Thank you for your interest in applying for Creative Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Project Access Funding! We welcome all Minnesota residents to apply for this opportunity. Please use the form below to complete the application. If you have questions or if this virtual form is a barrier for you, please contact the Loft's education office at edu@loft.org or 612-379-8999.

The Loft is committed to equity in our programming by creating opportunities for folks who face barriers to participation in artistic career development. We encourage individuals from historically marginalized communities to apply, including, but not limited to, Black and Indigenous people and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ individuals, low-income individuals, and people with disabilities.

We anticipate far more applications from highly qualified candidates than we can possibly accept. Please know our access fund committee reads every application received and evaluates them holistically based five central factors (in no particular order):
1. Demonstrated interest in the art and craft of writing.
What experience do you have with writing? How have you demonstrated a commitment to the craft, whether professionally or personally?
2. Desire for resources and community.
What other resources or opportunities have you had (or not had) access to? Why do you seek the community a small, intensive cohort provides?
3. Writing project fit.
What is your current project and how developed is it?
4. Expressed need for financial support.
Please describe what factors impact your need for financial assistance. Are you enrolled in a public assistance program, such as TANF; MFIP; General Assistance; WIC; Medicaid, Medical Assistance, or Minnesota Care; SSI (disability, not retirement); food stamps; Section 8 Housing? If not, what factors impact your need for financial assistance to take a Loft class?
5. Experienced barriers to participation in artistic career development
The Loft understands that financial barriers are not the only barriers to participation in writing development opportunities. Have other factors impacted your ability to participate in similar programs? Do you identify as part of a historically marginalized community?

The Loft's Creative Nonfiction/Memoir Writing Project is a rigorous and intensive year-long program dedicated to helping you complete your creative nonfiction project. Applicants are required to read about the details of the program on the Loft's website (https://loft.org/services/year-long-writing-projects), to make sure they understand the rigor and time commitment required to be successful, before applying.

The Loft's access funding for the Creative Nonfiction/Memoir Writing Project Project will significantly reduce the cost to participate in this intensive creative program. Instead of paying full tuition ($7,500), the scholarship recipient will pay a down payment of $25, due at the time of acceptance of the scholarship and upon registration, and will pay $20 monthly for 12 months, paying a total of $265 in tuition for this year-long project. There are additional costs associated with this program, such as books, copy fees, transportation, etc., that are not covered by access funding. A credit or debit card with an expiration date AFTER December 30, 2023, is required; if this presents a barrier for the recipient, the payment plan, though not the payment amount, can be modified.


The 2023 Creative Nonfiction/Memoir Writing Project will offer an in-person and online cohort. The in-person cohort will meet at Open Book, in a Loft classroom, beginning in February 2023, with a required January 2023 in-person orientation meeting; if issues arise beyond the Loft’s control that makes this impossible (as they did in 2020, 2021, and 2022 with the global pandemic), meetings will take place online via Zoom. 

The online cohort will meet via live weekly video meetings over Zoom. Please note the Loft cannot provide computers or WiFi access for students. Access fund recipients will choose to apply their scholarship to the in-person OR online cohort. Access fund recipients must be residents of Minnesota. 

There is no access fund application fee.

The application period is open until Tuesday, October 4th at 11:59 PM (Central Time Zone); access fund applicants will be notified after November 1 but no later than November 4 of access fund award status. Please do not contact the education office about the status of your application before November 4. One will be awarded per Year-Long Writing Project section (i.e., one for Novel, one for Memoir, one for Poetry Apprenticeship); one access fund award per person.
 

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Novel Writing Project access funds! We welcome all Minnesota residents to apply for this opportunity. Please use the form below to complete the application. If you have questions or if this virtual form is a barrier for you, please contact education staff at 612-3790-8999 or edu@loft.org for assistance.

The Loft is committed to equity in our programming by creating opportunities for folks who face barriers to participation in artistic career development. We encourage individuals from historically marginalized communities to apply, including, but not limited to, Black and Indigenous people and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ individuals, low-income individuals, and people with disabilities.

We anticipate far more applications from highly qualified candidates than we can possibly accept. Please know our scholarship committee reads every application we receive and evaluates them holistically based five central factors (in no particular order):
1. Demonstrated interest in the art and craft of writing.
What experience do you have with writing? How have you demonstrated a commitment to the craft, whether professionally or personally?
2. Desire for resources and community.
What other resources or opportunities have you had (or not had) access to? Why do you seek the community a small, intensive cohort provides?
3. Writing project fit.
What is your current project and how developed is it?
4. Expressed need for financial support.
Please describe what factors impact your need for financial assistance. Are you enrolled in a public assistance program, such as TANF; MFIP; General Assistance; WIC; Medicaid, Medical Assistance, or Minnesota Care; SSI (disability, not retirement); food stamps; Section 8 Housing? If not, what factors impact your need for financial assistance to take a Loft class?
5. Experienced barriers to participation in artistic career development
The Loft understands that financial barriers are not the only barriers to participation in writing development opportunities. Have other factors impacted your ability to participate in similar programs? Do you identify as part of a historically marginalized community?

The Loft's Novel Writing Project is a rigorous and intensive year-long program dedicated to helping you complete your novel. Applicants are required to read about the details of the program on the Loft's website (https://loft.org/services/year-long-writing-projects), to make sure they understand the rigor and time commitment required to be successful, before applying.

The Loft's access funding for the Creative Novel Writing Project will significantly reduce the cost to participate in this intensive creative program. Instead of paying full tuition ($7,500), the scholarship recipient will pay a down payment of $25, due at the time of acceptance of the scholarship and upon registration, and will pay $20 monthly for 12 months, paying a total of $265 in tuition for this year-long project. There are additional costs associated with this program, such as books, copy fees, transportation, etc., that are not covered by access funding. A credit or debit card with an expiration date AFTER December 30, 2023, is required; if this presents a barrier for the recipient, the payment plan, though not the payment amount, can be modified.

The 2023 Novel Writing Project will offer an in-person and online cohort. The in-person cohort will meet at Open Book, in a Loft classroom, beginning in February 2023, with a required January 2023 in-person orientation meeting; if issues arise beyond the Loft’s control that makes this impossible (as they did in 2020, 2021, and 2022 with the global pandemic), meetings will take place online via Zoom.

The online cohort will meet via live weekly video meetings over Zoom. Please note the Loft cannot provide computers or WiFi access for students. Access fund recipients will choose to apply their scholarship to the in-person OR online cohort. Access fund recipients must be residents of Minnesota.

There is no access fund application fee.

The application period is open until Tuesday, October 4th at 11:59 PM (Central Time Zone); access fund applicants will be notified after November 1 but no later than November 4 of access fund award status. Please do not contact the education office about the status of your application before November 4. One will be awarded per Year-Long Writing Project section (i.e., one for Novel, one for Memoir, one for Poetry Apprenticeship); one access fund award per person. 

Thank you for your interest in applying for Poetry Apprenticeship access funds! We welcome all Minnesota residents to apply for this opportunity. Please use the form below to complete the application. If you have questions or if this virtual form is a barrier for you, please contact education staff at 612-379-8999 or edu@loft.org for assistance.

The Loft is committed to equity in our programming by creating opportunities for folks who face barriers to participation in artistic career development. We encourage individuals from historically marginalized communities to apply, including, but not limited to, Black and Indigenous people and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ individuals, low-income individuals, and people with disabilities.

