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Professional Development Officer

Writing NSW is looking for a talented and enthusiastic Professional Development Officer who will work closely with the writing community to administer our exciting program of face-to-face and online courses and other services for writers.

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

You will have experience in administering training programs 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 set strategic directions for 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 full-time position, with some weekend and evening work required. The salary package will be $55-65,000 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 submitted to jobs@writingnsw.org.au by midnight on Sunday 18 July 2021.

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

For a full position description, click here.

For further information, contact Julia Tsalis at jobs@writingnsw.org.au

Selection criteria: Professional Development Officer

  • Experience in administering training programs within an arts or adult education environment
  • Demonstrated interest in writers and engagement with the writing community
  • Ability to think strategically and to make a creative contribution to programming and promotional planning
  • Strong digital skills, including experience with 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
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on tasks as required

Located in beautiful Callan Park, Lilyfield, Writing NSW is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support to writers at all stages of their careers. 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. We receive funding from Create NSW, the Australia Council and Inner West Council.


Teach

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.


Internships

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Writing NSW have suspended their internships. Contact us with any questions.

Writing NSW has two different internship periods. The first is from January until June, and the second is from July until December.

Each half year, we look for three enthusiastic, creative people with an interest in writers and writing to join our volunteer intern program.

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 our interns work one day per week at our office in Callan Park, Lilyfield. They work closely with our Membership & Administration Officer, Project and Communications Officer and Program Officer, under the direction of our CEO. Our interns receive a transport and meal allowance for each day of work and they are able to undertake a short course at Writing NSW free of charge, subject to availability.

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 face-to-face and online 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.

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