PEN America is seeking a dynamic and creative representative to develop and carry out programming and build support in the Boston area. The ideal candidate will be challenged by the prospect of catalyzing PEN America’s presence in the region by planning and executing signature events, identifying partner organizations and sponsors, and carrying out outreach to build a resource base. The required skill set includes event management, fundraising, communications, and outreach.

PEN America, with a nationwide membership of more than 7,000 writers and their allies and offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. With a mission more salient than ever in a time of threat to free and open discourse in this country, PEN America is in a period of significant growth across the nation. In the Boston area, we seek to expand programming that engages and builds on our core of membership, known historically as PEN New England.

The PEN America Boston representative is scoped initially as a 25-hour-per-week role, with substantial potential to expand commensurate with the development of new projects and sources of financial support. The representative will need to exercise deep resourcefulness to deliver the envisioned results, but will be supported by the New York headquarters staff including the Development, Public Programming, and Communications teams.

The successful candidate will be highly self-motivated and will bring entrepreneurial drive, a formidable work ethic, and an affinity for roles that require a fleet and creative approach. The representative should be motivated to work with diverse communities and be able to move fluidly among them. The incumbent will have the opportunity to represent a meaningful mission and interact with a wide range of writers, journalists, literary and human rights organizations, academic institutions, media, and foundations and individual philanthropists.


  • Conceptualize, prepare, and execute programming in the Boston area consistent with PEN America’s existing programming commitments, mission, and standards
  • Identify and secure resources to support programming from foundations, city and state government, and individual donors
  • Develop partnerships with like-minded organizations in the Boston area
  • Engage and expand membership in the region and marshal volunteer members in support of events and other PEN America Boston activities
  • Represent and promote PEN America publicly, including through outreach in person and online


  • Track record of event management, creativity in program development, and successful fundraising in related assignment
  • Affinity for PEN America’s mission in the literary and human rights communities
  • A network of relevant contacts in the Boston area and a demonstrated understanding of its literary and philanthropic sectors
  • Excellent representational skills and a proven ability to network and build purposeful partnerships
  • Facility with media relations, online platforms, and social media
  • Excellent academic credentials; BA required
  • Self-motivated, highly energetic, well organized and with a tested entrepreneurial spirit
  • Powerful work ethic and demonstrated stamina
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Comfort working independently and ability to participate effectively via video conference

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample, and the contact information for three references. Please submit the entire application to [email protected] Please use “Boston Representative” and your name as the subject of your email (for example, Boston Representative – Jane Doe). Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

PEN America is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

No phone calls, please.