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

Current openings:


Director of Development

The National Book Foundation is seeking an experienced development professional to join a small, dynamic team in the full-time, senior-level role of Director of Development. The Director of Development will manage all aspects of the Foundation’s fundraising and cultivation efforts, working alongside the Executive Director and in collaboration with staff to provide intellectual support and leadership for all development efforts and activities, including: individual and corporate annual giving campaigns; grant-writing and research; development and oversight of an Endowment campaign; high-level management of the Foundation’s donor database and tracking / communication systems; and the building and/or maintaining of the Foundation’s Book Council and forthcoming National Council. This position is based in New York.

Primary Responsibilities:

Grants & Fundraising

  • Oversee the logistics of year-round fundraising campaigns, as well as creating/supporting major gifts and individual giving strategy
  • Draft grant narratives, with support from program staff
  • Identify and cultivate new foundations, major donors, and avenues of support
  • Provide stewardship for all high-level current donors; build and maintain relationships with National Book Award donors to cultivate year-round Foundation support
  • Identify new corporate partners and assist in the management of existing corporate relationships
  • Collaborate with Deputy Director on all government funding applications, renewals, and reports, including meeting with local government representatives, when appropriate
  • Manage individual appeals and end-of-year mailings
  • Maintain organizational grants calendar
  • Ensure external materials (web, print) are up-to-date and funder-friendly

Board of Directors, Councils, and Committees

  • Work with the Executive Director on the development of the National Book Foundation’s new National Council (a group of individuals from around the country that attend the NBAs, support the Foundation and help to develop national partnerships in collaboration); once formed, the Director of Development will oversee this group
  • Oversight of Book Council including scheduling meetings, nomination process, and supervision of all Book Council activities
  • Supports the planning of, attends, and documents meetings with the Board of Directors and Board Committee meetings, when appropriate; maintain up-to-date information on Board Members (contact info, professional activities)

Endowment Campaign

  • Work alongside the Executive Director and the Board of Directors (or appropriate committee) and any contractors to execute all aspects of the National Book Foundation’s endowment campaign
  • Contribute to the development and execution of strategies for building the organization’s endowment in preparation for 75th Anniversary in 2024

Database Management

  • Manage NBF’s eTapestry database, including systems for coding, tracking, tagging, and list-pulling for all development activities
  • Coordinate with Manager of Marketing and Communications and other staff to ensure lists from special events and other NBF activities are synchronized with database and mailing lists


 We are looking for applicants with at least 5 years of managing development activities, preferably within an arts or cultural organization. Candidates should possess: excellent verbal and written communication skills; exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to handle multiple, simultaneous tasks and work under deadlines; comfort interfacing with with new and potential donors; and enthusiasm about working and collaborating with a small, passionate team. Applicants should be proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and database programs (preferably eTapestry). A passion for reading and literature is a must. Some evening and weekend work, as well as some travel, is required.

Compensation: This is a full-time exempt position with a generous benefits package. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

To apply: Send resume and cover letter to jobs@nationalbook.org with the subject line “Director of Development.” 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.


Teaching Artist, BookUp (New York City)

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 reading program for middle-school students. 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. The program is held at partnering sites across the city.

The program runs from September 2019 through June 2020 (exact schedule TBD based on Teaching Artist availability and partner site needs). Teaching Artists report to NBF’s Deputy Director.

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 2019)
  • Participate in bi-weekly check-in calls with NBF’s Deputy Director; 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)
  • 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
  • Willingness to travel to program sites, including the outer boroughs
  • A patient, flexible, and collaborative spirit

This position pays a competitive per-session rate.

To apply: send cover letter and resume as PDFs to jobs@nationalbook.org with the subject line: BookUp NYC Teaching Artist.

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.


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.