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Production Assistant- NCTA

Job Type: Contract position

Deadline: Monday, February 28, 2022

The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), a leading, non-profit traditional arts organization and producer of major, music-oriented festivals and other public programs, seeks a focused and energetic Production Assistant to provide office and on-site support for three, large-scale festivals featuring multicultural music and dance performances on 5–7 stages, as well as crafts demonstrations, family activities, and foodways.

This is the perfect contract position for someone with an interest in arts, culture, and event production who enjoys operating in a fast-paced, collegial small-office environment. The Production Assistant is a key member of the production team who will work closely with the Production Manager on all festival audio, backline, and lighting needs, from planning through implementation. 

The role will contribute to the following key tasks: 

  • Advancing technical needs with artists 
  • Researching production vendors
  • Assembling backline orders 
  • Creating accurate stage plots
  • Assembling tech books 
  • Assisting in oversight of festival load-in and strike 
  • Coordinating archival music recordings 
  • Accurate record-keeping
  • Working with NCTA and Festival staff to insure smooth on-site operations.

Qualified applicants will be detail-oriented, organized, and adaptable, with excellent people skills, and value the role of performing arts in the community. Audio, lighting, or stage management skills are a plus. Prior experience in concert production, theatre production, or festival organization is preferred. Experience with database entry, MS Office, and Adobe Acrobat is required. 

Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, possess a clean driving record, be able to lift 40 lbs., and have access to reliable transportation. Some evenings, weekends, and travel required. 

This full-time independent contract runs April 18 – October 28 with a contract range of $22,700 to $25,000, commensurate with experience. Work is hybrid remote and in-person, with required onsite participation at event locations and periodic access to the organization’s Silver Spring, MD office.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and references to: production@ncta-usa.org by Monday February 28, 2022.

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Folklife and Outreach Coordinator

Job Type: Contract position

Deadline: Monday, February 14, 2022

The National Folk Festival seeks a focused, creative and detail-oriented individual to serve as the Folklife and Outreach Coordinator for this event. The National Folk Festival will be held August 26-28, 2022, in downtown Salisbury, MD. This position would support the host city in producing this nationally acclaimed, free, large-scale festival featuring multicultural music and dance performances on 4 or more stages, as well as crafts demonstrations, family activities, and foodways. 2022 is the final year of the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, and will be a transition year for working on the Maryland Folk Festival in 2023 and beyond.

The successful candidate will be a key member of the planning and implementation of the MD Folklife Area at the National Folk Festival, working closely with the City of Salisbury’s National Folk Festival Local Manager and its producing partner — National Council for the Traditional Arts.  The MD Folklife Area is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council and local folklife network agencies, including the Ward Museum, Salisbury University.  

The successful candidate will work with these partners to plan the artistic elements of this year’s themed program as well as the involvement of select participants in the Folklife Apprenticeship program of the Maryland State Arts Council. Work includes advancing with artists, preparing publicity materials, detailing exhibit requirements, managing travel arrangements and contracts, and on-site coordination of the Folklife Area. 

In conjunction with supporting the Folklife Area, the successful candidate will be involved in outreach activities for the National Folk Festival at regional events, to help raise visibility of the festival, but also to build relationships that can inform future Folklife Area offerings.  

Qualified applicants will be detail-oriented, organized, and adaptable, with excellent people skills. Experience should include event production/coordination, curating interactive demonstrations and performance areas, evaluation of potential performers, extensive networking with the field and conducting original fieldwork to identify new artists, negotiation of contracts, as well as developing program schedules, written program notes, media projects and press materials.  

Very strong organizational skills, the ability to communicate effectively, good technology skills and the ability to work as part of a team are essential, as is familiarity with a wide range of traditional music, dance and other art forms. A background in Maryland folklife, history, ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology or a related field of interest is preferred.

Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 based on current CDC guidelines, possess a clean driving record, be able to lift 40 lbs., and have access to reliable transportation.

Some evenings, weekends, and travel required. 

This full-time independent contract runs March 15 – November 30, with a contract estimate of $30,000, commensurate with experience. Work is hybrid remote and in-person, with required onsite participation at event locations and regular access to work onsite in Salisbury, MD, for the majority of the contact period. 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and references to: MDfolklife@ncta-usa.org by Monday February 14, 2022.

