Jobs & Internships

Join the team!

Are you interested in working near the center of Seattle’s literary community? Want to work steps away from a stage where nationally renowned authors give lectures on craft, or up-and-coming writers read from their latest works? Are you passionate about the literary arts, creating community, and opening up the literary world to everyone who loves books or has a drive to write?

Hugo House staff and volunteers are enthusiastic, committed people who value and want to work toward making arts programming accessible to all, advancing community-driven change initiatives, and centering antiracism and racial equity in the literary sphere.

We encourage applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) and other people underrepresented in literary arts administration. All full-time Hugo House positions receive a generous benefits package, including holiday and vacation, medical, dental, and vision benefits, and discounts on Hugo House classes.

Job Openings

Business & Operations Director

Reports To: Executive Director
Salary Range: $60,000–$70,000
Position Overview:
The Business & Operations Director is a key member of the leadership team, providing active direction for all aspects of Hugo House’s finance and operations. This position develops and manages a team that supports Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Administration, Facilities, Concessions/Merch, and Information Technology. This team includes an Operations Manager to assist with Facilities & Office Management as well as serving as Bookkeeper and Finance Support, and the Community Support and Volunteer Manager to manage the Community Support, Volunteer, and Bar programs. This position also interacts directly with our HR, Accounting, and IT consultants to manage internal solutions.

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Program Director, Education

Reports To: Executive Director
Salary Range:
Position Overview: The Program Director of Education is a key Hugo House staff member, responsible for planning, overseeing, and ensuring the success of our creative writing classes for adults. Ensuring quality and constituent satisfaction, the Education Director will creatively program a wide range of course offerings and work to expand our reach and range of offerings. The Education Director also manages the Youth Programs Coordinator and the Registrar. The position is also involved in coordinating with other related Hugo House programs.

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Community Support & Volunteer Manager

Reports To: Finance & Operations Director
Pay Range: $20-24/hr
Position Overview: The Community Support Manager interacts with every part of our community, including staff, consultants, volunteers, members, donors, students, audiences, and renters. They are an integral part of a core staff that works to keep our diverse community informed, engaged and welcomed and to keep internal operations humming. As part of the operations team, this position works to ensure smooth house operations and provide for appropriate house security.

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Internship Openings

Summer Scribes Internship

Reports To: Youth Programs Manager
Stipend: $4,275
Start & End Date: June 6 – August 26
Position Overview:
As the Summer Scribes Intern, you will work closely with the Youth Program Manager and Assistant to prepare, promote, and execute this year’s Scribes summer camp program. The first three weeks of this internship and last two weeks of this internship will be a mixture of virtual and in-person work as we prepare and wrap up the camp season.

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Teach at Hugo House

We’re looking for talented, enthusiastic, generous instructors in all genres—nonfiction, fiction, poetry and performance (spoken word, song, stage, screen), as well as reading classes (please see our catalog for examples).

Our teachers are contracted for individual classes and we review class proposals every quarter. See our current class offerings to get a sense of the course description format and the types of courses we offer. We love seeing new ideas and classes that are of the moment in addition to craft basics.

To apply, please sign in to our Teacher Portal and submit:

  • 1–2 page CV
  • 1-page statement of your teaching philosophy and how you’ll apply it at Hugo House
  • Two sample course descriptions with a syllabus or break-down of class content (no more than a page each) modeled after our online course catalog

Submissions for course proposals for Winter 2022 must be received by July 13th for consideration to appear in the catalog. Winter quarter runs January 10–March 31, 2022.



Teach Youth Classes

We believe that youth voices are worth amplifying. Our programs offer opportunities for youth from all walks of life to craft their voices.

Youth teaching artists play a critical role in youth education, so we look for teachers who are creative, attentive, holistic in their approach, adaptive to individual student needs, able to teach through a social justice lens, and are devoted lifelong learners themselves. Read about our youth programs and then sign into our Youth Programs Teacher Portal to apply.

Contact us if you have any questions about teaching opportunities for youth classes.