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Awards & Honors Manager

The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, is seeking a full-time Awards & Honors Manager. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Deputy Director, and the Director of Development this position requires exceptional organizational skills and the ability to prioritize, while simultaneously understanding the small tasks and the big picture. The ideal candidate is an experienced and thorough program administrator and event planner with excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to manage a high level of detail, and a notable ability to remain calm in high-pressure or deadline-driven scenarios. Candidates should have a proven track record of successfully producing events while prioritizing the best experience for guests, authors, publishers, and other stakeholders. This position is instrumental in executing the National Book Foundation’s largest program and revenue stream, the National Book Awards, as well as other Awards & Honors programs.

The start date for this position is mid-January 2022. This is a full-time position based in New York, though may begin remotely for a temporary period to accommodate candidates who are not currently local.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the entry process for the National Book Awards submission period, including tracking submissions, communicating with publishers, answering eligibility questions and ensuring all entered titles meet eligibility criteria, and ensuring books are received physically and/or digitally, as needed
  • Assist the Executive Director in communicating with judges regarding judging guidelines, deadlines, coordinating submissions updates, scheduling meetings, and other logistics
  • Work with Administrative Assistant to manage the National Book Foundation’s database, as pertains to the National Book Awards and other special events throughout the year, including maintaining annual invite lists for the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner, After Party, Medal Ceremony, Finalist Reading, and 5 Under 35 Ceremony; ensure appropriate internal and external acknowledgement of all Awards-related gifts
  • Manage Longlist, Finalist, and Winner contacts, including liaising with Communications & Marketing Manager on all logistics
  • Work with Executive Director to facilitate the annual selection of Lifetime Achievement award winners, including maintaining updated lists of contenders and researching nominees as needed
  • Coordinate with Communications & Marketing Manager on all Awards-related press materials and outreach plans
  • Oversee all logistics for the in-person National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner, the Medal Ceremony, Finalist Reading, 5 Under 35 Ceremony, as well as broadcasts and afterparties for those events that have them, including budget management, relationships with authors, publicists, vendors, guest lists, and guest relations
  • Work with the Executive Director, Deputy Director and Director of Development in the planning of the National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner and support the securing of sponsors, hosts, and Dinner Committee members to meet and/or exceed fundraising goals
  • Coordinate with Director of Technology on all Awards-related web materials
  • Train and oversee seasonal interns and/or seasonal staff on all Awards-related tasks, including eligibility checking and other projects

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Work with Administrative Assistant to oversee the sales of medallions to the publishers of current and past National Book Award titles
  • Use data from National Book Awards entries, medallion sales, and National Book Awards Ceremony ticket sales to analyze and track performance and fundraising goals
  • Coordinate with programs staff on the presentation and representation of National Book Award Longlist authors, Finalists, and Winners in relevant public and educational programming
  • Coordinate with Director of Development on fulfillment of events-related benefits for Leadership Circle members
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: We are looking for applicants with at least 3-4 years of experience producing events who are versatile, entrepreneurial, organized, and outstanding project managers. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential, as is a high attention to detail and ability to manage multiple and simultaneous tasks on strict deadlines. Applicants should be proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, and database programs.  Knowledge of and experience working in or adjacent to the publishing industry is a strong asset; a love for reading and literature is a must. Applicants should be enthusiastic about working with a small, dedicated team, and possess a patient, flexible, kind, and collaborative spirit.

Compensation:  This is a full-time exempt position based in New York City (with a flexible in-office/remote hybrid schedule) and benefits package, including paid time off, health care, and other benefits. Salary is $58,000-$65,000 depending on experience.

