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NCWN Job Opportunity: Communications Director

Location: North Carolina (remote)
The North Carolina Writers’ Network is seeking a dynamic and reliable Communications Director to help pursue its mission by focusing on its online presence, media relations, and community outreach.

Candidates must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and comfortable working alone. They must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, comfort online (both in technical know-how and content creation), and a deep commitment to literary community and culture. They must be proficient with WordPress, Adobe InDesign, and the standard MS Office suite (Word, Excel, etc.). Experience with marketing, customer/member service, and graphic design are desired, but not essential.

This is a full-time position with a starting annual salary of $40,000.

This position will work from a home office, which must be in the state of North Carolina. The Network will provide a cell phone for work use and a monthly stipend to help pay for a high-speed Internet connection. This position will report to the Executive Director.

Working days and hours are flexible, but candidates must be accessible and responsive Monday through Friday, roughly between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. Some travel (almost always in-state) and weekend/evening work will be required at various times of the year.

Primary duties will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Maintain NCWN and NC Literary Hall of Fame websites, updating and creating relevant content, improving usability
  • Collect submissions and seek out other content for weekly e-blast, as well as Member Readings, NC Literary Calendar, Book Buzz, Hats Off, and other member resources
  • Coordinate and promote NCWN programs, particularly online components, under direction of the Executive Director
  • Help oversee media relations by building relationships with regional media, preparing and sending press releases about NCWN events and news, and following through with contacts
  • In collaboration with Executive Director, produce biannual NCWN newsletter: develop theme or focus for each issue; write, solicit, and edit articles; layout and proof final newsletter in Adobe InDesign or similar program; coordinate production and delivery with printer
  • Serve as a representative of the NCWN to help increase the Network’s visibility across the state
  • Assist with administrative tasks, as needed

This is an important and constantly-evolving role in a vital organization with a surprisingly small staff. The right candidate will help the scope and salary of the position grow along with the Network.

The North Carolina Writers’ Network is an equal opportunity employer and an antiracist organization, dedicated to connection, community, and doing what we can to undo the effects of systemic exclusion in writing, teaching, publishing, and the literary arts. We will judge applicants solely on merit, but we encourage women, people of color, and other members of under-resourced communities to apply.

Questions may be directed to Ed Southern at Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to that address, or to:

Attn: Ed Southern
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120