Job title: Literary Arts Education and Programs

Position: Exempt full time

Hugo House is a nonprofit literary arts organization located in Seattle with a 20-year history as the city's hub for writers. In the fall of 2018, Hugo House moved into a new facility in the heart of the city, which has enabled dramatic growth in classes and event programming. One of the nation’s leading community-based centers for the literary arts, Hugo House has a vision to open the literary world to anyone who loves books or has a drive to write, no matter their background – removing barriers and fostering racial equity. Hugo House offers around 300 creative writing classes a year, from single day sessions to year-long workshops.  


The person in this position is a key Hugo House staff member, responsible for planning, overseeing, and ensuring the success of our creative writing classes for adults. Ensuring quality and constituent satisfaction, staff member will creatively program a wide range of course offerings and will work to expand our reach and range of offerings. The position will also be involved in other related Hugo House programs.



· Plan and develop all adult class offerings

· Teacher management: 

  • Recruit, hire, and train teachers. 
  • Communicate policies and procedures, teaching philosophy

· With finance director and executive director, set yearly budgets, forecasts and monitor each term

· Schedule and make best use of six classrooms and other spaces that might be available for classes

· Evaluate participant responses to each teacher and class 

· Establish and oversee academic calendars, working with marketing to meet all schedules 

· Supervise the Registrar; oversee registrations, refunds, cancellations, and scholarships

· Supervise Youth Programs Coordinator

· Oversee contracts, teacher payments, student registration, etc.

· Ensure Hugo House develops up-to-date and user-friendly registration systems

· Expand education programming, working with development to develop sustainable opportunities for underserved audiences

· Manage timely creation and publishing of all program marketing and collateral 

· Develop and implement long-term programmatic goals in alignment with the strategic plan.


· Oversight of additional programs may include:

  •  Team-building workshops
  •  Writers-in-Residence
  •  Hugo Fellowship
  •  Manuscript Consultations
  •  Write with Hugo House
  •  Write Here, Write Now

· Cultivate existing relationships with partners and forge new partnerships that can broaden the reach of Hugo House programming

· Other responsibilities as agreed upon


We are looking for a businessperson with a writer’s soul or a writer with a proven history of managing complex entrepreneurial ventures.

· BA required, MA or MFA preferred

· At least 3-5 years of program management experience

· Familiarity with curriculum development

Knowledge, Skills, and attributes

· Passionate about writing, books, and the Hugo House mission

· Knowledge of contemporary writing and writers

· An entrepreneurial mindset, both adaptable and innovative

· Demonstrated success developing and evaluating programs

· Strong project management skills, including history of tracking measurable outcomes

· Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness 

· Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy

· Expertise with Microsoft Office Suite, CRM databases, and data management

· Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills

· Ability to verbally convey information and ideas in a clear, open and engaging manner

· Comfort with analytics

· Initiative and the ability to think critically

· Relationship building and outstanding teamwork skills

Please submit your resume and cover letter via Hugo House’s Submittable page. 

Job Conditions

This job requires expertise with computers, ability to lift 25-35 pounds, move chairs and tables, and navigate stairs.


Compensation is commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1974 prohibits discrimination in employment. Recognizing its legal as well as social obligation to afford equal opportunity, Hugo House maintains an affirmative action policy as part of its inclusive hiring practices. It is Hugo House’s intent to maintain a diverse work force that represents our community. Our approach to diversity is intended to provide not only equal employment opportunities to minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, but also to recognize and value people with ethnic, cultural, and other differences, such as religion, ancestry, language, national origin, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, and marital status. 


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