The Western Folklife Center, headquartered in Elko, Nevada, is currently searching for its next executive director. The WFC is best known for the National Cowboy Poetry
Gathering, an annual event that recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The
Gathering is held in Elko at the end of January and attracts thousands of
visitors and hundreds of poets, musicians, and craftspeople. In addition, the
WFC has earned national acclaim for museum-quality exhibits and programs on
traditional rural arts and for a wide array of media productions. The new director will ideally be someone who has extensive
leadership experience through managing a nonprofit organization, government
office, festival, media enterprise, or business, and who has also raised
significant funding over an extended period of time. He or she will have an
instinct for developing partnerships that can expand the organization’s reach
and the fundraising savvy to increase its operating revenue and endowment. A degree in folklore or a related field is a plus, but this
is not an absolute requirement.
To learn more about the position, please visit the AFS Career Center. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.