We anticipate far more applications from highly qualified candidates than we can possibly accept. Please know our access funds committee reads every application we receive and evaluates them holistically based on five central factors (in no particular order):
1. Demonstrated interest in the art and craft of writing.
What experience do you have with writing? How have you demonstrated a commitment to the craft, whether professionally or personally?
2. Desire for resources and community.
What other resources or opportunities have you had (or not had) access to? Why do you seek the community a small, intensive cohort provides?
3. Writing project fit.
What is your current project and how developed is it?
4. Expressed need for financial support.
Please describe what factors impact your need for financial assistance. Are you enrolled in a public assistance program, such as TANF; MFIP; General Assistance; WIC; Medicaid, Medical Assistance, or Minnesota Care; SSI (disability, not retirement); food stamps; Section 8 Housing? If not, what factors impact your need for financial assistance to take a Loft class?
5. Experienced barriers to participation in artistic career development
The Loft understands that financial barriers are not the only barriers to participation in writing development opportunities. Have other factors impacted your ability to participate in similar programs? Do you identify as part of a historically marginalized community?

The Loft's Poetry Apprenticeship is a rigorous and intensive year-long apprenticeship dedicated to helping you complete your poetry collection. Applicants are required to read about the details of the program on the Loft's website (https://loft.org/services/year-long-writing-projects), to make sure they understand the rigor and time commitment required to be successful, before applying.

The Loft's scholarship for the Poetry Apprenticeship will significantly reduce the cost to participate in this intensive creative program. Instead of paying full tuition ($7,500), the scholarship recipient will pay a down payment of $25, due at the time of acceptance of the scholarship and upon registration, and will pay $20 monthly for 12 months, paying a total of $265 in tuition for this year-long apprenticeship. There are additional costs associated with this program, such as books, copy fees, transportation, etc., that are not covered by the scholarship. A credit or debit card with an expiration date AFTER December 30, 2023, is required; if this presents a barrier for the recipient, the payment plan, though not the payment amount, can be modified.

The 2023 Novel Writing Project will offer an in-person and online cohort. The in-person cohort will meet at Open Book, in a Loft classroom, beginning in February 2023, with a required January 2023 in-person orientation meeting; if issues arise beyond the Loft’s control that makes this impossible (as they did in 2020, 2021, and 2022 with the global pandemic), meetings will take place online via Zoom.

The online cohort will meet via live weekly video meetings over Zoom. Please note the Loft cannot provide computers or WiFi access for students. Access fund recipients will choose to apply their scholarship to the in-person OR online cohort. Access fund recipients must be residents of Minnesota.

There is no access fund application fee.

The application period is open until Tuesday, October 4th at 11:59 PM (Central Time Zone); access fund applicants will be notified after November 1 but no later than November 4 of access fund award status. Please do not contact the education office about the status of your application before November 4. One will be awarded per Year-Long Writing Project section (i.e., one for Novel, one for Memoir, one for Poetry Apprenticeship); one access fund award per person.

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The James Bettendorf Memorial Commentary
James (Jim) Bettendorf was a beloved member of the Foreword Poetry Group, a poetry sharing gathering of eleven poets that grew out of the Loft’s two-year “Master Track Apprentice Program” designed to help poets assemble a first full-length manuscript. Jim joined the Loft in 2006 and was one of the inaugural students in the program which began in 2007. His mentor in the program was Loft teacher and fellow poet, Thomas R. Smith. In 2014 Jim published a book of poems called Swimming in the Earth with art by his daughter Suzanne Bettendorf and published by Cup and Spiral Books. As Smith noted on the book’s back cover, “Jim’s poems preserve the mystery of the dream, resisting the urge to interpret, while making its meaning
intuitively clear to readers.”

Jim began to focus more seriously on poetry after he retired in 2001 from a long career as a math teacher at North High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota. His observation skills were well honed, and he offered his fellow Foreword Poetry Group members much valued feedback, always punctuating any comments with “Yes!” when he left a note on another group participant's poem. Sadly, Jim passed way in February of 2021, but we know he would say “Yes!” to this new year- long program offered [to] poets and other writers through the Loft. The Foreword Poetry Group is pleased to dedicate, in Jim’s name, a partial off-set of the scholarship costs for one worthy poet in the coming year. We, his poetry group friends, are so proud to have raised a memorial fund for this purpose. And we all offer, as Jim would [have done], our own “Yes!” to the recipient of this scholarship. May poetic inspiration abound.

The Loft's Access Fund model allows you to submit a single online application for adult class access funds. These opportunities are meant to reduce financial barriers to participation in Loft classes and are available to individuals who can provide proof of eligibility, such as participation in one or more public assistance programs.*  Once accepted, available seats are emailed out as they become available, about 1-2 times a month. These email alerts will give you access to a list of classes that are currently access fund viable. If you are interested in any of these classes, you will need to call the Loft Education office at 612-379-8999 to claim your class and be given a promo code (applied during checkout) that will provide a 95% reduction in tuition for a class. The access fund recipient pays the remaining 5% cost, which will vary depending on the regular price of the class.   


The Loft is committed to equity in our programming by creating opportunities for folks who face barriers to participation in artistic career development. While Loft class access funds are focused on reducing financial barriers, we want to strongly encourage individuals from historically marginalized communities to apply, including, but not limited to, Black and Indigenous people and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, as well as low income individuals.


Please note: these seats are offered first-come first-served, about a week to two weeks before the respective class starts. Meaning, you'll have to wait for a class that matches your interests and schedule.  To apply, please provide proof of eligibility that includes: 1) Your name & address 2) Public assistance program name**  3) A recent date    Then, use your mobile phone's camera, scanner, or good old snail mail to send us your documentation after, or along with your online application below. 

More questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  

*If you are not eligible for our access fund program but still require financial assistance, please consider our payment plan option through Sezzle to help manage the cost of class tuition.   **Examples of Accepted Public Assistance Programs

  • TANF
  • MFIP
  • General Assistance
  • WIC
  • Medicaid,  Medical Assistance, or Minnesota Care
  • SSI (Disability, Not Retirement)
  • Food Stamps
  • Unemployment
  • Section 8 Housing
  • Free or Reduced Price School Meals

Hello - welcome to the Loft! We're happy you're here. Thank you for your interest in teaching with us.
First, please familiarize yourself with The Loft's Teacher's Guide if you are a new teaching applicant, always available at loft.org/about/work-us; it's a comprehensive guide to getting many of your questions answered, including questions about compensation, our class cancellation policy, and much more. Please note it is a living document and is always a work in progress; it's updated as often as possible. Some of what is outlined in it is also stated below under "Terms of Agreement."

Second, whether you're a new or returning Loft teaching artist, please consider attending one of our quarterly learning and support sessions: Adapting Our Teaching Habits and Tools for the Anti-racist Creative Writing Classroom, and Disrupting Student Bias in the Classroom. Dates and times have not yet been set for fall sessions; we'll update as soon as we have more information. We'll offer these sessions in Winter/Spring and Summer, 2023 as well.

And finally, starting with the winter/spring term 2023, Loft teaching artists will see a pay increase, to a range of about $49 per hour, up to about $119 per hour, for multi-week classes, or a range of about $49 up to $210 per hour for single session classes*; more details below, under the Terms of Agreement. (The former ranges were about $45/hr up to about $110/hr for multi week classes or about $45/hr up to about $195/hr for single session classes). All rates are per teaching hour/classroom contact hours. Teaching artists are paid $7 per student, per contact hour (formerly $6.50); we typically need a minimum of 7 students to run a class, though we give you the option of teaching if we get 5 or 6 students enrolled, so you have a chance to build an audience. 

