JOB DESCRIPTION: Registrar, Driftless Folk School
About the Driftless Folk School
The Driftless Folk School is a regional center for the preservation, promotion and training of traditional crafts, homesteading, natural building, energy self-sufficiency, sustainable farming, animal husbandry, and wilderness skills.
We offer 50+ classes per year. They take place on farms, in backyards, around kitchen tables, and in community kitchens from Soldiers Grove to Viola, Viroqua to La Farge. And an increasing number of our classes are offered at our 5-acre campus (embedded in a 100+ acre working farm) a few miles east of La Farge. There we have a classroom tent, outdoor kitchen, cabin, bathhouse, walking trails, Dan Pepper’s old Gypsy Wagon, and WiFi. We produce a beautiful full-color, 30-page, annual catalog of our courses as well as other community offerings and we distribute 5,000 copies per year across the Midwest. All of our classes can be booked online and we run very successful social media promotions to recruit students from around the Midwest. We have a website that could use a little TLC and a PO box in Viroqua. And last but definitely not least, we love our community! We have a pool of 120 seasoned instructors, contacts for more than 800 past and present donors, information on more than 1,200 former students, and an active Facebook following of nearly 4,000 people.
We have a very active volunteer board and we are helping our current Registrar – the amazing Allison Mendoza – transition out gracefully so she can focus full time on her new job and her busy farm. Hers are big shoes to fill, but our next registar is out there, and we can’t wait to meet you!
About the registrar role:
The registrar role is the face of the Driftless Folk School. He/she is essential in crafting connections and creating community with students and teachers. The role is flexible, remote (but with easy access to Viroqua and La Farge required) and 15-20 hours per week. It’s also very seasonal, so here’s our best guess as to what it looks like over the course of the year:
November-February: With the support of a hands-on, volunteer board and many supporters across the community, the registrar project-manages the curation of our season of 50+ classes and – with the support of a professional designer and print shop – the production and distribution of 5,000 copies of our annual catalog.
March: All of our classes are added to our website as well as to the back-end booking system (“BookWhen”) and as stand-alone Facebook events. Over the course of the year, the registrar can expect to spend a few hours a week sending out our quarterly newsletter and managing our social media accounts: re-sharing upcoming Facebook events, boosting low-performing posts as needed, and activating volunteers when printed flyers, custom artwork, or other special promotions are needed. But March is a great month to prep for all this.
April-October: During the class season, roughly from April-October, the registrar processes class or event registrations and communicates with both students and instructors prior to and after classes. He or she is also responsible for keeping records, following up on evaluations, and assisting with other events. During this period Saturdays are our busiest days, with classes happening roughly every other weekend. Being present or cultivating a strong group of ‘class hosts’ will be required if you want your weekends free.
Throughout the year the registrar is expected to prepare for and meet monthly with our board of directors and participate in the programming committee. He or she checks mail, responds to inquiries coming in by phone or online, and helps stay in touch with instructors, volunteers, and our wider community. There will surely be opportunities to represent the Driftless Folk School around the region and in the media, and other things that we are probably forgetting to mention.
This position is part time: average of 15-20 hours per week with seasonal variability. Hours are flexible, but the registrar must attend to communications at least 4 days a week including some weekends. This position will really only work for someone with strong intrinsic motivation, initiative, people-skills, and attention to detail.
For the right person, this is not just a job, but an “in” in a vibrant community, an outlet for creative work (“what if we offered a class on this?”), and an opportunity to champion personal and cultural resilience across our unique Geo-cultural Driftless region.
- Excellent communication skills via email, phone, and face to face interactions
- Highly motivated self-starter who takes initiative with minimal supervision
- Exemplary planning and organization skills (… all this really is possible with 15-20 well-planned hours per week, we promise!)
- Eager to meet challenges and independently come to solutions
- Proficiency in Google Apps (Drive, Docs, Sheets, etc.)
- Familiarity with social media (Facebook Ads)
- Familiarity with cloud-based storage (Dropbox, Google Docs, FTP, etc.)
- Website management (WordPress, etc.)
- Confidence in promoting our school, values, and offerings
Pay is based on experience, and between $12 – $15 per hour
Tuition-free Driftless Folk School classes
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants are requested to send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Please think about how this role would fit into your life over the next 3 years and share those reflections in the cover letter, along with particular interests and experiences you would bring to the roll.
Position posted until filled.