National Book Foundation

Director of Public Programs

National Book Foundation – Director of Public Programs  

The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, is seeking a full-time Director of Public Programs to join its small but growing team. The ideal candidate is an experienced and thorough program administrator with a deep understanding of the literary landscape; has a proven track record of successfully producing and arranging exciting arts programming; and is highly skilled at collaborating with both internal staff and external partners. This position will help expand the Foundation’s national footprint by maintaining and growing existing public programs, engaging new audiences, and developing new initiatives. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all logistics for NBF Presents, which encompasses NBA on Campus; 5 Under 35; Eat, Drink & Be Literary; our new Literature for Justice initiative; other public programs currently in development; and various book festivals and programs with presenting partners around the country
  • Coordinate national and local author appearances and actively create opportunities for authors associated with the Foundation
  • Event coordination and planning, including securing venues, curating guest lists, and maintaining a programming budget
  • Work with NBF staff and partners to ensure that public programs are well publicized and well attended
  • Oversee the Innovations in Reading Prize, including logistics, review, and promotion
  • Develop new relationships, partnerships, and programs to increase the Foundation’s national presence and engage new audiences
  • Build national network of audiences and ensure a diverse range of events, locations, and partners

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Help plan the annual Why Reading Matters conference alongside the Foundation’s Director of Education 
  • Assist, as needed, with a variety of National Book Awards events and campaigns, including the Finalists Reading, Medalist Ceremony, National Book Award Ceremony and Dinner, and After-Party
  • Maintain a robust presence within the literary community, staying abreast of authors, current work, and industry trends 
  • Oversee the hiring and training of program assistants, interns, and seasonal staff as needed


We are looking for applicants who are versatile, ambitious, organized, and are outstanding multitaskers. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Applicants should have at least 4-6 years experience managing and developing public arts programs. Ability to contribute to fundraising and marketing efforts is preferred. Applicants should be proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, 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.


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

To Apply for the Position: 

Send resume, cover letter, and a brief statement describing your literary interests to with the subject line Director of Public Programs. 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.

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