New Writing North is the creative writing and reading development agency for the North of England. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, we have produced nationally significant work since 1996. We are a committed team of 18, a registered charity, and a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
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.
New Writing North’s 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’ programmes; community-based programmes; writing for wellbeing activities, and the commissioning of new writing.
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. In recent years we have been developing our place-based working in adult communities in Newcastle, Gateshead and Durham. In September we will be embarking on a programme funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation over three years which will build on and develop new co-creative relationships with communities in the West End and Outer West of Newcastle.
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.
For a full picture of our work please visit our website.
Closing date: Friday 12 August 2022
Invitation to interview by: Thursday 18 August 2022
Interview dates: Wednesday 24 August 2022