Position: Adult Education Manager

Reports to: Education Director

Classification: Full Time, Exempt

Salary & Benefits: $50,000–$60,000 salary, generous holiday and vacation, plus medical, dental, and vision benefits, and discounts on Hugo House classes

Schedule: Monday–Friday, with some 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

This position provides key vision for all of Hugo House’s educational programming, including lectures, workshops, community partnerships, our Coaching & Mentorship program, our Fellows program, and our Writers-in-Residence. The Education Manager works collaboratively with colleagues to implement the shared vision and mission. It is important to be able to balance detailed, data-driven planning and program implementation with higher-level strategy and leadership.

Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation:

  • Collaborate with Education staff and other departments to create, schedule, implement, and evaluate public programs related to Hugo House’s mission, community partnership programs, the Coaching & Mentorship program, the Fellows program, and the Writers-in-Residence.
  • Participate in decision-making discussions of ongoing organizational planning, challenges, key events, etc.
  • Evaluate and update program evaluation and implement mechanisms for community feedback.
  • Work with Development department to assess funding needs for programs, assist with grant applications and sponsor relationships as needed.
  • Work with Marketing department to promote classes and other programs.

Community Partners & Outreach:

  • Develop partnerships with community organizations and/or audiences to create programming that relates directly to Hugo House’s mission.
  • Manage relationships with community organizations who partner with Hugo House on educational programming.
  • Appreciate teaching artists and community partners and create a welcoming environment across all programs.
  • Work with staff to create and oversee an Educator Advisory Board, with the goal of creating strong relationships with local teachers, students, and community organizations.


  • Maintain recordkeeping and data for all Hugo House programs.
  • Collaborate with Education, Finance, and Executive Directors to create and manage the budget for Education department.
  • Create and adhere to Hugo House policies to assure the safety, professionalism, and well-being of staff and students.
  • Participate in professional development and networking opportunities for arts professionals, both locally and nationally.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Share Hugo House’s commitment to building an antiracist organization.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in education, arts, or related fields.
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for writing, reading, storytelling, and audience engagement.
  • Time management skills, the ability to balance many projects and priorities at once.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of team, with an open, positive, and learning-focused attitude.
  • Knowledge of and experience in audience development, community outreach, and audience research and evaluation.
  • Experience in teaching, training, and/or program facilitation.
  • Knowledge of best practices in human resources and employee engagement.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as programs schedule requires.

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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