Programme Manager- Skills & Engagement

Contract Type: 
Fixed term
Full time
Application deadline: 
Thursday, 15 September, 2022 - 09:00
Salary Scale
Per Annum
New Writing North

Salary: £23,920 – £29,120 (please note appointments are usually made at the start of the pay band). Full-time, 3-year fixed term contract.

New Writing North is the creative writing and reading development agency for the North of England. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, we have produced nationally significant work since 1996. We are a committed team of 18, a registered charity, and a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.  

We believe that talent is everywhere but that opportunities are not, and that it is our job to create opportunities. We develop programmes and activities that support individuals and communities to engage with creative reading and writing both professionally and for pleasure. We help good writing find local, regional, national, and international audiences.  

New Writing North’s annual programme includes the management of major international literary prizes and awards; open-access and targeted talent development programmes; the production of festivals and events; international writing and translation projects; our young writers’ programmes; community-based programmes; writing for wellbeing activities, and the commissioning of new writing. 

In autumn 2022 we are launching a new Writing and Publishing Skills Hub and we are now recruiting a team of three staff to deliver this programme.

The Programme Manager (Skills & Engagement) will manage the marketing and delivery of a new creative skills offer for New Writing North. Reporting to the Senior Programme Manager (Skills & Engagement) and working with the Programme Assistant (Skills & Engagement), the Programme Manager (Skills & Engagement) will ensure a high quality creative skills programme is delivered in collaboration with partners, supporting strategies for income generation and audience development across the programme. The postholder will manage partnerships with publishers, FE/HE providers, and cultural sector partners and will support the achievement of NWN’s strategy.

The skills programme has been designed to include a wide range of activities including training and learning, artist investment and development, small business support for practitioners and the development of online and in-person writing courses. Led by the Senior Manager, we expect that the postholder will contribute to further shaping and developing the programmes and to developing new resources and partnerships to advance work in this area. The work will be delivered across the North of Tyne area (Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tyneside). 

The new skills team is supported by the North of Tyne Combined Authority’s Skills for Growth Fund.

We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve. We encourage people from all sections of our community to apply for jobs with us. We particularly welcome Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, disabled, and LGBTQI applicants and those from lower socio-economic and working-class backgrounds.

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Closing date: 9am, Thursday 15 September 2022