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Are you an excellent communicator with:

  • The motivation and insight to advocate for authors’ rights in the Northern Irish literature, publishing, broadcast and media sectors?
  • The ambition to curate a professional development and outreach programme for authors across Northern Ireland, assisting them to build more sustainable creative careers?
  • The desire to empower individual authors with information and advice, helping them to maximise their potential, and equip them with key business skills?
  • The passion, skills and expertise to diagnose and prioritise issues, win support and organise collective action?
  • An extensive network of contacts throughout the publishing sector with organisations, author communities, and government departments at Stormont?
  • The gravitas to influence executive and government thinking and policy? If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

The Society of Authors is the UK's largest trade union representing all types of writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators at all stages of their careers, regardless of how their work finds its audience.

Working on behalf of author communities in Northern Ireland, we seek a Senior Policy and Liaison Manager to represent author interests.

You will play an essential role influencing the development of government policy and industry practice for the benefit of all authors in Northern Ireland. As a personable and skilled communicator, you will be as effective at advising individual authors as you are at lobbying Members of the Legislative Assembly.

Although physically based in Northern Ireland, this role will sit within the SoA’s UK Policy and Campaigns team. You will receive comprehensive support and input from the SoA staff team, and we will consult widely with our members in Northern Ireland on strategy plans, and more widely within the Northern Irish literature sector, you will also access the professional networks of interested organisations and individuals.

Fixed term contract: 12-month role with potential to extend

Hours: Part-time (17.5 hrs)

Salary: £36,000 pro rata

Location: Home-working, Northern Ireland-based. Possibility to work at a shared office space.

Closing date

Applications for this post closed 11:59pm on Friday 17th February 2023