Job Opening

—Assistant Director—

Organizational Overview:

The mission of the Key West Literary Seminar is to promote the understanding and discussion of important literary works and their authors; to recognize and support new voices in American literature; and to preserve and promote Key West’s literary heritage while providing resources that strengthen literary culture.

Our flagship program is the annual Seminar. Established in 1983, the Seminar explores a different literary theme each January and has featured many of the leading writers of our time. Our Writers’ Workshop Program is led by esteemed faculty and provides writers at all stages of development with opportunities to explore the craft of writing in a focused and nurturing environment. We present three annual awards to emerging writers; and we provide financial assistance to teachers and librarians who would not otherwise be able to attend our programs. Our Audio Archives Project makes unique presentations from the Seminar available online for use by educators, students, and readers worldwide; and our online journal, LITTORAL, explores Key West’s rich literary heritage in essays, interviews, and images. We also provide a small number of writers with residencies to support the production of new and compelling work.

We employ a full-time staff of two, with part-time staff, contract employees, and volunteers contributing to the production of our annual events. We serve a physical audience of up to 1,300 readers and writers each year; and reach roughly 15,000 individual users through audio content on our website.

Our annual budget ranges from $500,000 – $750,000. Funding sources include earned income, foundation support, private donations, and grants from cultural departments within the County, State, and Federal governments. Assets include real estate holdings, cash reserves, and an endowment.

Our programs have received major media coverage in Travel + Leisure, Poets & Writers, and Australia’s Good Weekend, among others; and have been rebroadcast on C-SPAN’s Book-TV.

Job Description:

The Assistant Directorship is a unique position requiring a dynamic individual who possesses a broad range of proficiencies. The ideal candidate is a discerning and enthusiastic reader with strong writing and editing abilities; is adept in a variety of computer programs and online technologies; is comfortable with receiving and recording payments and managing accounts; and displays warmth, generosity, and professionalism in relationships with writers and organizational partners.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Assistant Director performs day-to-day tasks necessary to the operation of the organization, helps implement long-term programming initiatives, and produces creative content that advances the organization’s mission. S/he will also occasionally receive input from the board of directors and participate in working committees.

The Assistant Director communicates with registrants; processes and records payments-in and payments-out; maintains contacts database; creates and edits content for the web (including image, audio, and text); executes communications and social media initiatives; and helps develop grant proposals and support fundraising initiatives. AD provides staff support for production of the annual seminar and writers’ workshop program; reviews award and scholarship submissions; and develops and maintains relationships with advertisers, journalists, and business partners.

Basic working knowledge of HTML, web publishing, and social media are required; the more experience the better. Experience using QuickBooks, Photoshop, WordPress, and/or similar programs is strongly preferred. Publication history and experience writing funded grants are pluses; as are existing relationships in literary, educational, and/or library communities. Candidates must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and well-organized.


This is a year-round position averaging 35-40 hours per week. Overtime is required throughout December and January. Working hours are flexible during the remainder of the year, with additional brief intensive periods dictated by external deadlines. There are opportunities to work from home to suit individual needs.

Start Date:

December 1, 2014

Salary Range:

Starting annual salary will be between $40,000-$47,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid vacation and a stipend for health insurance.

How to Apply:

Prepare a cover letter and c.v., with contact info for two or three references, and submit using the form below. Address cover letter to Arlo Haskell, Incoming Executive Director.

Update: September 24, 2014: The official application period has closed. We will continue to review new applications submitted through this form until the position has been filled. However, we will no longer respond to individual applications unless we decide to consider you as a final candidate.

Application: Assistant Director

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