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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 have steadily grown from a team of two to a skilled and expert team of 16.

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 NWN

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
Work at NWN: Audio

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. Download it here

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.

Senior Programme Manager (Young People and Communities), New Writing North

The role

Salary: £28,080 – £38,480 (please note appointments are usually made at the start of the pay band).

The Senior Programme Manager (Young People and Communities) is a member of the Senior Management Team at New Writing North and leads the planning, fundraising, programming, delivery and evaluation of our work with young people and communities.

The post reports to the Executive Director (Programme and Impact) who has overall strategic responsibility for the work. The post holder will work across the organisation with the Senior Management Team and other staff members to achieve an integrated programme. The post holder will also engage with and develop relationships with external partners and peers.

The overarching goal of our young people and communities programme is that as a result of our work people have increased capacity to make informed choices about their lives and can fulfil their potential.

In order to achieve this, we run a range of programmes following a human-centred design approach. The activity includes open access programmes, which run year-round in the North East, including young writers’ groups, summer schools, and time-limited projects. Our targeted programmes work in communities and schools at a scale and intensity that is proportionate to their disadvantage. We also run a strand of work that aims to provide progression routes for individuals aged 18 – 25. This includes investing in talent and providing professional development opportunities for young people including in partnership with publishers.

The Theory of Change for our work with young people can be found here.  The work sits in the context of New Writing North’s organisational Theory of Change.

Download the Senior Programme Manager (Young People and Communities) Job Description and Person Specification here. 

 

Meet the Team

We will be holding a Zoom call with Anna Disley, Executive Director, Programme and Impact and members of the team on Wednesday 27 July 12-1pm. 

This is an optional session to find out more about New Writing North and the Senior Programme Manager (Young People and Communities) role. Please book here.

How to apply

Important dates:
Closing date: 9am, Friday 12 August 2022

Invitation to interview by: Thursday 18 August 2022
Interviews: Wednesday 24 August 2022

 

To apply

Please read the Work at New Writing North document and the Job Description and Person Specification before completing the application form below.

New Writing North uses a blind shortlisting process. Please ensure your name and email address are not on any of your documents.

The form will ask you to upload the following:

  1. A supporting statement of no more than 2 sides of A4. Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification when completing your statement.
  1. Your CV of no more than 2 sides of A4.
  2. Details of two referees

Please also complete our Equality Monitoring Form. This form is separate to your application form and completely anonymous.

Senior Programme Manager (Skills and Engagement)

The role

Salary: £28,080 – £38,480 (please note appointments are usually made at the start of the pay band). Full-time, 3-year fixed term contract. 

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 Senior Programme Manager (Skills & Engagement) will creatively plan and strategically deliver a new creative skills offer for New Writing North. The role is part of skilled and dynamic Senior Management Team and reports to the Executive Director for Programme and Impact. Leading a team including a Manager and Assistant, the Senior Programme Manager will be responsible for achieving a high-quality creative skills programme that is embedded in and complements New Writing North’s wider work with adults and young people.

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. We expect that the postholder will work further to shape and develop the programmes and to develop 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. This important new area of work prepares the groundwork for New Writing North’s development of a new Centre for Writing in Newcastle upon Tyne and the post holder will be part of shaping the skills and volunteering strategy for that development.

Download the Senior Programme Manager (Skills and Engagement) Job Description and Person Specification here

Listen to the Senior Programme Manager (Skills and Engagement) Job Description and Person Specification here

Meet the Team

We will be holding a Zoom call with members of the NWN team on Tuesday 16 August 12.30-1.30pm. 

This is an optional session to find out more about New Writing North and the Skills Hub roles. Please book here.

How to apply

Important dates:
Closing date: 9am, Thursday 1 September 2022

Invitation to interview by: Monday 5 September 2022
Interviews: Tuesday 13 September 2022

 

To apply

Please read the Work at New Writing North document and the Job Description and Person Specification before completing the application form below.

New Writing North uses a blind shortlisting process. Please ensure your name and email address are not on any of your documents.

The form will ask you to upload the following:

  1. A supporting statement of no more than 2 sides of A4. Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification when completing your statement.
  1. Your CV of no more than 2 sides of A4.
  2. Details of two referees

Please also complete our Equality Monitoring Form. This form is separate to your application form and completely anonymous.

Programme Manager (Skills and Engagement)

The role

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.

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.

Download the Programme Manager (Skills and Engagement) Job Description and Person Specification here

Listen to the Programme Manager (Skills and Engagement) Job Description and Person Specification here

Meet the Team

We will be holding a Zoom call with members of the NWN team on Tuesday 16 August 12.30-1.30pm. 

This is an optional session to find out more about New Writing North and the Skills Hub roles. Please book here.