You can easily find a compensation range for the class you're proposing using the minimum number of students needed (7 students X $7 for each student = $49/hr) X the number of hours you plan to each (for example, if you're proposing a 6 week class that meets for two hours each week, the formula is as follows: $49 for at least 7 students X 12 teaching hours (2 hours per week X 6 weeks) = $588. Double it for a 12 week class. If you have more than the minimum number of students, you get paid more.

*Why can you make more per hour teaching a single session class? Because we allow up to 30 people to take a single session class, which are more "seminar" style. Our student maximum for multi-week classes is 17. (You are always welcome to request lower maximums.)

There will be a small increase in class tuition in order to accommodate this pay raise.


And now, on to the rest of it:

The Loft will deliver classes in three formats for the winter/spring term, 2023

In-Person Classes take place at Open Book, in downtown Minneapolis, in a Loft classroom space. Multi-week (12 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 4 weeks, usually meeting for 2 hours once per week for the duration) or single session classes (typically 3 or 4 hours, but can be longer) are offered.
Online/Live Meetings are the most similar to face-to-face classes. Classes online with live meetings, via Zoom, at a scheduled time. Teachers of these classes may also use Google Classroom to make materials available to students for multi-week classes only. We prefer not to utilize Google Classroom for single session classes. If you have questions about why, please get in touch with the education director.
Online/Flex/Asynchronous Classes have no live meetings and are a good option for teachers with variable schedules, and perfect for students with unusual/variable schedules and/or unreliable Internet access. These classes take place on the Wet.Ink platform. Classes run week to week but students can sign in any time during the week to participate in message-board style discussions, read lectures, respond to writing prompts, etc. Because Wet.Ink is optimized for creative writing classes with tools to annotate and comment on documents, it is also a great choice for any classes with an extensive feedback or workshop component. These classes should have no scheduled live meetings with the entire class.

For this round of proposals we will ask you to pick ONE preferred format for your class.

Loft teaching artists must have a reliable and high speed internet connection and a computer, as well as basic knowledge of computer use, Zoom and Google Classroom, or WetInk.

What We're Looking For
Thematic programming: We'll have a theme for our entire fiscal year (September 1, 2022-August 31, 2023); we'd love to have 3-5 classes each term that explores this theme (explained below) as it relates to aspects of craft in writing.

Narrative Power
Toni Cade Bambara said, "The job of the writer is to make the revolution irresistible." From September 2022 until August 2023, the Loft will invite class proposals and program events that explore how narrative power can lead movements for social change.

For our classes, we invite teaching artists to consider class offerings that equip writers across and beyond literary forms to exercise the power of the word to challenge the status quo, craft compelling change narratives, explore and articulate alternative visions of the future, amplify the voice to the oppressed and exploited, and to cultivate joy, healing, wisdom and compassion necessary for sustained struggle and peace. These classes will advance the skills of writers to tell stories about power, problems and possibilities in realms that are personal, public, and planetary. For upcoming events, we invite community artists to connect with us around possibilities that would advance and explore themes of narrative power or the role that writers and artists play in movements for social change.

A diverse group of teaching writers from all walks of life, who provide many different perspectives on approaches to teaching craft, the writing life, the (self- or traditional) publishing experience, etc. There are no required degrees or publishing credentials to teach at the Loft, just an active writing life and a desire to share your unique knowledge and experience with a curious student community. Please note, we do tend to prioritize teaching experience and some publishing credentials in those who want to propose "intermediate" or "advanced" classes in creative writing; in these offerings, students are often seeking the expertise of writers who have experience and accomplishment in these areas.

Diverse and inclusive reading lists and approaches to teaching craft. Proposals that include the names of 2-4 writers or a book/book excerpts likely to be read or studied as examples of strong writing craft are considered stronger proposals than those without. They must be from a diverse perspective - representation matters.

A strong, considered statement on how your class plan and teaching strategies will align with the Loft’s goal to be equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist in its classrooms and with its programming. If you need time to understand what the Loft means by this, or are simply curious for more information, please visit loft.org/About/EquityandInclusion. And, here are some suggested resources—especially if you need help leading and navigating classroom discussions of student work as they relate to these topics:

Books
How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
A Good Time for the Truth, edited by Sun Yung Shin
Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses
Anti-Racism Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom by Felicia Rose Chavez
Appropriate: A Provocation by Paisley Rekdal

Online Learning Resources:
For an idea of how the Loft continues to build knowledge and capacity on this, please visit Team Dynamics.com and IDIInventory.com
National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)
ASDICircle.org
These are just a few of the many resources available on creating an inclusive learning environment in your classroom; if you are unsure of how to do this, or don't understand how to articulate how your lesson plan and teaching strategies will create this kind of environment in your classroom, feel free to connect with the Loft's education director before you propose your class (jdodgson@loft.org).

What We’re Looking For, cont’d:
Classes that are responsive to current events. First and foremost, an expansive understanding of what a "literary" or creative writing class is. Think creatively, outside of "typical" genres such as fiction, memoir, poetry, etc. How about oral storytellling, digital storytelling, spoken word arts. And, the Loft has become a resource for people looking to navigate life online, from ways to increase proficiency in writing for an online audience, to ways to better navigate our new way of living and connecting virtually (writing for self care, journaling through hard times, creating community online). Classes designed to teach new job skills through creative writing are also in high demand (Copywriting 101, Editing 101, Descriptive Language, Communicate Effectively in Writing, etc ), as well as learning software or digital platforms used by writers (Scrivener, WetInk, etc).
Please don't forget, people still want to learn poetry, write their novel, and start their memoir, so classes on writing craft are still essential!

We are not an academic institution; there are no grades, tests, required reading, or papers required to complete a class. "Homework" is always optional.

Multiweek classes for writers in any genre or at any level. We are always looking for creative writing classes for adults in all genres and for all levels. Our students have a range of skill levels, commitment, and interests. We hope any writer looking in our catalog will find the class that's perfect for them. Be prepared to teach students with disparate skill sets and levels, interests, and abilities in a single class.

More advanced level classes are always needed; prior teaching experience and a record of professional accomplishment in the genre you'd like to teach are typically preferred for advanced classes. For established definitions of what constitutes beginning, intermediate, and advanced, please read the Loft Teachers Guide, or the About Classes document at loft.org.

12 week classes (for fall and winter/spring only, there are no 12 week classes in summer, only 8, 6, and 4 weeks, and single sessions) with instruction on craft, engaging class discussion, in-class writing opportunities, and sharing of work with option for feedback, and clear goals and outcomes.

Strong and flexible lesson plans. Loft classes give writers opportunities to engage with their teaching artist and one another, while also providing rigorous content, instruction on craft, engaging discussion, and in-class writing activities, as well as writing prompts students can work on between class meetings. Classes that combine all of these elements usually do best.

Workshopping. Some classes also promise a “workshopping” environment, where students can get oral and/or written feedback on their work from their peers, as well as from you, the teaching artist. This is usually best in more intermediate or advanced level classes, though “all levels” and beginner level classes can also create a supportive environment where sharing of work can happen. Please be clear, specific, and intentional about how much workshopping your class plan includes; not all students are looking to share their work in class, but many are. Define what workshopping means in your class specifically; does it mean only peer to peer feedback? Does it mean you will provide written feedback on up to X pages of student work per class meeting? 

