From Cave Canem:
“Cave Canem Programs Director: Position Description
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Programs Director is responsible for advancing Cave Canem’s mission, values, visibility and resource development by effectively planning, administering, delivering and evaluating public programs and events of the highest artistic quality. S/he will develop and sustain strategic programming and community alliances; direct the promotion of programs and special events, including cultivation activities and benefits; develop and manage department and project budgets; identify new sources of program support; and draft narratives for selected grant applications and reports. S/he will supervise and inspire a team of working fellows and interns, as well as volunteers, seasonal program staff and contractors. The successful candidate will be an organized, entrepreneurial leader with a minimum of five years’ experience at a literary non-profit at the mid- to senior-management level. S/he will be a published writer deeply knowledgeable about contemporary poetry, especially poetry by African Americans; possess superior communications skills, both written and verbal; and be an accomplished public speaker. An advanced degree is preferred. This is a full-time, 40-hour/week salaried position with benefits. To apply, e-mail cover letter, résumé and salary requirement to email@example.com using the subject line “Programs Director.” The deadline to apply is May 15, 2014. Cave Canem is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Individuals of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
About Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. www.cavecanempoets.org
A 501-c-3 literary service and presenting organization, Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996 to remedy the isolation and under-representation of African American poets in writing workshops and MFA programs, Cave Canem provides high-quality opportunities for under-served African American poets and, more recently, poets of color and Arab American poets, to create and refine new work. Cave Canem’s programs and publications strive to bring previously marginalized literature and ideas into the center of cultural awareness and the popular imagination.
Cave Canem has grown from an initial gathering of 26 poets to become an influential movement with a renowned faculty and high-achieving national fellowship of 371. The organization’s flagship program is a week-long writing retreat at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, PA, annually serving 54 emerging African American poets from all areas of the country. Community-based workshops in New York City and Pittsburgh have served over 600 minority poets since 1999; and diverse public audiences engage with the organization’s cross-cultural Poets on Craft series, Legacy Conversations with such iconic writers as Lucille Clifton, and cutting-edge public readings, including showcase presentations at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. With 13 individual volumes in print, the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a first-book award, has jump-started the careers of such poets as Tracy K. Smith, 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner, and current U. S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. Cave Canem annually serves a direct audience of approximately 3,500, and contracts with 250 poets and artists to lead workshops and participate in public events. The organization’s 18 collections of poetry, including anthologies, reach an international audience.”