National Book Foundation

Teaching Artist, BookUp, Brooklyn

The National Book Foundation (NBF) is seeking writers or other literary professionals 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.

All programs will convene in person and will run from September 2022 through June 2023 (exact schedule TBD based on Teaching Artist availability and partner site needs). Teaching Artists report to NBF’s Education Programs Manager.

Teaching Artists must be available Tuesday afternoons, 4:00pm-5:30pm to travel to the partnering site in Brooklyn.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead up to twenty-four 90-minute sessions during after-school hours (3:00pm-5:30pm)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 2022)
  • 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


  • 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
  • Experience teaching English Language Learners strongly preferred, Spanish language skills a plus
  • Willingness to travel to program sites located across the five boroughs
  • A patient, flexible, and collaborative spirit

Compensation: This position pays $150 per session for planning and teaching time; Teaching Artists are compensated for additional planning time beyond regular sessions.

To apply: send cover letter and resume as PDFs to with the subject line: BookUp Teaching Artist. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, with preference given to applications submitted before September 14, 2022.

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

The National Book Foundation
90 Broad St # 604
New York
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