Job Overview


About the Agency

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."

This position is located in the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH), Smithsonian Institution (SI). The purpose of the position is to serve as Folklife Curator specializing in cultural sustainability with an emphasis on cultural and linguistic revitalization.


  • Conceives, conceptualizes, and implements community-based linguistic and/or cultural revitalization projects within the context of larger cultural revitalization. Develops and manages teams of diverse experts and community members to address diverse exigencies of linguistic and/or cultural revitalization projects. Identifies and recruits team members whose expertise will increase the likelihood of success on individual projects.
  • Serves as consultant and expert advisor on cultural and/or linguistic revitalization matters and on professional matters in the field, such as exhibitions, review of research proposals, manuscripts, and published materials.
  • Conceives, conceptualizes, and recommends appropriate presentations related to cultural and linguistic revitalization as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Web features and virtual exhibitions, archival user resources, visual media creations, special Folklife exhibitions, cultural heritage policy initiatives, and other products as assigned. Researches the areas of presentation extensively through examination of the literature; Folklife and/or linguistic fieldwork documentation and analysis; and personal contacts.
  • Designs and/or coordinates presentations across multiple CFCH platforms, such as Folklife Festival programs, traveling exhibitions, Web features, videos, archival user resource products, and cultural heritage policy formulations. Conceptualizes, writes, and edits publications for peer-reviewed journals and Internet publication.
  • Conceptualizes and oversees the scripting, production, and/or editing of documentaries (films, videos, sound recordings) that present folk life and linguistic diversity.
  • Conceive, conceptualize, and develop proposals for funding and other efforts to secure resources needed to support cultural and linguistic revitalization efforts at CFCH.

Relocation Authorized

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