Chautauqua Institution is a ‘not-for-profit’ global convener of dialogue and debate on the most significant issues of the day through engagement across four pillars of arts, education, religion, and recreation. The Chautauqua Community is located on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State and comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine/performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship/programs, and recreational activities.
Mission: Chautauqua Institution is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program that explores the important religious, social and political issues of our times; stimulates provocative, thoughtful involvement of individuals and families in creative response to such issues; and promotes excellence and creativity in the appreciation, performance and teaching of the arts.
Vision: Chautauqua aspires to create an informed, engaged and renewed public that fosters and actively contributes to a more civil society, nationally and within the various communities represented by its individual constituents and partners.
Qualified candidates should apply online at CHQ.org/employment. Interested applicants must submit a resume and writing sample (typically a cover letter) for consideration. You are encouraged to learn more about Chautauqua Institution at CHQ.org and the 150 Forward Strategic Plan at 150fwd.CHQ.org.
The Director of Literary Arts will report to the Vice President/Emily & Richard Smucker Chair for Education to design and implement collaborative strategic initiatives to strengthen and deepen the value of the literary arts program to stakeholders. This incumbent provides administration and leadership for the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC), the Chautauqua Writers’ Center, pre-season Writers’ Festival, the literary journal Chautauqua, and two national literary prizes (The Chautauqua Prize and The Chautauqua Janus Prize), and works collaboratively with other colleagues on school-based programs, such as the CLSC Young Readers Program and Young Writers Institute.
This position has the opportunity to build upon the strengths of Chautauqua’s literary legacy in support of the Institution’s recently adopted strategic plan that calls for leveraging the power of various programmatic platforms to “advance the most important, relevant conversations and experiences of our time, during the summer assembly and beyond, on the grounds of the Institution and beyond.”
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