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Programming and Events Organizer

Haymarket Books is seeking an organized, creative, and team-oriented Programming and Events Organizer to join our Political Education team. 

About Haymarket Books

Haymarket Books is a radical, independent nonprofit publisher and educational institution based in Chicago. We aim to publish books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice. While our main project remains radical publishing, Haymarket also anchors several other political education projects: the annual Socialism conference, regular event programming at Haymarket House in Chicago, and an extensive program of regular virtual events.

About Haymarket’s Political Education Work

For us at Haymarket, the point of political education is to inform social movement activity by providing political tools to make those movements stronger. We believe that the ideas presented and discussed during the Socialism conference and other events are meaningful to participants insofar as they respond to the urgency of political experiences, reframe and address the challenges of activism, clarify pressing political problems, or ground contemporary organizing in historical continuity and purpose. We also recognize that our collective mission to provide tools for changing the world is infused and reinforced by our staff's engagement with liberation struggles, radical ideas, and the artistry that articulates our hopes and aspirations for a better world.

We are currently in the process of developing and deepening Haymarket’s political education work. Haymarket’s political education team consists of staff from various departments whose responsibilities extend to other areas of Haymarket’s work as well. The political education team meets regularly to discuss aspects of programming and situating it within the context of ongoing political developments. All members of the political education team contribute to organizing events through collaboration with and outreach to organizations, speakers, activists, and authors.

Haymarket partners with hundreds of organizations and publications throughout the year in the Haymarket Live virtual event series. These include book launches from many presses, political strategy conversations, political reports and analyses from around the world, and poetry performances. At the Haymarket House in Chicago, Haymarket hosts in-person events along with mini-conferences and parties. Many of the people and organizations we collaborate with on these year-round events also play a role in building the Socialism conference, a four-day weekend of political education, discussion, and entertainment that takes place in Chicago.

About the Role

The primary role of the programming and events organizer will be to join the Socialism conference organizing committee, where they will assist with marketing (email and social media), speaker and organization relations, and event planning/production. 

The person hired for this position will also help to organize events and programming at Haymarket House by joining Haymarket’s political education team to report on current event projects, raise any problems for discussion, and contribute ideas for ongoing programming. In their role at Haymarket House, the organizer will help propose and organize events, be present some evenings at the building to staff the events, and take on some of the tech and A/V aspects of hybrid events and event recordings for use in our virtual programming.

Given the three distinct but highly related areas of Haymarket’s political education work (Socialism, Haymarket House, and virtual events), the role is inevitably rooted in a collaborative team approach where responsibilities often overlap. 

An ideal candidate for this role will, first and foremost, bring political interest, experience, and commitment to the Haymarket political education team. They should also be very organized, collaborative, adept at working in close-knit team environments, and willing to learn new tech and other skills through the work.

What else you should know

This is a full-time Chicago-based position. Given the nature of conference organizing, the demands of this role will intensify somewhat as the annual Socialism conference approaches, but relax after the conference is over each year. While many aspects of the job can be done remotely, in-person presence at the Haymarket House in Uptown, Chicago for events (1-3 per week) and in-person presence for the full extent of the Socialism Conference is required. The organizer will also need to have some flexibility in terms of when they work their hours—in some cases, evening and/or weekend work related to events at Haymarket House will be required.


Responsibilities include:

• Contributing to programming plans and discussions with the political education team

• Field inquiries and emails from the public

• Marketing, including producing materials for and managing social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and email (Mailchimp) communications

• Assist with guest speaker invitations, relations, and follow up

• Assist with organizational partner relationships

• Provide logistical support booking flights and lodging for speakers and other guests

• Coordinate staffing for various aspects of the conference

• Coordinate entertainment plans for the conference

• Assist with on-site conference A/V and tech support

• Assist with event staffing and coordination at Haymarket House

• Produce live-streams of events at Haymarket House, assist with basic tech

• Create Eventbrite pages for upcoming events


Skills and experience should include:

• Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of Haymarket’s project of connecting activists, critical scholars, and general readers with the radical ideas they need in their struggles to change the world

• A background in activist event planning and familiarity with the left media and organizing ecosystem of which Haymarket is a part

• 2-5 years relevant professional and/or organizing experience

• Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Drive

• Experience in email and social media marketing (Tiktok is a plus)

• Flexibility and ability to collaborate with team members on shared projects

• Well-organized and able to manage multiple projects at the same time

• Experience in A/V and/or basic graphic design is a plus

• Must be based in Chicago 

Haymarket Books pays salaries according to a step schedule and where relevant, based on equivalent experience.

Starting salary: $49k-54k, commensurate with experience
Benefits: 100% of health/dental/vision insurance covered, 4 weeks paid vacation plus 16 holidays, 12 weeks paid parental leave
Location: Chicago
Start date: ASAP

Haymarket seeks to be a diverse organization and especially welcomes applications from people of color, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQI individuals, people from working-class backgrounds, and people from other marginalized backgrounds. If you are a member of one or more of these groups, we encourage you to self-identify in your cover letter, and also include your preferred pronouns. If you need assistance or an accommodation in applying due to a disability, please alert us to that in your letter as well. 

To apply: Send a cover letter expressing your interest in this position, and a resume as a combined pdf file to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until December 12. No phone calls, please. We regret that we are only able to respond to those applicants we select for interviews.