Will workshopping happen only during class, or will you promise to take student work home with you and return the following week with X pages of written feedback to present to each student?  Students seeking in-class workshopping and feedback on their work often have very specific expectations; if you plan to make workshopping part of your class plan, be specific about what you mean by that. Define what it means (many students don’t know) and then be intentional about providing ground rules and expectations for how students give and receive feedback. How will you create a workshopping space where no one voice is centered, but rather all are welcome and supported? How is your classroom and workshopping space a place for diverse, multicultural experiences and perspectives? How do you plan to address and redirect when these expectations are not being met?

Sequential learning opportunities in all genres ("Introduction to...." that progresses to "Intermediate" and then "Advanced" term after term). This of course requires a commitment to come back and teach beyond just a single term. Please email the education program director at jdodgson@loft.org with questions.

Advanced classes, especially in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/memoir. (Again, please remember we also need beginning level classes, as well as those that are Open to All, so don't shy away from proposing those, as well as single sessions!).

Classes for Readers - these classes encourage critical thinking and civil discourse by placing great books at the center of each meeting. For Readers classes can focus on one book or a few, and they can incorporate writing practice or not. Please consider local, national, and global events currently affecting our community, and think about books that might address questions, themes, and social issues people are grappling with NOW. Books can be fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or a combination.

What we are not looking for
We have not had success with classes that feel academic in nature (e.g., assigning academic writing texts, theoretical texts, reading lists that are too long, reading classes built around classics) or are too niche (e.g., somatic writing, writing in translation). Please get to know our catalog and current offerings to see what we do. Again, reading lists should include recent works and diverse authors; reading lists should also be fairly brief. The Loft offers community based enrichment education, we are not an academic institution.


TERMS OF AGREEMENT
By continuing with this application you are indicating agreement with the following terms and code of conduct.
Teaching Artists are Independent Contractors As an independent contractor, please note that the Loft does not make deductions from your compensation for taxes. We’ll provide you with IRS Form 1099 at the beginning of each calendar year. You’ll need to indemnify the Loft against adverse rulings by any taxing authority as a result of the consulting contract or in the event that you fail to qualify as an independent contractor for tax purposes.
Compensation You’ll be paid $7.00 per student per contact hour based on enrollment for your second class meeting (students may drop the class during the first week). For example, if you are teaching a 6-week class (meeting 2 hours per week for 6 weeks) with an enrollment of 14 students, your compensation will be $1, 176. Tuition alone does not cover the cost of the Loft’s sliding-fee classes, which are made possible, in part, through grants and individual donations. Please consider becoming a member of the Loft (membership is not required to teach at the Loft). Those teaching a class for readers, which are more discussion based, facilitated book clubs, with no writing instruction involved, will be paid a flat rate of $50 per hour, regardless of the number of students enrolled. Minimums remain 7, maximums remain 12-17, depending on the max choice of the teaching artist.
For all classes, there is a possibility your class could be cancelled, and no payment received, if class does not meet minimum enrollment numbers approximately 3-5 days before the start date. Please be active partners with us in marketing and promoting your classes across all possible channels!
Multi-week classes have a minimum enrollment requirement of 7 students, a maximum of 17. Single and double session classes have minimum enrollment requirements of 7 students, maximum of 30. If you feel your class warrants different minimum/maximum enrollment requirements, please indicate this in the proposal form AND email the education director at jdodgson@loft.org.
Please be prompt in all communication, whether responding to Loft staff, or connecting with students.
Please ensure you have access to all required technology needed in order to teach well before your class meets, from a reliable internet connection, a working computer, and appropriate software platforms available (Zoom, WetInk) ready to go.
Please review all communication and technical training information sent by Loft staff well before your class is set to begin. Doing so the night before is often a recipe for disaster - or at least ill preparedness.
Teaching Artist Supervision and Performance Review As an independent contractor, you truly are working independently within the parameters of your teaching contract. Our main performance review tool is student evaluations, which we also send to you. It’s a good idea to survey your students mid-way through the class in order to build upon what students feel are the most helpful elements of the class, and to proactively address any concerns students may raise. If you’re teaching at the Loft for the first time, a member of the Education Team may attend your first class meeting to provide assistance, support, and encouragement.
Class Texts, Handouts, and Copy Fees Required texts for online classes should be readily available online, in bookstores, and/or in libraries. College textbooks are often too expensive for Loft students and not a good fit for enrichment classes. When you select texts, please keep in mind that some students may have limited time available for readings and assignments outside the classroom. Often Teaching Artists prefer hand-outs to books. Copy fees for hand-outs are not included in tuition; students pay you directly during class. Please be sure to bring enough hand-outs for your students. Emergency copies may be made at the Loft for .10 cents per copy. You may not require students to purchase books you have written unless your book is an instructional text on the content you’ll be teaching. Feel free to use your own work to illustrate a lesson, but please do not use class time to promote sales of your books, and don’t sell your books to students during class.
Controlled Substances Alcohol and other mood-altering drugs are prohibited while directly engaging with students, with the exception of medically prescribed or over-the-counter drugs.
Class Cancellation Due to Low Enrollment If five or six students are enrolled, you may choose to teach the class (please be aware that enrollment may further drop prior to your second class meeting). If fewer than five students are enrolled, the class is canceled, typically 3-5 business days before the first scheduled class meeting. Classes with seven or more students are considered viable.
Class Cancellation Due to Weather The Loft follows the University of Minnesota’s lead on class cancellations due to weather. If concerned, please call us at 612-379-8999. We’ll announce cancellations via an email, on our website, and on our phone line. (Note that this is our usual policy and does not pertain to this term unless severe weather results in widespread power and Internet loss).
Class Cancellation by Teaching Artist Please contact us if you will miss a class due to illness or emergency. We’ll inform your students and work with you to schedule a make-up class. Please do not arrange for a substitute to teach your class without prior approval from Loft staff. If you cancel a scheduled class you have agreed to teach or fail to show up for your class, you will ineligible to teach at the Loft in the future.
Criminal Background Check The Loft Literary Center is required by its policies and its insurance carrier to conduct a criminal background check on anyone who will work, in any capacity, with minors. Teaching artists who refuse the criminal background check will not be eligible to teach classes for children and/or teens.
Promotion of Non-Loft Programs and Services Many Teaching Artists also offer private services, and many teach at other organizations. We’re happy to include your website address in your Teaching Artist bio. Feel free to respond to student inquiries about your services and other classes, but please do not use class time to promote your services, books, or classes you teach at other organizations.
Code of Conduct The Loft has revised and expanded their code of conduct, especially around sexual harassment. Please see the complete document here. https://loft.amm.clockwork.net/_asset/f22zpb/Loft-Code-of-Conduct-March-2018.pdf

Job Title: Operations Administrator

Status: FT Non-exempt (hourly)—32 hours, Tuesday–Friday

Reports to: Managing Director

Compensation: $25/hr (annual equivalent base on 32 hour week = $41,600)

Benefits include health insurance (Loft pays 80% of a top-tier health plan), life insurance, two weeks paid time off annually (starting), 11 holidays, accrued sick/personal leave, and the opportunity to take one free Loft class per year.

About the Loft: One of the nation’s leading nonprofit literary centers, the Loft Literary Center is dedicated to advancing the artistic development of writers, fostering a thriving literary community, and inspiring a passion for literature. Each year, the Loft offers more than 300 creative writing classes a year for youth and adults in Open Book, community settings, and online. The Loft also supports writers and readers through grants, mentorships, writing studios, regular readings, a literary festival, a writers conference, and on its website through a wealth of resources about craft and the writing life. Loft staff members enjoy a flexible and enjoyable workplace; a culture of wellness supported by health and other benefits; and the company of dedicated and creative colleagues. The Loft works at being an antiracist organization that deepens life-sustaining connections and contributes to liberated communities.

