Employment Opportunities

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

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Free Expression Programs

Washington, D.C.

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Coordinator, State Legislative Policy

This position will focus primarily on tracking and analyzing state legislation across PEN America’s areas of focus, including restrictions on free expression in higher education and K-12 schools. More

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Assistant, Communications

PEN America seeks an ambitious and highly organized communications assistant to support its growing visibility as a global leader in the defense of free expression. More

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Chief Development Officer

The CDO will be a catalytic leader who helps PEN America reach new heights in terms of fund development in support of its programs and the organization as a… More

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Deputy Director, Foundation Relations and Grants

The deputy director will respond to the most urgent issues of our time by engaging with major institutional funders, family foundations, and government donors on the city, state, and… More

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Washington Director

The Director and their team will work closely with staff across PEN America to set and advance the organization’s advocacy agenda in Washington. More