Part-Time Festival Director
Job Announcement Posted December 2018
Part-Time Festival Director – Northern New Jersey, Morristown, NJ
The Morristown Festival of Books is seeking a part time Festival Director who is a creative and organized manager with strong skills in communication, writing, management of volunteers and with the abilities to administer and advance the Festival’s mission.
The Morristown Festival of Books just completed its 5th annual Festival, hosting over 50 authors in historic venues in Morristown, NJ. We have built our reputation as a Festival that attracts leading writers including Pulitzer Prize winners, best sellers, and emerging authors of fiction and non-fiction works. We host a full day of children’s book authors and entertainers on the same day as the main festival. This past year we attracted over 8,000 session attendees.
With the exception of a paid event planner who ably handles many of the logistics associated with delivering a well-run Festival, we have been a largely volunteer run organization. We are now seeking a part-time Festival Director to work with our event planner to develop and design the program, oversee marketing of the program, support fundraising activities and contribute to the strategic vision of the Festival. This should be accomplished while staying true to our mission, which is, formally stated: The Morristown Festival of Books celebrates the power of the written word to challenge, transport, and transform us as individuals and to bring us together in conversation as a community.
This position requires a year-round commitment, although we expect that it will require 10-20 hours per week most of year, but require a 40-hour per week commitment in the weeks leading up to the Festival. Author programming begins soon after the prior year’s Festival, in late fall, and is generally completed by early to mid summer. Late summer and early fall involves intense marketing of the Festival and planning author logistics, requiring a close partnership with our event planner. Coordinating the volunteer-run committees (marketing, development, finance, volunteers, KidFest…) requires hosting team calls and meetings primarily February-October and frequent phone calls and emails with individual leaders to direct and support their activities. During “down time,” this position will document and professionalize our core processes, continue to recruit skilled and talented individuals to our team and support donor activities. The Director may work from home and flexibly manage his or her commitments.
The position is available immediately.
Work with the board and committee leadership to set a vision for and execute an exceptional Festival.
Manage work and communications across committees to assure effective coordination and enhance the productivity of our largely volunteer organization.
Represent the Festival in the community at large to build partnerships, awareness and financial support.
Maintain financial disciplines to assure that budget objectives are met.
Support programming committee in building out the sessions, developing programming themes, and building strong relationships with authors and publishers.
Coordinate all activities with festival bookseller, including quantities of titles purchased, delivery and set-up.
Coordinate the marketing of the event, and all copy such as author bios and program descriptions to assure that they best represent the Festival offering.
Work with marketing committee to coordinate all marketing and publicity, including local media, calendars, outreach to community groups, eblasts and press releases, posters and social media.
Coordinate web writing and timely updates.
Coordinate activities of the programming and marketing related volunteers and work with the event planner to assure coordination across the entire committee leadership.
Work with the event planner to orchestrate the smooth functioning of the Festival.
Develop fresh programming ideas and seek opportunities to connect with our book loving community through the year.
Support donor relations’ activities and assist the development chair and committee with communication to donors.
Utilize donor software.
Ideal Candidate Profile
Superb organizational skills, including perfectionist orientation and attention to detail.
A strong Communicator, who can both represent us well externally, and assure that team communications are timely and effective.
Excellent writing skills.
An effective manager of a highly capable and committed volunteer organization.
Ability to recruit new volunteer leadership roles to assure continuity.
Ability to self manage, work independently and consistently deliver on commitments in a timely fashion.
Knowledge of book publishing, with personal relationships with book publicists and publishers a plus.
Collaborative and a team player, who will enhance the energy, passion and commitment of the organization.
A commitment to honesty and integrity.
NOTES: This position reports to the board Chairman. Compensation is competitive for this industry.
Visit http://morristownbooks.org for more information about the Festival.
Diverse applicants encouraged. Send inquiries and resumes to Laurie Siegel: LASiegel@outlook.com
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