National Book Foundation

Teaching Artist, BookUp NYC

The National Book Foundation (NBF) is seeking a published author who has experience working with young people to serve as a Teaching Artist for BookUp NYC, a free, after-school reading program for middle school students.  BookUp participants select books to read, engage in book club-style discussions and creative response activities, and interact with the local literary community through author visits and field trips. This 14-session program meets regularly once per week for 90-minute sessions, plus two weekend half-day field trips, and runs from February 2018 through June 2018 on Mondays or Tuesdays (TBD based on availability) from 3pm-4:30pm. The program is held at a partnering site in Flatbush (Brooklyn).  Teaching Artists report to NBF’s Director of Education.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead fourteen 90-minute after-school sessions for approximately 15 students in grades 6 through 8

  • Encourage a joy of reading through the development of engaging, fun, and creative response activities.

  • Serve as liaison between NBF, partnering site, and other program stakeholders

  • Create and submit lesson plans

  • Create and submit book order requests

  • Organize and document student work

  • Participate in planning meetings and bi-weekly check-in calls with NBF’s Director of Education

  • Assist with the facilitation of field trips and culminating event

Essential Skills and Education/Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in creative writing, literature, or other related field; graduate work preferred

  • At least 1 published book

  • Previous experience working with young people required; experience with middle school students strongly preferred

  • Experience working in an after-school or out-of-school time setting strongly preferred

  • A patient, flexible, and collaborative spirit

Compensation: This position pays a competitive per session rate. 

To apply: send cover letter and resume as PDFs to with the subject line: BookUp NYC Teaching Artist.

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

Jordan, Smith
90 Broad Street
Suite 604
New York
Contact Phone: 
(212) 685-0261
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