Catapult

Director of Writing Programs, Catapult Classes

The Director of Writing Programs develops, executes, and oversees Catapult’s entire roster of online and NYC-based creative writing classes, as well as supplementary events including lectures, retreats, and conferences. Must be an effective leader who can manage a dynamic team in a fast-paced environment, in addition to a growing pool of local and remote instructors. Familiarity with creative writing pedagogy and workshop best practices is essential. Requires the vision, experience, and contacts to create new and innovative literary programming, cementing Catapult’s reputation as one of the world’s premiere writing centers. Senior-level position. 


Responsibilities:

  • Program new classes, shooting for an average of 25–35 classes a month, with 7–10 writer contacts at various stages of the conversion/recruitment process monthly
  • Manage a team of 3–5 staff members, in addition to a growing instructor pool of 100+ writer-instructors  
  • Recruit writer-instructors at the center of contemporary literary culture
  • Develop and program new classes initiatives, including year-long classes, memberships, evergreen courses, and certification
  • Interview and hire all instructors, making sure they are effectively trained and onboarded so that the student experience is first-rate
  • Stay abreast of literary culture and buzz books, particularly debuts, to ensure that our instructor pool is relevant, cutting-edge, and attractive to potential students
  • Maintain Catapult’s entire classes schedule, ensuring a balance of genres, levels, and topics
  • Set, track, and meet gross revenue goals month over month and annually
  • Check in with online instructors throughout the lifespan of their classes (start date, midway point) to make sure that they are on top of workshop submissions, providing feedback, and using the platform effectively
  • Oversee enrollment numbers, paying attention to whether classes need to be rescheduled, and communicating with instructors about adjusting their start dates and refining copy to make classes more marketable  
  • Reschedule core online instructors for future iterations of their classes, as early as immediately after their current class begins
  • Network and attend literary functions in NYC and beyond, acting as a representative of the Catapult classes program
  • Strategic planning and executive leadership within Catapult, representing the department’s needs and thinking about the writing program’s growth and impact within the company as a whole
  • Review instructor materials to ensure they meet Catapult’s educational standards, and act as a teaching mentor to instructors who need help building syllabi, managing classroom time, and dealing with student issues
  • Handling student complaints and ensuring a consistently high level of student satisfaction
  • Conduct regular performance reviews for all instructors and communicate evaluation results in a constructive and performance-enhancing way
  • Maintain Catapult’s relationships with past, present, and future instructors
  • Act as the voice of Catapult’s writing program, writing student-facing communication (i.e., monthly newsletters) and emceeing events
  • Build relationships in local and national literary communities with writers, administrators, and industry leaders
  • Program all professional development events, including seasonal agent receptions and guest speakers for 12-month programs
  • Work with the dev team assigned to the classes website to constantly challenge platform functionality in search of ways to improve and refine it (i.e., video chat, message boards, etc.), making it the most useful tool it can be for writing instructors
  • Foster mutually beneficial partnerships with like-minded literary organizations
  • Develop conferences such as the publishing institute, Don’t Write Alone, and other retreats and literary programming that will drive revenue and strengthen our network of students and alumni


Qualifications:

  • Experienced in pedagogy and principles of writing education
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity in education
  • Deep knowledge of contemporary literary culture
  • Advanced degree (Masters or Doctorate)
  • Two or more years of experience in a writing program or other college-level arts educational program with a record of teaching excellence
  • Experience with program development and assessment, and faculty development
  • Experience with developing writing classes that meet student needs
  • Commitment to building a business in a high-growth, dynamic, demanding work environment
  • Curriculum development, community-building, and administrative experience
  • The ability to interact effectively with students and collaborate with faculty and staff
  • Experience with online publishing platforms and digital marketing
  • Experience supervising/inspiring a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Excel, and G-Suite
  • People of color, LGBTQIA people, and disabled people are especially encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

Andy Hunter, Publisher and COO
1140 Broadway, Suite 704
New York
NY
10001
Contact Phone: 
(646) 928-5999
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