TITLE Associate Director, Ozarks Folklife Festival
CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 1354
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Dean of Library Services
The Associate Director – Ozarks Folklife Festival: The person in this position will assist the Dean of Library Services, in their role as Director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2023 Ozarks project (SFF23OZ), including considerable outreach and collaboration with key Smithsonian personnel, other Ozarks organizations and individuals involved in the project, corporate sponsors, and others, including other cost centers at Missouri State University. The Associate Director of the SFF 2023 Ozarks project also will work with all of the committees who are planning various facets of the SFF 2023 Ozarks program, including the chairs of the approximately five key themes of the program (e.g., music, crafts, food, immigration, recreation and natural resources), a funding committee, a logistics committee, a media and recording committee, and others as needed. The Associate Director will serve as a key member of the overall core team planning this major national 10-day event, as well as tangential programs in the Ozarks, online, and elsewhere. This is a limited term position for two years. Renewal of the position would depend on available funding.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS
Education: A Bachelor’s degree. A Master’s degree is preferred.
Experience: At least 3 years of project management experience is required.
Skills: The ability to manage large scale projects, and work with multiple organizations, key stakeholders, and university leadership is required. The ability to manage multiple ongoing projects with a specific interest in the history of the Ozarks region is required.
Other: Familiarity with the history and traditions of the Ozarks is required. Considerable travel and flexibility in daily work schedule (both day of week and time of day) is required. Site visits to various locations in the Ozarks Multi-State Region is required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Creates, develops, and edits video files regarding various aspects of the Ozarks history and culture.
2. Ensures the creation and validity of metadata for various information resources about the Ozarks culture and heritage.
3. Performs outreach and development efforts related to the Ozarks Studies Institute, an ongoing initiative of the Missouri State University Libraries.
5. Conducts research into various aspects and components of Ozarks history and culture.
6. Conducts oral history interviews.
7. Presents to various groups about the SFF 2023 Ozarks project and about the Ozarks Studies Institute in general.
8. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
9. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training, and/or courses required by the Dean of Library Services
10. Supports the overall operation of the MOU and collaboration with the university by performing other duties as assigned by the Dean of Library Services.
The Associate Director is supervised by the Dean of Library Services, and may supervise the work of full-time, part-time, or student workers.
OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES