Opportunities

 

We’re looking for talented people to join Team Book.

Current openings:

 

National Book Awards Assistant

The National Book Foundation is seeking a seasonal assistant for the 2019 National Book Awards. Now in its 70th year, the National Book Awards (NBA) is one of the nation’s premier literary honors, and has a stellar record of recognizing the best literature in America. The Awards Assistant will report to both the Awards and Relationships Manager and Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing, functioning as a key member of the small team that plans and executes the National Book Awards and the various announcements and events leading up to the dinner and ceremony on Wednesday, November 20 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The Awards Assistant will be responsible for a wide range of tasks related to communications, publicity, event planning, on-site troubleshooting, and more. This is a New York-based, full-time contracted position for the dates of August 1 through December 20.

General Responsibilities

  • Assist in the day-to-day tasks of planning a large-scale (750+ person) dinner and ceremony, including duties related to event planning, guest relations, press relations, and marketing
  • Attend and assist with multiple National Book Awards events that take place on the evenings of Monday through Wednesday the week of November 18 (5 Under 35, NBA Medal Ceremony, NBA Finalists Reading, NBA ceremony and dinner)
  • Additional tasks as agreed upon

Awards and Relationships

  • Alongside the Awards and Relationships Manager, update and maintain NBA dinner contacts in the Foundation’s database (Blackbaud’s eTapestry) and produce reports on tables, tickets, and donations for the National Book Awards
  • Oversee interns and volunteers for events during National Book Awards week
  • Help manage database of 2019 NBA author contact information, including liaising on logistical communications with publicists for National Book Awards week
  • Coordinate sales of advertisements for the National Book Awards program book to publishers, book sales channel partners, embassies, and other interested parties
  • Help create and manage guest lists and handle guest-related inquiries at events

Marketing and Communications

  • Gather and fact check info on authors, awards, and organizations for all public announcements surrounding the 70th National Book Awards season
  • Assist in the process of planning and producing NBA design materials, including contacting and following up with designers, printers, and event venue staff
  • Update and maintain contact lists for press, social media users, newsletter recipients, and partner organizations
  • Conduct online research for various press-related outreach, including use of MuckRack
  • Draft and copyedit a wide range of materials (emails, press releases, marketing copy, social media posts) for both internal and external use
  • Assist with the production and posting of updates on various social media platforms, including visual and written assets
  • Work with the Foundation’s Director of Technology to make additions and changes to NBA-related content on the Foundation’s website

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience
  • Experience with event production preferred
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to problem solve effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop a big plus
  • A patient, flexible, and collaborative spirit

This position pays a competitive hourly rate.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume as PDFs to jobs@nationalbook.org with the subject line “Awards Assistant.” Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as they are received.

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.

 


Teaching Artist, BookUp Greensboro

The National Book Foundation (NBF) is seeking a published author who has experience working with young people to serve as a Teaching Artist for BookUp: Greensboro, a free, after-school reading program for middle school students, run in partnership with the Greensboro Public Library and sponsored by the Greensboro Public Library Foundation.  BookUp 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. This 24-session program meets regularly once per week for 90-minute sessions, plus two weekend half-day field trips, and runs from September 2019 through June 2020 (exact schedule TBD based on Teaching Artist availability and partner site needs). The program is held at Jackson Middle School. Teaching Artists report to NBF’s Director of Education.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead twenty-four 90-minute after-school sessions for approximately 15 students in grades 6 through 8.
  • Serve as liaison between NBF, Greensboro Library, Jackson MS, and other program stakeholders
  • Create and submit lesson plans
  • Create and submit book order requests
  • Organize and document student work
  • Participate in a planning meeting (September 2019)
  • Participate in planning and ongoing check-in calls with New York-based NBF staff
  • Assist with the coordination of and attend field trips and culminating event.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in creative writing, literature, or other related field; graduate work preferred
  • Experience as a published writer (online or print)
  • Previous experience working young people required; experience with middle 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 Jim.Young@greensboro-nc.gov with the subject line: BookUp Greensboro Teaching Artist. Applications due July 1, 2019.

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.


Internships

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, Book Rich Environments, Why Reading Matters, and the Innovations in Reading Prize, 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 jobs@nationalbook.org 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.