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The National Steinbeck Center is hiring an Education Coordinator


WORK SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week


In conjunction with the Director and with the Marketing and Membership Coordinator—and in accordance with Center policies and procedures—develop, coordinate, and implement the NSC education programs: Steinbeck Young Authors, Steinbeck/Ricketts Institute, the Steinbeck Festival, and other ongoing Education and Public programming.  Steinbeck Young Authors, based on The Red Pony curriculum, is in its fourteenth year.


·       Coordinate Steinbeck Young Authors and the Steinbeck/Ricketts Institute;

·       Help plan the Steinbeck Festival in May

·       Process and/or monitor registrations for programs, workshops, training, etc.;

·       Maintain accurate and appropriate databases, including a history of program events and attendance, statistics, and oversee targeted mailings;

·       Provide consistent and reliable communication to teachers, schools and organizations about SYA and Steinbeck/Ricketts Institute programs and events;

·       Provide oversight to volunteers who serve as coaches, evaluation assistants, and event greeters at SYA;

·       In conjunction with the Director, monitor the program budget;

·       Anticipate and handle logistical concerns at SYA and the Steinbeck Festival, including set-up and facility requirements, and communication with participants and staff members;

·       In conjunction with the Director and Marketing & Membership Coordinator, develop and implement evaluation and analysis for SYA, the SR Institute, and the Steinbeck Festival

·       In conjunction with the Director, produce reports related to analysis of attendance, evaluation, etc. at end of each program

·       Communicate clearly and effectively with the general public about the program and associated events;

·       Help create bi-monthly (every two months) newsletter;

·       Assist with updating website;

·       Assist in writing press releases and grants;

·       Perform other tasks as assigned.


• Bachelors degree or equivalent experience;

·  Excellent writing ability for multiple audiences

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

• Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects at one time;

• Ability to develop professional and cooperative relationships with individuals and organizations;

• Ability to clearly and effectively speak in front of public audiences;

• Good organizational skills and attention to details;

• Good time management skills;

• Excellent team player;

• Ability to professionally represent the National Steinbeck Center and the interests of Board and staff members;

• Proficient in the use of PC programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook;

• Interest in and/or knowledge of John Steinbeck and other writers, regional history and art;

• Must be able to operate general office equipment, i.e. fax machine, postage meter, copy machine, etc.


• Bilingual (Spanish and English);

• Familiarity with California State Standards

• Classroom experience


• Must possess a valid California Driver’s License and a vehicle;

• Must be capable of lifting up to 20 pounds;

• Must be able to hear and speak clearly;

• Must be able to alternatively sit, stand, and walk at least 8 hours per day.

If you are interested in this position, please send resume, cover letter and two writing samples to

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