Publisher Relations Manager

Closing date: 10am, Monday 4 January 2021

Salary: £28,500 per year

Contract: Fixed term until 31 August 2021

Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week

Location: London SW8 with potential for home and flexible working

Interviews: Online on Monday 11 January 2021

We are on a mission to give children and young people from disadvantaged communities the literacy skills to succeed in life. You could join us as Publisher Relations Manager.

This new role will work with publishers and authors to help deliver our exciting Connecting Stories partnership with Arts Council England.

What you’ll be doing

We have secured funding from Arts Council England to deliver Connecting Stories, a partnership with publishers, authors and the literature sector working in targeted communities around the country. Using our existing local contacts and expertise, the project will engage children and young people and motivate them to become readers and writers. Activities will include events with schools (online and in person), a creative writing competition, an exhibition and anthology of children’s work, and “walk and talk” trails.

Based in our development team, you will work closely with those in our programmes and communications teams who will be delivering project activity and campaigns. Your role will be to recruit publishers and authors to be part of Connecting Stories, as well as supporting publisher and author activity more widely across the organisation.

You will negotiate and oversee book donations, support content, permissions and copyright processes, and ensure we capture all publisher-related activity across the charity. You will also help engage authors in our events including dinners, programmatic activity and fundraising or promotional campaigns.

What we’re looking for

You will have strong experience of managing relationships with key stakeholders such as clients or funders. Experience of working with publishers and authors is essential, and you will have excellent working knowledge of the publishing industry, particularly children’s books. You will be a clear and confident communicator, able to talk with people at all levels, and have strong administration skills, including use of a CRM database to support relationship management.

Why our work is so vital

One person in six has poor literacy skills that impact on every area of their life. A child without good literacy skills will struggle to succeed at school, and as an adult they could be locked out of the job market. Poverty doubles the likelihood that, by the age of five, a child’s literacy skills will be below average.

The National Literacy Trust is dedicated to improving the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of those who need it most, giving them the best possible chance of success in school, work and life. We run Literacy Hubs and campaigns in communities where low levels of literacy and social mobility are seriously impacting people’s lives. We support schools and early years settings to deliver outstanding literacy provision, and we campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians, businesses and parents. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy and drive our interventions. Literacy is a vital element of action against poverty and our work changes children’s life stories.

What we offer you

As well as a competitive salary, we offer benefits including a generous leave allowance totalling 39 days (including bank holidays and office closure between Christmas and New Year), pensions contributions of 8% of annual salary, a cycle to work scheme, season ticket loans, employee assistance programme and other health and wellbeing benefits.

We support flexible working and promote a workplace where you can be yourself and contribute to our success, whoever you are.

Application details

Our people are our most important asset and we value and respect diversity in all its forms (seen and unseen). We particularly welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates, candidates with disabilities and candidates from the communities in which we work. We would like to increase representation of these groups among our staff as we know greater diversity will lead to an even greater impact for our work.

For more information and to apply, download the files below.

Please also complete our online equal opportunities monitoring form when you submit your application.

Unfortunately, we are unable to respond individually to applications so if you have not heard from us by the advertised interview date, this means we have not been able to shortlist your application this time.

Please note we do not accept CVs. No agencies or recruitment sites.