Logistics: This position will be in-person at the Loft’s offices in Open Book from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays. With the exception of occasional in-person meetings, there is the option to work off-site for the remainder of the 32 hours. There may be some adjustments to hours according to seasonal work flows. Reliable cell phone access and high speed internet are required for work off-site.

Position Purpose: The Operations Administrator assists with human resources, financial activities, facilities, and operations administration in order to support the success of the Loft, our staff, and our co-locating partners.

This is an administrative desk job. You will spend most days working with staff, vendors, and sub-tenants,  on operational and financial (not creative) tasks. We are interested in candidates who are passionate about an opportunity to provide “behind the scenes” support to the Loft’s staff and pursue the administrative side of nonprofit work. You must want to play this important administrative role—while we would value a candidate's admiration for the programmatic side of the Loft's work, this is not a programming position. Growth in this position will not mean growth into programmatic responsibilities.

Primary areas of responsibility and tasks:

In all areas of accountability for this position, responsiveness, empathy, and impeccable attention to detail are essential. You will be a good fit if you enjoy a task list that changes day-to-day; enjoy helping others have the information, tools and space to accomplish their work; love timelines, deadlines, and details; can keep information secure and confidential; and you share our commitment to antiracism.

1. Human resource support

  • Learn the Loft’s personnel policies and practices and effectively implement them in the administration of benefits including insurance and time off.
  • Consult and support supervisors through the new and departing staff check-lists.
  • Administer employee payroll and benefits paperwork and processing for new hires, qualifying changes, and terminating employees
  • Conduct onboarding and offboarding
  • Coordinate the annual benefit open enrollment processes based on plan years
  • Track holiday, vacation and personal leave to ensure compliance and accurate record-keeping.
  • Keep 403b, benefits portal, life insurance, other portals/vendors up to date with status and salary of employees as appropriate.
  • Perform required background checks on staff and independent contractors working with vulnerable populations or sensitive data
  • Perform employment verifications
  • Maintain personnel files and HR-related vendor relationships
  • Help monitor regulations and best practices in human resource administration and employment practices to ensure organizational compliance
  • Provide administrative support for antiracism, DEI, and other organizational and professional development activities for Loft personnel.

2. Financial administration

  • Administer payroll, and track time off requests and approvals.
  • Create and monitor time studies for timely completion
  • Assist managing director and accountant with payment processing
  • Assist in generating financial reporting and data analysis projects
  • Assist with the procurement and management of credit cards and accounts, receipts and allocations
  • Assist accountant and other staff in resolving finance-related queries
  • Maintain financial/business forms and files
  • Assist with the updating signatories and banking-related authorizations
  • Recommend improvements and initiate new procedures in accounting/business systems

3. Office management and general operations support

  • Serve as the first point of contact for office-related and operational concerns
  • Administer, manage, and maintain the Loft’s G-Suite platform, phones, office equipment, security access and physical space
  • Manage and support tenants and subleases for long-term office and co-locating partnerships
  • Respond to and manage short-term and one-time classroom rentals
  • Provide primary support for staff meetings  (seamlessly manage A/V for hybrid org meeting, keep/create agenda, take minutes, organize celebration of recent birthdays and anniversaries, etc.)
  • Serve as an in-house expert/consultant on Asana
  • Fill in answering the general phone line and monitoring loft.org email as well and other duties of the Loft’s Constituent Services Associate during vacations and other absences.

The list above is representative of the essential responsibilities for the job, but it is not necessarily an all-inclusive list of duties required to perform this role. Other duties may be assigned within the areas of these responsibilities and occasionally, you’ll be asked to help with something completely outside your regular role. In particular, these opportunities come during “all hands on deck” events like the weekends of Wordsmith, our conference for writers, and Wordplay, our literary festival.

The specific knowledge required to do the above can be learned if the applicant meets the following job requirements:

  • A customer service orientation—the ability to remain personable, diplomatic, and a commitment to be responsive
  • A track record demonstrating exceptional attention to detail
  • Intermediate knowledge and use of Google Suite, excel, and other office environment applications
  • Proficiency with databases (such as Salesforce) and the logic generating reports
  • An open and learning orientation to technology, software, and office equipment
  • Appetite and ability to learn quickly
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills including proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to work, find answers, and check tasks off with a great deal of independence
  • Enjoyment working alone and in-teams
  • A positive, forward-looking, and curious approach
  • A demonstrated commitment to antiracism and ability to champion the Loft’s core values

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent experience in an administrative role
  • Long-term interest in nonprofit administration or management and a desire to grow in the field
  • Basic understanding of human resources and required confidentiality
  • Basic understanding of accounting, especially non-profit accounting
  • A love of stories and books
  • Analytical skill and experience
  • A sense of humor and an ease with people

NOTE: Loft employees are not eligible to apply for Loft awards for writers

To Apply: Please answer the application questions and submit your resume via Submittable. If you do not have a Submittable account, you will need to create one.

Due to the expected number of applicants, we request that you do not call or email to check on your application status. You will get a confirmation by email to let you know that your application was received as well as notification when the position is filled..

Hiring Process: This position is open until filled; applications will be reviewed as they come in. Interviews will begin the first week of October. Our hope is to have positions filled by Nov 15.

The Loft is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Title: Events & Partnerships Coordinator

Status: FT Non-exempt (hourly)—32 hours

Reports to: Director of Special Events

Compensation: $25/hr (annual equivalent base on 32 hour week = $41,600). Benefits include health insurance (Loft pays 80% of a top-tier health plan), life insurance, two weeks paid time off annually (starting), 11 holidays, accrued sick/personal leave, and the opportunity to take one free Loft class per year.

This flexible, hybrid position includes working in-person some evenings and weekends in support of Loft programs and events and some adjustments to hours according to seasonal work flows. Reliable cell phone access and high speed internet are required for work off-site.

About the Loft: One of the nation’s leading nonprofit literary centers, the Loft Literary Center is dedicated to advancing the artistic development of writers, fostering a thriving literary community, and inspiring a passion for literature. Each year, the Loft offers more than 300 creative writing classes a year for youth and adults in Open Book, community settings, and online. The Loft also supports writers and readers through grants, mentorships, writing studios, regular readings, a literary festival, a writers conference, and on its website through a wealth of resources about craft and the writing life. Loft staff members enjoy a flexible and enjoyable workplace; a culture of wellness supported by health and other benefits; and the company of dedicated and creative colleagues. The Loft works at being an antiracist organization that deepens life-sustaining connections and contributes to liberated communities.

Position Purpose: The Events & Partnerships Coordinator coordinates and implements high quality and impactful literary events and strategic program partnerships. This position coordinates literary awards, themed and partnership events and provides logistical and technical support for the Loft’s conferences, festivals, member/donor gatherings, and internal meetings.

