New Writing North recruiting: Programme Manager (Young People)

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New Writing North: Programme Manager (Young People)

Salary range £22,000-£25,000 pro rata (4 days per week)

We are recruiting a temporary member of staff to cover the current Programme Manager (Young People)’s maternity leave. The post is four days a week, with some evening and weekend working required. Initially the contract will be for six months with the possibility of an extension depending on the current postholder’s maternity arrangements. All applications must arrive by 5.30pm on the deadline day.

If you have any queries about the post please email in the first instance to [email protected].


Please send a CV (no more than two pages long) with a covering letter (no more than two pages long) outlining your experience to date and why it qualifies you for this role to [email protected].  

Deadline for applications: Monday 12 May

Interviews Wednesday: Tuesday 20 May

The Young People’s Programme Manager is a management post within New Writing North involving planning, programming, delivery and event management of work with young people.

The post reports primarily to the Programme Director* and the postholder will work across the organisation with other senior staff, Programme Managers and with external stakeholders and project partners to achieve activity.

*Until September 2014 the Programme Director will be taking the role of Acting Chief Executive. Until that time the Young People’s Programme Manager will report to the Senior Project Manager (maternity cover).


To manage and plan the Cuckoo Young Writers groups and all associated projects, events and publication activity

To manage the recruitment of young people to the Cuckoo Young Writers programme

To manage the submissions and selection process for Cuckoo Quarterly including convening the editorial committe

To manage the Cuckoo Quarterly website with NWN’s Website Manager

To work with the Communications and Marketing Manager to devise strategies for marketing work to younger audiences and for recruiting young people to projects.

To take responsibility for devising and implementing a social media strategy relating to communication with young people

To maintain and develop ongoing communication with our young writers

To lead the delivery of all marketing work to young people

To support individual young people where appropriate

To support the delivery, administration, budgeting and co-ordination of creative work with authors in schools and for projects that engage teachers

To undertake ongoing evaluation and monitoring of projects and events with young people, and to lead project specific evaluation when required

To monitor project budgets and spend in relation to reporting needs

To support the delivery and administration of community projects

With the guidance of the Programme Director to undertake fundraising and resource development activity

To create and manage new partnerships that support work with young people

To lead on the planning of the Arts Awards and other training aimed at young people

To support the project manager of

To be the first point of contact for young people engaging with the organisation via projects

To ensure NWN’s child protection policy is kept up to date and that all employees and volunteers are aware of and signed up to it

Project management

To support the Chief Executive and Programme Director with the management of other projects as and when required throughout the year, including Durham Book Festival


The Young People’s Programme Manager will be expected to work four days per week, based on the working hours of 9.30am-5.30pm. Flexibility is required and the postholder will be expected to work some weekends and evenings. Hours worked in this way will be claimed back as time in lieu (there will be no overtime payments made). Flexibility is required throughout the period of the Durham Book Festival specifically when the postholder will be expected to undertake the management of events throughout the period. The annual leave entitlement for this post is 25 days pro rata plus public holidays.


Specific skills

Strong planning and organisational skills

Experience of working with young people and community groups

Good spelling and grammar

The ability to work independently and manage competing workloads with grace and good humour

A mature and confident manner

Experience of building and maintaining partnerships

Experience of working with publishers, promoters and authors

Knowledge and experience of social networking and marketing, especially with young people

Technical competence in Microsoft Word

A desire to work within a small team of people and to contribute to a wide agenda of work and projects

Strong knowledge of contemporary literature and current affairs

A good knowledge of the North East region

Copywriting and editing skills

Experience of managing budgets

Able to work flexibly

New Writing North

April 2014