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Festival Director


The Festival Director requires a year-round commitment, but the time percentage will vary. The job requires more intensive work October-February and June-September.


  • As a member of the Planning Committee, plan an estimated 50 sessions- author readings/discussions, performances, keynote speaker over the 3 day Festival which is the weekend after Labor Day.
  • Identify and invite authors and presenters as part of the Program Committee.
  • Assist in scheduling of all programs in collaboration with the Author Liaison.
  • Prepare, manage and share relevant information with other festival planners.
  • Orchestrate the smooth functioning of programming , both during the planning stages and during the Festival weekend, along with other planners.
  • Monitor 2 Festival email accounts- answer what is relevant to this position and forward relevant emails to the appropriate team partners- Treasurer, Author Liaison, Volunteer Coordinator, Program Committee, Social Media-PR- Website coordinator, Board.
  • Support sponsorship development
  • Assist with grant writing


  • Experience with literary festivals and/or event planning
  • Intellectual curiosity, love of reading
  • Ability to research authors relevant to the Festival’s mission statement
  • Exceptional skill at organizing; ability to multi-task; steadiness under pressure
  • Ability to track, record and thrive amidst multiple details
  • Ability to self-start ; aptitude for working from home while collaborating with a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to meet deadlines
  • A plus- business development skills; working with staff around program related partnerships, sponsorships and fundraising proposals.

The Festival Director reports to the Board of Directors as an independent contractor. $4500-

For more detailed information and to submit your experience, talents why this position excites
you, 3 references to cmlitfest@gmail.com. Put “Festival Director” in the subject line. Deadline September 15