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PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world’s leading international literary and human rights organization, seeks an administrative assistant for its literary programs and membership initiatives. This entry level assistant position will provide administrative support for PEN’s Membership and Public Programs Departments and work closely with PEN’s Children’s & Young Adult Book Committee to bolster existing programming in high schools and other venues. The assistant will be responsible for correspondence and scheduling; processing membership dues, managing new member applications and renewals; coordinating communications with publishers and educators; and helping to facilitate member-led initiatives such as readings, talks, and other events in high schools under the direction of [the/a] supervisor.
The position offers an exciting opportunity to work directly with authors, educators, arts administrators, and literary professionals committed to defending PEN’s core mission, the defense and celebration of free expression. The successful candidate will be hard-working, detail-oriented, thorough, and able to simultaneously juggle multiple projects in different phases in a fast-paced office. The ideal candidate should have excellent written and verbal interpersonal skills and be willing to roll up his/her sleeves to engage with a range of literary programming and initiatives.
This is a full-time position in our New York City office and some evening work will be required. The right applicant will be hired initially for a one-year term. The Membership & Programs Assistant will report to the Director of Membership, Marketing & Literary Programs. Candidates representing diverse backgrounds strongly encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will possess:
Salary: Entry-level. Excellent comprehensive benefits package.
PEN is an equal opportunity employer.
Please email your resume and cover letter, with “Membership & Programs Assistant” in the subject line, by August 1 to:
Director of Membership, Marketing & Literary Awards