Polyphony Lit

Executive Director

Polyphony Lit is a global online literary platform for high school writers and editors. We are seeking a new part-time Executive Director with a passion for working with teens interested in literary enrichment. The Executive director will be in charge of guiding the organization’s strategic vision and overseeing paid and volunteer staff.

We are seeking a passionate leader with nonprofit management skills and experience working at a literary magazine. Because our platform is entirely online, comfort working in a digital environment is essential.

Current operations and staff operate efficiently and teens who participate with us are highly satisfied with their experience. We think the key strategic priorities for the new Executive Director will be public relations and fundraising – which are directly linked. Spreading word of our impact on literary teens and our global reach, as well as the power of our online platform that lets any teen in the world engage in literary enrichment with their peers, should generate positive returns and ensure ongoing support for our work.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will have strategic and operational responsibility for Polyphony Lit’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. Specific Responsibilities include:

Board Governance: Work with board in order to fulfill the organization mission. Recruit new board members as needed.

Financial Performance and Viability: As a small nonprofit organization, a critical part of the management challenge will be to generate both fee revenue along with fundraising. Manage costs to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for fiscal management budget and deployment of resources.
  • With the help of the Operations Manager, create annual budget, produce quarterly financial statements and a year-end report.
  • Lead fundraising with the help of the Board and staff. We currently conduct an annual appeal in November, hold one fundraising event per year, and apply for grants.

Organization Mission and Strategy: Work with board and staff to ensure the mission is fulfilled through strategic planning and program development. Adjust strategy as necessary.

Marketing and Communications: Promote the organization and our impact to key constituencies: teens, parents, educators, philanthropists, literary community, etc. Generate positive public relations and also manage a small digital marketing budget.

Manage Staff: The position also requires creative human resources management to oversee teen volunteer staff, interns, Board resources, and part-time paid staff.

Manage Operations: Manage resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are sustainable and maximize reach.

  • With the help of the Operations Manager, oversee staff and/or consultant to manage the online web platform. Maintain and improve as necessary the website and Submission Manager database.
  • With the help of the Managing Editor, oversee literary magazine operations.
  • With the help of the Managing Editor, oversee educational programming. Currently we operate an online training workshop and offer a Summer Scholars Program.
  • With the help of the Operations Manager, manage the signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Lead Educational Programming: Serve as expert leader and teacher for educational programming. Direct teaching responsibilities for the Summer Scholar Program, our summer apprenticeship program for high school students to train and work as literary editors.

Professional Qualifications

  • Experience with literary magazine editing
  • Teaching experience, preferably with high school students
  • Poetry expertise, as most submissions are poetry
  • Comfort working in a digital environment. We use Canvas to deliver workshops and Summer Scholars; we use Submittable for submissions management; Wix to host our website.

Personal Qualifications

  • Deep appreciation for literary excellence, with interest in working with highly talented emerging young writers and readers.
  • Understanding of young diverse voices and perspectives.
  • Energy and sensitivity to ensure student satisfaction.
  • Passion for developing and delivering engaging, quality instruction.
  • We are a virtual organization that works from our home offices. Other part-time staff live in the United States.
  • Provide your own computer and Internet connection
  • Polyphony Lit is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Commitment & Pay

This is a part-time position. The current Executive Director (ED) works part-time, approximately 10 – 15 hours per week on management duties. The Summer Scholars program will require more time during the summer months, typically an additional few hours per week depending on enrollment.

Expected first-year salary is $25,000 based on an annual salary of $18,000 plus a fee for leading the Summer Scholars program, which historically has generated an additional $7,000 in compensation. Currently we do not offer benefits.

As fundraising increases and revenues from programming increases, salary will increase.

Contact Information

Katie Scullion
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