Development Manager

Reports to: Head of Comms and the CEO

Job Type: Permanent

Basic hours per week: Full-time, flexible working considered

Remuneration: £26-£30,000 pa depending on experience

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Help us to engage and empower authors, poets, screenwriters, translators and illustrators at all stages of their careers, in our aim to build stronger, local professional networks and make our advisory resources and professional development accessible to all.

The Role                      

The exciting new role of Development Manager has been created to help us to implement a joined-up strategy for our Local Development Programme, which aims to engage and empower authors, poets, screenwriters, translators and illustrators, at all stages of their careers, throughout the UK.

Initially you will service our current local groups and regional branches and organise events outside London, including our Authors North and Authors Everywhere programmes. Part of your role will be to manage engagement with our member-volunteers via our Facebook Groups.

Whilst doing this, you will work on our Local Development Programme, making funding applications to the Arts Council and other funding bodies, ensuring there are sufficient resources to implement our vision to have representatives based across the UK. Once representatives are appointed you will then coordinate and manage activity in the regions.

You will work closely with our Events, Communications, Membership and Prizes teams to programme events and activities aimed at improving the business skills and continued professional development of writers, keeping them informed of funding and work opportunities, and providing writers with vital professional community networks. You will also work with our Events Manager to integrate an annual strand of events to promote our awards, prizes and prize-winners.


This new role will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Creating and implementing a joined-up strategy for our local development programme, to include the provision of a professional resource for writers, in liaison with the SoA advisory team.
  • Preparing budgets for the local development programme and liaising with the Arts Council and other bodies on applications for grant and sponsorship funding.
  • Working with ALCS to share information on secondary licensing and other revenue opportunities in the regions.
  • Working with our Awards and Prizes team on a programme of activity to raise awareness of our awards, prizes and prize-winners.
  • Developing current, and creating new and innovative partnerships with writer development agencies, festivals and other organisations in the regions.
  • Organising and attending our Authors Everywhere and Authors North events.
  • Compiling and maintaining lists of local venues and speakers for the regions.
  • Working with our communications and membership teams to promote our Student and emerging writer membership categories.
  • Developing our university outreach programme as part of our regional activity.
  • Point of contact and marketing support for all our local groups and local chapter meetings.
  • Working closely with the Events Manager to promote regional events to the relevant segments of the membership and mailing lists.
  • Liaising with our Communications team over the marketing strategy and implementation of the local development programme using online channels including the website, Eventbrite, Mailchimp and social media.
  • Writing local events communications to members and other mailing lists.
  • Updating the SoA website with all UK-wide group event listings.

Person specification

To be successful in this role you will need to be:

  • An excellent project manager with exceptional organisational skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Solid experience in event management: experienced in the creation of event concepts through to delivery.
  • Strong financial skills with a talent for budgeting.
  • Experience in writing grant applications an advantage.
  • An innovator with a hands-on and collaborative approach.
  • Great people and communication skills with the ability to be firm and authoritative where necessary.
  • An understanding of membership organisations is desirable but not essential.

This post is currently based from our office in South Kensington, however we will be moving to a new office in Bloomsbury in spring 2019. Some weekend work and travel throughout the UK is required for this role. Flexible and remote working will be considered.

Benefits include a staff pension scheme and private healthcare.

To apply for this role please email your CV and covering letter, stating your current salary, to Anna Ganley at by 8 July. Interviews will be carried out in July and August with a view to the successful applicant being in post by September 2018.

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The SoA is committed to championing equality, inclusivity and diversity. We seek to attract applicants from a broad range of different social, cultural and educational backgrounds and we encourage applications from under-represented backgrounds. 

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