Job Posting: Arts Assistant

Do you love literature and want to learn more about arts programming and administration?

I’m Mary Anne Mohanraj (, and am looking for an assistant both to help with managing my own writing career, and to help manage the two arts foundations I direct, the SLF ( and DesiLit ( As an assistant, you’ll read and manage e-mail, plan and organize meetings, plan and organize events, publicize events and projects, run fundraisers, keep calendars, make travel arrangements, copyedit / proofread, and supervise quarterly budgets.

I’m also looking for occasional general household help — it won’t be the bulk of the duties, but you may be asked to run errands (pick up groceries or drop off a child) on occasion, run a load of dishes or straighten up a work space, etc. (The job will not entail regular childcare or heavy cleaning.)

Additional duties and projects as assigned.

– self-directed, efficient and able to handle multiple tasks and priorities in a professional and confident manner.
– knowledge of literature is a plus, esp. contemporary SF/F, mainstream lit., and/or South Asian lit.
– excellent English skills are a must;
– must drive well (but do not need own car)
– experience in marketing / publicity / project management / grant-writing / web page management using WordPress would be welcome


Schedule: 10 hours per week, timetable to be determined between us, but probably 2-3 mornings / week. The bulk of the work will take place at my home in Oak Park, IL (accessible from Chicago via Blue line, Green line, and Metra). The home has a small and gentle dog.

Start date: Immediately.

Initial pay: $12.50 – $15 / hr, depending on experience.

If interested, send a paragraph introducing yourself to, along with a resume listing any relevant experience, with the subject line: ASSISTANT. Thanks!

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