Mass Poetry

Program Director

Mass Poetry, a nonprofit arts organization headquartered in Boston, MA, seeks an expert manager and experienced educator with a passion for poetry to serve as its full-time Program Director.

Mass Poetry envisions a world where poetry catalyzes understanding & connection. From hosting the Massachusetts Poetry Festival to delivering poets into schools for residencies and workshops across the Commonwealth, our innovative programs spark dialogue, connection, and self-expression. We envision a vibrant, inclusive community that lifts all voices. Mass Poetry reaches thousands of people, young and old, with our innovative poetry programs.

In 2021, Mass Poetry will become an arts-partner-in-residence at the new Center for Creative Writing, founded by GrubStreet at 50 Liberty in Boston’s Seaport District. This pioneering initiative will transform 13,000-square feet of retail space into a bookstore, literary stage, workshop space, podcasting studio, and a literary hub for all voices.

Mass Poetry serves as a founding member organization of the Poetry Coalition–a national network of more than three-dozen poetry organizations–spearheaded by the American Academy of Poets. In addition, we are an equal opportunity employer committed to being a multicultural organization. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

General Expectations:

The Program Director will report to Mass Poetry’s executive director and work at our shared office space, headquartered in Boston’s Seaport. In-state traveling is required. Owning a car or having regular access to a car is desired. A flexible schedule with remote work is possible, though applicants will need to live within commuting distance of Boston.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Oversee all Mass Poetry programming to ensure quality and effectiveness;
  • Set annual program goals with staff and track and evaluate progress toward goals;
  • Build and maintain robust partnerships with community and  school collaborators across the state;
  • Train, vet, and manage relationships with poet educators who deliver workshops and classes;
  • Develop and coordinate new programming to be carried out at the Center for Creative Writing and elsewhere;
  • Evaluate program effectiveness and use survey data to support grant writing and enhance programming;
  • Maintain and engage contact with Mass Poetry’s regional representatives;
  • Manage literary collaborations including partnerships with the Poetry Coalition, Boston Book Festival, and other cultural collaboration projects;
  • Manage occasional public art projects and installations from Raining Poetry to Poetry on the T and others;
  • Hire and manage program staff members, service members, and interns;
  • Manage and grow the organization’s volunteer corps;
  • Support Mass Poetry events including Evening of Inspired Leaders, the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and others;
  • Oversee the creation of original written content for our website, social media, newsletters, and more;
  • Develop programming logic models, facilitate regular strategic plan check-in meetings with staff, and track and evaluate progress toward these goals through periodic reports;
  • Work alongside the executive director as a thought partner and collaborator;
  • Administrative support of the Executive Director as needed.

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and perhaps a graduate degree in creative writing, education, or literature;
  • A passion for poetry and contemporary literary culture;
  • 5+ years experience in arts administration or a related field;
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience teaching poetry to school-age students in an urban setting & familiarity with partnering with large school districts;
  • Experience managing staff, interns, and volunteers;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Superior organizational skills and strong computer skills;
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Experience with data collection and database maintenance is a plus.
  • At least one year of strategic planning implementation and/or program assessment experience.
  • Experience editing and publishing writing;
  • Enthusiastic belief in Mass Poetry’s mission and programs.

Compensation & benefits:

  • Salary range of $45,000 - $50,000.
  • Health insurance.
  • 15 days vacation & 5 days of paid sick leave per year.

Interested parties upload a resume, cover letter, 1-page professional writing sample, and three references at The application deadline is July 15, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Contact Information

15 Channel Center Street, Suite 103
Contact Phone: 
(617) 402-0812
Contact e-mail: