologists in these regions, community members with local folklife expertise as well as three arts organizations - Auburn Public Theater, Cattaraugus County Arts Council and the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. This survey and program development initiative will result in a plan to support folklife programming through these organizations.
The position requires a masters or doctorate degree in folklore or ethnomusicology; at least three year's work in the public folklore field and demonstrated abilities in folklife field research, program planning and implementation.