Smithsonian Folkways – Associate Director of Operations (US)

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is looking for an experienced, knowledgeable, and dynamic associate director of operations, to start work in June 2018.

The iconic nonprofit record label, which celebrates its 70th anniversary on May 1 this year, is going through an exciting and challenging transformation.

Committed to its mission of being a strong, independent voice offering curated music and sounds that resonate with contemporary issues and conversations, Smithsonian Folkways is optimizing its existing operations while developing new initiatives to ensure its viability in a drastically changing record industry environment.

Supervising a team of five managers, the associate director will oversee and streamline all key production and business processes of the label, from A&R to production, marketing, and sales. Working closely with the director of Smithsonian Folkways, she/he will negotiate with artists, managers, distributors, producers, publicists, and partners in line with the mission and ethics of Smithsonian Folkways.

We are looking for candidates with excellent communication skills, demonstrated effective management experience in the recording business, in-depth understanding of key aspects of the contemporary music industry, a strong affinity for the range of repertoire Smithsonian Folkways represents, and preferably deep knowledge in at least one of the areas of strength of the label (e.g. American folk, world, or children’s music).

Applications with a full CV and letter addressing key criteria are due by regular mail or email at 5 p.m. EST on April 13, 2018.

For submissions and further questions about this position, please contact executive assistant Logan Clark at or (202) 633-3722.

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