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Staff.jpgAbout us

The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators. We've been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession since 1884.

With over 12,000 members and 29 staff, the SoA provides unlimited, free advice on all aspects of the writing profession, including the confidential, clause-by-clause vetting of publishing agreements, publications and a wide range of benefits.

We empower authors through campaigning, professional training, events, conferences, special interest groups and community networks. We also manage around 15 charities which provide prizes and grants to writers, and we manage over 50 literary estates.

Our Values
 
The SoA is an organisation where everyone can grow and develop, and it's also a great place to work. Our working culture is collaborative, friendly and supportive. We’re located in bright, modern offices on Bedford Row at the heart of vibrant Bloomsbury.
 

Inclusion, diversity and representation are at the core of our values. We are an organisation that aims to tackle structural discrimination and prejudice. Part of this commitment means we are looking to increase diversity in our organisation at all levels and in all forms. We therefore strongly encourage applications from a broad range of social, cultural, educational and underrepresented backgrounds.

 

Benefits
As a progressive and ethical not-for-profit organisation, we offer a range of benefits to support your physical, mental and financial wellbeing. We're a London Living Wage Accredited Employer and we're Disability Confident. Benefits include:

  • Living-Wage-Employer-Logo-(1).PNGCompetitive salary
  • Flexible, family-friendly, disability confident working practices
  • Generous annual leave, including all bank holidays
  • Generous employer contributions to a stakeholder pension plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee perks scheme
  • dc_badge1-(002).pngPrivate healthcare options
  • Interest-free annual travel card loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Death-in-service benefit
  • Ongoing development opportunities
  • Office closure over Christmas
Join us to make a positive difference for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators.

Current vacancies

Membership Administrator

Contract: Permanent
Hours per week: Full time (35 hours)
Location: Office-based, with potential for hybrid working arrangements
Remuneration: £22,000 per annum
Reports to: Head of Member Services

As part of our member services team, you will assist with the smooth-running of activities in our busy office. We’re looking for a tech-confident person to help with routine membership processes and database functions. You will be responsible for fielding incoming calls and emails to the info@ email address. You will also assist with the testing and introduction of a new CRM database, as well as updating the membership section of the website.

Download the full role description

Apply

To apply for this role please email Anna Ganley at AGanley@societyofauthors.org by Monday 3 October 2022. When applying, please email your CV together with your letter of application. We are happy to accept your application in alternative formats if required. All applications will be acknowledged.

Interviews will be conducted on Zoom in the first instance, week commencing 3 October onwards. If you have any access needs, please let us know.

It would be an advantage if candidates could start some time during in October.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our values - we endeavour to tackle structural discrimination and prejudice wherever we see it. Part of this commitment means we are looking to increase the diversity in our organisation at all levels. We strongly encourage applications from a broad range of social, cultural, educational and underrepresented backgrounds. We will consider part-time working covering core working hours.

Temporary Membership/Office Assistant

Contract: Temporary – 3-month contract
Hours per week: Full time (35 Hours)
Location: Office-based, with potential for hybrid working arrangements
Remuneration: £22,000 per annum
Reports to: Head of Member Services
Start date: By November 2022

We’re looking for a temporary Membership/Office Assistant to join our busy team. Our offices are based in Bloomsbury, London. The role offers the potential for hybrid working after initial training.

As part of our member services team, you would assist with the smooth-running of activities in our busy London office. We’re looking for a tech-confident person to help with routine membership processes and database functions. 

After training, you would also be required to provide Reception cover 1-2 days per week, and to provide holiday and sickness cover for our Office and Facilities Manager.

Download the role description

Apply

To apply for this role please email Anna Ganley at AGanley@societyofauthors.org by Monday 3 October 2022. When applying, please email your CV together with your letter of application. We are happy to accept your application in alternative formats if required. All applications will be acknowledged.

Interviews will be conducted on Zoom in the first instance, week commencing 3 October onwards. If you have any access needs, please let us know.

It would be an advantage if candidates could start some time during in October.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our values - we endeavour to tackle structural discrimination and prejudice wherever we see it. Part of this commitment means we are looking to increase the diversity in our organisation at all levels. We strongly encourage applications from a broad range of social, cultural, educational and underrepresented backgrounds. We will consider part-time working covering core working hours.   

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Financial support

The Book Trade Charity offers financial help to applicants (particularly those under the age of 30) looking for jobs in the book trade, including help with interview costs, affordable housing and accommodation. Find out more.

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Volunteer with us

As a member of the Society of Authors there are lots of ways you can get involved. From volunteering on our Management Committee or on a Special Interest Group Committee, through to running a local group in your area. 

If you're interested in getting involved with the work of the Society of Authors, get in touch.