Philadelphia Folklore Project hiring a communications manager

pfp_logoFor those on the job market: the Philadelphia Folklore Project is hiring a part time communications manager.

10/1/13: The Philadelphia Folklore Project, a 27-year-old public interest folklore organization, seeks a Communications Manager to expand PFP’s ability to use online media to facilitate conversations with diverse communities around significant folk arts and social change issues. A new part-time position, the Communications Manager will manage the production and circulation of PFP’s on-line communications and media, further integrating technology and community participation into all of PFP’s work. Additional responsibilities relate to coordinating the overall communications calendar, including managing messaging related to membership development. The Communications Manager will be able to draw on PFP’s substantial existing resources: vital public events, ongoing staff fieldwork, a media-rich folklife archive, a well-visited website, existing PFP publications and documentaries, and community relationships.

Responsibilities include:
– Managing PFP’s print and online communications and messaging, including (annually), 2 calendars, 6-10 postcards, monthly e-newsletter/blasts, an active website and Facebook page.
– Leading the development of online content that engages diverse community members and leads to measurable impact, momentum, and awareness.
– Collaborating with PFP staff to build constituent contributions to PFP’s web presence, media streams, and public programs.
-Ensuring that new and consistent article links, stories, events, and artist- and community-generated content are posted on PFP’s website regularly.
– Integrating PFP’s event communications with its donor cultivation and membership campaigns.
– Tracking and measuring the level of engagement within the network over time.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate has a minimum of three years of experience with social media tools and techniques; demonstrated ability to engage and activate community groups and cultivate online conversations and relationships; and experience in locating and engaging advocates within communities to foster dialogue. Skill in producing and managing websites and databases, excellent writing skills and thoughtful politics essential. Knowledge of public folklore and ability to work comfortably and respectfully in diverse cultural contexts are valued.

The Philadelphia Folklore Project works for cultural equity and to sustain living cultural heritage in communities in our region. We identify local folk artists and support their artistic growth; produce public programs advancing folk artists and traditions significant to Philadelphia communities; develop education programs benefiting children and adults; and document outstanding practitioners and practices. (See for more information). Salary commensurate with experience.

Deadline for applications: January 15, 2014. Position to begin no later than March 1, 2014. The Philadelphia Folklore Project values diversity and we strongly encourage people of color and diverse workplace experiences to apply. Please send resume and letter of interest to Dr. Debora Kodish, Director, Philadelphia Folklore Project, 735 S. 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143 or


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