programs director

The EMW Programs Director will work closely with the Program Leads and the Operations Team on the creative, strategic, and logistical planning and execution of EMW's programs. They will additionally provide support to the Executive Director and the Development Director in cultivating relationships with event features, partner organizations, and sponsors.


  • Supporting the Program Leads in the curation, planning, and execution of EMW Bookstore's regular programming (including East Meets Words, East Meets Beats, Street Bio, EMW Gallery, and the EMW Community Library).
  • Communicating with program leads, program features, and community partners to create and maintain program schedules (including day-of scheduling as well as program advertising in the weeks leading up to an event).
  • Assisting the Design Team and the Communications Team to ensure timely creation and publication of all programming content, including event posters, social media posts, newsletter copy, etc.
  • Developing partnerships with local arts, science, and community organizations and collectives that support marginalized communities, thus orienting EMW program goals to be proactive, responsive, and collaborative with the interests of our communities.
  • Helping EMW cultivate intergenerational communities through increasing age diversity in program features, prioritizing local community members, and committing to access and wellness needs.
  • Orienting program goals and experiences to be a safer and supportive space for all marginalized peoples, including and not limited to: Black folks, immigrants, indigenous folks, Muslim folks, people of color, poor and working class people, queer and transgender and nonbinary folks, sick and disabled people, and women & femmes.


  • Availability: 8-10 hours/week; Monday evening availability required, some afternoon and/or evening weekday availability preferred.
  • Experience drafting and executing event production plans.
  • Experience curating community-focused creative programming.
  • Experience working with marginalized communities with an intersectional lens.
  • Strong writing and communications skills in English.
  • Experiencing managing volunteers; understanding of how to juggle multiple competing priorities.
  • Self-driven, patient, detail-oriented, and big-picture thinker.


  • Cultural organizing background.
  • Experience with grant-writing.

pay & perks

  • Modest monthly stipend.
  • Access to a gallery and stage space for meetings, rehearsals, etc. (valued at $100/hour).
  • Flexible work schedule.


Like what you see? Apply by sending an email to with "Programs Director Application" in the subject line. Please attach the following:

  • One-page resume
  • One-page cover letter
  • Two references: name, relationship, email, and phone number of each.


Accepting applications on a rolling basis. We seek to fill these positions immediately, so apply as soon as you can! If you have any questions, let us know at

We especially encourage women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people to apply!