How to apply

Important dates:
Closing date: 9am, Thursday 15 September 2022

Invitation to interview by: Monday 26 September 2022
Interviews: Monday 3 October 2022

 

To apply

Please read the Work at New Writing North document and the Job Description and Person Specification before completing the application form below.

New Writing North uses a blind shortlisting process. Please ensure your name and email address are not on any of your documents.

The form will ask you to upload the following:

  1. A supporting statement of no more than 2 sides of A4. Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification when completing your statement.
  1. Your CV of no more than 2 sides of A4.
  2. Details of two referees

Please also complete our Equality Monitoring Form. This form is separate to your application form and completely anonymous.

Programme Assistant (Skills and Engagement)

The role

Salary:£18,720 – £21,840 (please note appointments are usually made at the start of the pay band). Full-time, 3-year fixed term contract.

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 skills programme will offer 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. The work will be delivered across the North of Tyne area (Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tyneside).

The Programme Assistant (Skills & Engagement) will support the marketing and delivery of a new creative skills offer for New Writing North ensuring a high-quality creative skills programme is delivered in collaboration with partners. The post holder will support programme delivery and marketing administratively, scheduling events, training and workshop opportunities, and planning meetings. The post holder will also source and coordinate information for marketing purposes and support with data collection and evaluation.

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

Download the Programme Assistant (Skills and Engagement) Job Description and Person Specification here

Listen to the Programme Assistant (Skills and Engagement) Job Description and Person Specification here

Meet the Team

We will be holding a Zoom call with members of the NWN team on Tuesday 16 August 12.30-1.30pm. 

This is an optional session to find out more about New Writing North and the Skills Hub roles. Please book here.

How to apply

Important dates:
Closing date: 9am, Thursday 29 September 2022

Invitation to interview by: Thursday 13 October 2022
Interviews: Thursday 20 October 2022

 

To apply

Please read the Work at New Writing North document and the Job Description and Person Specification before completing the application form below.

New Writing North uses a blind shortlisting process. Please ensure your name and email address are not on any of your documents.

The form will ask you to upload the following:

  1. A supporting statement of no more than 2 sides of A4. Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification when completing your statement.
  1. Your CV of no more than 2 sides of A4.
  2. Details of two referees

Please also complete our Equality Monitoring Form. This form is separate to your application form and completely anonymous.

Freelance role: Creative Producer, West End of Newcastle

The role

120 days per year @ £175 per day

New Writing North has received funding from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation to run an ambitious three-year programme of community driven, co-creative activity in specific Newcastle locations. We are seeking a freelance Community Creative Producer to lead the work in the Scotswood and Benwell areas of Newcastle.

The Creative Producer is pivotal to the success of the programme, you will develop partnerships with community-based organisations and relationships with individual residents year-round over a three-year period. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and a strong track record of creative facilitation. You will have access to a flexible programme budget with which to respond to the cultural ambitions and also the needs, drivers and barriers of people in those communities. The programme invests in promise, leadership potential and ambition of people in the area.

Download the freelance brief here

Meet the Team

We will be holding a Zoom call with members of the NWN team on Tuesday 16 August 11am-12pm. 

This is an optional session to find out more about New Writing North and the Creative Producer role. Please book here.

How to apply

Please apply with the following:

  • A supporting statement of no more than 2 sides of A4, explaining why you are interested in this residency and how you would approach the challenge. The statement should include evidence of previous relevant experience which demonstrates your suitability for the post. Please refer to the freelance brief.
  • An up-to-date CV of no more than 2 sides of A4
  • Details of two referees.

And submit it here by midday on Friday 26 August 2022.  Interviews will take place on Thursday 8 September 2022.

If you have any queries about the role or to talk it through, please contact anna@newwritingnorth.com.

As part of this role you will be required to provide:

  • Proof of current DBS
  • Copy of Public Liability Insurance Certificate

Please also complete the Equality Monitoring form here

Expressions of interest - freelance writer facilitators

The role

New Writing North’s Young Writers programme works with young people through a combination of in-depth schools’ work, open access creative writing groups, summer schools and short-term projects, including community-based work. We work with professional writers to deliver our programme, and as our work has expanded over the last few years we are putting out a call for new creative writing facilitators to add to our list of contacts within the North East.

In relation to upcoming projects we are especially interested in hearing from writers based in (or willing to travel to) County Durham, North Tyneside and Berwick-upon- Tweed.

Fee: Between £100-£150 per half day depending on the project and scope of work

How to express interest

Please submit an expression of interest (maximum 500 words), your CV and details of two referees. We will add your expression of interest to our records and be in touch with you if we think there is a project for which you’d be a good fit!

Deadline: Friday 21 October 2022

Please note that freelancers taking on these roles will be required to provide:

  • Proof of current DBS
  • Copy of Public Liability Insurance Certificate
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