We are looking to hire a Project Managing Researcher to lead our African poetry book distribution project. This is a three-year, part-time position that is grant funded by the Poetry Foundation.
The African poetry book distribution project, led by Kwame Dawes, will improve the understanding of poetry book distribution — examining bookseller networks, international trade, literary venues and programming and more — on the African continent. The project will help the APBF define our role in building and sustaining long-term partnerships with existing African publishers and book distributors and ensure the availability of titles internationally. From its 2012 inception, the African Poetry Book Fund has been committed to developing a robust publishing agenda in the United States, and ensuring that the published work is accessible to readers throughout Africa.
This is a three-year, part-time position. While it is preferred that the project managing researcher work from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln (UNL), a remote arrangement is possible. If working remotely, the project managing researcher will travel to Lincoln for periodical meetings with the APBF director, APBF managing editor, and staff at UNL.
The APBF promotes and advances the development and publication of the poetic arts of Africa through its book series, contests, workshops and seminars, events, and through its collaborations with publishers, festivals, booking agents, colleges, universities, conferences and all other entities that share an interest in the poetic arts of Africa.
Bachelor’s degree in English or related field plus three years of experience in publishing, book distribution, and/or marketing in the literary field.
Experience with any combination of the following areas: African poetry, literary publishing, bookselling, and/or international business.
Experience with or willingness to work with U.S. and international collaborators, stakeholders, and community members, including: students, university staff, faculty, publishers, authors, arts administrators, festival organizers, booksellers, librarians, and other professionals.
Ability to schedule working hours around a varied international timetable.
Familiarity with a university work environment.
Excellent writing and research skills and proven experience in written communication by e-mail and by regular mail.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information appropriately.
International travel experience, especially in Africa.
Must possess a US passport or be a permanent resident who is able to travel internationally.
M.F.A. or M.A. in English/Creative Writing. In addition to the minimum qualifications, an applicant would have experience in leading a research team and/or managing student workers.
To learn more, click here: https://employment.unl.edu/postings/81115