Penland School of Crafts Seeks…

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland offers workshops in books & paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood.

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland offers workshops in books & paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood.

Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education offering residential workshops, residencies, community education programs, and exhibitions. Located on 420 acres in the NC Mountains, Penland is located about an hour northeast of Asheville, NC. 

The arts education center has several job openings and summer internships available. The detailed job descriptions and internships are available online at http://penland.org/about/jobs.html. Applications are due on February 16, 2015.

Penland School of Crafts is an equal opportunity employer with a staff of 62. Penland operates with a $16 million endowment and an annual operating budget of $5.5 million.

penland.3Current Job Openings – Applications due February 16, 2015

Employees at Penland enjoy competitive pay, engaging benefits and a unique work environment of creative inquiry. We have a variety of seasonal, part-time and full-time positions. Classes are offered in the spring, summer and fall with a short winter residency in January and February. For more information about Penland, please visit http://penland.org/index.html.

The Dinner Cook reports to the Food Services Manager for planning and executing dinner menus, managing the dinner kitchen staff, and coordinating serving and shut down of dinner service.  In addition, the Dinner Cook assists the Head Chef in menu planning and preparation of dinner menus and helps prep for breakfast and lunch. The Dinner Cook helps manage a rotating group of scholarship students who often have minimal kitchen experience. The ability to work as a team member with all other functions of Penland is an important aspect of this job. The capacity in the kitchen and dining room is 230 with daily averages of 230 in the summer and 130 in the spring and fall. This is a full-time, seasonal, hourly position. Anticipated start date is March 2015.

The Hospitality Services Manager works closely with the school’s administrative, facilities and programming staff to ensure that all hospitality service functions of the school are managed smoothly and effectively. The Hospitality Services Manager is responsible for managing housing, housekeeping staff, Core Fellow service functions, vendor relationships and the work-study students. This position also serves as co-manager of the Core Fellows program and is responsible for on-site service training and management. Additional duties include special event responsibilities such as Community Open House, Easter, July 4th, etc. The position is a full-time (40 hours/week in spring, summer & fall and 30 hours/week in winter), year-round, benefits eligible, salaried position and reports to the Deputy Director.

The Communications Associate for Digital Media has primary responsibility for managing Penland’s digital communications and online presence, including social media platforms, blog, website, and e-mail news. The position will share responsibility with the communications manager for creating compelling online content. The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in craft and arts education and be a skilled writer and an effective communicator. H/she will be technologically competent and have an interest in the digital world. The Communications Associate will use digital media to inspire support for the school, promote workshop enrollment, and promote the value of craft in the world. The Communications Associate will work with the communications and marketing manager to develop new strategies for promoting the school and participate in other communications and marketing activities as needed. This is a full-time, year-round, benefits-eligible position that reports to the Communications Manager and also works with the Director of Development and Communications.

penland.2Internships – Applications due February 16, 2015

A Penland internship is unpaid, but offers a unique opportunity to live and work in a dynamic, creative educational community and work with accomplished professionals in a mutual learning and knowledge sharing environment. All housing and meals will be provided at no charge to the intern for the duration of the internship period. The week before and after summer sessions, Penland’s dining hall is closed. Interns working during this time will receive a $75/week food stipend. Class and studio access is not provided.

Penland will work with applicants seeking educational credit for the internship. Details can be discussed in the interview process.

Housing will be assigned when interns are selected. Typically, interns are housed together with 2-3 other summer interns in a residence hall on Penland’s campus.

The Benefit Auction Intern is an important member of the Penland development team who provides administrative support while learning about the preparation and management of the Benefit Auction. This event is a weekend fundraiser that grosses over $600,000 for the school and is the 3rd largest craft school auction in the U.S.  This position allows the intern a high level of responsibility through which he or she will gain valuable knowledge and experience in auction fundraising, planning and executing a multi-day event, event registration, data management, and follow-up procedures. The intern reports to the Development Associate for Special Events throughout the internship and assists the Development Operations Manager with registration and check-out closer to and during the event.

The Community Collaboration/Development Intern supports and implements Community Collaboration initiatives, programs and activities and assists the Development staff with special events. The intern will provide intensive support for Kids Camp activities, plan and implement hands-on activities in collaboration with a community organization, and assist with materials preparation for Teaching Artist Initiative programs. The intern will assist development staff with Penland Friends parties, session auction events, and the Annual Benefit Auction.  The intern’s time will be divided between Community Collaboration and Development according to the schedules of these departments.

The Grounds Intern is an important member of the facilities and grounds team. This position will provide hands on research and experience with invasive plants, both native and non-native, along with the maintenance of annuals and perennials alike. The intern will also update a program to track and remove these invasive plants for the future. Additional responsibilities include work in our vegetable and herb garden. This position allows the intern a high level of responsibility for the day to day upkeep of the Penland grounds. The Grounds Intern reports to the Groundskeeper and the Director of Facilities and Grounds.

The Development Intern is an important member of Penland’s development team and works closely with professional staff to gain practical work experience in fundraising and stewardship strategies that support the school’s mission and programs. He or she will learn about each staff role and gain valuable knowledge and experience in donor cultivation and stewardship, events, prospect research, data management and use of the Raiser’s Edge donor database, a widely used software in non-profits. The development intern reports to the Development Associate for Individual Giving.

The Print, Letterpress, Books and Papermaking Intern provides studio support for three areas while learning about studio management and arts administration at a non-profit craft school.  This un-paid position allows the intern to gain valuable knowledge and experience in studio support which includes safety procedures, equipment maintenance, ordering and tracking supplies, and working closely with studio assistants and instructors. The Intern reports to the Print, Letterpress, Books and Papermaking Studio Coordinator.

This Teaching Artist Intern provides close exposure to the skills and teaching philosophy employed by Penland’s Teaching Artist Initiative. This is an assistance position. Work includes materials preparation, classroom setup and maintenance, teaching assistance, and administrative support. Program activities take place in Penland’s teaching studio at Ridgeway, and in three partner schools. Hands-on activities include a variety of bookmaking and painting processes, working with over 400 students over the course of the semester. This internship is positioned in fall 2015 (August-December).

The Painting/Drawing and Textiles Studio Intern provides studio support while learning about studio management and arts administration at a non-profit craft school. This un-paid position allows the intern to gain valuable knowledge and experience in studio support which includes safety procedures, equipment maintenance, ordering and tracking class supplies and working closely with studio assistants and instructors. The Intern reports to the Textile & Drawing/Painting Studio Coordinator.

For more info – contact

Sally Loftis, Human Resources Manager

P. O. Box 37, Penland, NC 28765

phone: 828-765-2359

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