CLOSED: Head of Programmes, English PEN

Full-time position

Salary: £30,000-34,900

25 days annual leave; opportunity to join company pension plan after 3 months

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Friday 13 September 2013

English PEN is seeking a Head of Programmes. This is a full-time role, essential to the mission of the charity.

The Head of Programmes takes lead responsibility for English PEN’s literary education programme and for the charity’s translation programme, supporting the Director on fundraising, strategic initiatives and business planning. English PEN’s outreach projects are one of the fastest growing and most successful areas of our work, offering an outstanding programme of workshops for disadvantaged communities and young people in England and Wales.

We are looking for a dynamic individual to join the team with a successful track record in arts education, and experience in management. This important role requires commitment and creative vision in pursuit of English PEN’s mission.

English PEN promotes the freedom to write and the freedom to read. The founding centre of a worldwide writers’ organisation, established in 1921, we are supported by and accountable to our 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 and debates around the year that include writers and commentators from the UK and internationally.

Main responsibilities include:

  1. Developing and implementing an outstanding programme of creative writing workshops with disadvantaged communities in England and Wales 
  2. Overseeing the direction of English PEN’s Writers in Translation programme
  3. Managing the programmes team
  4. Helping to raise and account for the funds to deliver these programmes
  5. Appointing and managing professional and freelance creative writing tutors and mentors as required

Professional competencies:

  1. Experience of successful programme development in the arts/charity sector
  2. Experience of successful trust and statutory fundraising
  3. Experience of successful people management
  4. Outstanding communication skills, both in writing and verbally
  5. Ability to interpret financial accounts and report with attention to detail

Personal competencies:

  1. Ability to engage with highly diverse groups of people, both with beneficiaries and funders at all levels
  2. Commitment to the issues affecting English PEN and its stakeholders in the literature and free speech sectors
  3. Creative imagination and flair; culturally engaged, particularly in the literature sector
  4. Able to work well as part of a team and with a range of partners
  5. Flexible and extremely well organised

To apply

Please send a covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for the role and a CV to by 5pm on Friday 13 September 2013. Please write ‘Head of Programmes Application’ in the subject line of the email. 

Interviews will be held on in London in the first week of October.

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