The Center for Fiction

Director of Public Programming

The Center for Fiction, the only nonprofit in the country solely dedicated to celebrating the art of fiction, is conducting a search for a Director of Public Events.

The Director of Public Events will: 

  • Create and execute dynamic literary events both on- and off-site throughout the year that feature and celebrate fiction, including events and series across multiple genres and various disciplines (television, visual art, dance, the sciences, politics, and social change, etc.). This will include working in close partnership with the Executive Director to create a robust schedule.
  • Foster partnerships with other organizations as appropriate in NYC and nationwide.
  • Work closely with the PR/Marketing Manager to raise visibility for events, including developing copy and thinking creatively about listings, ad design and placement, etc.
  • Work closely with the Education Director to develop and produce children’s events, workshops, and special programming.
  • Act as the primary event liaison to artists and writers, beginning with preliminary invitations. Work closely with the Event Producer on logistics including the LOA process, travel arrangements, preparation of materials so that each detail of every event is carefully laid out from inception through follow-up.
  • Be present for and personally oversee all aspects of events with special consideration given to future uses of recorded material for podcasts, videos, and archival purposes, while working with the Event Producer and interns to ensure the smooth execution of events.
  • Work closely with the bookstore manager and café vendor for sale of books and refreshments at events.
  • Act as the primary liaison for space rentals.


The Events Director must have: 

  • Creativity, energy and vision. The ability to think beyond the standard literary event format.
  • A wide knowledge of classic and contemporary fiction in the US and internationally.  
  • A strong track record of creative event production in the arts.
  • Some knowledge of A/V equipment and the technical aspects of event production is helpful.
  • The ability to thrive in a busy environment that requires pitching in on projects as workflow requires.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Public speaking skills.
  • The ability to work as member of a team within an organization dedicated to serving readers and writers through multiple programs and initiatives.


This is a full time position in New York City in the borough of Brooklyn that includes a full benefit package.

The Center for Fiction is an equal opportunities employer and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

To apply, please email our Executive Director, Noreen Tomassi, at and include a cover letter and resume.

Contact Information

Noreen Tomassi, Executive Director
15 Lafayette Avenue
Contact Phone: 
(212) 755-6710
Contact e-mail: