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Literary Director, Poetry Center

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Literary Director, Poetry Center
Department Humanities Administration (0427)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona Poetry Center seeks a Literary Director to oversee and manage the Center’s Reading and Lecture Series, Class and Workshops program, Summer Residency Program, and student contests. Additionally, the Literary Director will help the Center launch a new residential January workshop and help administer the Center’s Art for Justice grant, as well as other strategic priorities. (See The Literary Director partners with the Executive Director and the Events Coordinator to carry out these duties.

The Poetry Center is a living archive, founded in 1960 to maintain and cherish the spirit of poetry. An internationally renowned poetry library, the Poetry Center sponsors numerous University and community programs, including readings and lectures, classes and workshops, discussion groups, symposia, writing residencies, poets-in-the-schools, poets-in-the-prisons, contests, exhibitions, and online resources, including standards-based poetry curricula. An area of special emphasis within the College of Humanities, the Poetry Center is open and fully accessible to the public.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Responsible for direction/curation of Reading & Lecture Series (R&LS)
    • With Executive Director, determine readers for R&LS, including themes/subseries, accounting for mission-oriented programming and management of budget
    • Pursue and maintain UA and community partnerships
    • Schedule and/or pursue co-sponsored readings with partner groups
    • With Print & Publicity Coordinator, do outreach to core patrons as well as new audiences
    • Supervise Events Coordinator in all aspects that pertain to the R&LS
    • Share event support in collaboration with the Event Coordinator.
  • Responsible for direction/curation of Summer Residency Program and UA Student Contests
    • Create timelines/schedules for management of selection process
    • Determine judges and/or panels of readers as needed
    • With Print & Publicity Coordinator, make plan for publicizing contests as needed
    • Supervise Events Coordinator in administrative support for contests
  • Responsible for direction/curation of Classes & Workshops Program
    • Curate courses each season in the C&W program, both fielding instructor/course queries and doing outreach to possible instructors, to create mission-oriented, survey-responsive, financially sound and wide-ranging programming
    • With instructors, create persuasive and appealing course descriptions
    • With Print & Publicity Coordinator, do outreach to fill classes with core students as well as new audiences
    • With Events Coordinator, set timeline, priorities, and administration of scholarship funds
    • Supervise Events Coordinator in administrative and on-site support for C&W
  • With Executive Director, conceive of and help direct one-week January C&W summit/conference
    • Invite instructors, develop persuasive and appealing course language
    • Set programmatic goals both for pilot conference and longer-term goals
    • Assess mission-related success for ongoing programming
    • Supervise Events Coordinator in administrative and on-site support for conference
    • Serve as point person for conference (queries, instructor and student correspondence, building use, etc.)
    • Coordinate staff support of conference
  • With Print & Publicity Coordinator, conceive of periodic original web content that supports both the efforts of the Poetry Center’s Literary programs as well as our digital effort.
  • Miscellany
    • With Education Program Coordinator, connect visiting writers with Education programs
    • Identify and invite guests for matinee programs
    • Identify and invite guests to visit Honors and/or MFA classes
    • Attend UA Poetry Center events and offsite (including Phoenix presentations) meetings/events to represent UA Poetry Center in public relations/development/liaison capacity
    • Other duties as needed
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to be detail-oriented, accurate and precise.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with staff members to complete projects or programs on time
  • Knowledge of budgeting principles, including experience with budgeting.
  • Experience with creating timelines, managing a schedule and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience with publications workflow and project management.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Rigorous, active knowledge of and investment in the field of contemporary poetry
Minimum Qualifications
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • MFA degree in field appropriate to area of assignment AND two years of coordinative program experience; OR, five years of progressively responsible administrative coordinative program experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with literary organizations that present poets and poetry
  • Knowledge of the field of literary translation
  • Fluency in a language other than English
  • Demonstrated history of successful literary programming and project management.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22309
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Tyler Meier
Executive Direcor, UA Poetry Center

Open Date 12/22/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/22/2018
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Are you proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a MFA degree in field appropriate to area of assignment AND two years of coordinative program experience; OR, five years of progressively responsible administrative coordinative program experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents