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Manager, Virginia Festival of the Book


Manager, Virginia Festival of the Book

  • R0036711
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Operations
  • The University of Virginia
The Manager of the Virginia Festival the Book at Virginia Humanities supervises key projects and activities related to the Festival, including logistics, partnering, and physical and virtual implementation of programs. The Manager is responsible for supervising dedicated Festival volunteers and coordinating efforts with Virginia Humanities program, communications, finance, and advancement staff. The Manager supports the Center for the Book’s statewide program mission to unite communities of readers, writers, artists, and book lovers in a special event held each March.

In the leadup to March, and with support from Virginia Humanities staff, interns, and volunteers, the Manager will coordinate a multi-date event schedule of engaging programming for adults and youth in a variety of genres. At other times of the year, the Manager will create partnerships and scout new in-kind sponsorships, support fundraising goals, work with events venues, hire and recruit staff and volunteers, and refine the work plan.

The Manager of the Virginia Festival of the Book reports to the Director of Virginia Center for the Book at Virginia Humanities and is responsible for upholding all policies of the organization and the University of Virginia; supporting the organization’s strategic plan; gathering data and evaluations for compliance with UVa and federal reporting; participating in and executing robust fundraising and communications plans for the Festival; and working in collaboration with a variety of volunteers, stakeholders, committee members, hosting organizations, and sponsors.

Virginia Humanities is the state’s humanities council headquartered at the University of Virginia, an equal opportunity employer, in partnership with a nonprofit Board (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities). The Board collaborates and participates with staff in service of all Virginians. The dynamic, collaborative organization includes the weekly public radio show “With Good Reason,” the online Encyclopedia Virginia , statewide Grants & Fellowships, among other programs.

At Virginia Humanities, we are wholly invested in cultivating a staff that embodies our commitment to inclusion and equity, which is increasingly reflected in our cultural programming statewide. We deeply value the voices and work of marginalized communities and strongly encourage applicants who represent the diverse and intersecting identities that contribute to the fabric of Virginia.

Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree with at least four years of experience. Candidates will possess superb organizational skills, attention to detail, the ability to work with a wide array of stakeholders, and excellent written, verbal, and public communication skills.

We will begin review of the pool in April 2023 with a desired start date in spring/summer 2023.

For additional information about the position, please contact Kevin McFadden, Chief Operating Officer, Virginia Humanities, at kmcfadden@virginia.edu .

The Manager will undertake statewide travel as necessary and be afforded opportunities for conference travel and training. This position will require the ability to move equipment up to 30 pounds for various events, travel some distance to attend meetings and the ability to do repetitive tasks in and out of the office setting. The festival’s office suite is within the Virginia Humanities work site in Charlottesville; flexible remote work options are available but fully remote work is not possible.

This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. Anticipated Hiring Range: $70,000-$75,000 commensurate with education and experience. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit hr.virginia.edu/benefits .

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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