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April 2018: Jobs & Opportunities Round-up

Our monthly round-up of opportunities combining books and technology. If you have any opportunities you would like to submit, please get in touch.


Reference & Digital Marketing Director – HarperCollins

Deadline: Not specified. Please apply ASAP.

Collins has been publishing educational and informative books for almost 200 years. Throughout this rich heritage we have maintained an impressive record in creating market-leading products across various sectors. Our publishing for schools continues to deliver up-to-date and engaging student resources and exceptional teacher support to help schools tackle new initiatives and utilise the latest technology. We produce resources for UK and International curricula to support teachers and pupils at school and outside the classroom environment.

Our Collins Learning division is looking for a Reference and Digital Marketing Director to join their team to develop, deliver and inform Collins reference customer, brand and consumer strategies. The successful candidate will also develop divisional ecommerce and data strategy.

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Digital Content Assistant – HarperCollins

Deadline: Not specified. Please apply ASAP.

HarperCollins is one of the UK’s foremost, diverse and innovative multi-platform publishers. We publish a wide range of books, from cutting-edge contemporary fiction, to block-busting thrillers and from fantasy literature to children’s literature and enduring classics. We also publish a great selection of non-fiction titles, including history, celebrity memoirs, biographies, popular science, dictionaries, maps, reference titles and education books, and our digital business is thriving. With nearly 200 years of history, we publish some of the world’s foremost authors, from Nobel prize-winners to worldwide bestsellers. In addition, we also publish the works of Agatha Christie, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Our Digital division are looking for a Digital Content Assistant to join their team for a 14 month FTC. The ebooks team work in a variety of areas including; improving the current catalogue, expanding the catalogue, preparing for future ebooks and services to support Publishing Divisions. The role of the Digital Content Assistant is to develop, test and QA a range of content for digital products primarily those related to backlist ebook publishing programme. As part of this, the Digital Content Assistant will also work alongside the Contracts team to investigate backlist ebook rights and update the rights database with eBook rights information. The role will also assist the Digital Content Manager with work on new formats, accessibility and other format projects.

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Head of Creative Programme, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Deadline: 6th Apr 2018

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is seeking to recruit a Head of Creative Programme to develop and deliver an ambitious, diverse, high-quality programme of activity aimed at stimulating our local, national and international visitors into new ways of seeing and thinking about Shakespeare. This is a new role within the organisation made possible by the award of NPO (Arts Council England National Portfolio) status from April 2018.

The successful candidate will have significant experience of working as a creative producer. They will have commissioned and developed work with artists across a range of media from the visual to the performing arts, including digital. They will already have credibility within the cultural sector; and will have a track-record of networking with creatives in the UK.
We are flexible on the working pattern which can be discussed at interview.

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Spread the Word: Call for New Trustees

Deadline: 6th April 2018

Spread the Word is here to help London’s writers make their mark – on the page, the screen and in the world. We do this by kickstarting the careers of London’s best new writers, and energetically campaigning to ensure that publishing truly reflects the diversity of the city. We support the creative and professional development of writing talent, by engaging those already interested in literature and those who will be, and by advocating on behalf of both.

We’re specifically looking for Trustees with skills in legal, financial and HR – but of equal importance is finding people who share our ambition to support writers from diverse and underprivileged backgrounds to ensure that Londoners get to read, hear and see stories that are truly reflective of our capital city.

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Bibliographic Coordinator – Penguin Random House Children’s

Deadline: 8th April 2018

Do you enjoy making sure everyone’s got the right information?

We are now looking for a Bibliographic Coordinator for our Penguin Random House Children’s division, using rich and accurate metadata to increase sales and make sure our author’s works are discoverable.

By bringing together the greatest stories, brands and authors of any global children’s publisher, Penguin Random House Children’s are here to help create and rediscover heroes for each new generation, and accurate bibliographical records plays a vital part in the success of every book.

This is a challenging administrative role supporting our publishing divisions, helping our editorial teams to efficiently push their books throughout the publication process.

You’ll be responsible for New Edition set up on our systems, Biblio B3, SAP and Vista, scheduling changes and updating metadata, doing Ebook set up and managing classification codes.

