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

Executive Director

Hugo House is working with Arts Consulting Group to find our next Executive Director.

The Executive Director will be the public spokesperson for the organization, maintaining and cultivating relationships with community partners. They will create an organizational culture of optimism and possibility that inspires great writing. With a deep commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access, the Executive Director will steward Hugo House in becoming an anti-racist institution that serves people of all ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, abilities, and interests, and where people from all backgrounds feel welcome and a true sense of belonging.

Reporting directly to the Hugo House Board of Directors, the Executive Director will build upon the organization’s legacy by creating a new and bold vision for the future in fulfillment of its mission. They will have overall responsibility for Hugo House’s programs and operations, provide leadership in financial management, fundraising, and board governance, and oversee the day-to-day operations and staffing.

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Position: Development Director

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary & Benefits: $65,000-85,000 salary, generous holiday and personal time, plus medical, dental, and vision benefits, 403(b) match, and discounts on Hugo House classes

Classification: Full-time exempt; works Monday–Friday with some evenings and weekends

Position Overview:

The Development Director will be responsible for managing ongoing development efforts, including event fundraising and donor management for one of Seattle’s most beloved arts organizations. The Development Director will work alongside the Executive Director and manage a contract grant writer and CRM administrator to complete departmental planning and reach contributed income goals.

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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 Fall 2023 must be received by March 21, 2023 for full consideration to appear in the catalog. Fall
quarter runs September 25-December 15, 2023.



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.



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

Hugo Fellowship & Writers-In-Residence