Job Opportunity in Boston: Part-time Cultural Literary District Coordinator
By the mid-nineteenth century, Boston was called “The Athens of America” because it was home to publishing powerhouses like Ticknor and Fields and Little Brown as well as some of the most enduring writers in our history, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Washington Street was a mecca of magazine and journal publishing. Writing published in Boston contributed to both the development of literature and to social justice in the United States. Today, our city is undergoing a literary renaissance. We are blessed with the Boston Public Library, the important archives at the Boston Athenaeum and the work of publishers like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Beacon. Grub Street has become the leading literary center in the country, welcoming over 2,500 writing students a year and hosting a premier writer’s conference each May at the Park Plaza; The Boston Book Festival draws 30,000 people to Copley every October; 826 Boston inspires children to write and publish. Literary stars like James Carroll, Steven Pinker, Tom Perotta, and Anita Shreve work here, and new presses like Plympton and SixOneSeven are planting seeds. We have a unique opportunity to harness the work of these organizations, clustered together downtown, to create the nation’s first Literary Cultural District. With an intentional, coherent approach to our collective work, improved signage, partnerships with hotels and restaurants, and marketing, we will make our neighborhood more vibrant by increasing cultural tourism and participation in literary arts and by attracting more philanthropic funding, writers, and publishing entrepreneurs.
The LCD Coordinator will be overseen by Grub Street management, and will work 18 hrs/week on the project at Grub Street’s offices.
The overall role of the LCD Coordinator is to give the project momentum, to keep all partner and collaborating organizations on track and to facilitate partners’ work for district by handling all administrative tasks.
Specific responsibilities include
- applying to MCC for cultural district status
- managing the branding process with outside design firm
- coordinating all project meetings and moving the project forward by creating a timeline and benchmarks
- facilitating the Literary Data Tool project
- managing marketing efforts for the calendar and website
- generating content for the newsletter
- liaising with hotels and restaurants
- actively researching funding options
- helping to write the district-wide marketing strategy
The Ideal Candidate
The idea candidate is a dynamic, self-starter, with excellent and proven project management and organizational skills, experience planning and facilitating meetings, excellent communications skills, and an ability to work well with a wide variety of people. Political and fundraising experience is a plus as is a demonstrated love and passion for the literary arts.
$18,000 yearly stipend
*Current Partners include the BPL, the Boston Athenaeum, The Boston Book Festival, The Drum, and the City of Boston, but we will be growing the list significantly now that we have funding to make the project happen. Interest is very high.
Please send cover letters and resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 27th. No phone calls, please.