LiteraryArts RI


You will implement your own creative ideas as you manage the operations of non-profit LiteraryArts RI and its main event, the Providence Book Festival ( This position assists in developing the logistics and strategy of the Festival, ensuring the smooth operation of the Book Festival including events programming, author and vendor management, venue rental and set-up, contracts, registration, community outreach, volunteer coordination, marketing, grant making, and fundraising activities. The Co-Director builds and maintains partnerships to foster a Festival environment that creates a unique and welcoming community experience.

The Co-Director manages all aspects of the Book Festival in close partnership with the Executive Director. He/she oversees the operational success of program events, including managing Festival operations, set-up and break-down, and ensuring customer safety and satisfaction. The Co-Director acts as back-up to the Executive Director in his/her absence, assuming the responsibility for overall administration, finance and operations of LARI.

The successful candidate will be a motivated, flexible, problem-solver who thrives in a complex creative environment.  Possessing a professional demeanor, he/she will be able to work under tight timelines, be organized and team oriented. The candidate will be committed to the mission of LiteraryArts RI and have a high-level of integrity and ethics.


Provides assistance and leadership in successfully organizing the Providence Book Festival. Coordinates and manages Festival initiatives, and assists in planning and implementing programs and events.



Operational Targets – Set clear goals for operational standards and Festival event management; implements the strategic plan.                                                                                                                         Community and Festival Partnerships – Build strong community presence with arts and culture organizations, schools, bookstores, authors and other customers to promote the Festival and assist with marketing and fundraising goals.                                                                                                                     Maintain a Contact Database – Develop a database of key community contacts for event creation including publishers, authors, publicists, vendors/exhibitors, bookstores, and arts and culture organizations.                                                                                                                                                    Maximize Author and Customer Attendance – Build partnerships and systems to grow events attendance through strong customer service, as well as through social media and online sites, bloggers, local magazines, etc.                                                                                                                                          Financial Reporting – Maintain and report on financial data, venue rentals, vendors/exhibitors fees, and other revenue and expense data, to inform annual forecasting and strategy.                                                            Teamwork and Communication – Build a culture of teamwork, communication, continuous learning and meaningful feedback.                                                                                                                                       Event Logistic and Flow – includes safety policies and performance, including required permits and licenses.


Bachelor degree, preferably in literary arts or nonprofit arts administration, but other fields will be considered.  Masters degree preferred                                                                                                               A passion for books, reading, writing and literacy.                                                                                                Demonstrates excellent project planning, time management, communication, writing, financial, and organizational skills.                                                                                                                                         Preferred but not required: experience developing and executing events and managing logistics.                           Experience supervising and training staff.                                                                                                        Experience with budgets and financial processes preferred.                                                                              Flexible, team player with strong collaboration and customer service skills.                                                        Ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.                                                                             Highly organized and detail oriented.                                                                                                                   Computer skills including proficiency with MS Office and strong aptitude to learn other software systems.                                                                                                                                                                                  Ability to effectively interact and collaborate with all levels of co-workers, cultural backgrounds, training and experience.                                                                                                                                                           Strong capacity to lead and participate in teams to define issues, strategies and outcomes. Ability to take direction and work independently.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ability in creating presentations, developing processes and creative programs to achieve organizational goals. Analytical and decision-making skills.                                                                                  Experience in facilitation, problem solving, marketing, leadership, and project management.

SCHEDULE                                                                                                                                                              8-10 hours/week. Works a flexible schedule. Majority of tasks can be done remotely from home.  Requires regular in-person meetings and occasional travel in RI.    

SALARY                                                                                                                                              Volunteer position with stipend. This position reports to the Executive Director and intersects with the Board.  


·           Valuable experience and professional development

·           Free attendance at special author events

·           The undying gratitude of our Board, Festival Team, and booklovers in the community

·           Knowledge that your community service is benefiting literacy programs for at-risk

            children in RI, inspiring others to read and write, and increasing access to great books

            and literature.

APPLY:                                                                                                                                                                         Please send a cover letter and resume to                                                            Include names of 3 references. Write: POSITION in the subject line.      

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, citizenship status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.