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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 Manager, 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. You will have a keen interest in writers and engagement with the writing community. You will be professional, 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.

This is a full-time position with some weekend and evening work included. The salary package will be $60-68,000 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 by midnight on Sunday 17 March 2024.

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

We’re looking for the right candidate and will consider applications from strong candidates who possess most but not all of the selection criteria.

For a full position description, click here.

For further information, contact Rowena Tuziak at

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 or content management systems
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and schedules at a time with meticulous attention to detail
  • 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, and others
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on tasks as required


Writing NSW encourages the submission of proposals to include in our three seasons of course programming: January-April; May-August; September-December. We generally schedule courses around six months in advance, and our Expressions of Interest are always open.

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.


Our internship program 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.

Writing NSW interns produce online content, work on digital and other projects, contribute to communications strategies, liaise with writers and the broader writing community, help to manage our library, assist at events, and undertake general office administration tasks as required. Internships take place at our office in Callan Park, Lilyfield. They work closely with our Membership and Operations Coordinator, Administration Officer, Project and Communications Officer and Professional Development Officer, under the direction of our CEO.

Applications are currently closed. Please contact us to be notified of future Writing NSW internship opportunities.

Writing NSW is located in the heritage-listed Garry Owen House, in beautiful Callan Park, Lilyfield. As the premier writing organisation in the state, Writing NSW provides 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, Creative Australia and the Inner West Council.

For more information about getting to Writing NSW, as well as accessibility, please visit our Location page.

Writing NSW acknowledges all the First Nations people of what is now the state of NSW and pays respects to their elders and storytellers, past, present and emerging.

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