Social Media + Wordpress Specialist (Contract - Remote)

About Us

The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation is a literary nonprofit organization that discovers, mentors, and honors Black writers. We conduct workshops, master classes, public readings, competitions and an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Through these programs, we help writers produce high-quality literature, preserves the voices of Black writers, creates a supportive community for writers, provides financial support to college writers, celebrates artistic excellence, and connects readers throughout the city to local, national and international authors. 

This contract position will contribute to helping the foundation solidify our content creation strategy and streamline our messaging across the Hurston/Wright website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). This opportunity is a great fit for an entrepreneurial/creative freelancer, who loves literature and is looking to expand their portfolio.  Applicants located in the DC metro area are preferred but not required as the duties of this position will be primarily remote.

Digital & Social Media Marketing [Email marketing, Website, Social Media]

  • Brainstorm and execute creative campaigns strategy and manage coordinated messaging and execution across channels for our writing workshops, public readings and annual Legacy Awards
  • Segment dynamic email lists according to key audiences and design and execute automated, multi-channel digital campaigns for a variety of supporter journeys that: improve retention of email subscribers, re-engage lapsed subscribers, and encourage acquisition of new subscribers
  • Help establish and advise on the Hurston/Wright social media strategy and lead the execution of digital marketing campaigns and social community management
  • Create graphics for social media and email blasts
  • Publish on WordPress and the Salsa CRM
  • Maintain and monitor Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 
  • Monitor and assess Google Analytics to improve behavior engagement
  • Monitor trending topics and hashtags to insert HW into the literary conversation 

Qualifications

  • 2-5 years experience as a Content Creator/Wordpress specialist
  • Demonstrated proficiency with managing and editing content on Wordpress sites
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite and/or other graphic design tools
  • Proactive, flexible and able to work independently and collaboratively with members of the Hurston/Wright team
  • An ability to multitask and perform under tight deadlines
  • Excellent verbal, written and interactive communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and project management skills
  • Knowledge of the African-American literary canon and contemporary writers is a plus 
  • A degree in a related field (Marketing, Digital Media, Web design etc.) is desirable but not essential

Compensation:

$35/hour @ ~ 30-40 hours/month

Apply:

  • Upload Resume, Portfolio and Writing Sample. Portfolio should include examples of digital campaigns, social media posts, and graphics designed within the past 12 months. Writing sample from a published webpage is preferred, but other examples that clearly articulate your writing style are acceptable. 

Program Specialist (Contract)

This contract position will contribute to helping streamline the foundations programs (Writer’s Workshops, Public Readings, Legacy Awards) and develop systems for managing daily work flows and program administration (email management, author/publisher communication, etc.). This position is primarily remote, but will require the occasional in person meeting and on-site support for events in Washington, DC. Applicants should be based in the DMV.  

Administrative Support 

  • Manage the Hurston/Wright service account and inbound voice messaging system. Help create systems to organize, categorize and maintain an increasingly large flow of emails and partnership requests.  
  • Analyze current work flows, suggest and design in collaboration with the Executive Director systems/processes for managing administrative and programmatic tasks. 
  • Additional administrative tasks that support daily Foundation operations 

Program/Event Support 

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to review all programs (Writing Workshops, Public Readings and Legacy Awards) and develop systems and processes to streamline communication, data collection, data storage and follow-up after events.  
  • Provide on-site support for public readings, writing workshops and the annual Legacy Awards 

Special Projects

  • Special literary projects as agreed upon with Executive Director
  • This contract requires the ability to analyze undefined tasks and recommend and then execute a plan of action

Qualifications 

  • Minimum four years' experience in program and event management, preferably within the non-profit and/or literary arts fields 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Canva, HubsSpot, CRMs and other web-based organization tools 
  • Entrepreneurial, Proactive, flexible and able to work independently and collaboratively with members of the Hurston/Wright team 
  • An ability to multitask and perform under tight deadlines 
  • Accuracy, strong organizational skills and attention to detail required
  • Demonstrated communication, interpersonal and strong writing skills are necessary
  • Excellent analytical and project management skills 
  • Knowledge of the African-American literary canon and contemporary writers is a plus
  • Proficiency with social media and basic photography is desirable
  • A degree in a related field (Business, Non-Profit Management etc) is desirable but not essential 

Compensation: 

  • $25/Hour @ approximately 60-80 hours per month 

Apply: 

  • Upload Resume and two Writing Samples. Writing samples should demonstrate your ability to communicate an idea to diverse audiences and be one page or less. 


About Us

The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation is a literary nonprofit organization that discovers, mentors, and honors Black writers. We conduct workshops, master classes, public readings, competitions and an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Through these programs, we help writers produce high-quality literature, preserves the voices of Black writers, creates a supportive community for writers, provides financial support to college writers, celebrates artistic excellence, and connects readers throughout the city to local, national and international authors. 

This internship will focus on research, social media marketing and general admin and program support for our writing workshops and public readings. 

Responsibilities include:

• Researching contemporary Black authors for upcoming literary events, as well as potential local and national event partners

• Assisting with the logistics of upcoming author visits, such as scheduling, travel bookings, and accommodations

• Crafting book synopses and author bios for upcoming programs

• Researching and generating content for multiple social media platforms that feature and highlight the hundreds of books and authors in the Hurston/Wright community

• Analyzing opportunities to increase exposure for the Hurston/Wright College Award Winners

• Attending our public readings and assisting with audience management, set up/take down, Instagram Posting/Photography

• General copywriting and administrative tasks

The ideal candidate has:

• Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills

• Excellent organizational skills

• Some experience with social media, photography and graphic design preferred, but not required

• An interest in research and marketing

• An entrepreneurial spirit and drive to work independently and as part of a team

• A passion for the African-American literary canon, contemporary writers and life-long learning

Compensation

• Internship is unpaid

• Book Swag and internship credit/service hours are available

Apply:

  • Upload Resume and one writing sample. The writing sample should demonstrate your ability to clearly articulate an idea and show your writing style. 

