Coordinator, North Carolina Literary Festival
North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC

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Essential Job Duties

The Coordinator will organize and coordinate the North Carolina Literary Festival, which will be held in April 2014 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus. This free public festival is an educational event for people of all ages from the surrounding communities and across the state. The program includes readings and discussions, exhibits, performances, book signings and sales, and interactive programs. The Coordinator will report to the Director of Program Planning and Outreach.

The Coordinator will:
  • Work closely with the Director of Program Planning and Outreach to design, develop, and implement all aspects of the North Carolina Literary Festival, with the assistance of a planning committee, library leadership, other library staff, and volunteers.
  • Work with Library Development staff to secure sponsorships, both in-kind and cash, and perform fundraising and grant writing activities in support of the Festival.
  • Assist with planning the Festival program; site planning; identifying authors and arranging their visits; recruiting, managing, and supervising temporary staff and a full suite of volunteers who will carry out Festival activities.
  • Select and negotiate contracts with service vendors; serve as a liaison to relevant University service departments.
  • Work with the Libraries’ Director of Communication Strategy to develop and carry out a marketing and communications plan for the festival, including news releases, advance schedules of events, a festival program, and comprehensive festival web site.
Other Work/Responsibilities

Minimum Education/Experience

Bachelor’s degree. Successful experience in large-scale event planning and coordination. Experience with budgeting and financial procedures.

Departmental Required Skills

Exceptional organizational and project management skills.

Ability to perform under strict deadlines. Excellent written and oral communications skills. Ability to interact effectively in a research university setting.

Ability to coordinate a large, diverse work team.

Must be able to lift up to 60 pounds.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Knowledge of North Carolina and Southern writing communities.

Experience with literary or cultural festivals. Experience managing volunteers.

Required License or Certification

Valid NC driver’s license required.

Special Instructions

Application, cover letter, resume, contact information for four current professional references

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