21 Nov 2022


Executive Director

Charleston Literary Festival  Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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Job Description

Executive Director Job Description (Full-time in Charleston, SC )

The Charleston Literary Festival seeks a dynamic and visionary Executive Director to advance its mission: to provide a forum for experiencing the transformative power of great literature, ideas, and creativity. As the chief administrative, business and (after a period of up to a year’s induction), artistic director, this leader will plan the annual program, oversee the employees and resource development, and manage the November Festival, working in conjunction with the Board of Directors and staff. This leader shapes and articulates the vision of the Festival and serves as the guiding force of the organization as well as an advocate for the importance of literature in the Charleston and national literary communities.



  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate staff
  • Report to Board and work closely with Board committees
  • Develop long-range and annual planning in conjunction with Board
  • Serve as the “face” of the Festival to all stakeholders


  • Oversee all finances, including the development of and compliance with the annual budget, providing quarterly reporting and forecasting, cash flow management, and capital spending and expenditures review and approval
  • Provide leadership and actively participate with development staff in fundraising through community, corporate, and individual donors, as well as grant writing
  • Continue the Festival’s trajectory to a “national” event in scope, audience, and funding base


  • Formulate and communicate a creative and coherent artistic vision
  • Research recent and forthcoming published books with significant impact and critical national as well as international acclaim, plus relevance to current topics of interest
  • Cultivate publishers and agents
  • Communicate with authors, interlocutors, and partners to secure a balanced program in relation to diversity, gender, and genre
  • Schedule and manage all program-related activities, including writing the text for the program brochure
  • Oversee all production elements of the Festival in Charleston
  • Maintain the high standard and reputation of the Festival in the literary community

Corporate Governance and Compliance:

  • With Board and outside advisors, operate the Festival in compliance with CLF Bylaws as well as mandates applicable to tax-exempt organizations as well as pertinent governmental rules and regulations

Marketing, PR, and Communications:

  • Work with the Marketing Committee and staff to lead all efforts with press, social media, and other communications
  • Develop and maintain community partnerships


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field is a plus
  • Must reside in the Charleston area
  • At least 3-5 years non-profit arts management or literary experience
  • Ideally, experience in programming high-profile literary events with nationally and internationally acclaimed authors, or has held a high-level post in an organization whose primary purpose is organizing such events
  • Experience in marketing, advertising, and public relations activities
  • Excellent communication and community-building skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, motivate, and inspire a team

Start Date: February, 2023

Salary: Commensurate with experience

The Charleston Literary Festival is an equal opportunity employer: we welcome people of diverse backgrounds and life experiences and strongly encourage people of all traditionally marginalized identities to apply.

To apply:
E-mail a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and three references to the Search Committee: whmillard@yahoo.com by December 19, 2022


Full-Time Job in Arts and Culture:
Executive Director
Charleston Literary Festival
 Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: director, executive director, Festival, human resources, Literary Festival, and literature. States: South Carolina.
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