Get Lit Project Administrator

Spokane, WA
Apr 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The College of Arts, Letters & Education at Eastern Washington University invites applications for an experienced professional in planning major community events to serve as the university's Director of Get Lit!.

The ultimate goal of Get Lit! programs, which includes educational outreach activities as well as an annual literary festival, is to engage the Inland Northwest community in a celebration of the written word and to encourage discussion, at all age levels, of literature in its many forms.

Participation in the Get Lit! festival events has grown to over 10,000 people from Spokane and the surrounding region. Our weeklong celebration of reading and writing offers events for literature lovers of all ages, including:

  • Readings and lectures
  • Interviews and panel discussions
  • Workshops and writing contests
  • Poetry slams for children, teens, and college students
  • Visits by festival authors to local K-12 schools and colleges, and book signings

Our definition of storytelling also allows us to include events focused on:

  • Graphic novels, playwriting, screenwriting, and songwriting, blogging, and spoken-word poetry
  • Events combined with radio, music, film, and theater performances and
  • Community readings and storytelling events by writers of all ages

This position reports to the Dean of the College and is responsible for fundraising, organizing, promoting and coordinating all events for the annual Get Lit! festival, including event planning, marketing, publications, public relations and other activities for the festival.

The position requires a high degree of personal initiative, flexibility, and personal judgment in all assignments, along with strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to organize and prioritize tasks to ensure smooth event flow.

See Job Duties section for more complete listing of position responsibilities - this is available on our website.

Screening of applications will begin in early May. All materials will be held in strictest confidence; references will not be contacted until candidates have been notified

About Eastern Washington University

Eastern is a regional, comprehensive university located in Cheney, 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. In addition to Eastern's Cheney campus, we also offer our Riverpoint campus in Spokane, plus additional teaching/learning centers located in other cities throughout Washington State. Enrollment has reached over 13,000 students. The Cheney-Spokane area is the heart of the Inland Northwest, with excellent restaurants, theater, shopping, skiing, hiking, lakes, a choice of living in a medium-sized city or a small town, and high quality schools and housing.

Eastern Washington University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Conditions of Employment
  • While this position typically works business hours during the bulk of the year, there will be occasional meetings or other work activities that take place in the evening and/or on weekends. During the GetLit! Festival, including the weeks leading up to the Festival and immediately after the Festival, the candidate must expect to work long days, including evenings and weekends.
  • Must have access to a personal vehicle for local travel to meetings and events as needed; must have valid driver's license and proof of insurance.
  • 11-month cyclic appointment. An 11-month cyclic appointment requires the position to take off 174 hours during the year. Cyclic time off will be coordinated and approved by the Supervisor.
Required Qualifications:

• Bachelors - any field

• Experience in planning major community events, with demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize complex tasks including overlapping job requirements, multiple deadlines, and meeting the needs of multiple individuals

• Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

• Operates computer with accurate keyboarding and software proficiency using Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Internet Explorer, Outlook calendar, and other university software programs as designated

• Technological adeptness for website management and social media

• Detailed budget management experience

• Display personal characteristics consistent with creating and nurturing partnerships within and outside of the university

• Experience in fundraising and asking for large donations from donors

• Demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive approach that is sensitive to the diverse nature of our students, faculty, staff and the region we live in

Preferred Qualifications:

• Bachelors in English, Literary Studies or closely related field
• MFA in Creative Writing, MA in Literature, Rhetoric & Composition, Writing, or closely related field
• Successful grant writing experience
• Supervisory experience
• Previous employment in higher education setting
• Experience with strategies for fundraising through education or experience


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