Paid internship – open for applications, deadline 10am Wednesday 5th March 2014
Intern opportunity in a leading literature and human rights charity, working four days a week for 6 months starting April 2014
Salary: £1040/month for four days a week (Full-time equivalent £15,600 per annum)
English PEN is the founding centre of an international writers’ association, working to promote the freedom to write and the freedom to read in the UK and around the world. We have an exciting opportunity for someone who would like to gain experience in the fields of literature and human rights.
English PEN promotes literature and free speech through four main programme areas:
- Campaigns – International and in the UK
Working with our Writers at Risk committee, PEN provides support and encouragement to persecuted writers around the world. In the UK we work to ensure free speech is protected, most recently lobbying to reform the libel laws in the UK.
- Readers and Writers
Our education work involves programming creative writing workshops in prisons, refugee centres and schools in the UK.
- Writers in Translation
We deliver a series of grants to publishers to promote the readership of world literature in translation in the UK.
- Writers in Public
Through a programme of public events and prizes we celebrate excellence in writing and showcase new voices.
This is a four-days-a-week role for six months, joining English PEN’s staff team of 11, based at the Free Word Centre in Clerkenwell, London.
The role of intern is to support English PEN’s work across its five main programme areas. This will involve:
- General office support – providing administrative support to the English PEN team. Your week could involve helping set up a literary event, minuting a committee meeting, updating information to the database, assisting with a membership mail out.
- Programme support – providing specific administrative support to programme teams. You might be writing copy for the PEN website, updating social media, researching writers for an workshop series, proof-reading articles or reports.
- Event support – assisting in the planning and delivery of key public events including the annual PEN Quiz in November.
The successful candidate is likely to have recently finished an undergraduate degree or similar. We would welcome applications from people who are:
- Great communicators, both written and verbal
- Enthusiastic and motivated with a ‘can-do’ attitude
- Calm and professional under pressure
- Experienced with using digital platforms
- Flexible and well organised
- Resourceful with an ability to use initiative
- Interested in other cultures
- Eager to promote free speech and new writing from unheard voices
- Interested in English PEN’s work in literature and free speech
Please send a covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for the role and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10am on Wednesday 5th March 2014. Please write ‘Intern Application’ in the subject line of the email. Interviews will be held in Central London later in March.
Candidates must have a legal right to work in the UK
Successful applicants should be available to start the six-month internship from April 2014.
English PEN Deputy Director (position closed for application)
25 days annual leave; opportunity to join company pension plan after 3 months.
English PEN is seeking a Deputy Director.
We are looking for a dynamic and creative individual to join the team, with a successful track record in arts management and corporate development. The Deputy Director also supports the Director in developing the strategy of the charity and in ensuring its smooth administration. This central role requires commitment and vision in pursuit of English PEN’s goals, and in continuing its success in corporate fundraising and building the charity’s membership.
English PEN promotes the freedom to write and the freedom to read. The founding centre of a worldwide writers’ organisation, established in 1921, it is supported by an active membership of leading writers and literary professionals, with an elected board.
Over the past five years English PEN has tripled in size and impact, with successful campaigns promoting the freedom to read and write in the UK and around the world, as well as new programmes working with prisoners, refugees and other socially excluded groups. Our programme to support great literature in English translation has also recently expanded and we run public events, debates and fundraisers around the year.
Main responsibilities include:
- To identify new revenue streams for English PEN from private sources, particularly corporate sponsorship and individuals.
- To develop existing circle of private and corporate donors and research new fundraising opportunities.
- To grow, develop and engage English PEN’s membership, ensuring diversity of our supporters and high satisfaction via periodic membership surveys.
- To develop new opportunities for public fundraising events, with special attention to high-profile activities that raise funds for English PEN.
- To support the Director in the strategic development of English PEN, contributing to operational and business plans as well as stakeholder management.
- To co-direct, with the Director, communications plans and media relationships, keeping English PEN’s media profile high.
- To line-manage the Events and Development Officer and the Membership Secretary/Administrator.
- To participate in the Management Committee of English PEN and the Senior Management Team.
- Experience of strategic development and operations in the arts.
- Successful corporate and individual fundraising.
- Successful events management.
- Experience of successful media relations management.
- Experience of successful people management.
- Outstanding communication skills, both in writing and verbally.
- Understanding of the issues affecting English PEN and its stakeholders in the literature and free speech sectors.
- Ability to work creatively as part of a team and with a range of partners.
- Ability to deputise for the Director, both internally and externally.
- First class project management skills gained in a complex environment.
- Has open two-way discussions with others, shares information, actively responds to suggestions.
- Takes responsibilities for own work within the overall goal, shows flexibility and positive attitude.
- Takes timely decision, seeks ideas from others regardless of hierarchy.
- Shows appreciation, loyalty, fairness and respect for all colleagues.
- Focuses on own/team contribution to achieving English PEN’s business plan and strategy.
- Sets, implements, tracks and reports against appropriate performance and development objectives.
Please send a covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for the role and a CV to email@example.com by 5pm on Friday 7 February 2014. Please write ‘Deputy Director Application’ in the subject line of the email. First interviews will be held on 20, 21 February. Second interviews will be held on 27, 28 February.