Festival Seeks New Director

The Florida Heritage Book Festival is seeking Executive Director candidates to shadow the current Executive Director through the 2016 event and be prepared to lead the organization in planning and implementing the 2017 festival.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and abilities, plus the energy and passion to embrace the festival’s mission of celebrating the literary excellence of Florida’s books and authors.

  • Strong planning and organizational skills, particularly in the event management field, with the ability to coordinate multiple resources.
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills to communicate internally and externally.
  • Outgoing personality and able to interact with a variety of constituents.
  • Need strong ability to set priorities, solve problems, and be resourceful under pressure.
  • Work well as a team player with the board and festival volunteers.

The FHBF Executive Director will:

  • Oversee festival committees and run meetings, coordinate with various committee chairs and volunteers for the many activities necessary for a successful festival, directing site operations, establishing necessary communications systems, and manage post festival communications and follow ups.
  • Write and administer grants to partially fund festival programs.
  • Supervise and mentor volunteers in a productive and positive manner.
  • Manage event logistics.
  • Build a strong community presence for the festival through public speaking and timely communications with the board, general public and press.

The Florida Heritage Book Festival is an all-volunteer organization, but the Executive Director will receive, upon board approval, a small stipend, plus expenses.

If you know of anyone who might be interested and has the requisite skills, please have them reply to Victor DiGenti: vicdig@mac.com