Perkins Center for the Arts Staff, Board of Trustees, and Faculty are a group of individuals committed to excellence in the arts in the southern New Jersey region. At Perkins we value the diverse nature of our communities and celebrate the importance of the arts in building strong, connected communities.  Perkins has been a bastion of arts education in South Jersey since 1977 and is proud to be a model for excellence in arts education across the country.

As a member of the Perkins Team you have the support of your colleagues, who are artists, educators, and administrators. Each individual on the Perkins Team is committed to the Perkins’ mission and participates honestly and openly to continually improve programming, operations and image. Perkins values the importance of life-long learning and encourages every affiliated member to continue their professional and personal development.


Folklife Director, Perkins Center for the Arts
Full Time – Exempt

The Folklife Director at Perkins Center for the Arts (“the Organization”) is integral to educating, elevating, and celebrating the importance of Folkarts and Folklife in the South Jersey region.  Working closely with the Executive Director, Education Director, the Development Manager, and all Perkins’ staff, the Folklife Director will connect cultural communities and resources throughout the primary geographic region of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester Counties, and throughout South Jersey.

Applicants should possess an academic and/or professional background in Anthropology, Folklife, Folklore, or Ethnomusicology and should be familiar with American Folklore Center Standards.  Methodologies used should be the American Folklife Center Standards and include time-coded observation, photographs, digitization of artifacts, field recordings, interviews, oral histories, demographic information and knowledge of archive documentation. Other duties as applicable and assigned.

Benefits may change at the Organization’s directive. This position is a full-time, exempt position and will accrue 48 sick hours and 10 vacation days annually. Three (3) PTO days are provided at time of hire. This position is eligible for healthcare coverage as provided by Perkins Center for the Arts. An office is provided at Perkins Center in Moorestown for onsite work.  Perkins’ technology platform provides a laptop and remote network access. Remote work is reviewed upon request. Perkins provides flexible work schedules to accommodate evening and weekend events and activities. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and will be assessed annually by Perkins Center and discussed with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts program staff.

Primary Responsibilities will include:

  • Work with Financial Manager and Executive Director to create annual budget for folklife programs and projects as they relate to the Perkins Center strategic plan
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, Education Director, Education Manager, Conservatory Manager to develop educational folklife-centered programs that will elevate awareness of folk arts throughout the South Jersey region:
    • Develop and implement platforms to amplify community voice
    • Collaborate with Perkins program managers to identify new opportunities for integration and inclusion of folklife programming (Conservatory, Exhibitions, etc.)
  • Work closely with Executive Director to develop partnerships to further the mission of the Folklife Center as it relates to the Perkins Center Strategic Plan:
    • Build state-wide partnership and consistency between Folklife Centers
    • Develop and deepen relationships with individual artists and arts organizations
    • Identify relationships with community scholars and academic scholars to further integrate folkarts into Perkins’ educational and community programs
    • Connect with grassroots organizations, houses of worship, and community entities to broaden the network of community cultural input
    • Work collaboratively with Perkins’ administrators to strengthen and integrate Perkins’ DEIA strategies to focus on inclusion of historically excluded communities
  • Collaborate with Education Director to create programming working with Folk Artists in Education
  • Provide information and content to Education Manager and Marketing to assist in the development of marketing, messaging, and social media campaigns
  • Oversight of Folklife Internship program to serve as the foundation for a Folkife Mentorship Program
  • Conduct ethnographic research on living traditions, folkways, folkarts, and practitioners who sustain cultural heritage. Methodologies used should be the American Folklife Center Standards and include time-coded observation, photographs, digitization of artifacts, field recordings, interviews, oral histories, and demographic information. Archive documentation.
  • Collaborate with Development Manager in writing, documenting, and reporting grants
  • Provide quarterly inter-office reports, participate in monthly staff meetings, inter-departmental meetings, provide monthly updates to Perkins’ Board of Trustees.
  • Participation in regional and national opportunities and highlight work being done by Perkins Center for the Arts
    • Participate in National Folklife Meetings, including but not limited to the American Folklife Society, The Living Traditions Network
    • Contribute to publications, media, and Perkins-generated content (Blog, Podcast, etc).
    • Act as liaison between regional, state, and national agencies and organizations.

All inquiries should be directed to Executive Director, Kahra Buss, Perkins Center for the Arts at Please, no phone calls.  This position will close on November 15, 2021.  Immediate hire.

Conservatory of Music Instructor Opportunities

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Art Instructor Opportunities

Are you an artist or arts educator looking to connect with students in this new era? Do you have arts expertise that you’re interested in sharing virtually? Are you familiar with basic digital video creation and editing techniques? Then Perkins Center for the Arts is looking to work with you!

Perkins Center is a multi-disciplinary art center, based in southern New Jersey, looking to add fun, engaging, and tech-savvy creatives to our web-based teaching roster.

Interested candidates: Email a cover letter and resume to Please include links to your website, social media accounts, and work samples.

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Perkins Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Additionally, Perkins Center for the Arts does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, treatment of or employment in, its services, programs or activities. Perkins Center for the Arts makes it a priority to establish a work place and environment that embraces the spirit of the law ensuring an optimal experience for all, regardless of race, gender, physical ability or any other status protected by law.

All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, Veteran, or disability status.

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