Website John C. Campbell Folk School
Position: Deputy Director
Position Summary: The Deputy Director will work directly with the Executive Director and oversee specified
departments to meet the goals and objectives of the Folk School. This position works closely with
the Folk School’s leadership team and has frequent contact with staff and constituents. The
incumbent will be able to connect well with others and is an organized and practiced
communicator. Primary responsibilities will include, leading projects and developing tactics related
to achieving goals within the strategic plan and campus master plan, overseeing specified
departments, conducting weekly meetings with department directors and managers, ensuring goals
and department needs are being met in a timely manner, and helping to conduct projects
related to fundraising and cultivation efforts. The Deputy Director exercises administrative
judgment, assumes responsibility for decisions, consequences, and results impacting people, costs,
and quality of services within the school. This is a full-time, year-round, benefits-eligible, exempt
position that reports to the Executive Director.
Organization: John C. Campbell Folk School (“the Folk School”) was founded in Brasstown, North Carolina in
1925, as an experiment in progressive education. As of 2021, the Folk School offers over 850 week
and weekend classes for adults each year in craft, music, and dance. The Folk School also hosts a
full calendar of events, including an annual Fall Festival and weekly concerts and dances. Listed as
a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, the 270-acre campus includes fifteen
studios, fourteen student houses, a dining hall, a community house for student gatherings and
events, and a History Center. The Craft Shop, a fine craft gallery, showcases a diverse selection of
traditional and contemporary Appalachian craft. John C. Campbell Folk School operates as a
nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with support from individuals, foundations, and
• Assists in ensuring the daily operational needs of the Folk School are maintained efficiently at
the highest standard.
• Supervises and ensures the success of assigned departments, including annual departmental
goal-setting that reflects organizational goals; directing the development of individual
employee work plans in support of departmental and organizational goals; directing the
development of accurate annual operational and capital budgets; directing, managing, and
supporting department leaders as needed.
• Assists, coordinates, and leads special and/or high-level administrative strategy and planning
projects to completion in collaboration with the management team.
• Maintains and updates the campus master plan in conjunction with the Executive Director.
• In 2020, the Folk School embarked on a 5-year strategic plan focused on: human capital,
community engagement, diversity in programming, infrastructure, and finance. This position
will maintain and update the strategic plan in conjunction with the Executive Director.
• Gathers information and conducts research on strategic initiatives.
• Manages and prepares reports that document the results of strategic and planning projects.
• Prepares “dashboard reports” of financial, development, and enrollment data.
• Communicates routinely with the Executive Director and management with information and
• Acts as the secondary liaison between the Board of Directors and the organization.
• Attends board meetings and reports on projects as needed.
• Develops materials for meetings and other events as requested and participates as needed.
• Actively participates on various work teams and committees.
• Maintains a high degree of knowledge of the different operational systems utilized by the school.
• Participates in the fundraising and cultivation efforts of the organization by communicating with
selected donors and provides research and support to the Executive Director for special projects.
• Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience Requirements:
• A bachelor’s degree, required. A bachelor’s and position relevant advanced degree is preferred.
• At least eight years of relevant experience; or a combination of education and experience working
with donors, board members, and varied groups of people.
• A minimum of five year’s nonprofit experience is preferred, including operations and funding.
• Knows or is able and willing to understand the organizational structure, the school’s mission,
goals, policies, procedures, and systems of operation and the standards and behavior expected of
• Proven experience in being self-motivated and setting priorities, meeting deadlines, and
organizing multiple projects at once.
• The ability to efficiently navigate and utilize computer software programs including, Microsoft
Outlook and Word.
• Ability to work well under pressure and with others in a time sensitive environment.
• Ability to lead projects independently and work collaboratively as needed.
• Strong verbal and written skills and a high-level understanding of interpersonal skills required to
handle sensitive and confidential situations.
• The ability to clearly communicate and maintain a calm, helpful, and friendly presence in an
active, public-facing office environment.
• The ability to efficiently track and organize information.
The position requires the employee be able to walk unaided up and down hills and over uneven terrain,
bend, stoop, and have use of fine and gross motor skills. The employee is frequently required to use
hands to handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls and to speak clearly and effectively. Ability to work
standing for at least 8 hours a day and lift up to 40 pounds. Must be able to work weekends
To apply for this job please visit www.folkschool.org.