CLMP—Community of Literary Magazines and Presses—seeks a dynamic Executive Director to lead the national nonprofit service organization for independent literary publishing. Ideal candidates will have significant experience with both nonprofit management, including proven track record in fundraising, as well as deep knowledge and/or experience with publishing. All candidates must possess keen long-range planning and intense multitasking skills, comfort with public speaking, strong teaching skills, and possess visionary leadership ability. CLMP’s Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for achieving the goals of CLMP, including being chiefly responsible for fundraising and nonprofit management, developing and executing its programs, overseeing future expansion, and ongoing stewardship of its mission. The Executive Director will be adept at simultaneously maneuvering CLMP being both a “grassroots” community organization as well as a professional technical assistance provider serving a national community, imparting best practice skills, adaptive responses to multiple complex challenges, and working to build bridges and facilitate connections between multiple literary stakeholder communities. S/he/they must demonstrate big picture thinking, attention to detail, good humor, and considerable patience. As possible, the Executive Director will also directly provide technical assistance to CLMP constituents. Work includes significant fundraising responsibilities, maintaining and establishing key organization systems, developing and overseeing communications strategies, and working with CLMP Board of Directors in essential mission and strategic planning toward focusing and achieving the goals and potential of the organization. A passionate interest in literature as a living and growing art form, and community building, are essential.
Leadership & Management:
• Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve mutually agreed upon strategic goals.
• Identify and actively engage and energize constituents, partnering organizations, and funders.
• Directly provide technical assistance training (in such things as nonprofit management, fundraising, small press and literary magazine publishing) and/or facilitate training on such topics for CLMP constituents.
• Help develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors and/or Advisory Board; serve as ex-officio on committees that may be formed; seek and build board/advisor/partner involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations.
• Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to board, funders, and other constituents.
Fundraising & Communications:
• Identify potential sources, and develop and execute fundraising activities to support existing and developing programs.
• Develop, refine and deepen all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations, with the goal of creating a stronger brand and reaching the greatest number of constituents.
• Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
Planning & New Business:
• Design and implement program expansion and strategic planning process toward achieving organizational mission goals.
• Build strategic partnerships, and establish relationships with potential funders toward increasing the organizational budget.
Commensurate with experience. Exceptional benefits package including health and dental, life insurance, retirement plan, FSA, TransitCheck and generous vacation and paid holidays.
PLEASE NOTE: CLMP's very mission is to ensure a vibrant and diverse literary landscape—persons of color and members of the LGBTQ community are particularly encouraged to apply.
CLMP exists to serve magazines, presses, Internet publishers, and chapbook and zine publishers mission-driven to publish literature. Independent literary publishers make up an underserved, uniquely vulnerable and essential field that connects the greatest diversity of writers to equally diverse communities of readers. Since 1967, when it was founded by George Plimpton, Russell Banks and other with the help of the National Endowment for the Arts, CLMP has worked to bring these literary publishers together to form a mutually supportive community that is often at the vanguard of progress. CLMP provides technical assistance, facilitates peer-to-peer learning and group action, and builds bridges to connect diverse communities of literary stakeholders.
For 50 years, CLMP has been a sustaining lifeline—raising publishers’ organizational capacity, helping them connect their writers to more readers, and serving as a dependable, essential hub for nurturing community support.
CLMP Search Committee
154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
TO APPLLY: Email a CV or resume to: ****
Using your email as cover letter addressed to the Search Committee, detail your interest in CLMP and how your specific skills and background address the points above. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Search Committee seeks to identify ideal candidates as soon as possible. Ideally, the new Executive Director would begin toward the end of September or beginning of October, though other arrangements may be possible.