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Programs Coordinator | Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC)

The Programs Coordinator (PC) reports to the Director of Programs (DP) and is responsible for providing program support and project management. This is a 30-hours per week, year-round, benefits eligible position.

Primary Responsibilities
Stays aware of DP’s itinerary. Maintains contact as needed when the DP is away from the office; acts as a “troubleshooter” and project coordinator for the DP, working to anticipate needs and solve problems; stays abreast of calendar, deadlines and special events that occur annually and during each session
• Experience in a craft related field plus experience in arts administration with a nonprofit organization, college or university
• Practical knowledge of craft media
• A commitment to the mission and goals of Penland School of Crafts
• An inspiring, articulate and creative coordinator who can communicate and operate effectively with diverse groups of people
• A resourceful, collaborative problem-solver and project manager who is able to work independently, meet deadlines, and make clear decisions in the moment
• An ability to deal sensitively and confidentially with student, instructor, core fellow, and resident needs
• Attentiveness to detail; dependable and adaptable
• Emotional maturity, integrity, enthusiasm, self-confidence, humor, and poise
• An ability to manage and balance a budget, prepare purchase orders and budget spread sheets and reports
• Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as strong planning, administrative, and organizational skills
• Ability to take accurate minutes during board meetings and selection committee meetings, capturing details and organizing information accurately and quickly
• Functional ease with computer applications such as Word Office suite: XL, Word, PPT; internet research; administering SlideRoom or compatible programs; preparing and handling digital images; preparing and facilitating AV presentations and managing required digital equipment (zip drives, projectors, laptops, etc.)
Physical Demands
This position requires travel and the ability to drive a car, is physically demanding and requires the employee walk unaided up and down hills and over uneven terrain, bend, stoop, reach above their head, have us of fine and gross motor skills, and work in close quarters. The employee must have normal visual acuity at near and far distance with correction and hear the spoken word with correction. The employee must be fluent in English. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and to work at a computer. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls and to talk fluently. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move heavy objects or boxes.

Penland School of Crafts offers a unique opportunity to live and work in a dynamic, creative educational community and work with accomplished professionals in a mutual learning and knowledge sharing environment. Employees at Penland enjoy competitive pay, engaging benefits and a unique work environment of creative inquiry. We have a variety of seasonal, part-time and full-time positions.

To Apply
Penland School of Crafts believes that diversity and inclusion are essential to fulfilling its mission. We want to inspire and nurture the human spirit, and we value the perspectives and contributions of all people. We want the Penland experience to include varied ideas, world views, and personal characteristics. Penland is committed to being a community that welcomes and respects everyone regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, philosophical or political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin, and socioeconomic status. We are committed to providing an environment free of discrimination.

The position will remain open until filled, however the initial review of applications will consist of applications received by July 1, 2018. Potential start date of September 1, 2018. Send resume and cover letter addressing relevant experience and interest in the position and contact information for 3 references in one PDF document to Sally Loftis HR Manager, Penland School of Crafts, PO Box 37, Penland, NC 28765 or

Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education offering residential workshops, residencies, community education programs, and exhibitions. Located on 420 acres in the NC Mountains, Penland has 16 teaching studios and a total of 58 historic and contemporary buildings. Penland School of Crafts is an equal opportunity employer with a staff of 65. Penland operates with a $16 million endowment and an annual operating budget of $6 million. More information can be found at