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Employment

 

Home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-class center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. The Folger offers an excellent benefits package, including Teachers Insurance Annuity Association and College Retirement Equities Fund pension plan, and generous annual and sick leave. The Folger maintains a smoke-free environment and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls please.


We wish to thank you for your interest. 


Open Positions

Assistant Director, Folger Theatre

Master Electrician, Folger Theatre

Cataloger

Reader Registrar

Reference & Outreach Specialist

Part-Time Box Office Assistant

Part-Time House Manager

Internships

 

 


 

Posting Date: 4/7/2014
Closing Date: When Filled

 

Home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-class center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. Folger Theatre, a not-for-profit AEA company that produces a full season of plays by Shakespeare and other playwrights, is seeking applications for Assistant Directors for its 2014/15 Season. The ADs will assist the Director(s) in the rehearsal of the productions as well as assist in the rehearsal of the understudies.

 

Folger Theatre’s 2014/15 season includes Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Directed by Robert Richmond October 28 – December 7, 2014; possible extension until December 14th; Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller, in a new version by Peter Oswald, Directed by Richard Clifford January 27 – Mach 8, 2015, possible extension to March 15th; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, Directed by Aaron Posner May 12 – June 21, 2015, possible extension to July 5th.

 

A successful candidate will have an undergraduate theater degree and/or beginning his/her professional career. Candidates should also be self-starting, and detail-oriented, and have the ability to improvise, problem solve and work well with others. This position reports to the General Manager and is an exciting opportunity for a team player to invest in a dynamic company. Please send cover letter and resume to Folger Shakespeare Library, Attn: HR/AD, 201 E. Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003-1004 or email jobs@folger.edu with subject Attn:HR/AD. No phone calls please. EOE.

 

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Master Electrician, Folger Theatre

 

Posting Date: 4/8/2014
Closing Date: When Filled

 

Home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-class center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. Folger Theatre is a not-for-profit AEA company that produces a full season of the plays by Shakespeare and other world class playwrights, and is seeking a Master Electrician for its 2014/15 season: Shakespeare’s Globe’s Hamlet by William Shakespeare July 25-26, 2014; Shakespeare’s Globe’s King Lear by William Shakespeare September 5–21, 2014; possible extension until September 24th; Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Directed by Robert Richmond October 28 – December 7, 2014; possible extension until December 14th; Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller, in a new version by Peter Oswald, Directed by Richard Clifford January 27 – Mach 8, 2015, possible extension to March 15th; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, Directed by Aaron Posner May 12 – June 21, 2015, possible extension to July 5th.

 

Duties include relaying information about Folger inventory and hanging locations to the Lighting Designer(LD); Working with the LD and Production Manager (PM) to realize the vision of the Design while staying within the prescribed budget; Studying the plot, arranging for any necessary rentals/ loaner equipment, and coordinating with the PM the scheduling of hang; Working with the PM to implement safe hanging and installation practices; Hire, schedule and supervise sufficient crew for the hang, focus, notes, and strike of the lighting elements and yearly maintenance; Coordinate personnel information for said crew with the PM to ensure proper documentation and payment; Be available and on call to troubleshoot lighting issues during the run of the production

 

ME will: communicate with the LD and PM during tech and previews to schedule implementation of all work notes and adds around the tech schedule; Attend post tech/preview Production meetings as needed; maintain necessary paperwork for the LD and provide current copies to the PM; Work with the PM for any special lighting needs (i.e. houselights, sign interpretation light, backstage lights); Work with the SM and PM to establish a working checklist/run list for the light board operator to follow when the show is up and running in order to maintain the integrity of the design.

 

ME will: manage the upkeep of current inventory, including lamps, gels, gobos, dimmers, and instruments; inform the PM of any problems or issues and update the inventory prior to the end of each production.

 

A successful candidate will be self-starting, detail-oriented, and have theater industry experience. Knowledge of ETC consoles specifically the Element a plus. This position reports to Production Manager and is an exciting opportunity for team player to invest in a dynamic company. Please send cover letter and resume to Folger Shakespeare Library, Attn: HR/ME, 201 E. Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003-1004 or email jobs@folger.edu with subject Attn:HR/ME. No phone calls please. EOE.

 

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Cataloger

 

 

Posting Date: 1/29/2014

Closing Date: When Filled.

 

Applications are no longer being accepted for this position. All applications received are under review.

