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The National Book Foundation Program Assistant

Programs Assistant

The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, is seeking a part-time, temporary Programs Assistant. The principal focus of this position is the Literature for Justice (LFJ) program, a nationwide, book-based campaign that seeks to contextualize the issue of mass incarceration through annual reading lists, outreach, and public events, as well as additional education and public program support as needed. The Programs Assistant will work closely with the Public Programs Manager and Deputy Director.

LFJ is made possible by the Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, in partnership with the Ford Foundation. It is housed under the Foundation’s Public Programs umbrella, NBF Presents, which in tandem with the Foundation’s Education & Access initiatives, aim to reach readers everywhere through a robust slate of local and national programs, cultivating meaningful discourse through literature for audiences of all ages.

This is a part-time, temporary position based in New York: Monday-Thursday (32 hours per week) with some flexibility based on availability. The Programs Assistant will report to the Deputy Director.


  • Support programmatic timelines and calendars, ensuring all deadlines are met.
  • Support logistics and outreach for large-scale events, initiatives, and campaigns, including conducting relevant research, maintaining event details, and spearheading audience development.
  • Assist in updating and editing programmatic and marketing materials, including itineraries, one-sheets, press releases, and web.
  • Track program activities in collaboration with ongoing organization development, fundraising, and reporting efforts and goals.
  • Organize and track supplies and materials, including book orders, book donations, program invoices/accounting, catering orders, etc.
  • Additional administrative responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications: We are looking for applicants with a strong background in arts and cultural and/or nonprofit program administration, with outstanding organizational skills, high attention to detail, and ability to work efficiently within a tight implementation timeline. Applicants should have demonstrated experience working with diverse communities. A contagious love for reading is a must. The Programs Assistant will work Monday-Thursday (4 days/week) or the equivalent at National Book Foundation’s offices; schedule will be adjusted as needed to account for program activities taking place outside of regular office hours. Evening and weekend work is occasionally required.

Compensation: This is a part-time position of 32 hours per week (March-August 2020).  The Programs Assistant will be paid a competitive hourly-rate.

To apply for the position: send resume and cover letter to with the subject line Programs Assistant. Please indicate any scheduling constraints in your cover letter. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. No phone calls, please.

More information can be found HERE