Job title: Events Curator

Reports to: Executive Director

Classification: Full Time, Exempt

Salary & Benefits: $40,000–$45,000 salary, generous holiday and vacation, plus medical, dental, and vision benefits, and discounts on Hugo House classes

Schedule: Monday–Friday, with evenings and weekends; some flexibility in schedule

Start date: As soon as possible


Hugo House Mission:

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. Hugo House offers year-round creative writing programming for adults and youth, including everything from single-day classes to year-long workshops, readings and events, open mic nights, and summer writing camps.


Position Overview:

To program high quality literary and arts events that enlighten, challenge, educate, and entertain audiences, and to raise the profile of Hugo House locally and nationally. To present a lively mix of readings, panels, craft talks, interviews, and other events featuring renowned writers, emerging and emerged writers, and talented new writers. Manage theater rental program.


Event Management:

  • Work closely with the executive director to develop long-term plans for innovative and exciting programming
  • Plan, produce, and evaluate all readings, panels, and other events
  • Stay current with the writers and trends in the literary arts locally and nationally
  • Communicate with writers or their representatives for events, including bookings and handling all queries about potential programs
  • Track information and evaluate the success of events
  • Assist in booking a select number of renowned writers for master classes
  • Work closely with other staff to ensure event details are well planned and executed
  • Work closely with marketing staff to plan promotions of events
  • Work with finance staff to structure annual events budget, including proposing new revenue structures to support programs
  • Monitor budget, ensuring that events are falling within allotted annual goals
  • Emcee selected events, including major series, and coordinate necessary staffing
  • Build on existing or establish new relationships with key organizational partners, both locally and nationally
  • Manage co-curators of special events
  • Lead the search for offsite venues, as needed, and negotiate terms


Event Coordination:

  • Coordinate travel and lodging for authors who are coming from out of town
  • Attend and oversee readings and events as needed or coordinate staff who will do so
  • Manage presenters before, during, and after Hugo House events
  • Track and assess event requests for house programming
  • Work with finance & operations director to manage and analyze event evaluation
  • Oversee tech and setup for on and offsite events
  • Coordinate book sales with partner bookstores
  • Manage internal events calendar


Skills & Qualifications:

  • Share Hugo House’s commitment to building an antiracist organization
  • Thorough knowledge of contemporary writing and writers, including a deep and wide network of connections within the national literary community
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, adaptability, creativity, and innovate thinking
  • Extremely organized, even in fast-paced, complex organization, and able to work toward achieving long-term goals
  • Capacity to work effectively with highly collaborative staff
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills
  • 2–5 years of experience producing literary events and/or conferences
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, including Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to monitor and manage budgets


We encourage applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) and other people underrepresented in literary arts administration. Hugo House is committed to becoming an antiracist organization and strives to remove barriers that might discourage any person from working here. 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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