As the Bay Area Book Festival plans its fifth anniversary event this May 4-5, 2019, we’re seeking a Program Assistant to support a new Program Director and the Executive Director. The job offers excellent opportunity for growth in the literary industry and exciting, fast-paced work with a close-knit team. The perfect candidate is a consummate, detail-oriented, highly responsible organizer who can manage extensive spreadsheets, has experience in the literary or cultural event industries, is an excellent writer, and has superb interpersonal skills. The job also may include work in fundraising and grantwriting (offering mentorship in developing these highly marketable and meaningful skills) and in design. Therefore, aptitudes in fundraising/grantwriting and in design, or the desire to learn, are a plus.
The Bay Area Book Festival (www.baybookfest.org) is one of the premier weekend literary festivals in the nation. Over its four years of operation it has featured nearly 1,000 leading writers—Pulitzer Prize winners, best sellers, intellectual and creative pathbreakers from the Bay Area and around the world—in hundreds of programs. Each year the festival thrills audiences of 25,000 people. Filling downtown Berkeley, the festival also presents a large outdoor fair (200 literary exhibitors) and a mini film festival featuring directors and writers. The Bay Area Book Festival has begun to branch into year-round events.
The Program Assistant will report to the Program Director but also will be assigned duties by the Executive Director. The position may scale in time commitment throughout the year from part-time to full-time depending upon the scope of the candidate’s skills. At minimum the job demands intensive full- time work January-May 2019 and 50% time September-December, but may be more flexible in other months. The position is available beginning in September. Please note that all festival staff and consultants work from home but collaborate closely and meet regularly in Berkeley.
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