 

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Reader Registrar

 

Posting Date: 4/14/2014
Closing Date: When Filled

 

The Folger Shakespeare Library, a premier research library located in Washington, DC, seeks a Reader Registrar to join our Reading Room staff. Under the guidance of the Head of Reader Services and the Librarian, the Registrar serves as the first point of contact for many of our visiting scholars, readers, and special guests. As a key member of the reading room staff, the registrar performs a variety of duties to maintain both the welcoming atmosphere and the security of our special collections library. The responsibilities include but are not limited to: screening and processing applications from scholars, providing readers with information on local services and happenings, assisting in orientation of readers to library policies and procedures, maintaining collections security by monitoring items entering and exiting the Reading Room, managing reader records, and preparing regular reports for library staff on research topics and material requests. The Registrar is also responsible for providing administrative assistance to the Librarian, including: maintaining calendar appointments, preparing correspondence, coordinating arrangements for meetings, processing invoices and check requests, and assisting in presentation preparations as requested.

 

The ideal candidate for this position will have a B.A., or equivalent, and at least three years experience as an administrative assistant, with a preference for research library or university experience. Excellent writing skills, including superior grammar, spelling, and proofreading ability are required. Computer proficiency required; knowledge of database applications helpful. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities with discretion and tact, and be able to analyze and keep track of myriad details. Must be flexible, conscientious and able to work with frequent interruptions. Candidates who are well-organized, detail oriented, and with a strong interest in the library and its programs and activities should apply. Regular work hours are 8:45 to 4:45 Monday through Friday, with Saturday duty on a rotational basis.

 

Please send cover letter and resume by email jobs@folger.edu with subject Attn:HR/Registrar or by mail at Attn:HR/Registrar, 201 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003. No phone calls please. EOE.

 

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Reference & Outreach Specialist

 

Posting Date: 4/1/2014
Closing Date: When Filled

 

The Folger Shakespeare Library, a premier research library located in Washington, DC, seeks a Reference & Outreach Specialist to join an institution dedicated to outreach, education, and research. In consultation with the Head of Reference, the Specialist provides reference services and support for onsite and remote researchers. The Specialist participates in Folger outreach to the general public and visiting scholars via social media, generates new outreach initiatives, and evaluates success of programs. The Specialist serves as a liaison to new users and visitors; provides orientation and instruction on Library procedures and resources; and provides tours, rare book presentations and instructional classes. In addition, the Specialist works closely with our scholar, undergraduate, and school programs on a variety of projects.

 

This position requires an MLS, or equivalent experience, and a minimum of four years experience providing reference services in a university or independent research library, preferably in a special collections setting. Applicants must be conversant with standard office software applications, web editing, collaborative online editing, and screen-casting. Proficiency in MediaWiki (or similar platform), and social media, particularly with innovative delivery of reference support, is required. Also required is knowledge of principles, practices, and trends in outreach service coordination. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills including experience with providing individualized and small group training to a diverse audience. Reading knowledge of a European language such as Latin, French, German, or Italian is highly desirable. Record of participation in relevant library or special collections professional associations is helpful.

 

Please send cover letter and resume to Folger Shakespeare Library by email jobs@folger.edu with subject Attn:HR/ROS or by mail at Attn:HR/ROS, 201 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003. No phone calls please. EOE.

 

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Part-Time Box Office Assistant

 

Posting Date: 1/08/2014
Closing Date: When Filled

 

The Folger Shakespeare Library Theatre, located on Capitol Hill, seeks friendly and motivated individuals to join our box office team! Part-time Box Office Assistants answer calls regarding a variety of unique programs hosted in our unique and historic location, process mailings as needed, and assist with subscription sales. They are responsible for maintaining the highest standard of customer experience while using a computerized ticket system to sell tickets by phone, mail, and in person. Perks include free tickets to our theatrical performances, the opportunity to visit some truly exceptional exhibits, and an excellent team environment in a historic building.

 

The successful candidate will have at least one year of administrative experience, preferably in box office or theater, with experience in Excel and Word. Strong interpersonal, organizational and communications skills are required of this position, as is the ability to work with accuracy, attention to detail, and as part of a team. Preference will be given to candidates with Pro Venue, Tessitura, or similar ticketing software experience.

 

Box Office Assistants work up to 20 hours a week and must have flexible daytime hours. Some evening and weekend hours may be available. Competitive hourly rate in a pleasant environment.

