Employment Opportunities

November 11, 2015



The Texas Book Festival is accepting qualified applicants for our Literary Director position.


  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • 3 professional references


Monday, November 30, 2015

Submit application materials to Claire Burrows at claire@texasbookfestival.org.


The Literary Director position with the Texas Book Festival is responsible for achieving the Festival’s mission by creating, developing, and implementing year round literary programming in Austin and other Texas cities, including the two-day Texas Book Festival, the Texas Teen Book Festival and the Reading Rock Stars outreach programs.


Literary Programming

  • Proactively develop and implement year-round literary programs in Austin and other Texas cities
  • Book/prepare the annual event schedule, including the annual Festival, Lit Crawl, and author events
  • Work closely with publishers to feature/book the year’s most compelling books at Festival events
  • Work with partner organizations and volunteers to create programming (panels, discussion, readings, etc.) that will appeal to a wide range of audiences
  • Select and recruit Reading Rock Stars authors, working with Outreach Coordinator
  • Serve on Texas Teen Book Festival steering committee to collaborate on Teen Book Festival authors and schedule
  • Assist with the management of literary events logistics, including securing venues, set-up, and staffing
  • Produce literary program reports for Executive Director and Board as needed
  • Manage literary programming budget, continually striving to improve efficiency and cost savings


Leadership and Management

  • Represent organization at literary events in Austin, New York, and throughout Texas
  • Serve as primary supervisor of student interns, managing their schedules, tasks, and recommendations



  • Assist with the writing and editing of author material for website, ads, and promotional materials
  • Manage literary content for website, including blog posts, interviews, and lit events calendar
  • Assist in promoting TBF brand and programs through social media channels



  • Bachelor’s degree; graduate studies in a relevant field preferred
  • 5 years of relevant work experience, including writing, planning and executing literary programming and events
  • Experience with event-planning management on a large scale
  • Enthusiasm and passion for literature and literacy
  • Knowledge and experience in publishing industry, including curiosity about contemporary trends in publishing
  • Knowledge of the Texas literary community
  • Experience in recruiting, motivating, and managing volunteers
  • Excellent communications skills (oral, written, and presentation)
  • Media and public relations skills
  • Ability to think creatively to problem solve and promote the Texas Book Festival
  • Dedication and enthusiasm for fulfilling the Texas Book Festival mission
  • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and to travel occasionally



The Texas Book Festival is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Founded in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee, and a dedicated group of volunteers, the Texas Book Festival promotes the joys of reading and writing through its annual Festival Weekend, the one-day Texas Teen Book Festival, the Reading Rock Stars program, grants to Texas libraries, youth fiction writing contest, and other literary events. Considered one of the premier literary events in the country, the Texas Book Festival is held in and around the Texas State Capitol each fall and features more than 275 authors, panels, book signings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and volunteers, the Festival remains free and open to the public. In 2015, the Texas Book Festival celebrated its twentieth year of connecting readers to writers and fostering a culture of literacy in Texas.