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Local Technical Coordinator- National Folk Festival

Job Type: Contract position

Deadline: Monday, February 14, 2022

The National Folk Festival seeks a focused, creative and detail oriented individual to serve as the Local Technical Coordinator for this event. The National Folk Festival will be held August 26-28, 2022 in downtown Salisbury, MD. This position would support the City of Salisbury in producing this nationally acclaimed free, large-scale festival featuring multicultural music and dance performances on 5 or more stages, as well as crafts demonstrations, family activities, and foodways. 2022 is the final year of the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, and will be a transition year for technical management working on the Maryland Folk Festival in 2023 and beyond.

This is the perfect contract position for someone with technical staging experience and an interest in arts, culture, and event production who is skilled in problem solving, and who thrives in an environment requiring a high level of coordination, communication, flexibility and expertise.

The Local Technical Coordinator is a key member of the festival team working to coordinate festival site operations, from planning through implementation.

This position will work closely with the City of Salisbury’s National Folk Festival Manager and National Council for the Traditional Arts’ festival planning team. This contractual position has reporting responsibilities to the Local Festival Manager.

The role will contribute to the following key tasks:

  • advancing technical festival needs with NCTA operations team
  • researching event vendors and working with City procurement requirements
  • assembling orders, monitoring schedules, attending meetings
  • working with a team in using a technical database-developing site drawings and problem-solving site plans
  • assisting in oversight of festival load-in and strike
  • coordinating storage and maintenance of local festival equipment/supplies
  • maintaining accurate records,
  • supporting budget management and execution
  • recruit and support development (and training) of local technical team
  • working with NCTA and Festival/City staff to ensure smooth on-site operations

Qualified applicants will be detail-oriented, organized, and adaptable, with good people skills capable of team leadership and collaboration.

Experience in facility management, event production, or project management are preferred. Electric power distribution, light construction, heavy equipment operation, and other relevant safety certifications are a plus.

Prior experience in concert production, theatre production, or festival organization is preferred.

Experience with database management, MS Word, MS Excel, and Adobe Acrobat is required. Experience with AutoCAD and/or Filemaker is a plus.

Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 per CDC guidelines, possess a clean driving record, be able to lift 40 lbs., and have access to reliable transportation. Some evenings, weekends, and travel required.

This full-time independent contract runs March 15 – November 30, with a contract estimate of $30,000, commensurate with experience. Work is hybrid remote and in-person, with required onsite participation at event locations and regular access to work onsite in Salisbury, MD, for the majority of the contact period.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to: NFF@ncta-usa.org by Monday February 14, 2022.

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Festival Logistics Coordinator

Job Type: Regular full-time employee

Deadline: January 31, 2022

The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), a leading, non-profit traditional arts organization and producer of major, music-oriented festivals, and other public programs, seeks a focused and energetic Logistics Coordinator to provide office and on-site logistical support for three, large-scale festivals featuring multicultural music and dance performances on 6–7 stages, crafts demonstrations, family activities, and foodways, as well as several smaller events.

This is the perfect contract position for someone with an interest in arts, culture, and event logistics who enjoys operating in a fast-paced, collegial small-office environment. Responsibilities include: managing hotel arrangements (room assignments, catering, parking), booking artist and staff travel, overseeing creation of participant itineraries and information packets, working with festival transportation team, managing festival check-in desk, updating festival databases, tracking expenses and staying within budget, and keeping meticulous records and change logs.

Qualified applicants will be detail-oriented, organized, and adaptable, with excellent people skills. Effective oral and written communication skills and computer literacy are essential. Experience with database entry, MS Office, and Adobe Acrobat is required. Prior experience in concert production, festival logistics, or large event management is preferred.

Good benefits. Salary level $40,000, or commensurate with experience. 

Preferred start date for this position is March 2022. The candidate shall have regular access to our Silver Spring, MD office location (by May 1, 2022) and be able to travel on-site for the 2022 seasonal events with some additional evenings, weekends based on events schedule.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and references to: work@ncta-usa.org by January 31, 2022.

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The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk and traditional arts in the United States. Founded in 1933, it is the nation’s oldest folk arts organization.  Its programs celebrate and honor deeply rooted cultural expressions – music, dance, crafts, rituals, and stories passed on through time in families, communities, tribal, ethnic, regional, and occupational groups.

NCTA is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people with disabilities, women and LGBTQ+ identified people are encouraged to apply.