Working at Writers House

Student staff are central to Writers House operations. Students manage our website, engineer and edit recordings, design fliers and posters, develop literacy outreach projects, and help with all aspects of our programming. Writers House hires most of its student staff in the summer, through the work study program, where jobs are posted officially. See below for the kinds of positions that are often available. And please contact our staff manager Alli Katz (katza@writing.upenn.edu) for more information about student jobs at Writers House. All full time positions at Writers House are posted through Penn’s central HR site and will also be listed here when available.

Audio-visual assistant

Setting up sound equipment, recording and archiving readings, labeling and storing archival material, putting away sound equipment, uploading sound files to the website and MediaLinks. Helping out with event in otherways as necessary, including PennSound. Evening hours required. All Writers House work-study staff positions also include involvement and assistance with Writers House programs and projects as needed, including welcoming, errand-running, and participating.

Development assistant

Work with Writers House Director and the Assistant Director of Development on ongoing development research, projects, and mailings. Prepare development letters, development research, and management of development arterials and files. Requires confidentiality and interest in development work. All Writers House work-study staff positions also include involvement and assistance with Writers House programs and projects as needed, including welcoming, errand-running, and participating.

Purchasing librarian B

Assisting the primary Purchasing Librarian at the Writers House, in preparation to take-over full responsibilities in the following year. Locating, ordering, and purchasing books by visiting writers to sell at readings at the Writers House. Logging and keeping track of these purchases, selling the books at the reading, keeping track of the expenses and monies involved. Returning unsold books to the publisher and making sure that the credit has been noted. Logging and storing books by visiting writers in the appropriate book cases. All Writers House work-study staff positions also include involvement and assistance with Writers House programs and projects as needed, including welcoming, errand-running, and participating.

Web assistant

Assisting Web Master in all Writers House web-related projects, including updating the web calendar, uploading photos to the website, and some "behind the scenes" web maintenance. HTML a +plus, as well as a general knowledge and interest in internet communication. Writers House work-study staff positions also include involvement and assistance with Writers House programs and projects as needed, including welcoming, errand-running, and participating.

Program assistant

Recording, gathering, organizing, archiving and uploading sound and web-based archives of readings and programs at the Writers House. Using DAT machine, mixer, Real Audio Encoder and other hardware and software. May include preparation for receptions, writing and distributing PR, and program research. Must be detail-oriented and efficient, a "go-to" program person. All Writers House work-study staff positions also include involvement and assistance with Writers House programs and projects as needed, including welcoming, errand-running, and participating.

Community projects liason

Work with Writers House community project coordinators on creative writing projects for kids, literary training and tutoring programs, and on literary arts initiatives in Philadelphia. All Writers House work-study staff positions also include involvement and assistance with Writers House programs and projects as needed, including welcoming, errand-running, and participating.

Outreach and public relations

Writing press releases for special KWH programs, and submitting them to local press sources. Brainstorming in other/alternative methods of local and national PR. Collecting all Writers House press from the City Paper and Philadelphia Weekly. Sending monthly and weekly program information to local press sources. Updating Writers House program listings on the Daily Pennsylvanian's Campus Events page and on the Penn web calendar, and the Penn Arts Calendar. Knowledge of Adobe InDesign a plus. All Writers House work-study staff positions also include involvement and assistance with Writers House programs and projects as needed, including welcoming, errand-running, and participating.