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Publishing Traineeship, And Other Stories – Sheffield

Deadline: 9th April 2018

If you are excited about literary publishing, and are from a black, Asian, minority ethnic or an underprivileged (low-income) or marginalised background (full criteria below) and are looking to begin a career in the creative industries, then the And Other Stories’ one-year Publishing Traineeship could be for you. Starting June 2018, And Other Stories will hire one Publishing Trainee each year to give people from backgrounds who are not traditionally represented within publishing a fantastic kick-start to their career. In your traineeship you will have the chance to learn about different areas of an independent publishing business and the wider publishing industry, develop your professional network, and improve your chances of future employability. You will also get the opportunity to go on secondment to other amazing literary businesses in the Sheffield City Region.

What’s the organisation all about?
The business is And Other Stories, a not-for-profit literary publishing house that is developing a reputation for innovation and success. The business wants you to be a part of a new chapter in their story and to get a foot in the door of publishing. The business took on Nichola Smalley in her first publishing job as trainee publicist in May 2015, and she is now a highly valued member of the team; similarly the aim of this programme is to keep trainees on at end of the training year when possible, or to help them find other publishing work opportunities through our knowledge of the industry. As a Community Interest Company, And Other Stories lives by its values – directed by its supporters, ecologically-minded and sustainable, and promoting diversity in publishing, to name just a few!

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Digital Editor – Poetry London

Deadline: 10th April 2018

Poetry London is looking to recruit a new Digital Editor for the magazine.

Poetry London, founded in 1988, is a leading international poetry magazine published three times a year in Spring, Summer and Autumn, where new writers share pages with acclaimed contemporary poets.

Our core mission is to attract and publish vibrant new poetry – as well as incisive literary criticism and innovative feature articles on the poetry environment – for a growing audience of enthusiastic readers, and thus enlarge the readership for and enjoyment of contemporary poetry.

The person appointed to the role of Digital Editor will work closely with the Poetry Editor, Co-editor and Reviews Editor to maintain the magazine’s website and to develop a new digital presence for the magazine via various forms of social and digital media.

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Head of Digital (Consultant) – The Reader

Deadline: 17th April 2018

The Reader is looking for a consultant Head of Digital, to lead the transformation of its digital infrastructure over the next 18 months. This is an opportunity to work for a fast-paced organisation that is scaling its unique model of Shared Reading to build stronger and more supportive communities across the UK. We’re looking for an experienced Digital professional who can bring strong leadership skills and commitment to a user-driven design process. You’ll have experience of developing an overarching digital strategy and be able to understand and define business needs and then manage the development of a range of digital products to meet those needs.

This project is about defining, leading and delivering a digital strategy for The Reader. We are investing in digital services to help us better attract, recruit, train and support volunteers as we grow our national model and to achieve better outcomes for the people we read with. We want technology to be an embedded thread running through our Shared Reading model, which strengthens our model as we bring it to new communities. Therefore, we’re looking for an experienced digital professional who can grasp and further develop organisational strategy and enjoy working with a range of people, internally and externally, to further enhance it.

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Library & Discover Liaison – Bloomsbury

Deadline: 18th April 2018

Bloomsbury Digital Resources is looking for a meticulous metadata expert to help drive the visibility of our databases in library systems and online services. You will need to engage with Bloomsbury colleagues, academic librarians, industry standards and third-party suppliers in order to understand how our products fit into academic workflows and library systems, and to ensure that they are fully and optimally integrated with those systems. You will work across all of our academic databases (including Drama OnlineBloomsbury Fashion Central and Bloomsbury Collections), helping a global user base of academic researchers and students to find and use our content.

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The BAME Traineeship 2018 – HarperCollins

Deadline: 19th April 2018

We tell stories for everyone. Our authors, who make that happen, are the core and heart of our business, and we’re proud to publish many from around the world, from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Yiyun. To tell those stories, we need our business to represent as many people as possible: people like you.

We were the first Publisher back in 2011 to work closely with Creative Access, to provide internship opportunities for young people from BAME backgrounds.  In 2016, we launched our own BAME (black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic) traineeship, the first of its kind in the publishing industry. We launched it because we are committed to diversity and inclusivity and we wanted to lead the way in shaking up our industry.  Our current business does not reflect our wider society as much as we think it should. Diversity is central to our success as a business, apart from being the right thing to do, we also want to reach the wider consumer market and therefore we are taking positive action to address this. After another successful traineeship in 2017, we’ve decided to do it again for a third year as the talent we employ has been exceptional.

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