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Communications and Marketing Manager

The National Book Foundation is seeking an experienced communications and marketing professional to join a small, passionate team of book lovers who run year-round public and educational programs in addition to the annual National Book Awards. The Communications and Marketing Manager will report directly to the Foundation’s Executive Director to strategize and execute all efforts related to marketing and publicity. This is a full-time position based in New York, though may begin remotely as needed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Areas of Responsibility:

General Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute a wide range of internal and external communications, including but not limited to team updates, press releases, newsletters, physical and digital marketing materials, social media posts, and event materials
  • With the Executive Director, create and sustain a consistent and appealing brand across social media, press relations, and marketing efforts
  • Serve as main contact for all press inquiries and coverage regarding the National Book Awards as well as the Foundation’s other public and educational programs
  • Operate as a key member in the conceptualizing, planning, and execution of the annual National Book Awards


  • Maintain all of the Foundation’s social media channels, including planning digital campaigns, responding to native platform analytics, and, through the active cultivation of brand and voice identity, encouraging broad engagement across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr to organically grow the significant NBF online following
  • Create and share public-facing updates in the form of a monthly newsletter that informs subscribers of Foundation activities and encourages participation in location-specific events and a broader online conversation
  • Maintain and grow the Foundation’s newsletter audience through event appeals, special promotions, etc.
  • With the Public Programs Manager, plan local outreach around NBF Presents events across the country, including the creation of digital and physical event assets, reaching out to local organizations able to amplify messaging, and working with local partners’ communications teams to maximize awareness
  • Plan and create paid advertisements for the Foundation’s expanding public programs, targeting key demographics to encourage awareness of and attendance at NBF events
  • Work with the Foundation’s Director of Technology to update and maintain the NBF website


  • Strategize and execute a variety of press-focused announcements related to the Foundation’s programmatic work, including the creation and dissemination of press releases and working with local media for promotion and coverage of events
  • Research, update, and maintain contact lists for press, social media users, newsletter recipients, and partner organizations
  • Pitch media outlets for coverage of the Foundation’s public and educational programs to raise awareness around initiatives
  • Handle the logistics of NBF press coverage, including responding to press requests, providing NBF assets, and working with the Executive Director to provide timely and thoughtful responses to interview requests

National Book Awards

  • With the Associate Director, Awards and Executive Director, spearhead the coordination and creation of a range of marketing materials for the annual National Book Awards, including invitations, event signage, programs, promotional video, and other materials
  • Work with the Foundation’s partners to plan and execute sophisticated, co-branded activations around the National Book Awards
  • Gather and fact check info on authors, awards, and organizations for all public announcements surrounding the National Book Awards
  • With the Executive Director, strategize and execute press-focused announcements related to the National Book Awards, including coordinating media exclusives and the creation and dissemination of press releases
  • Pitch a wide variety of media outlets for coverage of the National Book Awards and other Awards-related events and announcements, including confirming coverage of the Longlists, Finalists, and other NBA announcements, and fielding interview and asset requests
  • Invite and coordinate attendance for all press and photographers for the National Book Awards Ceremony, oversee red carpet along with various aspects of the proceedings to ensure a seamless event
  • Attend and help run all events taking place during National Book Awards week (e.g., Medal Ceremony, Finalists Reading, Teen Press Conference, National Book Awards Ceremony)

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have at least 2–3 years of experience in marketing or publicity roles, preferably in publishing; excellent communication skills, including strong writing, editing, and copyediting skills with a meticulous attention to detail; ability to balance multiple projects, work efficiently under time-specific deadlines, and problem solve effectively in a fast-paced environment; experience working with press contacts in traditional and new media; experience with event production preferred; experience with WordPress preferred; experience with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop a big plus; and a patient, flexible, kind, and collaborative spirit.

Compensation: This is a full-time exempt position with a benefits package including paid time off, health care, and other benefits. Salary is $55,000-60,000, depending on experience.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter as PDFs to [email protected] with the subject line Communications and Marketing Manager. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Position begins in summer 2021. No phone calls.

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.


Programs Coordinator

The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, is seeking a part-time Programs Coordinator. This is a grant-funded position, focusing on a forthcoming new program that aims to highlight diverse books that deepen readers’ understanding of science and technology, as well as additional public program support as needed.

The new program will be housed under the Foundation’s Public Programs umbrella, NBF Presents, which in tandem with the Foundation’s Education & Access initiatives, aim to reach readers everywhere through a robust slate of local and national programs, cultivating meaningful discourse through literature for audiences of all ages.

This is a grant-funded, temporary position based in New York, September 2021–April 2022, with the possibility of extension. The Programs Coordinator will report to the Senior Manager, Public Programs. This position is based in New York, though may begin remotely as needed.


  • Support programmatic timelines and calendars, ensuring all deadlines are met.
  • Support logistics and outreach for large-scale events, initiatives, and campaigns, including conducting relevant research, maintaining event details, and spearheading audience development.
  • Assist in updating and editing programmatic and marketing materials, including itineraries, one-sheets, press releases, and web.
  • Track program activities in collaboration with ongoing organization development, fundraising, and reporting efforts and goals.
  • Organize and track supplies and materials, including book orders, book donations, program invoices/accounting, catering orders, etc.
  • Additional administrative responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications: We are looking for applicants with a strong background in arts and cultural and/or nonprofit program administration, with outstanding organizational skills, high attention to detail, and ability to work efficiently within a tight implementation timeline. Applicants should have demonstrated experience working with diverse communities. A contagious love for reading is a must. The Programs Coordinator will work 25 hours per week; schedule will be adjusted as needed to account for program activities taking place outside of regular office hours. Evening and weekend work is occasionally required.

Compensation: This is a part-time position of 25 hours per week. The Programs Coordinator will be paid $25 per hour, including paid holidays/office closures.

To apply for the position: send resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line Programs Coordinator. Please indicate any scheduling constraints in your cover letter. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. No phone calls, please.

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.