New Writing South is recruiting a new Programme/Deputy Director

September 7, 2023
A performer at the coast is queer. Reading on stage wearing a pair of wire wings.

New Writing South is recruiting a new Programme/Deputy Director.

This new, future-facing role is a key leadership position, responsible for co-developing the strategic direction of the organisation. With a focus on seeking and creating new opportunities for writers, the Programme/Deputy Director will plan and oversee the delivery of innovative professional development programmes, literary events and creative projects.

It is an exciting time to join the New Writing South team, at the start of a new NPO funding period with room to bring bold new ideas that complement and develop our pioneering work, for example The Coast is Queer LGBTQ+ Literature Festival and the Crawley Working Class Writers Collective.  

This is a permanent part-time role, 4 days per week, offering a salary of £38,000 – £40,000 pro rata, depending on experience.

For more information and to apply, please download the Application Pack. Once you have applied, please also complete the Equality and Diversity Form.

The application pack contains a Job Description, Person Specification and a link to the Equality and Diversity Form. To apply will be asked to supply a CV and covering letter explaining why you think you are suitable and what you would bring to the role.  

We are particularly keen to receive applications from people of colour, trans and disabled applicants, in recognition of the fact that these groups are currently underrepresented in the sector, and can guarantee an interview for all those who demonstrate how they meet the ‘essential’ criteria in the Person Specification below.

If you would like to submit your application form in another format or require this information pack in a different font or format, please contact to discuss a suitable alternative.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 24th September 2023.

Shortlisted applicants only will be notified on 26th September 2023. Interviews will take place in the week beginning 2nd October 2023. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to complete a short task in advance of the interview. 

If you would like an informal chat about the role up to 4.00pm on 21st September, please email and we will get back to you to arrange a time to speak.

Thank you very much for your interest in working with New Writing South.