(article) Position Opening: Stories from Deep in the Heart Program Director (Part-Time)

Job Description

Position: Stories from Deep in the Heart Program Director

Position Opening: Open until filled

Performance Review: A performance review by the Executive Director will occur at the end of a 12 month period with a mid-year performance review at the 6 month mark

Time Commitment: Part-time 20 hours per week, with occasional evening and weekend events (office hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm)

Supervisor: Executive Director

To Apply: Send Resume, Cover Letter, and Work Samples to stories@texasfolklife.org

*Job Description:

*Texas Folklife seeks a media and education specialist with strong communication and organizational skills to direct its “Stories from Deep in the Heart” (“Stories”) youth and community media program. “Stories” is Texas Folklife’s award-winning youth and community audio documentary training program that trains students, teachers, and community members to produce community podcasts and in-depth audio documentaries about family and community traditions. The “Stories” Program Director will work in conjunction with Texas Folklife Executive Director to coordinate, develop, manage and coordinate all aspects of Texas Folklife’s “Stories from Deep in the Heart” program, participate in short and long range program planning and marketing, and perform other administrative duties as assigned.

*Scope of Work

  • Coordinate all aspects of audio documentary instruction and production to students, teachers, and community members including story planning, interviewing skills, recording, editing and writing;
  • Act as instructor as needed; collaborate with other instructors and producers;

Program Planning & Promotion

  • Assist in planning for spring, summer and fall in-class and community activities
  • Assist in planning with AISD for Creative Learning Partnership activities beginning spring 2019;
  • Plan and implement the 2019 Summer Institute professional development workshop in collaboration with Executive Director;
  • Plan and implement the 2019 “Stories for Creative Forces” veterans project in August-Sept 2019 in collaboration with Executive Director;
  • Assist with promoting and marketing to schools and community collaborators to insure full participation;
  • Provide Texas Folklife text and documentation as needed to promote programs locally, in the media and on the Texas Folklife web site and publications;
  • Post complete audio, audiovisual, and any multimedia created through the project on Texas Folklife social media sites, PRX.org, Soundcloud, and website;
  • Contribute to program documentation, evaluation and long-range planning;
  • Organization & Reporting*
  • Assist with grantwriting, funding research and reporting duties as related to the “Stories” program;
  • Keep a master list of contacts including participants and resources and share with Executive Director and other Texas Folklife personnel;
  • Collect evaluation forms from all participants;
  • Collect invoices from audio producers;
  • Monthly: submit narrative written activity reports and any documentation including: audio recordings, digital images of activities and participant release forms; and an excel spreadsheet of all contacts names, e-mails and phone numbers;
  • Submit bi-weekly review of project activities to Executive Director
  • Report on activities monthly and deliver to Executive Director;
  • At conclusion of each school semester, complete a final report on overall program evaluation and recommendations.

*Skills, Qualifications, & Experience

  • Experience in the fields of education, arts administration, folklore, anthropology, ethnomusicology, journalism, media or communications
  • Experience researching and teaching basic folklore
  • Familiarity with audio production, including: scheduling interviews, using audio recording technology, logging audio footage, writing a documentary script, recording narration, assembling and editing audio
  • Experience conducting recorded audio interviews
  • Familiarity with audio recording equipment
  • Familiarity with audio editing software (Audacity, Hindenburg, Pro Tools, or Adobe Audition)
  • Strong communication, writing, and presentation skills
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities
  • Experience with file sharing and project management platforms Google Drive, Trello, Slack
  • Knowledge and use of standard office equipment


  • Works well with students and teachers in a classroom setting
  • Is reliable and sticks to deadlines
  • Is able to step into a variety of roles to help participants produce their stories
  • Has an interest in fostering diverse arts, culture, and community traditions
  • Is well-versed in audio editing software and techniques
  • Has experience with journalism, creative writing, or storycraft

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $15.00 to $20.00 /hour

Application Questions

Please Answer the following questions:
  • How many years of Arts Administration experience do you have?
  • How many years of Audio Production experience do you have?
  • How many years of Education experience do you have?
  • What is the highest level of education you have completed?
  • Do you speak English?
  • Do you speak Spanish?