Ends on January 31, 2018

The Montana Book Festival is seeking a candidate or candidates to lead the organization in planning and implementing the 2018 festival. The successful candidate should have the energy and passion to embrace the festival’s mission to foster interest in literature for people of all ages, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant, compelling forum for the literary arts that celebrates diversity.

 • Strong planning and organizational skills, particularly in the event management field, with the ability to coordinate multiple resources.
• Excellent oral/written communication skills to communicate internally and externally.
• Grant writing and fundraising experience.  
• Outgoing personality, ability to interact with a variety of constituents, and commitment to diverse literary representation.
• Ability to engage with digital technology, including Squarespace, Submittable, Sched, Google Drive, and social media platforms.
 • Strong ability to set priorities, solve problems, and be resourceful under pressure.
• Work well as a team player with the board, community partners, and festival interns/volunteers.

• Oversee festival committees and run meetings, coordinate with various committee chairs, interns and volunteers for the many activities necessary to execute a successful festival, and direct site operations.
• Establish necessary communications systems, and manage post festival communications and follow ups.
• Write and administer grants to partially fund festival programs, and actively organize and execute fundraising activities.
• Supervise and mentor interns and volunteers in a productive and positive manner.
• Manage event logistics in coordination with community partners.
Employer shall pay Employee compensation at the rate of $17.00 per hour, subject to all normal payroll taxes and deductions. This is a contract position.

Due to the nature of the position hours are flexible during the months of February through July, with hours increasing to full time in August through completion of the Festival in October. Duties can be shared by two individuals or assumed by one strong candidate. Funding and candidate compensation depends on grant procedures already in place.
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