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Head of Communications and Member Outreach

Posted 16 May 2016

Who we are

The Society of Authors is a trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. We have been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession for more than a century. 

Why we need you

In the past couple of years the SoA’s profile has gone from strength to strength and we are now called upon frequently by Government and the media to provide the author's perspective on key issues.

We are looking for a highly skilled communications professional to head up our communications and member outreach team and to support us in our ambition to expand the reach and impact of our organisation.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

External communications

To be directly involved in and take overall responsibility for the SoA’s outward communications, across all functions and channels, working with all departments and staff to promote our activities and to increase the profile of the organisation.

  • Manage and develop the communications strategy, our brand values and oversee implementation.
  • Oversee and contribute to the creation promotional copy and materials.
  • Develop our wide range of print and digital publications by researching, compiling, writing, designing and proofing publications in liaison with key staff.
  • Work with our Digital Communications Manager to review the website and social media coverage and its place in our overall communications strategy.
  • Manage our outward news function and strategy, monitoring external and internal events and activities and coordinate responses.
  • Build the press and media profile of the SoA as a source of expertise about authors, their rights and interests.
  • Support the CEO in lobbying and media activity, to include monitoring and researching key issues; drafting press releases and Government submissions; liaising with MPs, Government and other key stakeholders, and commissioning key research to provide robust data to support our lobbying activity.
  • Increase engagement with other organisations within the industry and trade associations.
Member outreach 

To oversee and develop our membership outreach strategy and to expand the membership. 

  • Develop and implement existing and new membership recruitment and retention strategies, in liaison with the Membership department, Management Committee and key staff.
  • Review and expand our membership benefits.
  • Work closely with the Membership department to consider ideas for development of the current membership system and processes.
Internal communications and management

To ensure effective internal communications between staff, Management Committee, Council, group committees and members. 

  • Schedule and chair communications briefings and meetings.
  • Report and present strategy, plans, evaluations and feedback to various stakeholders, including the Management Committee.
  • Ensure all staff are aware of communications activities and develop relationships across the organisation to ensure all departments and activities are represented.
  • Offer guidance, training and support to staff involved in communications activities.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

The successful candidate will be a confident and enthusiastic communications professional with a strong track record and the ability to see the small detail as well as the big picture. They will be highly skilled in communicating with a broad spectrum of audiences through a variety of print and online channels in a personable and engaging style.

Practical and hands-on, they will have experience managing a small team and be comfortable negotiating with a wide range of stakeholders. The successful candidate will have a good knowledge of recruitment and retention strategies for membership growth and the ability to create organisational strategies while still caring about every last comma.

Essential experience/skills:

  • Experience in a membership organisation with membership services and recruitment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Strategic thinking
  • Analytical with the ability to think creatively
  • Design, using Adobe InDesign and Illustrator
  • Copywriting
  • Research
  • People management and negotiation
  • Organisation and time management
  • Current understanding of websites and social media platforms
  • Proficient in Word, Excel

Desirable experience/skills: 

  • PR experience 
  • Lobbying and experience with Government and public affairs
  • A love of literature and an interest in publishing

Salary: £35-45,000 depending on experience

This is a full-time position based from our office at 84 Drayton Gardens.

If you feel this role is for you, we would love to hear from you. Please email your CV and covering letter to Anna Ganley at AGanley@societyofauthors.org by Tuesday 31 May.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. All interviews will be carried out in June, with a view to the successful candidate starting in August 2016.

The Society of Authors is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Posted 19 May 2016

We're looking for a bright and enthusiastic Receptionist/Administrative Assistant to join our busy front office team. A brilliant first job for a confident self-starter with a love of literature, wishing to gain insight into all aspects of the literary world.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

You will share the administration of the front office with our other full-time Receptionist/Administrative Assistant. Duties include:

  • Managing the telephone switchboard and answering queries
  • Managing the general enquiry email account
  • Managing incoming/outgoing post
  • Dealing with membership and subscription enquiries 
  • Using and updating the membership database 
  • Adding content to the website
  • Assisting with events, including some evening and weekend work

Essential experience/skills:

  • Confident working in a front-of-office environment
  • Excellent communication and telephone skills
  • Strong IT skills, including Microsoft Office and Outlook 
  • Excellent attention to detail 
  • Good level of literacy and maths 
  • Ability to prioritise effectively and to complete tasks to deadlines 
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently
  • A personable and proficient manner
Salary: £18,500

 

This is a full-time position based from our office at 84 Drayton Gardens.

If you would like to join our busy frontline team, we would love to hear from you. Please email your CV and covering letter to Anna Ganley at AGanley@societyofauthors.org by Tuesday 31 May.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Interviews will be carried out on Thursday 2 June, with a view to the successful candidate starting on Monday 6 June 2016, if possible.

The Society of Authors is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Download the job description >>

 

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