Director, Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences

Feb 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director, Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences
Middlebury Language Schools

The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference is the oldest and most distinguished writers' conference in America. Since 1926 it has convened in mid-August at the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College. The Conference brings together approximately three hundred aspiring writers, established authors, and representatives of the publishing world. In addition to Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, there are three additional programs that the Director oversees: Bread Loaf in Sicily Conference, an intensive seven-day writers' conference held in Erice, an ancient, hilltop town on the western coast of Sicily; Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference, run in collaboration with Orion magazine and the Middlebury College Environmental Studies Program, which hones the skills of those interested in producing literary writing about the environment and the natural world; and Bread Loaf Translators' Conference, designed to provide training and community to beginning as well as experienced translators in the pursuit of translating literary texts into English and runs concurrently with Bread Loaf Orion. The Director reports to Middlebury's Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Schools.

This is a part time position. Time commitments include approximately five weeks in residence across the four programs; two to three hours per day workload; two visits per year to Middlebury for admissions work, program and budget planning, and consulting with college administration; and frequent communication with full-time Bread Loaf staff.

Job Responsibilities
• Oversees, administers and sets direction for Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference, Bread Loaf Translators' Conference, and Bread Loaf in Sicily Writers' Conference;
• Hires and oversees all personnel associated with the Writers' Conferences, including three permanent staff members. Oversees and communicates general priorities to more than forty additional temporary employees who are work-study participants during the conferences;
• Identifies, recruits, hires and oversees more than thirty nationally recognized and distinguished writers to serve as faculty for the conferences;
• Identifies and invites more than twenty editors, literary agents, publishers, and special guests to the Writers' Conference;
• Collaborates with Orion and the director of the Translator's Conference to choose editors, literary agents, and guests for Bread Loaf Orion and Bread Loaf Translators', respectively;
• Based on the recommendations of the Writers' Conference Admissions Board, selects at least twenty fellows, approximately eight tuition scholars, and more than twenty work-scholarship recipients as well as other scholarship winners. Makes admissions decisions on admissions for approximately thirty Bread Loaf in Sicily participants;
• Works with the joint sponsors of the Orion Conference (Orion Magazine and Middlebury College's Environmental Studies Program) so that each entity's goals for the conference are achieved;
• Works with Middlebury College Advancement in fund-raising and monitoring current Bread Loaf writers' conferences endowment funds; and
• Works with Middlebury College Communications Office on marketing and advertising of conferences.

At least five years of demonstrated success in leading and administering complex organizational structures;

Has published and received critical acclamation for at least three literary books of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction;

Prior teaching experience or significant participation at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences or another writers' conference; and

Must be able to work cooperatively with and communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals.

Application materials, including cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references needed. To apply, visit:

Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2017, and the successful candidate will be expected to participate in all Conferences during 2017 and work with the current BLWC director to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership for the Conferences.


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