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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

All open positions are listed below. Click the name of the title for more information about the role and how to apply.

Job title: Development Director 
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary & Benefits: $55,000-60,000 salary, generous holiday and personal time off (including volunteer time off and floating holidays), plus medical, dental, and vision benefits, 403(b) match, and discounts on Hugo House classes
Classification: This position is full-time and non-exempt, operating on a Monday–Friday schedule with occasional evenings and weekends required.
Location: This role is on-site at our Capitol Hill, Seattle facility with the opportunity for a hybrid schedule.

Purpose: The Director of Development at Hugo House reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for strategically developing meaningful relationships with individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government agencies. The primary goal is to raise funds to support the continued operation and growth of Hugo House, its programs, and its racial equity goals. The Director of Development oversees all fundraising activities, including major gifts, institutional giving, membership, annual appeals, special events, government grants, online appeals, and grant reporting. This position entails supervising a Development & Events Assistant’s daily work and collaborating closely with the Board of Directors, senior staff, donors, community members, and volunteers.

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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
  • One sample course description with a syllabus or break-down of class content (no more than a page) modeled after our online course catalog

Course proposal submissions for Summer 2024 must be received by January 23, 2024 for full consideration. Summer quarter runs July 1–September 8, 2024.


Volunteers are an invaluable part of Hugo House. In our first years, volunteers helped remodel the House and get us off the ground. Today, volunteers do essential work for all of our programs.

Learn more about Volunteering