The initial anticipated work distribution for this position is as follows:

  • Conferences & Festivals (up to 50%)
  • Loft Awards & Themed Events (25%)
  • Strategic Partnerships & Partner Events (15%)
  • Other Loft Events & Gatherings (10%)

Primary Areas of Responsibility and Tasks:

Event Planning

  • Work closely with the Director of Special Events to plan and execute the logistics and production of Loft conferences and festivals
  • Work with Loft directors and managers to determine event requirements, coordinate, and produce awards, education, partnership and membership/donor events and some internal meetings
  • Coordinate with each event content creator (i.e. Loft staff; program partner; etc.) to decide specific event details, the run of show, host duties, and engagement of the presenting artists
  • Work with the Special Events Director, Artistic Director, Program Team, and strategic partners to determine annual themes, programming, and events
  • Serve as lead organizer for the execution of theme-related, program-related, and partner events
  • Monitor ticket sales and decide the staffing/volunteer needs for Loft program and partner-related events; coordinate with the Development Director to meet volunteer needs

Event Logistics & Production

  • Manage venues/locations for Loft events including scheduling, coordinating, setting up, tearing down, and securing the event space at Open Book and other event locations
  • Operate production tech including audio/visual (sound and lights) and online/hybrid platforms for events
  • Manage the digital event experience including scheduling online events, managing/coordinating hosting on digital platforms, and troubleshooting during online/hybrid events; securing and managing equipment for hybrid events and meetings (as needed)
  • Estimate and document audience statistics and demographics for online events, provide to Program Administrator to enter them into the Loft database in a timely manner
  • Ensure the distribution and collection of evaluative surveys/participant data at Loft events
  • Recruit, coordinate with, and track exhibitors and vendors (e.g. for book sales, etc.) in support of Loft events and the attainment of related revenue goals
  • Coordinate with Program Administrator as needed to provide “front of house” operations at in-person Loft events including box office management and the coordination of event volunteers and interns
  • Manage travel, hotel, and hospitality needs for programs and events including coordinating and tracking travel information and creating itineraries, info sheets, and schedules for visiting authors, agents, and publishers
  • Execute program and event-related mailings and communications

Events Administration

  • Manage events projects and processes in Asana
  • Participate on the Program Team and assist in building and managing effective processes for cohesive and collaborative events

Strategic Partnerships

  • Work with the Artistic Director and Special Events Director to identify and select strategic program partners each year to deepen engagement, collaboration, and solidarity with diverse and historically marginalized writers, communities, and organizations
  • Cultivate and recruit strategic partners and prospective partners who will participate and/or collaborate in creating impactful programs and events (e.g. as teaching artists, featured/visiting authors, mentors, workshop leaders, etc.)
  • Serve as initial host/liaison for strategic partners; provide internal coordination for the engagement of strategic partners across Loft program areas and serve as lead organizer for partner-related events

Other

  • Provide support for any Loft “all hands on deck activities or events”
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Qualifications:

Responsiveness, empathy, technical proficiency and attention to detail are essential for this important position. You will be a good fit if you enjoy attending to details related to event production; co-creating and bringing the vision of Loft staff, partners, artists, and content creators to life; work with ease with audio/visual equipment; work with efficiency and comfort in online meeting and livestreaming platforms; and you share our commitment to antiracism.

  • Customer service orientation, and experience with a wide variety of constituents
  • Strong experience successfully producing in-person and virtual events
  • Demonstrated project management skills including the ability to help plan, organize, and support events across departments (including events of differing scales, across different platforms and for different audiences within the course of the year)
  • Audio/visual expertise and experience organizing and supporting in-person, online, and hybrid events using online platforms such as Crowdcast, Zoom, Google Classroom, etc.
  • Ability to be self-driven, work independently, but also work well collaboratively and in teams
  • General openness and learning orientation to technology
  • Demonstrate a commitment to antiracism and ability to champion the Loft’s core values
  • Exceptional event and production detail orientation and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong problem solving abilities and the ability to function well and be flexible, adaptable under pressure
  • Comfort with learning new systems and software
  • Availability during the day, evenings, and weekends, ability to be reasonably flexible with schedule as needed
  • Ability to perform physical as well as clerical work

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • A sense of ease and humor.
  • A positive, forward-looking, and curious approach.
  • A strong interest in literature and the arts.

Working Conditions:  Must be able to move furniture and set up chairs for events as well as operate office equipment, computers, and audio/visual equipment

Physical activity—light lifting (20-30 pounds)

Days/Nights/weekends

NOTE: Loft employees are not eligible to apply for Loft awards for writers.

To Apply: Please answer the application questions and submit your resume via Submittable. If you do not have a Submittable account, you will need to create one.

Due to the expected number of applicants, we request that you do not call or email to check on your application status. You will get a confirmation by email to let you know that your application was received as well as notification when the position is filled..

Hiring Process: This position is open until filled; applications will be reviewed as they come in. Interviews will begin the first week of October. Our hope is to have positions filled by Nov 15.

The Loft is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Title: Program Administrator

Status: FT Non-exempt (hourly)—32 hours, Tuesday–Friday

Reports to: Executive/Artistic Director

Compensation: $25/hr (annual equivalent base on 32 hour week = $41,600). Benefits include health insurance (Loft pays 80% of a top-tier health plan), life insurance, two weeks paid time off annually (starting), 11 holidays, accrued sick/personal leave, and the opportunity to take one free Loft class per year.

This flexible, hybrid position includes working in-person some evenings and weekends in support of Loft programs and events and some adjustments to hours according to seasonal work flows. Reliable cell phone access and high speed internet are required for work off-site.

About the Loft: One of the nation’s leading nonprofit literary centers, the Loft Literary Center is dedicated to advancing the artistic development of writers, fostering a thriving literary community, and inspiring a passion for literature. Each year, the Loft offers more than 300 creative writing classes a year for youth and adults in Open Book, community settings, and online. The Loft also supports writers and readers through grants, mentorships, writing studios, regular readings, a literary festival, a writers conference, and on its website through a wealth of resources about craft and the writing life. Loft staff members enjoy a flexible and enjoyable workplace; a culture of wellness supported by health and other benefits; and the company of dedicated and creative colleagues. The Loft works at being an antiracist organization that deepens life-sustaining connections and contributes to liberated communities.

Position Purpose: The Program Administrator provides vital administrative support for the success of the Loft’s programs and artistic teams. This position also plays a key role in navigating authors and program participants through the Loft’s organizational systems.

Primary areas of responsibility and tasks:

Program Administration

  • Review and generate contracts for artists across all Loft programs (education, outreach, events and awards).
  • Administer records in Salesforce (the Loft’s CRM database) for awards and events program participants including administering accounts, contacts, product descriptions, campaigns, and other related content.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records for visiting authors, presenters, exhibitors, and other information, as needed.
  • Produce bi-weekly artist payment requests and distribute for approval by program managers.
  • Provide administrative support for awards selection panels and program judges, including coordination, scheduling, document management, and collecting reports.
  • Set up and manage programmatic projects and processes in Asana.
  • Set up data collection forms and spreadsheets for aggregating program evaluations and provide  evaluative surveys/tools to managers for distribution at the end of programs and events.
  • Provide program-related support to the Executive/Artistic Director and Program Team.

Events Support

  • Provide front-of-house support for Loft awards and partnership events including:
    • Create and place signage
    • Manage box office ticket sales, secure and document receipts per Loft procedure
    • Provide direction to volunteers and interns supporting events
    • Estimate and document audience statistics and demographics at events; enter data from in-person and virtual events into the Loft database (i.e. Salesforce) in a timely manner
    • Distribute and collect evaluations or other materials, as needed
    • Supervise or run bar, securing and documenting receipts per Loft procedure
    • Direct set up for event exhibitors/vendors
    • Assist with setting up/tearing down the performance hall and literary commons (including receptions) and locking up and securing event spaces
  • Assist with travel, hotel, and hospitality needs for programs and events including coordinating and tracking travel information and creating itineraries, info sheets, and schedules for visiting authors, agents, and publishers.
  • Support program and event-related mailings and communications.
  • Other duties as assigned, including assistance with “all hands on deck” events like the weekends of Wordsmith, our conference for writers, and Wordplay, our literary festival.

