Teaching Artist, BookUp Los Angeles

The National Book Foundation

Los Angeles, CA


The National Book Foundation (NBF) is seeking a published author who has experience working with young people to serve as a Teaching Artist for BookUp: Los Angeles, a free, after-school reading program for middle school students.  BookUp participants select up to 12 books to read each year, engage in book club-style discussions and creative response activities, and interact with the local literary community through author visits and field trips. This 24-session program meets regularly once per week for 90-minute sessions, plus weekend half-day field trips, and runs from September 2017 through June 2018 (exact schedule TBD based on Teaching Artist availability and partner site needs). The program is held at Foshay Learning Center. Instructors report to NBF’s Director of Education.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead twenty-four 90-minute after-school sessions for approximately 15 students in grades 5 and 6.
  • Serve as liaison between NBF, Foshay, and other program stakeholders
  • Create and submit lesson plans
  • Create and submit book order requests
  • Organize and document student work
  • Participate in planning calls with New York-based NBF staff
  • Assist with the coordination of and attend scheduled author visits, field trips, and culminating event.

Essential Skills and Education/Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in creative writing, literature, or other related field; graduate work preferred
  • Experience as a published writer (online or print)
  • Previous experience working young people required; experience with upper elementary and middle school students strongly preferred
  • Experience working in an after-school or out-of-school time setting strongly preferred
  • A patient, flexible, and collaborative spirit 

This position pays a competitive per-session rate.



To apply: send cover letter and resume as PDFs to [email protected] with the subject line: BookUp Los Angeles Teaching Artist.  Please note: interviews will be conducted via Skype or Google Hangout with the New York-based NBF office.

The National Book Foundation is committed to inclusivity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, parental status, military service, or disability.

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