Program Manager, Iowa Summer Writing Festival

  • Full Time
  • Iowa City
  • $55,000-$65,000 USD / Year
  • This position has been filled
  • Salary: $55,000-$65,000

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is seeking a Program Manager, Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

The Program Manager will Report directly to the Director of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, the Program Manager works closely with the Director to plan, oversee, and execute current programming and to develop new programming and modes of delivery to an expanding community of writers at all levels, working in all genres. The person in this role will develop strategy for executing programs, both online and in-person. This position involves high-volume public contact/interaction with a diverse audience of adult learners, educators, and campus and community partners. The position requires a flexible work schedule that may include occasional evenings and weekends from September–May and frequent evenings and weekends on campus in June and July. The September-May schedule is negotiable; the June and July schedule is not. This is a 75-100% three-year specified term position with the possibility of renewal.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the planning, coordination, logistics, and presentation of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival on campus. Oversees design and publication of program catalog; recruits and onboards instructors and presenters. Serves as curator of the Eleventh Hour Lecture Series. Manages registration & payment software and processes; provides customer service for registration advising, registration changes, and participant questions. Conducts large-group orientations; moderates Eleventh Hour Lecture Series; hosts and facilitates readings and extra-curricular events.
  • Assists in the planning and presentation of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival online. Oversees design and publication of online course catalog; recruits, hires, and onboards instructors; oversees registration, payment, and course delivery software; provides customer service for registration advising, registration changes, and participant questions; works with campus partners as necessary to implement the above, including ITS, HR, and the Magid Center online course coordinator.
  • Assists with development of program budgets.
  • Prepares offer letters/agreements for program instructors and presenters.
  • Develops strategy for donor-funded outreach and engagement.
  • Oversees process for awarding needs-based scholarship fund.

For a full job description or questions about this position, please send an email to

Education Required:

A Master’s degree in Creative Writing or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Superlative written and verbal communication, comfort with public speaking, and the ability to model and maintain positive interpersonal skills in a high-voltage settings.
  • Demonstrated competency in the Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, and Excel) and Zoom, as well as experience using digital course creation and teaching platforms such as ICON, Canvas Catalog, Blackboard, or other electronic learning management systems
  • 1-3 years experience working in a festival or conference, primarily in an administrative role.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt and develop self to prepare for new or changing assignments, processes, people, or priorities as organizational needs dictate

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with adult learners in a community setting
  • Familiarity with university policies and procedures
  • Experience developing online programming.

Position and Application details:

For additional job details and to apply please visit and access requisition #23001035.

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and export control screening. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

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The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

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