Job title: Program Director, Education

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary & Benefits: $60,000–$70,000 salary, generous holiday and vacation, plus medical, dental, and vision benefits, 403(b) match, and discounts on Hugo House classes

Schedule: Monday–Friday, with some evenings and weekends

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:

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, the Education Director will creatively program a wide range of course offerings and work to expand our reach and range of offerings. The Education Director also manages the Youth Programs Coordinator and the Registrar. The position is also involved in coordinating with other related Hugo House programs.


  • Oversee all adult class offerings
  • Teacher management
  • Recruit, hire, and train teachers
  • Communicate policies and procedures, teaching philosophy
  • Support teachers with curriculum questions and classroom issues as needed
  • Plan and execute quarterly teacher training and teacher appreciation
  • With finance director and executive director, set yearly budgets, forecasts, and monitor each term
  • Schedule and make best use of eight Zoom classrooms and six onsite classrooms, as well as other spaces that might be available for classes (offsite)
  • Evaluate program success, including 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 the Youth Programs Manager
  • Support additional education team staff
  • Oversee contracts and teacher payments
  • Work with development to underwrite sustainable opportunities for underserved audiences
  • Develop and implement long-term programmatic goals in alignment with the strategic plan
  • Oversee Coaches & Consultants
  • Oversee Write with Hugo House program in partnership with Seattle Public Library
  • Curate and run bi-annual Write-O-Rama
  • Cultivate existing relationships with partners and forge new partnerships that can broaden the reach of Hugo House programming


  • Share Hugo House’s commitment to building an antiracist organization.
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in nonprofit administration or education.
  • Experience teaching creative writing preferred.
  • Proven ability to manage diverse projects, programs, and activities in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Strategic/analytical thinker, collaborative, energetic, creative, resourceful, and mission driven.
  • Strong interpersonal skill for engaging with teachers and students, leading the organization as a member of the leadership team.

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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