Job Requirements:

Responsiveness, empathy, and attention to detail are essential for this important position. You will be a good fit if you enjoy attending to details, making sure others have the information, tools and space to accomplish their work; love timelines and can meet deadlines; can keep information secure and confidential;  and you share our commitment to antiracism. We welcome candidates who are passionate about learning the ropes, but understand that this is an administrative position, not a writing or programming job.

  • Customer service orientation, and experience with a wide variety of constituents
  • Ability to be self-driven, work independently, but also work well in teams
  • Exceptional attention to detail especially when entering data and reviewing records
  • Proficiency with office software including spread-sheets, word processing, databases, etc.
  • At least one year working in a collaborative environment
  • Experience with project management with responsibility for setting timelines and accomplishing or monitoring task assignments for more than one project at a time.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to antiracism and ability to champion the Loft’s core values
  • Appetite and ability to learn quickly
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills including proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • A positive, forward-looking, and curious approach to work
  • Ability to be reasonably flexible with schedule as needed
  • An open and learning orientation to technology

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent experience in an administrative role
  • Long-term interest in nonprofit administration or management and a desire to grow in the field
  • Experience with a sales or development database (e.g. Salesforce)
  • Experience with workflow/project management platforms (e.g. Asana)
  • Experience with application management platforms (e.g Submittable)
  • Knowledge of G-Suite (Google office suite)
  • A sense of humor and an ease of communication
  • A love of literature and the Loft’s work

Working Conditions: The position of Program Administrator will typically spend most days at the computer and working with staff, vendors, and artists on administrative and logistical tasks. A person in this role must be able to move furniture and set up chairs for events as well as operate office equipment.

NOTE: Loft employees are not eligible to apply for Loft awards for writers.

To Apply: Please answer the application questions and submit your resume via Submittable. If you do not have a Submittable account, you will need to create one.

Due to the expected number of applicants, we request that you do not call or email to check on your application status. You will get a confirmation by email to let you know that your application was received as well as notification when the position is filled..

Hiring Process: This position is open until filled; applications will be reviewed as they come in. Interviews will begin the first week of October. Our hope is to have positions filled by Nov 15.

The Loft is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Title: Staff Accountant

Status: FT (32 hour work week) Exempt

Reports to: Managing Director

Compensation: $65,000 annually ($1250 weekly)

Benefits include health insurance (Loft pays 80% of a top tier plan), life insurance, two weeks paid time off annually (starting), 11 holidays, accrued sick/personal leave, and the opportunity to take one free Loft class per year.

About the Loft: One of the nation’s leading nonprofit literary centers, the Loft Literary Center is dedicated to advancing the artistic development of writers, fostering a thriving literary community, and inspiring a passion for literature. Each year, the Loft offers more than 300 creative writing classes a year for youth and adults in Open Book, community settings, and online. The Loft also supports writers and readers through grants, mentorships, writing studios, regular readings, a literary festival, a writers conference, and on its website through a wealth of resources about craft and the writing life. Loft staff members enjoy a flexible and enjoyable workplace; a culture of wellness supported by health and other benefits; and the company of dedicated and creative colleagues. The Loft works at being an antiracist organization that deepens life-sustaining connections and contributes to liberated communities.

Logistics: This position will be required to work in the Loft offices one day per week. Most staff work a four day week but there is flexibility to manage your work day as you see fit. With the exception of occasional in-person meetings, there is the option to work off-site for the remainder of the 32 hours. Reliable cell phone access and high speed internet are required for work off-site. Occasional evening and weekend time will be expected.

Position Purpose: The staff accountant performs financial functions related to collection, accuracy, recording, analyst and presentation of the Loft’s financial operations, contributing to the organization’s financial health, accountability, and mission success.

Primary areas of responsibility and tasks:

In all areas of accountability for this position, responsiveness, empathy, and impeccable attention to detail are essential. You will be a good fit if you get satisfaction from accounting work, enjoy helping others get the financial information they need, empathize with staff, artists, and vendors about the need to receive accurate pay on a timely basis, love timelines, deadlines and details; can keep information secure and confidential, and you share our commitment to antiracism.

1. Accounting

  • Implement the day-to-day financial operations of the organization including
    • Enter accounts payable and receivable into accounting system
    • Prepare and send invoices
    • Prepare and send cash disbursements
    • Monitor deferred revenue and release it to the statement of activities on a timely (daily or weekly) basis
    • Reconcile daily credit card deposits through Authorize.net, Stripe, and Square
    • Enter grants into the accounting system, track use, releases from restrictions and balances
  • Reconcile cash/check deposits with billings
  • Implement weekly and monthly financial operations including
    • Process payroll and manage benefit payments
    • Reconcile investment accounts and track realized and unrealized revenue(losses)
  • Allocate staff wages and benefits using time studies on a monthly basis
  • Collect documentation and allocate staff credit card expenses on a monthly basis
  • Complete and manage month end close per checklist
  • Complete quarterly operations allocations.
  • Monitor and implement relevant changes in GAAP and FASB

2. Financial Reporting

  • Prepare accurate and timely monthly financial statements, dashboards and financial health indicators
  • Review quarterly and annual payroll reports and filings
  • Prepare detail and schedules for Loft annual audit
  • Maintain organization adherence to financial regulations and acceptable financial principles and practices
  • Work with the Loft’s development team and managing director team to complete required grant reports
  • Advise and assist with updates financial policies, procedures, and processes as needed
  • Communicate with customers and vendors regarding transactions, 1099s, missing checks, etc.
  • Attend and take minutes at Board Finance Committee meetings (generally four times/year)

3. Budgeting

  • In partnership with the managing director, work with key staff to develop annual budget proposals by program and month
  • Communicate with staff about differences between actual and budget
  • Assist Managing Director in preparing/maintaining updated forecasts

4.  Analysis

  • Analyze monthly financial statements and charts for accuracy and completeness, review for needed updates and to ensure that reports are meeting the needs of the users
  • Work closely with staff to prepare forecasts
  • Research and recommend improvements to Loft financial systems

Other Responsibilities and Expectations

  • A customer service orientation – the ability to remain personable, diplomatic, and a commitment to be responsive
  • Work within parameters of Loft’s annual operating budget.
  • Assist with activities in a non-accounting way during the Loft conference and festival as needed.
  • Participate in internal Loft teams and projects
  • Demonstrate a commitment to antiracism and ability to champion the Loft’s core values
  • Perform other job duties as assigned.

The specific knowledge required to do the above can be learned if the applicant meets the following job requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or similar field, or 3 years hands on experience with most aspects of non-profit accounting.
  • Knowledge of GAAP and nonprofit accounting
  • Proficient using accounting software
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Excel
  • A track record demonstrating exceptional attention to detail
  • Intermediate knowledge and use of Google Suite, excel, and other office environment applications
  • Proficiency with databases (such as Salesforce) and the logic to generate reports
  • Ability to work, find answers, and check tasks off with a great deal of independence
  • A positive, forward-looking, and curious approach
  • Able to complete work at a high standard of accuracy
  • Able to work on multiple projects at the same time
  • Experience with project planning and meeting deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills including proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Strong interest in working for a nonprofit

Preferred Experience:

  • CPA (active or inactive) certificate
  • Experience working for a nonprofit

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

  • Requires frequent participation in repetitive motion activities including typing on a computer keyboard.
  • Requires the ability to work for several hours at a time at a desk and computer monitor.

