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Lit House Center Coordinator

Job Details

Regular Staff (FT)


Washington College is seeking applicants for the Center Coordinator of the Rose O'Neill Literary House. This position requires a literary background as well as skills that foreground organization, events management, financial literacy, and student supervision and success. This position reports to the Director of the Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College.

The Coordinator at the Rose O’Neill Literary House works closely with the Director, Assistant Director, and Associate Director to implement and manage activities and programming that promote and sustain the mission of the Literary House: developing a creative community with a focus on the articulated word, supporting and supervising students engaged in one of our experiential learning programs, forging beneficial connections with outside groups and individuals, sponsoring outstanding public programs and events, creating on- and off-campus opportunities for students and faculty, and enhancing the stature of literature and the creative arts at Washington College both regionally and nationally.  The Coordinator represents the Lit House to prospective partners, visitors, speakers, and other guests and keeps abreast of current trends, ideas, and scholarship in relevant literary fields while prioritizing assignments according to deadline and/or workload. This is a full-time, twelve-month position with occasional weekend and evening commitments.  More about the Rose O'Neill Literary House can be found at


Washington College, a private liberal arts and sciences college in Chestertown, Maryland serving about 1,000 undergraduate students through emphasizing excellence in teaching and a commitment to scholarly research, seeks employees committed to advancing inclusion and equity and to cultivating a community that welcomes all people, regardless of race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression. Of special interest are candidates who can further the College’s efforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.  The College is located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, about 1.5 hours from Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.  For more information about the College, please consult the college’s website ( and view the college’s diversity statement (

Essential Functions:

The Center Coordinator position includes the following duties:

  • Space management for the Lit House, including booking events and classes, and managing multiple calendars
  • Overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations of the College's Board of Publications, the umbrella board for 5 campus publications.
  • Coordinating our Federal Work Study program and supervising those students (usually 1-3 student workers per semester)
  • Coordinating our Experiential Learning and Internship program, including our Summer Publications Boot Camp for student editors. The Coordinator will supervise some of these student internships in collaboration with other staff members.
  • Conducting media outreach (through press releases and social media posts, sometimes in collaboration with staff and interns), and providing event support for our world-class Reading and Events Series
  • Coordinating the recording (photography, videorecording, and livestreaming) and archiving of events
  • Coordinating data collection used for grants and fundraising purposes
  • Assisting with the Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference, held annually for a week in mid-July
  • Producing and distributing an annual Campus Literary Events Brochure, with help from student interns
  • Assisting with the Lit House travel to conferences and festivals
  • Administrative support and record-keeping for Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal @ Washington College



  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and maintain accuracy
  • 2+ years in Office Management, Administrative Assistant position or working in a publishing atmosphere
  • Demonstrated commitment to engaging with diverse populations and increasing access of underrepresented students to literary communities.
  • BA degree in English or related arts discipline; MFA in creative writing field preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in literary publishing and literary communities.
  • Experience supervising students in internship or work capacities
  • Design knowledge strongly preferred but not absolutely required (InDesign and PhotoShop in particular)
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks at the same time and to prioritize when necessary; to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills and experience with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to work well with others in a collaborative and fast-paced educational environment
  • Excellent judgment and problem-solving skills