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Administrative Director, New Jersey Folk Festival/Instructor in Folklore

Organization: Rutgers University
Date Posted: 1/19/2018
City: New Brunswick
Location: New Jersey
Country: United States
Primary Category: Faculty, Non-Tenured
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Master's

Description & Details

The Department of American Studies of Rutgers University-New Brunswick invites applications for a 3-year non tenure-track position as Administrative Director of the NJ Folk Festival at the rank of Instructor to begin July 2018. The Festival is dedicated to the documentation and presentation of traditional folk cultures in New Jersey at an annual, outdoor, large-scale event.  


  • Teach two courses in the Fall Semester, such as American Folklore and American Folklife; and Folk Festival Management in the Spring Semester, alongside year-round administrative responsibilities.
  • Conduct folklore fieldwork to identify, document, and present appropriate tradition-bearers, especially in music, song, dance, and the crafts.
  • In consultation with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, make long-term plans for festival ethnic and occupational themes, heritage spotlights, and areas of focus; sets the agenda for regular, periodic board meetings.
  • Provide all administrative functions of festival and event management. Develop, coordinate, direct, and administer all phases of festival public relations. Liaise with local, state, and regional partners for support of festival.
  • Work with Rutgers Libraries Special Collections to research, acquire, assemble, catalog, and restore, if necessary, exhibit, if required, and maintain items of historical and archival importance to the festival.


M.A. or Ph.D. in Folklore or closely related field required by the start of appointment. Three to five years’ experience in event planning, concert production, and/or public humanities. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching and events management. Expected start date of July 1, 2018. 

Rank and Salary

The position will be at the rank of Instructor, non tenure-track. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary is subject to budgetary authorization and any Rutgers University faculty contract increases. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes health/vision/dental plans; and retirement plans.

Application Instructions

A completed application will have the following materials:

  • a letter of interest
  • a curriculum vitae
  • three letters of recommendation

Addressed to Professor Angus Gillespie, Chair, NJFF Search Committee, submitted electronically via Interfolio.  

Completed applications received by March 3, 2018, will receive full consideration.


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading Big Ten and AAU public research university with an enrollment of 65,000 students and 24,000 faculty and staff across its three campuses. Established in 1766 and celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2016, the university is the eighth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.

Rutgers University values and is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research or service that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community.


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Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, military service or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment.

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