PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Education Programs Coordinator

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, that fosters connections among readers and writers to enrich and inspire individuals and communities. Writers in Schools (WinS), PEN/Faulkner’s signature youth education program, connects authors with students in the DC area through classroom conversations and book donations, writing workshops, summer programming, and multi-school book clubs. 

The Education Programs Coordinator plays an important role in helping PEN/Faulkner run high-quality, impactful educational programming centered around conversation and civil discourse in a variety of settings, including DC public and charter schools, area private schools, and correctional facilities. This is an excellent opportunity for someone new to the arts administration field to work closely within a small, dedicated team in a nationally renowned nonprofit with a storied history.


  • Coordinate scheduling and booking logistics for 200+ WinS visits each year.
  • Serve as the main point of contact for WinS-related matters that arise during the school day. When necessary, accompany authors on school visits and manage all aspects of that visit. Support summer programming efforts.
  • Coordinate book purchases and distribution of books to schools for all visits.
  • Submit invoices for author and vendor payments; track payments in database; coordinate on department budgeting.
  • Maintain database of educator, school, and author contact information. Serve as the point of contact for database inquiries and reports.
  • Support department evaluation strategy and data collection.
  • Cultivate and maintain partnerships with educators, schools, literary organizations, host-site venues, and publicists.
  • Support recruitment and outreach efforts to potential new authors and books for WinS participation.
  • Support development of curricular materials, lesson plans, and materials database.
  • Coordinate department and organization-wide volunteer program, including recruitment, training/on-boarding, retention, and appreciation, with direct oversight from the WinS Director.
  • Support department intern hiring, training, and coordinating efforts.
  • Oversee 1–2 WinS department intern(s) per cohort.
  • Other duties as assigned, within a reasonable scope for the position.


  • Superior time management skills. Proven ability to organize and prioritize daily and long-term projects and tasks, including information management from multiple constituents simultaneously.
  • Proven attention-to-detail. Database experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and ability to think on one’s feet.
  • Demonstrated adaptability and flexibility in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, both internal and external.
  • Experience building positive and successful relationships with various constituencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in teamwork and collaboration and also work independently.
  • Proven ability to learn from (and own) failures/setbacks.
  • Proficiency in Mac usage, MS Office Suite, and GSuites.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the complex education landscape and of education policy, especially in DC.
  • Love of reading and creating avenues of accessibility to reading and book ownership among traditionally underserved communities.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience working in K–12 literacy and/or writing a plus.
  • Experience working with youth from under-resourced backgrounds, preferably in a classroom setting, a plus.
  • Experience directly leading and/or supervising others a plus.
  • Spanish language skills a huge plus.


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, retirement account, and flextime.  

Start Date: 

August 5, 2019. Interviews will be scheduled starting in early June. 

Application Instructions:

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references to with “Education Programs Coordinator” in the subject line. References will be contacted only for the final candidates.

Contact Information

Lacey N. Dunham, Writers in Schools Director
641 S Street NW
3rd Floor - WeWork
Contact Phone: 
(202) 898-9063