• John C. Campbell Folk School

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    About Us

    The John C. Campbell Folk School provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing. Since 1925, folks have come together here to have creative and fun learning experiences in a unique place in the mountains of western North Carolina.

    Representing over 300 craftspeople, the Folk School's Craft Shop offers everything from decorative jewelry to functional fireplace poker sets made by local and regional artisans. Take home handcrafted pottery, turned wood bowls, and fiber creations like scarves and table linens. The Craft Shop is also the home of the world-renowned Brasstown Carvers. Our Craft Shop is open to visitors starting May 2, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

    Due to COVID-19, free Friday night concert series and dances have been suspended until further notice. Please continue to check our website to find more details on when we'll be offering this programming again.

    The History Center traces the story of the Folk School from its beginning and provides an overview of Appalachian culture. It houses a collection of handcrafted objects, old documents and letters, and photographs - including those of famed photographer Doris Ulmann.

    The Folk School offers numerous nature trails open to the public during daylight hours.

    Highlights

    • Weekend and weeklong classes year-round
    • Craft Shop
    • Friday Night Concerts
    • Square, Contra and English Country dances
    • Fall Festival (First weekend in October)

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    Jobs

    Collections and Archives Manager
    Category: Non-Profit and Social Services
    Collections and Archives Manager Reports to the Executive Director/Deputy DirectorPosition Summary The Collections and Archives Manager directs the Folk School’s archives and records management programs in accordance with professional standards and practices in order to ensure the long-term preservation and accessibility of the collection. The position is responsible for the custody, management, ...read more
    Contact: Morgan Oliver
    Phone:(828) 837-2775
    Fax:(828) 837-8637
    Community Programs Coordinator
    Category: Non-Profit and Social Services
    Position Summary Olive’s Porch is a new, grant-funded community engagement initiative located in downtown Murphy. The Community Programs Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Special Programs Manager and the Community Programs Manager to develop and manage Olive’s Porch and off-site community programs in traditional Appalachian craft and culture education for local audiences. They will ...read more
    Contact: Morgan Oliver
    Phone:(828) 837-2775
    Fax:(828) 837-8637
    Culinary Manager
    Category: Food Industry and Restaurants
    Position Summary The dining hall at JCCFS is an integral part of the overall experience provided on-campus. The Culinary Manager will creatively lead the dining hall to provide three nutritious meals a day for approximately 100+ diners and actively participate in creating an environment that is aligned with the Folk School’s mission and values. The position will oversee all dining hall daily ...read more
    Contact: Morgan Oliver
    Phone:(828) 837-2775
    Fax:(828) 837-8637
    Deputy Director
    Category: Executive and Management
    Deputy DirectorPosition Summary The Deputy Director will work directly with the Executive Director and oversee specified departments to meet the goals and objectives of the Folk School. This position works closely with the Folk School’s leadership team and has frequent contact with staff and constituents. The incumbent will be able to connect well with others and is an organized and practiced ...read more
    Contact: Morgan Oliver
    Phone:(828) 837-2775
    Fax:(828) 837-8637
    Dining Hall Crew Chief
    Category: Food Industry and Restaurants
    Dining Hall Crew Chief Reports to the Chef and Dining Hall ManagerPosition Summary The Dining Hall Crew Chief will supervise the production of meals, lead a team of kitchen team members, maintain the appearance of the kitchen and dining hall, and alert the Chef to any equipment malfunctions. The position will report directly to the Chef and Dining Hall Manager. This is a full-time, hourly ...read more
    Contact: Morgan Oliver
    Phone:(828) 837-2775
    Fax:(828) 837-8637
    Dining Hall Prep Cook
    Category: Food Industry and Restaurants
    Dining Hall Prep CookPosition Summary The Prep Cook will work as a team member preparing meals and desserts, stocking and preparing next shift/day menu items, helping with dining room set up, dishwashing, and end of day cleaning. The Prep Cook will report directly to the Crew Chief and the Dining Hall Manager. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, hourly non-exempt position. Hours may include ...read more
    Contact: Morgan Oliver
    Phone:(828) 837-2775
    Fax:(828) 837-8637
    Part-Time Housekeeper
    Category: Non-Profit and Social Services
    Position Summary Housekeeper successfully maintains the cleanliness of facilities with integrity and attention to detail. The position will facilitate a clean and orderly environment for guests. The position reports directly to the Crew Chief and Services Manager and is a part-time position. Hours may include weekends.Position Responsibilities • Ensure all rooms, common areas and studios are ...read more
    Contact: Morgan Oliver
    Phone:(828) 837-2775
    Fax:(828) 837-8637
    Studio Coordinator - Cooking, Gardening, Nature Studies
    Category: Non-Profit and Social Services
    Position Summary The Studio Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the Folk School’s Cooking, Gardening, Nature Studies, Homesteading, and Soap Making programs; including program development, community engagement, maintenance of the cooking studio, instructor, and student relations, and working collaboratively across departments to promote and strengthen the programs. They will work closely ...read more
    Contact: Morgan Oliver
    Phone:(828) 837-2775
    Fax:(828) 837-8637
    Studio Coordinator - Natural Fibers
    Category: Non-Profit and Social Services
    Position Summary The Studio Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the Folk School’s Basketry, Gourds, Brooms, Chair Seats, and Leather programs; including program development, community engagement, maintenance of the Rock Room studio, instructor, and student relations, and working collaboratively across departments to promote and strengthen the programs. They will work closely with the ...read more
    Contact: Morgan Oliver
    Phone:(828) 837-2775
    Fax:(828) 837-8637
    Temporary Housekeeper
    Category: Non-Profit and Social Services
    Position Summary The Housekeeper successfully maintains the cleanliness of facilities with integrity and attention to detail. The position will facilitate a clean and orderly environment for guests. The position reports directly to the Crew Chief and Services Manager and is a temporary, up to 40 hours a week, hourly position. Hours may include weekends and holidays.Position Responsibilities • ...read more
    Contact: Morgan Oliver
    Phone:(828) 837-2775
    Fax:(828) 837-8637
    Development Coordinator
    Category: Non-Profit and Social Services
    Position Summary The Development Coordinator assists with the successful facilitation of the school’s fundraising effort to support its programs, services, and capital needs and to secure its longevity. The position will report directly to the Development Director. This is a full-time, exempt salary, and benefits-eligible position. Hours include regular office hours, Monday-Friday with occasional ...read more
    Contact: Morgan Oliver
    Phone:(828) 837-2775
    Fax:(828) 837-8637