 

For more information about our programs please visit us at http://www.folger.edu/whatson.cfm.  Interested parties should submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@folger.edu with subject Attn:HR/PTBOA or by mail at Attn:HR/PTCP, 201 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003. No phone calls please. EOE.

 

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Part-Time House Manager

 

Posting Date: 3/14/2014
Closing Date: When Filled

 

Folger Theatre and Folger Shakespeare Library seek friendly and enthusiastic individuals to join our House Management team for the current season. House Managers work with our audience services staff to ensure the highest level of customer service for our patrons through every stage of their visit for performances. Duties include; welcoming and cultivating patrons, managing the front of house for various performances, assisting and training volunteer ushers, managing concessions, and aiding audience members to make their visit rewarding. Evening and weekend hours are required.

 

The ideal candidate will have experience with retail, guest or patron services, strong organizational skills, a friendly and outgoing personality, and the ability to work efficiently in a fast paced environment. Preference for candidates with at least one year general arts experience and direct house management experience preferred. This position requires solid computer skills and the ability to work well with the public.

 

For more information about our programs please visit us at http://www.folger.edu/whatson.cfm.  Interested parties should submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@folger.edu with subject Attn:HR/HM or by mail at Attn:HR/HM, 201 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003. No phone calls please. EOE.

 

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Internship Opportunities

 

Many divisions of the Folger have opportunities for internships, both paid and unpaid, for undergraduate and graduate students to learn about the daily operations of an independent research library with a vigorous set of cultural and educational programs.

 

Internships are available with the following divisions: Central Library, Development, Education, Public Programs, Digital Media and Publications and Folger Institute. Preference for Central Library internships is given to graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in Library Science or Museum Studies. For all other internships, preference is given to students pursuing academic and professional goals in the arts and/or humanities. While the majority of these internships are unpaid, this decision is left to each division’s discretion.

 

Central Library internship projects are available in the following areas: Acquisitions, Cataloging, Curatorial support, Digital initiatives, Exhibitions, and Reader Services. Applicants should specify their areas of interest so that applications can be forwarded to the appropriate members of staff. Please indicate whether you are interested in an unpaid internship or if you are applying for an internship / field study for course credit. Indicate a preferred start date in your application, and please submit at least 90 days in advance of that date. Note that while we accept applications on an ongoing basis, we meet on a quarterly basis to consider internships for the academic fall semester (ca. Sept. - Dec.); spring semester (ca. Jan. - May); or for full or part-time summer internships. Preference for Central Library internships is given to graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in Library Science or Museum Studies.

 

The Development Office is responsible for raising unrestricted and restricted gift income in support of organizational needs from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. The Development Office is not accepting applications for internships at this time.

 

The Folger Education Division from time to time offers full-time or part-time internships that are unpaid, or for which students will receive field study/course credit. We seek undergraduate and graduate students with interests in Shakespeare education at all levels or in museum education. The application period for Spring 2014 is now closed. The Education Office is not accepting applications for internships at this time.

 

The Division of Public Programs produces events for the general public, including theatre productions, literary readings, concerts, and tours. Public Programs is currently accepting applications for internships at this time. Internship Deadlines:Summer - March 15; Fall - June 15; Winter - September 15.

 

The Digital Media and Publications Division produces Folger Digital Texts and Shakespeare QuarterlyShakespeare Quarterly is not accepting applications for internships at this time.

 

The Folger Institute sponsors seminars, conferences, and workshops involving the Early Modern period for undergraduate, doctoral and postdoctoral level scholars. The Folger Institute is not accepting applications for internships at this time.

 

Potential interns, screened on an individual basis, should send a résumé, cover letter indicating which Division they are interested in, and a letter from their institution's internship office stating the requirements for academic credit (if it is to be requested). Letters of recommendation may be solicited after a preliminary screening. Mail or fax internship inquiries to Folger Shakespeare Library Attn: HR/Interns; or e-mail to internapplications@folger.edu.

 

Folger Shakespeare Library

Attn: HR/Interns

201 East Capitol Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003

 

Fax Number: (202) 675-0315

Or e-mail to internapplications@folger.edu.

 

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Docents

Docents are a group of trained Folger volunteers who interpret Folger Shakespeare Library for the public through tours and a variety of outreach programs. Learn more at www.folger.edu/docents.

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