The PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Development, Marketing, and Programs Associate

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC that celebrates literature and fosters connections between readers and writers to enrich and inspire individuals and communities. In fulfilling that mission, we run a Writers in Schools program that brings free copies of contemporary works of literature into DC schools and arranges for the authors of those works to visit classrooms; host a series of Literary Conversations that provide opportunities for rich public discourse between artists and members of the DC community; and recognize significant literary achievements nationwide by giving out the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.

Our Development, Marketing, and Programs Associate will support PEN/Faulkner’s Executive Director and its Programs and Logistics Director in three key areas: generating revenue for the organization; promoting the organization’s work; and ensuring high-quality public programming. Responsibilities for this full-time, exempt position include the following:


  • Maintaining a grants calendar, preparing grant applications, and submitting grant reports in collaboration with PEN/Faulkner staff
  • Managing PEN/Faulkner’s donation CRM system (Little Green Light): entering donations, scheduling donor calls, generating reports, and sending receipts and thank you emails
  • Tracking PEN/Faulkner’s corporate fundraising efforts
  • Providing support for the organization’s annual Gala, including staffing, set-up and break-down, and tracking Gala attendance
  • Providing support for the organization’s Founding Friends luncheons, including staffing and tracking/managing renewals


  • Managing PEN/Faulkner’s social media channels: creating content for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and engaging with audiences
  • Implementing marketing plans for PEN/Faulkner events, including (but not limited to) to creation of social media advertisements and the distribution of event collateral


  • Providing logistical support for events: booking travel and accommodations, creating itineraries, managing volunteers, and set-up and break-down


Qualified candidates for this position will demonstrate the following:

  • Superior writing ability
  • Familiarity with social media
  • Proficiency with MS Office and Google applications
  • Comfort with learning new technical skills
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Flexibility in a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to organize and prioritize daily and long-term projects and tasks
  • Ability to manage information gathered from multiple constituents simultaneously
  • Ability to learn from (and own) failures/setbacks
  • Extroversion and comfort in engaging with public audiences

Additional Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this position will also have the following experience:

  • Writing grant proposals and grant reports
  • Managing an organization’s social media presence
  • Event planning and management
  • Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop (or other graphic design software packages)
  • Database management


This position is a full-time position exempt from overtime pay. Salary starts in the mid-30s and includes 10 vacation days, 7 sick days, select paid federal holidays, a retirement account, and flex time.  

Start Date: June 1, as circumstances permit. 

Application Instructions:

Send a resume, cover letter, and two professional references to with “Development, Marketing, and Programs Associate” in the subject line. References will be contacted only for the final candidates. 

Please note: The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. 

Contact Information

Gwydion Suilebhan, Executive Director
641 S St. NW, 3rd Fl.