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Position : Director of Writing Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum

Job Description :

DEPARTMENT:  Writing Programs

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Executive Director

STATUS: Exempt

HOURS:  35 Hours/Week

The Director of Writing Programs is both the creative and organizational force behind all of the museum’s writing-related programming. The Writing Programs department serves writers of all ages and levels of experience. Over the past five years, The MTH & M has been working to transform itself into the hub for writing activity in the state. The Director of Writing Programs’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Book, market & administer writing classes and workshops for all ages; work closely with talented local writers to schedule classes; actively pursue new teaching talent
  • Market and administer two major contests: a humor-writing contest for the general public (at least 500 entries per year) and The American Voice in Literature Award, a prestigious national writing award for new work
  • Organize, market, and administer the Annual Writers’ Weekend, a conference of 30-50 lectures and panels that serve hundreds of local writers & aspiring writers
  • Establish relationships with local writers, writing groups, libraries and colleges to create and maintain a network of writers
  • Administer “Write to the Point,” a summer apprenticeship for teenagers and other grant-funded programs; write grant language & reports with the Development department
  • Work closely with Marketing & Programs department to identify emerging literary trends and present author programs to the general public
  • Create and teach occasional classes
  • Create and maintain department budget
  • Manage up to 6 interns & 4 Young Writers in Residence per year (high-school & college aged)
  • Collaborate closely with other museum departments to present creative, intellectual, and accessible programming on a local and national level
  • Support large museum events (galas, lectures, beerfest, fundraisers, community events) as needed
  • Attend donor and corporate events to increase profile of Writing Programs and The Mark Twain House & Museum in general
  • Be a constant advocate for The Mark Twain House & Museum in the Connecticut nonprofit community
  • Other duties as required

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience

The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in writing, literature, or a related field and have experience in marketing and administering writing classes; this position requires deep knowledge of the literary and publishing world, as well as an intellectual curiosity about literary trends and genres. Experience and skill as a published, high-quality writer is highly preferred. Candidates need to have a balance of both creative and administrative backgrounds. This position requires a high level of organization and, since it is a department of one, candidates must be able to work independently, self-start, and collaborate in order to achieve outcomes.

Skills and Abilities

        Strong interpersonal, diplomatic, and negotiation skills

        Excellent communication skills, written and verbal

        Computer literacy

        Strong budgeting, organizational, planning, time and resource management, and research skills

        Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, visitors, volunteers, donors, professional colleagues, committee/board members, and others related to the museum community

         Ability to multitask, work on multiple projects concurrently, and meet deadlines

This position works closely with customers, contractors, donors, interns, and all departments in the museum. It is essential that the Director of Writing at The Mark Twain House & Museum be a collaborative, flexible individual who enjoys interacting positively and professionally with people of all ilks.

TIME COMMITMENTS:

Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. After hours and weekend work is required at times, particularly to supervise writing events.

Contact Info :

Please, no phone calls. Email your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to lynn.gregor@marktwainhouse.org. Please type "Director of Writing" in the subject line of your email.

Pitch In!

Join our sterling group of volunteers! The Mark Twain house is currently looking for volunteers to help in various departments in the museum. If you are looking for a challenging and engaging volunteer opportunity, The Mark Twain House & Museum might be the perfect match for you.

We are always looking for volunteers and interns with the following skills:

• Graphic design
• Videography and editing
• Record-keeping/filing
• Customer service
• Organizational skills

Contact our Assistant Manager of Visitor Services for additional details or specific opportunities.

Grace Belanger
call 860-280-3130 or email grace.belanger@marktwainhouse.org

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