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Job Opportunity: The PTC is seeking a Publisher

The Poetry Translation Centre is seeking a Publisher to join our small and dynamic team. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with poetry or translation experience, an international outlook and an entrepreneurial spirit. A proven track record in publishing contemporary poetry is desirable. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from diaspora heritage backgrounds.

About the PTC

The Poetry Translation Centre was established by the poet Sarah Maguire in 2004, to introduce new audiences to leading poets from around the world, as well as better understand and celebrate the diverse communities who have made their home in the UK.

We publish award-winning books, organise poetry tours and deliver hands-on translation workshops that are open and inclusive to all. We offer free online resources including a popular dual-language poetry podcast and an extensive web archive of poems in translation. Our Undertow programme supports the development of young poets and translators, while the biennial Sarah Maguire Prize, first awarded in 2020, spotlights the very best books in the field of poetry translation. 

The PTC is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. The Centre has been regularly funded by Arts Council England since 2006, and since April 2012 has been a National Portfolio Organisation. The Chair of our Board is Octavia Lamb.

More information about the PTC can be found here.

Our publishing programme

In 2019 the PTC launched the World Poet Series, a beautiful series of slim pocket-sized books in bilingual editions. These books make available to an English-language audience some of the most exciting contemporary voices from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Poets we have published include Coral Bracho, Bejan Matur, Yu Yoyo and Maxamed Ibraahin Warsame ‘Hadraawi’.

We publish four World Poet Series titles per year (two new and two expanded reissues). We also publish full-length single-author collections under our own imprint, as well as a biennial anthology of poets shortlisted for the Sarah Maguire Prize.

The Role

We are seeking a part-time Publisher to take our publishing programme to the next level. Together with the PTC’s Publications and Office Manager, you will work across the World Poet Series, the single-author collections and the Sarah Maguire Prize Anthology. You will publish high-quality poetry translations, bringing together international poets, translators and leading UK poets to work collaboratively. You will develop relationships with retailers, distributors and special sales partners, and grow our sales in the UK and internationally. You will be responsible for the management of the biennial Sarah Maguire Prize, managing submissions and convening the judging panel. You will line-manage the PTC’s intern, who will play a supporting role across publications, the Sarah Maguire Prize and communications.

Depending on your interests you may also contribute to other areas of the PTC’s work e.g. our workshops programme, artist residencies, schools outreach etc.

This is a senior position at the PTC, and you will play a central role in shaping the organisation’s artistic and strategic vision as well as representing the organisation in public. You will have the support and expertise of the PTC’s Artistic Advisory Board, with whom you will meet on a regular basis throughout the year.

You will be joining us at an exciting time, as we shape our next four-year organisational business plan and prepare our application to join Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for 2023 onwards.

The position is 3 days per week (0.6 Full Time Equivalent or FTE), and is based at the PTC’s office in Deptford, south-east London, with flexible working options.

Key Responsibilities

  • Editorial/production: manage the editorial and production process, including commissioning poets and translators, editing texts, scheduling, budgeting and liaising with publishers, freelancers and suppliers
  • Sales: develop and maintain key relationships with co-publishers, retailers and distributors; seek out new opportunities for PTC book sales
  • Sarah Maguire Prize for Poetry in Translation: manage submissions through Submittable, recruit and convene judging panel, liaise with shortlisted publishers to prepare the anthology
  • Intern: line-manage and supervise, including goal-setting and review meetings
  • Artistic advisory board: arrange and attend up to 3 meetings per year
  • Fundraising: submit applications related to PTC publications; contribute to other bids as appropriate
  • Contribute to other areas of the PTC’s artistic programme as appropriate
  • Contribute to project evaluation and reporting to funders
  • Play a central role in shaping the PTC’s artistic and strategic vision
  • Represent the PTC e.g. at conferences and festivals

Person Specification

Essential

  • Up-to-date knowledge of UK poetries and poetics
  • Understanding of and passion for translation
  • Respect for and openness to diverse literary traditions
  • Relevant experience in publishing and editing
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Experience of budget management
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter who can work independently and flexibly in a small team

Desirable

  • Proven track record in publishing contemporary poetry
  • Experience of working for an arts organisation or charity
  • Experience of writing or contributing to fundraising bids
  • Experience of literary translation
  • Experience of line-management
  • Experience of evaluation methods
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, MS Office applications, Zoom, Slack and Google Drive

Terms

  • Salary: £35,000 pro rata
  • Hours: 21 hours per week
  • Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG (with flexible working options)
  • Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer (0.6 FTE)
  • Working alongside: Publications and Office Manager (0.4 FTE)
  • Line-managing: PTC intern (0.2 FTE)
  • Contract terms: Permanent, following a satisfactory three-month probationary period

To Apply

Please send a CV and covering letter, together with a PTC Diversity Monitoring Form, to erica@poetrytranslation.org, putting ‘Application – Publisher’ in the subject heading of your email. Please confirm that you have the right to work in the UK.

Download the PTC Diversity Monitoring Form here.
Deadline: Tuesday 14 December 2021
Zoom interviews: Week of 20 December 2021