- Salary £22,000-£25,000
- Full time, permanent post
Deadline for applications: 5pm, Friday 6 February 2015
English PEN is the founding centre of an international writers’ association, working to promote literature and freedom of expression, and is based at the Free Word Centre, in London, a hub for literature, literacy and freedom of speech organisations.
English PEN is now looking for a dynamic individual to join the team with an interest in arts outreach programmes, literary translation and the values of English PEN.
The Programmes Co-ordinator will work across English PEN’s literary outreach programme, Readers and Writers, and the charity’s translation programme, Writers in Translation. Readers and Writers offers an outstanding programme of outreach workshops to key communities including refugees, prisoners, young people and older people with dementia. Writers in Translation is a grant-giving programme to publishers, to support the publication of literature in translation. It is at the centre of a thriving network of translators, publishers, editors and writers and is a key partner of the annual International Translation Day conference held at the British Library, and the Literary Translation Centre held each year at London Book Fair.
This is a great opportunity for the right person to make an impact at a key period of activity for English PEN.
To support the work of Head of Programmes across the Readers & Writers and Writers in Translation programmes by (i) developing and supporting creative writing workshops and booking and co-ordinating writers and other freelancers to lead workshops and (ii) processing Writers in Translation grants.
- To support the Head of Programmes by helping to organise creative workshops within the Readers & Writers programme
- To support the Writers in Translation Programme Manager with processing grant applications to PEN Translates and PEN Promotes
- To oversee and edit website content, delivering new material on a regular basis, including sub-editing the weekly PEN Atlas dispatches
- To manage Intern’s editorial contribution to website
- To support the Head of Programmes by identifying new funding streams and contributing to written bids to trusts, foundations and other sources of funding
- To respond to external queries about English PEN’s programmes
- To take minutes at Writers in Translation committee meetings and to take responsibility for the timely circulation of papers and room bookings
- To fully participate in the strategic development of English PEN programmes by contributing ideas for its expansion
- To support Programmes staff at relevant roundtables and related programme events
- To support the communication of the Programmes team’s output through social media and website
Experience and skills
The successful candidate may have experience in outreach work, publishing or literature development. He/she will:
- Have excellent communications skills, both written and verbal
- Be familiar with content management systems (WordPress)
- Have an ability to work as part of a team and with a wide range of partners
- Have an understanding of the issues affecting English PEN and its stakeholders in the literature and free speech sectors
- Be flexible and extremely well organised
- Be highly skilled in administration, including having a great attention to detail
- Have an interest in literature and international literature.
- Have a keen interest in English PEN’s wider work for literature and freedom of expression
Please send a cover letter and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org (with ref: Programmes Co-ordinator in the subject line) by 5pm on Friday 6 February 2015.
- Salary: £22,000-£25,000
- 25 days annual leave, opportunity to join company pension plan after three months
First-round interviews will take place on 19 and 20 February and final interviews on 26 February.