This listing has disappeared from Grub Street's job opportunities page, so either they've come to their senses or the position has been filled. As a gift to posterity, however, I'm posting it here.
With its exquisite synthesis of journalese, ad-man lingo, and management-speak, it's a sterling example of the exciting "literary renaissance" that Boston is currently "undergoing."
Note how "writers" is comfortably nestled between "philanthropic funding" and "publishing entrepreneurs." And I can never get enough of "liaising" as a verb! Not to mention the with-it swagger of "growing" as a transitive verb -- "growing the list"! And how about the coy afterthought of "a demonstrated love and passion for the literary arts" as a "plus" for any candidate (after "political and fundraising experience" and all the other qualifications, of course).*
I'll have more to say in future posts about Boston's "Literary Cultural District" initiative, but in the meantime: Long may the immortal spirit of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow liaise with the "branding process" and grow the "improved signage"!
Literary Cultural District Coordinator (part-time)September 12th, 2013
The LCD Coordinator will be overseen by Grub Street management, and will work 18 hours/week on the project at Grub Street’s offices.
- Applying to MCC for cultural district status
- Managing the branding process with outside design firm
- Coordinating all project meetings and moving the project forward by creating a timeline and benchmarks
- Facilitating the Literary Data Tool project
- Managing marketing efforts for the calendar and website
- Generating content for the newsletter
- Liaising with hotels and restaurants
- Actively researching funding options
- Helping to write the district-wide marketing strategy
The idea candidate is a dynamic, self-starter, with excellent and proven project management and organizational skills, experience planning and facilitating meetings, excellent communications skills, and an ability to work well with a wide variety of people. Political and fundraising experience is a plus as is a demonstrated love and passion for the literary arts.
$18,000 yearly stipend.
* With extra credit bonus points awarded for the romance-novel overkill of "love AND passion"!