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Director of the Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC)

Posted: March 29, 2021

Title: Director of the Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC)
Department:  Heritage Center/Archives
Supervisor: President
Status/Type: Full-time / Staff / Exempt

Position Summary: Reporting to the President, the director serves two primary roles: 1) as key representative of the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) and Finlandia University to its Finnish American, Finnish, and Finnish Canadian constituents; and 2) as passionate and visionary leader of Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center.  

The director is responsible for sustaining and building relationships with regional, national, and international Finnish and Finnish American entities and audiences.  Supervising a small staff, the director has overall responsibility for the monthly publication of the Finnish American Reporter newspaper and the Heritage Center’s archive. In addition, the director leads planning, budgeting, fundraising, and all program and outreach activities of the FAHC.  Working in close collaboration with other campus leadership, the director identifies and supports initiatives that regularly link the FAHC with Finlandia’s academic and student affairs programs.  

Required Qualifications and Qualities:

  1. An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  2. 5-plus years of progressive professional development within or among the following fields: publishing, marketing, communication, event planning, and fundraising.
  3. Superior interpersonal, administrative, and management skills.
  4. Superior writing and public presentation skills.
  5. Able to travel 1-2 months within a calendar year.

 Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Maintain and strengthen regional, national, and international relationships that reinforce the FAHC’s leading role in building, preserving, and celebrating Finnish American Heritage and Finnish cultural life.
  2. Develop, execute, and assess a strategic plan that is integrated with Finlandia’s institution-wide planning document.  
  3. Build and monitor annual budgets as well as write reports for senior leadership and the Finlandia University Board of Trustees.
  4. Provide overall supervision of a small full-time staff (newspaper editor and archivist) as well as Finnish interns, work/study students, and community volunteers. 
  5. Provide overall supervision of the publication of a monthly newspaper, The Finnish American Reporter.  
  6. Serve as liaison to Finlandia University’s Finnish Council in America (FCA). Duties include working with the FCA chair and officers, facilitating the FCA annual meeting and committee meetings. In particular, the Director works with the Chair of the Heritage Committee of the FCA as they find meaningful ways to support the mission of the FAHC.
  7. Develop programming for the Finnish American Folk School.  Duties include grant writing, event scheduling, instructor recruitment, and partnering with community resources.
  8. Actively participate in select local, regional, or national alliances and organizations.    
  9. Develop and implement FAHC events, programs, and projects to Finlandia’s students, faculty, and staff, the regional community, and the greater Finnish North American community.  Events and programs include, but are not limited to the following: Finnish Independence Day, mid-winter’s Heikinpäivä Festival, mid-summer’s Juhannus Festival, autumn’s Festival Ruska.
  10. Direct and engage in fundraising efforts to advance the mission of the FAHC. 
  11. Travel to Finnish communities and events, such as FinnFest USA, FinnFunn Weekends, Finlandia Week, Expatriate Parliament, Finn Grand Fest (Canadian annual national festival), and FinnFunn Day.
  12. Demonstrate support for and engagement with Finlandia’s strategic vision to become more fully a whole learning community accompanying the whole student toward a whole life.

As a learning community Finlandia University recognizes and affirms the dignity and worth of all people and cultures. We will strive to provide an institutional climate that does not perpetuate or tolerate forms of discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining a qualified and diverse faculty, staff and student body.

Finlandia University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex/gender, age, disability, religion, veteran status, familial status, height, weight, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law in admissions, employment, athletics, programs, and activities. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or gender equity concerns:

Fredi deYampert
Title IX Coordinator
(906) 487-7301



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