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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 11,700 members and 25 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, regional and 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.

It's an organisation where you can grow and develop and is also a great place to work. Our working culture is collaborative, friendly and supportive. What's more, we’ve recently moved into bright, modern offices located in a vibrant part of Bloomsbury.
 

Benefits

We're a member of London's thriving Knowledge Quarter and a London Living Wage Accredited Employer offering our staff attractive benefits, including:
  • Living-Wage-Employer-Logo-(1).PNGFlexible working practices
  • Generous annual leave 
  • Generous employer contributions to a stakeholder pension plan
  • Death-in-service benefit
  • Private healthcare options
  • Interest-free annual travel card loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Ongoing development opportunities
Join us to make a positive difference for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators.

Current vacancies

Temporary Membership Assistant

  • 3-month contract with the potential to extend
  • £19,500 pa pro rata
  • Home-based initially
  • June start

An excellent entry-level role in the publishing industry for someone with first-class customer service and call-handling skills.

Application deadline: Tuesday 25 May. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

>> Download the job description and application details

Email Anna Ganley with your CV and covering letter and/or with any questions about this temporary role.

The SoA is committed to championing diversity, equality and inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from a broad range of social, cultural and educational backgrounds and underrepresented backgrounds.

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.

Find your perfect role in the creative industries

Creative Careers is an initiative by the UK creative industries to make it easier for young people to find careers in the creative industries. Find out more.


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 with us.

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