Submission Guidelines and Procedures of Awards Competition


The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation is proud to host the annual Hurston/Wright Awards for College Writers, which is the only award of its kind that recognizes Black college writers. The award is the foundation’s first program. It was initiated to support emerging Black artists in fiction and poetry enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school program anywhere in the United States.   
Submissions for the award open October 1, 2019 and close January 31, 2020. Submissions will be judged by distinguished published authors in fiction and poetry. Writers will be notified in March whether their submissions were accepted or not accepted. Awards, which include a cash prize, will be announced in May. Award winners will be invited to attend the Legacy Award ceremony that is hosted in October in Washington, DC.


Requirements:
*Black writers who are full-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs (including low-residency MFA programs) at a college or university in the United States are eligible to submit a work of fiction or poetry. They must be enrolled at the time of submission. Students in online-only courses are not eligible.
*Writers who have published books, including poetry chapbooks or fiction narratives, through any publishing platform, are not eligible.
*All work submitted must be original and unpublished at the time of submission. Hurston/Wright does not accept simultaneous submissions.
*Author name and contact information should not appear on the submission.
*Winning works may be published in whole or in part by Hurston/Wright online or print. Your submission gives the Hurston/Wright Foundation permission to publish an excerpt or the entire work. The author retains all rights.
*Hurston/Wright maintains the right to decline any submission not deemed eligible.


Format Guidelines
The original creative work submitted should be formatted as follows:


Fiction:
*No more than 20 pages of fiction, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font, and within 1-inch margins.
* Put title of the work on each page of the submission.
*Do not put the author’s name on the pages of the work. Provide a separate page with the title of the work, name and contact information of author, school and year of study.
Poetry:
*Maximum of 3 poems.
*The submission must total at least 120 lines or more.
*Do not include the author’s name on the pages of poetry. Provide a separate page with the title of the work, name and contact information of author, school and year of study.
 

Questions may be sent to info@hurstonwright.org or mailed to our foundation headquarters at:
Hurston/Wright Awards to College Writers
 
10 G Street NE, Suite 600
 
Washington, DC 20002
 





Submission Deadline: December 13, 2019
 

ELIGIBLE 

  • The Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards are open to Black writers in America and across the globe. 
  • Full-length books of debut fiction, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as collections of short stories, and collections of essays by one author. All works must be newly published. 
  • Books published in the United States. 
  • Books by a self-published author. 
  • Books with a publication date within the calendar year in which the application is being submitted. 
  • U.S. editions of foreign books published for the first time in the United States.  
  • An English translation of a book originally written in another language. The translator need not be a Black author.  
  • Submissions postmarked for the Hurston/Wright Foundation office by December 13th. 
  • Previous Legacy Award winners and nominees and college writing awardees. 
  • Bound galleys from publishing houses, as long as the release date is within the specified dates of submission. 

INELIGIBLE 

  • Books written by more than one author. 
  • Poetry books with fewer than 50 pages. 
  • Retrospectives or collections of previously published work. 
  • E-books. 
  • Reprints of books published in a previous year. 
  • Submissions postmarked after the December 13th. 
  • Books by board members and staff of the Hurston/Wright Foundation and their family members. 
  • Books by a judge for that year’s competition or a family member of the judge. 
  • Photography books, cook books and travel books. 
  • Genre fiction (such as commercial, romance and mystery works) and children’s books, unless the work has been recognized by the literary industry as transcending genre. 

JUDGING 

A 3-judge panel of previous Legacy Award honorees will judge submissions in each genre. ​

Debut Fiction:  A first Novel or a first Short-Story Collection 

Fiction: Novel, Novella, or Short-Story Collection 

Nonfiction: Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, History, Social Issues, Literary Criticism 

Poetry: Books In Verse, Prose Poetry, Formal Verse, Experimental Verse 

More than 100 books are submitted for the competition, but the number of entries vary from year to year. Hurston/Wright staff review incoming submissions to ensure they meet the qualifications as outlined. Books that do not meet the criteria are not sent to the judges. Staff reserves the right to adjust the category of a submission as necessary. Submitters will be notified of any change in submission category. 

REQUIREMENTS 

  • Include with each application a $40 nonrefundable submission fee. One application and fee per title. If payment cannot be made online, a check and invoice should be included with submission that is mailed to the foundation’s office. 
  • Books must be submitted by the publisher; self-published authors may submit their books. 
  • The Hurston/Wright Foundation reserves the right to inquire about potential submissions, but does so to ensure that Black authors who receive major reviews or appear on best-seller lists are included. No inquiries will be made after the submission deadline closes. 
  • The submission period opens September 1st and closes in mid-December. 
  • Nominations are announced in June.  Winners & finalists are announced at the annual Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Ceremony the third Friday in October. 
  • The author of a Legacy nominated book or a representative is expected to attend the awards ceremony. 
  • Non-winning entries will be donated to a university or nonprofit organization. 

HOW TO APPLY 

  • Complete online application including $40 submission fee paid via online link or check.  
  • Mail four copies of each title submitted to: 

​Hurston/Wright Legacy Award
10 G Street, NE, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20002

Hurston/Wright Foundation