PEN America seeks a creative, dynamic, and detail-oriented literary programs assistant to support the day-to-day operations of the literary programs department as well as assist with logistics and outreach for a robust year-round schedule of public events. The assistant will support the department’s ambition for engaging a growing audience with high-quality and innovative programming that amplifies our mission at the intersection of literature and free expression. The literary programs department is responsible for curating and producing the annual PEN World Voices Festival, year-round public programming including the PEN Out Loud series, and the PEN America Literary Awards. The position is full-time and based in New York.
The successful candidate will excel at executing projects start to finish and working with spreadsheets, databases, and bookkeeping and event management systems. Strong writing and numeracy skills are necessary, as is a concern for accuracy and an ability to conduct research and work with partners. A passion for American and international literature is a plus.
Reporting to the senior director of literary programs, this is an ideal position for a recent graduate who wants to work as part of a close-knit, mission-driven staff in a professional environment. The job offers the candidate an extraordinary opportunity to interact with key influencers of modern literature and work with prominent and emerging voices in the literary scene.