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application closing date: September 30, 2020
application review begins immediately

CantoMundo seeks a Program Director effective immediately. The chosen candidate would be engaged as an independent contractor based at the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson and would work with Poetry Center staff and with CantoMundo’s Poetry Coalition Fellow, with additional support as needed from the CantoMundo Advisory Board. The person hired need not be physically based in Tucson and can work remotely, but proximity to Tucson would be viewed favorably among otherwise equally qualified candidates. This is a 9-month month position, envisaged as four-days a week, lasting at least through the June 2021 CantoMundo retreat. After that time, and depending on budget and needs, the chosen candidate may be contracted for a second year or may be invited to apply for a director position at a higher salary and with the expectation of renewal.


Founded in 2009, CantoMundo is a poetry organization that cultivates Latinx poets and poetry through workshops, symposia, and public readings, in partnership with the University of Arizona Poetry Center. The highlight of CantoMundo is its yearly summer retreat. CantoMundo is widely regarded as the foremost national organization for Latinx poets in the U.S. and it counts many distinguished poets among its faculty and fellows.



  • evidence of leadership skills and vision 

  • experience with or interest in administration, finances, and fundraising, including proposal and grant-writing

  • excellent writing, organization, and communication skills, with special attention to email platforms and data driven decision making

  • knowledge of contemporary U.S. poetry and publishing and understanding of CantoMundo’s history and mission 

  • experience working with U.S. Latinx communities and awareness of regional and national nuances

  • commitment to ensuring that CantoMundo is reflective of and enriched by a range of Latinidades, including Black, Indigenous, queer, trans, nonbinary, working class, undocumented, and disabled experiences and perspectives



  • supervising the 2020-2021 Poetry Coalition Fellow, who will be available to assist with operations

  • working with the Poetry Coalition Fellow, the Poetry Center, and the CantoMundo Advisory Board in organizing the yearly CantoMundo retreat, which will be held fully online in June 2021 

  • working with the Poetry Center in an ongoing fashion on budgets, spending, fundraising, and allocations 

  • maintaining communication with current funding sources, developing relationships with new sources of funding, and doing some proposal or grant-writing

  • managing the CantoMundo book prize and coordinating the judging of the prize in consultation with the CantoMundo Advisory Board

  • daily operations and work plan: answering emails from members and current and prospective collaborators 

  • implementing a cohesive email, website, and social media strategy in collaboration with the website administrator, the social media coordinator, and the CantoMundo Advisory Board

  • weekly (or bi-monthly depending on the need) meetings with the Poetry Center based on the workflow as detailed in the work plan and in keeping with retreat-based deadlines

  • serving as the Poetry Coalition representative for CantoMundo: attending scheduled meetings with other coalition members (normally every two weeks) and convening once a year 

  • ensuring the production of a monthly newsletter detailing current events and developments as outlined in CantoMundo's strategic plan

  • monthly meetings with the CantoMundo advisory board to discuss how the board can best support the Program Director and organization, including additional fundraising and logistical help and questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion



  • $30,000 USD for one calendar year + 2k health care stipend. While this position is not automatically renewable, we are ideally looking for candidates who would be qualified and interested in being considered for a renewable director position at a higher salary (contingent upon funding).



To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to CantoMundo, by email to: with “Program Director” as the subject line. In the cover letter, please share how your personal and professional history would contribute to the mission of CantoMundo.  Materials must be emailed by the closing date:  September 30, 2020.  Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 


CantoMundo is committed to building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourages applications from trans/femme-identified/non-binary candidates, candidates of color, working class candidates, and those with nontraditional backgrounds.  



CantoMundo is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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