The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. The mission of The Center is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and impact. In February 2019, we opened the doors to our new building in Downtown Brooklyn, creating a home for NYC’s literary community.
The Writing Programs Manager will act as liaison and coordinator for all The Center for Fiction’s services for writers. The Writing Programs Manager is also responsible for managing all aspects of The Center’s First Novel Prize, the Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellowship Program, the Writers’ Studio, and writing workshops and events.
This is a full-time position based in New York City reporting to the Executive Director. The salary range is $60,000-$70,000; the benefits package includes health insurance/dental, 401(K) employer-sponsored plan, and paid time off, among other things.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
- Coordinate all procedures for The Center’s First Novel Prize and Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellowship Program, including overseeing prize and fellowship submissions, recruiting judges and first-tier readers, performing related administrative duties, and reporting results to publishers and winners.
- Work collaboratively and cross-departmentally with development, programming, and marketing staff.
- Coordinate the production of the annual Emerging Writers Fellows Anthology.
- Work closely with Emerging Writers Fellows including coordinating monthly dinners (either in-person or via Zoom), pairing them with appropriate editorial help, and connecting them with resources. Continue to communicate with and be a resource for alumni of the program.
- Coordinate all writing workshops, along with Translation Clinics, Crime Fiction Workshops, and other workshops that might emerge, including soliciting teachers, organizing the schedule, creating letters of agreement and coordinating payments to workshop teachers.
- Work closely with the Webmaster/Graphic Designer and PR/Marketing Manager to publicize all writing programs, including the creation and execution of social media campaigns.
- Work closely with Webmaster/Graphic Designer to update the related parts of the website with information on writing programs.
- Liaise with Bookstore Manager to ensure the promotion/sale of books by writers affiliated with our Writing Programs.
- Oversee the Center’s Writers’ Studio, including screening new member applications, acting as facilitator and liaison for current members.
- Lead efforts to develop and grow each of the writing programs and awards. Create new opportunities for the community of writers who interact with the Center.
- Work closely with the Head Librarian/Education Director to coordinate KidsRead/KidsWrite, and other writing programs for children and teens.
- Coordinate the Center’s seasonal 45:15 communal writing events hosted by our Fellows, including creating the schedule and soliciting hosts.
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications:
- Values diversity of thought, backgrounds and perspectives
- Commitment to the experiences of those from historically marginalized groups, as well as an understanding of the challenges facing BIPOC writers.
- Excellent interpersonal and team skills, extremely collegial
- Demonstrated resourcefulness and good judgment
- Hands-on, leads by example
- Ability to multitask while maintaining vigilant attention to details
- Integrity/ethics beyond reproach
- Constantly looking to apply best practices
- Predisposition to mentor and subsequently increase responsibilities as team and network develops
- Connection to The Center for Fiction’s mission
- 3-5 years of work experience in literary nonprofit, publishing, academia, or related field
- Teaching experience, a plus.
- Excellent verbal and written and communication skills.
- Experience with developing and managing professional development programs for writers or others in a related field.
- Interest in working in a nonprofit setting.
- Ability to deal effectively with a wide range of people and be able to multi-task.
- Extensive knowledge of the literary field.
Please note: This is an onsite position. Our location is in Downtown Brooklyn.