To Apply: Please answer the application questions and submit your resume via Submittable. If you do not have a Submittable account, you will need to create one.

Due to the expected number of applicants, we request that you do not call or email to check on your application status. You will get a confirmation by email to let you know that your application was received as well as notification when the position is filled.

Hiring Process: This position is open until filled; applications will be reviewed as they come in. Interviews will begin the first week of October. Our hope is to have positions filled by Nov 15.

The Loft is an equal opportunity employer.

McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers, $25,000 Loft Awards in Creative Prose and in Children’s Literature/Older Children


DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2022. Entries must be submitted through our online portal, Submittable, by 11:59 p.m. Please note that our office hours are not extended on that date, so please ask questions and make sure you are familiar with the application process before the deadline.

The Loft Literary Center is pleased to announce the 2023 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers, made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation. McKnight also funds artist fellowship programs in ceramic arts, choreography and dance, music composition, music performance, fiber arts, printmaking, book arts, community engaged practice artists, culture bearers, playwriting and theater arts, screenwriting, and visual arts.

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers provide Minnesota writers of demonstrated ability with an opportunity to work on their craft for a concentrated period of time. The intent of this program is to recognize and support midcareer artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence.

Four $25,000 fellowships are offered in alternating years to writers of creative prose and poetry. This year’s four awards will be in creative prose, which includes fiction and literary nonfiction such as memoir, personal essay, and autobiography.

A $25,000 fellowship is awarded each year in children’s literature, including poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. This year’s award is offered to a writer for children eight years of age or older.

These fellowships do not support the work of playwriting, journalism, or nonfiction that is written primarily for educational or technical use.

JUDGING FOR THE MCKNIGHT ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS FOR WRITERS

Prominent writers and editors living outside of Minnesota serve as the judges. There are no screening judges. All manuscripts are judged anonymously.

Due to the number of entries received, it is not possible for the judges to make individual comments on the manuscripts.

ELIGIBILITY

General Requirements

Applicants must have been legal residents of Minnesota for the 12 months prior to the application deadline and must currently reside in Minnesota.

Applicants may apply for only one McKnight Artist Fellowship per year. You may not apply for the Award in Creative Prose and also apply for any other McKnight Fellowship, including the Award in Children’s Literature, or a McKnight Fellowship in an alternate discipline, such as ceramics or music.

Recipients of the McKnight Fellowship in any discipline in the last five years are not eligible to apply. Honorable mentions are eligible.

Prior recipients of the McKnight Fellowship must demonstrate a new body of work since their last Fellowship.

Full-time students in a degree granting program (if you're a student at the time of application and/or if you will be starting your program during 2023) are not eligible to apply.

Loft and McKnight Foundation staff and board members are not eligible.

If you have questions about your eligibility for the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers, please email Arleta Little, Executive Director, at alittle@loft.org.

Additional Requirements for the Loft Awards in Creative Prose

In addition to the general eligibility requirements, applicants must have:

  • Published a book (e.g., novel, memoir, collection of short stories or personal essays) OR
  • Published at least five pieces of original work in no fewer than three literary journals or magazines that regularly feature prose as part of their format. Work published in an online journal that has an editorial process is eligible. Work published in an anthology is eligible. The same piece printed in a journal and in an anthology may only be counted once; applicants may not use multiple publications of the same work to meet the five required pieces.
  • Authors counting a self-published book for eligibility must include a brief letter from the publisher confirming that the manuscript underwent an editorial process. Please upload this in the eligibility requirements.
  • Work that is pending publication and will be published before April 1, 2023, is eligible. When asked for proof of eligibility, please upload a letter from the editor or publisher with proof of publication.

Additional Requirements for the Loft Award in Children’s Literature

In addition to the general eligibility requirements, applicants must have

  • Published a book for children eight years or older, in any genre other than educational textbook material, OR
  • Published at least three pieces of original work in one or more publications that regularly feature creative work for children eight years or older as part of their format. Work published in an online journal that has an editorial process is eligible. Work published in an anthology is eligible. The same piece printed in a journal and in an anthology may only be counted once; applicants may not use multiple publications of the same work to meet the three required pieces.
  • Work that is pending publication and will be published before April 1, 2023, is eligible. Please provide a letter from the editor or publisher with proof of publication.

Ineligible Work in Both Awards:

  • Student-only publications
  • Self-published books that did not go through an editorial process
  • Work published on personal home pages or online sites that do not have an editorial process.
  • Work in a genre outside the category in which you are applying (e.g., published poetry may not be used to meet the publication requirements for the Award in Creative Prose).
  • Work that has previously won a McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers. If you are a previous winner, you must submit a manuscript different from the one for which you received the earlier award.
  • Translations.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

You must apply through Submittable, and you will need to create a Submittable account if you do not already have one. If you have technical submission questions, please contact Submittable technical support at help.submittable.com.

In addition to the form in Submittable, you will need to prepare three files to upload with your submission (see descriptions on the next page for details):

  • a work sample
  • proof of Minnesota residency
  • proof of publication
  • if self published, or have work pending publication, a letter from the editor

WORK SAMPLE

Please prepare your writing sample. All work samples must be anonymous. If your name appears as part of the manuscript text, omit it, use a pseudonym, or redact it out so it is illegible. Do not include your name as part of the writing sample file name. Identifying information should only be included in the Submittable application form, which is blind to the judge. Identifying information anywhere in the submitted work sample file will disqualify your submission.

Loft Awards in Creative Prose: Applicants should submit at least 20 but no more than 25 pages of a typed (12-point font), double-spaced manuscript. Pages must be consecutively numbered.

Loft Award in Children’s Literature: Applicants should submit a manuscript that is at least five but no more than 20 pages in length and that is written for ages eight and older. Manuscripts may be in prose or poetry or a combination of the two. All manuscripts must be typed in a 12-point font. Prose manuscripts should be double-spaced. Poetry may be single- or double-spaced. All pages must be consecutively numbered.

PROOF OF RESIDENCY

The Loft requires finalists to provide proof of Minnesota residency. This can be a scan or digital photo of a Minnesota driver’s license, ID, or utilities bill with name and address and date. Name, address, and date should be clearly legible.

PROOF OF PUBLICATION

Applicants must submit proof of each publication necessary to meet eligibility. For books, we will need a photocopy or scanned image of the title and copyright pages. For journals, we will need photocopies or scanned documents of either the cover or title page of the journal as well as the table of contents page and the pages on which your work appears. For self-published books, please provide a brief letter from the publisher confirming an editorial process.

  • Work samples may be submitted as PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, MP3, WAV, MP4, or MOV files.
  • All manuscripts must be anonymous. If your name appears as part of the manuscript text, omit it, use a pseudonym, or redact it so it is illegible.
  • Applicants should include a brief biographical statement—you will see a field for this in Submittable. Do not attach the biographical statement to your manuscript. The biographical statement is used for publicity purposes only when the winners are announced. Biographical statements are not seen by the judges.

DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2022. Due to the anticipated volume of requests for help, please plan ahead and ask questions before the deadline week to ensure a reply. Please note that the Loft office hours will not be extended the evening of the deadline. Entrants will be notified of their status by the end of April, 2023. Winners will begin receiving payments in May, 2023.

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