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Would you like to come and work for the North’s leading literature development agency and play a part in supporting great projects such as the Northern Writers’ Awards, Durham Book Festival and our award-winning work with young people? We’d love to hear from you.

About New Writing North

Recognised as a leader in our field, New Writing North has produced nationally significant work from a base in Newcastle upon Tyne since 1996.

We lead the development of new writing and creative reading in the North of England, working with writers in the North East, Yorkshire and the North West and connecting them to opportunities. We are proud to be a charity and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. We have a turnover of £1m, with 65% of that generated from earned and fundraised income.

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.

Our 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 and community-based programmes; writing for wellbeing activities and the commissioning of new writing.

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.

Information for Candidates

Work at New Writing North

At its core, New Writing North’s work has two main goals: to encourage people to develop their own creativity through reading and writing, and to identify talent and support writers to fulfil their creative ambitions.

Please download our Work at NWN pack to learn more about:

  • what we do at New Writing North
  • our mission, vision and values
  • our programme of work
  • our organisational culture

Download the Work at NWN document here: 
Work at NWN: PDF

Organisational structure

We’re a small organisation with a dedicated, creative team, supported by a great board of trustees.

Our Organisational Chart shows the current structure of New Writing North. Coming soon

Location

New Writing North is based in central Newcastle upon Tyne.

We are currently operating a hybrid working model, with staff generally spending 60% of their working week in the office and 40% working from home.

Holidays and benefits

Staff at New Writing North benefit from the following terms:

• 25 days’ holiday allowance, plus statutory bank holidays (pro
rata’d for part-time posts)
• Flexible working
• Contributory pension scheme
• Training and professional development opportunities
• Access to free, confidential practical and emotional support
via The Printing Charity
• Cycle to work scheme
• Corporate Metro Season Ticket.

Current Vacancies

Director of Fundraising and Development

£41,600 – £46,800 (pro rata) plus company pension and benefits
Contract: Permanent, part time – three days per week

The Fundraising and Development Director will lead income and resource generation through development strategies, bidding and relationship building.

This is a senior role in an expanding organisation and is closely aligned with our growth and capital development ambitions with the next three years focused on capital fundraising alongside strategic project development.

The postholder will work closely with and report to the Chief Executive, you will also have a close working relationship with the Executive Director (Programme and Impact) to ensure the resources are in place to fulfil our programme ambitions. You will support the charity’s trustees to be effective champions of our work.

Apply below by 12 noon, Friday 7th June 2024

Job description and person spec

How to apply

To apply for the post, you will be asked to upload:

  • A covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 which details how your skills and experience meet the job description and which details your achievements
  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4 detailing your professional skills and experience
  • Two references who can speak to your ability to perform the role (we will take up references if we offer you the post)

Please note that New Writing North uses a blind shortlisting process, so you will need to make sure your name does not appear on these documents.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Friday 7th June 2024

Apply here

Please also complete the anonymous Equality Monitoring form here

Key dates

  • Meet the Team: Wednesday 22 May 2024 , 11am–12pm, book here 
  • Deadline for applications: Friday 7th June 2024, 12 noon
  • Candidates notified of interview: w/c 10 June 2024 – candidates notified of interview by EOD Friday 14 June 2024
  • Interviews: Friday 21 June 2024

Please note that applications received after 12 noon on Friday 7 June 2024 will not be considered.

Meet the Team

We have an optional opportunity to meet some of the team before the deadline date. At this informal Zoom event you will also be able to find out more about New Writing North’s work and ask any questions you may have about the role.

Wednesday 22 May 2024 , 11am–12pm, book here 

Contact

Contact [email protected] with any questions about the roles and we will direct your query to the relevant staff member.

Senior Marketing and Communications Manager

£29,501 – £40,035 (please note appointments are usually made at the start of the pay band), plus company pension and benefits
Contract: full-time

Could you be New Writing North’s next Senior Marketing and Communications Manager? After 10 years, our current postholder is leaving for new adventures and their departure has created an opening.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in marketing and communications, and especially digital marketing and its potential for developing audiences. You will be a creative self-starter with a willingness to engage with audiences and to devise, test and evaluate new marketing initiatives.

Apply below by 12 noon, Wednesday 12 June 2024

Job description and person spec

How to apply

To apply for the post, you will be asked to upload:

  • A covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 which details how your skills and experience meet the job description and which details your achievements
  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4 detailing your professional skills and experience
  • Two references who can speak to your ability to perform the role (we will take up references if we offer you the post)

Please note that New Writing North uses a blind shortlisting process, so you will need to make sure your name does not appear on these documents.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Wednesday 12th June 2024

Apply here

Please also complete the anonymous Equality Monitoring form here

Key dates

  • Meet the Team: Tuesday 28 May 2024 , 11am–12pm, book here 
  • Deadline for applications: Wednesday 12 June 2024, 12 noon
  • Candidates notified of interview: Friday 21 June 2024 – candidates notified of interview by EOD
  • Interviews: Friday 28 June 2024 in central Newcastle

Please note that applications received after 12 noon on Wednesday 12 June 2024 will not be considered.

Meet the Team

We have an optional opportunity to meet some of the team before the deadline date. At this informal Zoom event you will also be able to find out more about New Writing North’s work and ask any questions you may have about the role.

Tuesday 28 May 2024 , 11am–12pm, book here 

Contact

Contact [email protected] with any questions about the roles and we will direct your query to the relevant staff member.

Call for Expressions of interest – freelance writer facilitators of colour

New Writing North’s Young Writers and Communities programme includes in-depth schools’ work, open access creative writing groups, summer sessions and short-term projects, including community-based work. As our work has expanded, we are putting out a call for creative writing facilitators of colour to add to our list of contacts in the North East. If you are interested, please get in touch with us at [email protected]