• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
October 6 -28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

special events
November 17

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Woodland Pattern is seeking a full-time Education Director

Application Deadline: May 9, 2018

Start Date: June 15, 2018

Position Objective:

To coordinate all aspects of Woodland Pattern's growing education program. Program areas include:

  • After-school creative writing classes for children
  • In-school literary arts programming
  • Summer youth writing camps
  • Evening and weekend workshops for adults
  • Master classes with visiting writers and artists
  • Programming for seniors
  • Community outreach activities

Qualifications: Excellent oral and written communication skills; knowledge of contemporary literature; experience in teaching, grant writing, and administrative work. Must have genuine passion for books, poetry, and community-based arts education. We are looking for someone who is creative, self-motivated, organized, and dependable, with strong leadership and interpersonal skills.

The ideal candidate will have a combination of the following experience:

  • Experience working in or with public schools
  • Experience planning arts programming for children
  • Experience teaching adults in a community setting (outside academia)
  • Experience teaching creative writing
  • Administrative and grant writing experience
  • Experience hiring and managing staff
  • Experience working for a nonprofit with a social mission

We especially encourage applications from candidates with backgrounds of study in contemporary poetry, Native American studies, and/or African American, Asian American, Latinx, and/or Queer literatures.

Woodland Pattern is committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity. Women, people of color, and those who identify as LGBTQ+ are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pay Rate, Benefits, and Terms: This is a professional position: full-time, permanent, and eligible for benefits. Starting salary is $30,000. The Education Director reports to the Executive Directors.


Youth program (30%): Coordinate after-school and in-school classes during fall and spring semesters, and summer break. Recruit, hire, and supervise instructors. Work with partner schools to recruit neighborhood youth to participate. Set up room and materials for classes. Communicate with teachers, parents, and school personnel. Work with Milwaukee Public Schools’ learning goals and quality standards. Conduct evaluations and report on accomplishments to appropriate funders.

Workshops for adults (25%): Work with partners, Programming Director, and visiting writers/artists to design master classes on a range of topics of interest to Milwaukee's practicing writing community. Coordinate evening and weekend workshops for adults—developing curriculum, recruiting instructors and participants, and conducting evaluations.

Summer Camp (15%): Organize and implement a series of week-long poetry camps for youth on site. This includes planning activities, hiring teachers, recruiting participants, arranging daily logistics, field trips, and guest artist workshops and performances.

Grant writing and reporting (15%) Raise at least $70,000 a year in funds toward Woodland Pattern's educational programs by writing proposals to funders. Complete timely, detailed reports to programming funders including Community Block Grant Administration (monthly and summer), Department of Public Instruction, and others as needed.

Book Center (15%): Advise Distribution Manager on book orders in areas of expertise. Share weekend and evening hours with other Woodland Pattern staff. Represent Woodland Pattern at off-site events in the community. Perform other duties as assigned.

Applicants should send their resume and cover letter by May 9, 2018 to:

jennyg@woodlandpattern.org and lauras@woodlandpattern.org  


Woodland Pattern Book Center

Attn: Jenny Gropp & Laura Solomon

720 E. Locust Street

Milwaukee, WI 53212