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Program Officer

Writing NSW is looking for a talented and enthusiastic Program Officer to help administer our lively program of courses and other services for writers.

Under the direction of the Program Manager and Senior Program Officer, you will coordinate the logistics of our professional development program, contribute to strategies for future programming and help coordinate promotion of the program through our weekly e-newsletter, digital platforms, print publications and other channels.

You will have experience in administration within an arts or adult education environment, as well as strong communication and digital skills. Your interest in writers and engagement with the writing community will equip you to help in delivering our professional development program. You will be creative, energetic, flexible and an excellent communicator and team player, with the ability to manage multiple projects at a time. Consultative, but also able to work independently, you will demonstrate a rigorous attention to detail and a determination to get things right.

This is a 0.6 position (3 days per week), with some weekend and evening work required. The salary package will be pro rata of a full-time annual package of $45-50,000 including superannuation, depending on experience.

Applications should include your CV, a cover letter addressing the selection criteria (below) and contact details for at least two professional referees. Applications should be emailed to by midnight on Sunday 16 June 2019.

Writing NSW welcomes applications from Indigenous people and those from diverse backgrounds.

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For further information, contact Julia Tsalis at

Selection criteria: Program Officer

  • Experience in administration within an arts or adult education environment
  • Demonstrated interest in writers and engagement with the writing community
  • Digital experience, eg: in website content, e-newsletters and/or online learning platforms
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at a time with meticulous attention to budgets, schedules and record-keeping
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, while ensuring managers and colleagues are kept informed
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work constructively and consultatively as part of a small team and to liaise with external speakers, partner organisations, media and others
  • Ability to contribute to programming and promotional planning
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on tasks as required



Writing NSW is looking for two enthusiastic, creative people with an interest in writers and writing to join our volunteer intern program in the second half of 2019.

This is an excellent opportunity for emerging arts workers with an interest in literature, communications or arts management to develop their skills by working with our talented and supportive team.

As one of our interns, you will produce online content, work on digital and other projects, contribute to communications strategies, liaise with publishers and the broader writing community, help manage our library, assist at events, and undertake general administration tasks as required.

Each of the interns will work one day per week from July-December 2019 at our office in Callan Park, Lilyfield. You will work closely with our Membership & Development Officer and Project and Communications Officer, under the direction of our CEO. You will receive a transport and meal allowance for each day you work and will be able to undertake a short course at Writing NSW free of charge, subject to availability.

To apply, please submit a one-page letter telling us why you would be the right person for this opportunity together with your CV and contact details for two referees. Applications should emailed to by midnight on Wednesday 12 June. Writing NSW welcomes applications from Indigenous people and people from diverse backgrounds.


Writing NSW encourages the submission of proposals to include in our twice-yearly course programming rounds. We schedule courses in March/April (for June-December of the same year) and in August/September (for January-June of the following year).

If you are a writer or author with experience teaching/tutoring, or if you have significant experience working in a relevant field with industry expertise, we will consider your proposal during the planning stages of our program.

To be considered you must complete the Expression of Interest form.


Located in beautiful Callan Park, Lilyfield, Writing NSW is the premier writing organisation in the state, providing support to writers from all backgrounds and at all stages of their careers. A not-for-profit organisation, we run a lively program of courses, workshops and events as well as providing a range of services to our members and the broader writing community. Writing NSW receives funding from Create NSW, the Australia Council and the Inner West Council.