Opportunities

 

As of March 12, 2020, and as a response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, National Book Foundation Staff is working remotely. All hiring is currently on pause for the duration of this emergency. Please contact us via email, rather than phone or mail, with any questions.

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

Current openings:

Programs Assistant

The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, is seeking a part-time, temporary Programs Assistant. The principal focus of this position is the Literature for Justice (LFJ) program, a nationwide, book-based campaign that seeks to contextualize the issue of mass incarceration through annual reading lists, outreach, and public events, as well as additional education and public program support as needed. The Programs Assistant will work closely with the Public Programs Manager and Deputy Director.

LFJ is made possible by the Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, in partnership with the Ford Foundation. It is 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 part-time, temporary position based in New York: Monday-Thursday (32 hours per week) with some flexibility based on availability. The Programs Assistant will report to the Deputy Director.

Responsibilities:

  • 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 Assistant will work Monday-Thursday (4 days/week) or the equivalent at National Book Foundation’s offices; 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 32 hours per week (March-August 2020).  The Programs Assistant will be paid a competitive hourly-rate.

To apply for the position: send resume and cover letter to jobs@nationalbook.org with the subject line Programs Assistant. 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.

 


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.