To apply for the position: Send resume and cover letter as PDFs to [email protected] with the subject line “Awards & Honors Manager.” Review of applications will begin in late November and continue until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

Teaching Artist, BookUp

The National Book Foundation (NBF) is seeking published authors who have experience working with young people to serve as Teaching Artists for BookUp, a free, after-school book club-style program for middle-school students in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This 24-session program meets regularly once per week for 90-minute sessions, plus two Saturday half-day field trips. Participants select up to 12 books to read each year, engage in book club-style discussions and creative response activities, and interact with the local literary community through field trips and author visits.

All programs will convene in person in Greensboro, NC and will run from September 2021 through June 2022 (exact schedule TBD based on Teaching Artist availability and partner site needs). Teaching Artists report to NBF’s Education Programs Manager.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead up to twenty-four 90-minute after-school sessions for approximately 15 students in grades 6 through 8
  • Serve as liaison between NBF, partnering site, and other program stakeholders
  • Create and submit weekly lesson plans
  • Create and submit book order requests
  • Organize and document student work in preparation for a printed anthology
  • Participate in a planning meeting (September 2021)
  • Participate in bi-weekly check-in calls with NBF’s Education Programs Manager; maintain regular email communication
  • Assist with the coordination and facilitation of scheduled author visits, field trips, and culminating event


  • Undergraduate degree in creative writing, literature, or other related field; graduate work preferred
  • At least one published book (or book under contract) preferred
  • Previous experience working with young people required; experience with middle and/or high school students strongly preferred
  • Experience working in an after-school or out-of-school time setting strongly preferred
  • A patient, flexible, and collaborative spirit

This position pays a competitive per-session rate.

To apply: send cover letter and resume as PDFs to [email protected] with the subject line: BookUp Teaching Artist.  Review of applications will continue until position is filled.

The National Book Foundation is committed to inclusivity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, parental status, military service, or disability



As a response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, all internships at the National Book Foundation will be held remotely until further notice.

The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, welcomes applications from individuals seeking internships at the center of an established and active literary nonprofit. Interns assist with a variety of tasks and programs, including the National Book Awards, 5 Under 35, BookUp, and Book Rich Environments, as well as administrative, marketing and social media projects.

Internships at the National Book Foundation include a robust introduction to the world of literary non-profits, with exposure to aspects of programming, development, community engagement, and operations. Our small and dedicated staff ensures that every intern receives the mentorship and experience necessary to progress in the arts or publishing industry.

Our internships operate on a seasonal calendar, and require a minimum of 16 hours a week (ideally two full work days).

Fall Internships: September – December
Applications due July 1

Spring Internships: January – April
Applications due November 1

Internships are open to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate course of study; priority is given to applicants who will be receiving course credit for their internship.

General responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with National Book Award entries and procedures
  • Helping with the coordination of National Book Awards Week events and related materials
  • Receiving and sorting National Book Award Ceremony RSVPs and related correspondence
  • Supporting education and public program initiatives through event assistance, materials management, and program tracking and documentation.
  • Contributing to the National Book Foundation’s social media outlets.
  • Editing of press releases and marketing materials
  • Assisting at events outside working hours.

Qualifications: We are looking for a responsible self-starter who is hard-working, detail-oriented, organized, and able to multi-task. Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Having a passion for reading and literature is a must.

Compensation: Internships are unpaid; a local travel stipend is available.

To Apply for An Internship: Send resume, cover letter, and a list of ten favorite contemporary books to [email protected] with the subject line Internship as well as the season applying for. In the body of your email, please indicate where you are enrolled as a student, and whether you will be receiving course credit.

The National Book Foundation is committed to inclusivity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, parental status, military service, or disability.

About the Organization:

The mission of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture. The Foundation approaches this work from three programmatic angles: Awards & Honors, recognizing exceptional authors, literature, and literary programs; Education & Access initiatives, helping young and adult readers develop a lifelong passion for books; and Public Programs, bringing acclaimed authors to communities nationwide to engage in conversations about books and the power of literature as a tool for understanding our world, cultivating meaningful discourse around the issues of our age. Information on all of the Foundation’s programs can be found online at nationalbook.org.