Vacancy: Head of Operations

£35–£40k per annum, part-time, permanent

Established in 1921, English PEN is the founding centre of PEN International, a worldwide writers’ association with 145 centres in more than 100 countries. We campaign to defend writers and readers in the UK and around the world whose human right to freedom of expression is at risk, through campaigns, residencies, events and translation programmes.

We are now seeking an experienced and highly organised Head of Operations to maintain, develop and improve our administration structure and establish office systems in our central London office.

This is a senior role, ideal for someone who likes to implement and oversee efficient operations and who understands the HR, legal and governance requirements and logistics of a small charitable organisation.

English PEN is keen to encourage applications from all members of the community regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious belief, marital status, pregnancy or any other personal circumstance, who are under-represented in the creative industries and charity sector.

Download the full role description and person specification (PDF).

Download the equality monitoring form (Word).

To apply, please upload the following three documents to

  1. Your CV (NB please ensure this is anonymous removing any identifying information)
  2. A covering letter telling us why you are interested in the role and explaining how your knowledge, skills and experience made you a suitable candidate (again please ensure any identifying information is removed)
  3. An equality monitoring form


Deadline for applications: 9am, Wednesday 1 June 2022

Interviews will take place on Thursday 16 June 2022 at English PEN’s office

Please note, applicants must be current UK residents with a legal right to work in the UK.