National Book Foundation

Teaching Artist, BookUp

The National Book Foundation (NBF) is seeking published authors who have experience working with young people to serve as Teaching Artists for BookUp, a free, after-school book club-style program for middle-school students. This 24-session program meets regularly once per week for 90-minute sessions, plus two Saturday half-day field trips. Participants select up to 12 books to read each year, engage in book club-style discussions and creative response activities, and interact with the local literary community through field trips and author visits. The program is held at partnering sites in:

  • New York City
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Greensboro, NC

All programs will convene in person and will run from September 2021 through June 2022 (exact schedule TBD based on Teaching Artist availability and partner site needs). Teaching Artists report to NBF’s Education Programs Manager.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead up to twenty-four 90-minute after-school sessions for approximately 15 students in grades 6 through 8
  • Serve as liaison between NBF, partnering site, and other program stakeholders
  • Create and submit weekly lesson plans
  • Create and submit book order requests
  • Organize and document student work in preparation for a printed anthology
  • Participate in a planning meeting (September 2021)
  • Participate in bi-weekly check-in calls with NBF’s Education Programs Manager; maintain regular email communication
  • Assist with the coordination and facilitation of scheduled author visits, field trips, and culminating event

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in creative writing, literature, or other related field; graduate work preferred
  • At least one published book (or book under contract) preferred
  • Previous experience working with young people required; experience with middle and/or high school students strongly preferred
  • Experience working in an after-school or out-of-school time setting strongly preferred
  • Willingness to travel to program sites, including, for NYC, the outer boroughs
  • A patient, flexible, and collaborative spirit

This position pays a competitive per-session rate.

To apply: send cover letter and resume as PDFs to bookup@nationalbook.org with the subject line: BookUp Teaching Artist. In the body of your email, please indicate which city—New York, Los Angeles, or Greensboro—you are interested in. Review of applications will continue until position is filled, with preference given to applications submitted before August 2.

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

Contact Information

Andy Donnelly, Education Programs Manager
90 Broad Street
Suite 604
New York
NY
10004
Contact Phone: 
(978) 501-1063