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Job Opportunity: Publishing Manager

The Poetry Translation Centre is seeking a Publishing Manager to complete our team. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with publishing experience, an international outlook and an entrepreneurial spirit. A proven track record in book sales is desirable. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from diaspora heritage backgrounds.

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. We see translating poetry as an act of welcome. Central to our mission is celebrating the diverse communities who live in the UK by working with them to champion poetries from their home-cultures.

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 for Poetry in Translation, first awarded in 2020, spotlights the very best books in the field of poetry translation.

We are a small and diverse team, backed by an engaged board of Trustees and Advisory Board. Our team culture is collaborative, mutually supportive and idealistic – we really do believe that sharing poetry across languages and cultures can change the world!

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.

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, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Yu Yoyo and Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac ‘Gaarriye’.

We publish around three World Poet Series titles per year. We also publish full-length single-author collections in partnership with long-standing partner Bloodaxe Books, and ad hoc titles with other publishing partners both in the UK and internationally.

The Role

We are seeking a part-time Publishing Manager to manage the sales and distribution of the PTC’s books, and to administrate the Sarah Maguire Prize. You will work across the World Poet Series, single-author collections and other book projects, working closely with the PTC’s Director, who commissions and edits the list. You will be responsible for the management of the biennial Sarah Maguire Prize, managing submissions and convening the judging panel. You will also line-manage one student placement volunteer per year (spring term), who will play a supporting role across publications, the Sarah Maguire Prize and communications.

The PTC aims to provide a nurturing work environment where everyone has the chance to grow and learn in their roles. Depending on your interests you may also contribute to other areas of the PTC’s work e.g. our workshops programme, artist residencies, events etc., or develop new ideas we haven’t thought of yet!

The position is 2.5 days per week (0.5 Full Time Equivalent or FTE), and is based at the PTC’s office in Deptford, south-east London, with hybrid working options.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain key relationships with co-publishers, retailers and distributors including Inpress

  • Seek out new opportunities for PTC book sales, including through community-specific retailers and institutional and academic partnerships

  • List new titles on Nielsen/Consonance, produce sales/advanced information sheets and catalogues (PayPal/Zettle), maintain sales and stock database, maintain retailer lists

  • Liaise with festival bookshops to support PTC touring activity

  • Manage submissions to the Sarah Maguire Prize through Submittable, recruit and convene judging panel, liaise with shortlisted publishers and other stakeholders

  • Line-manage and supervise the annual student placements, including goal-setting and review meetings

  • Contribute to other areas of the PTC’s artistic programme as appropriate

  • Contribute to project evaluation and reporting to funders

  • Play a role in shaping the PTC’s artistic and strategic vision

  • Represent the PTC e.g. at publishing conferences and festivals

We want to hear from you if you…

  • Have at least 3 years experience in a comparable publishing role

  • Understand and have a passion for poetry, especially in translation

  • Are open to and respectful of diverse literary and cultural traditions

  • Have experience of budget management

  • Are an entrepreneurial self-starter

  • Have sales experience in this or a related field

  • Have experience of working for an arts organisation or charity

  • Have experience of managing a literary prize or competition

  • Have experience of line-management

(NB: Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply for a job if they don’t meet every single qualification listed. If you’re excited about this job but your experience to date doesn’t precisely match the above, we encourage you to apply anyway! You may be just who we are looking for.)

Terms

  • Salary: £27,000–£30,000 pro rata depending on experience
  • Hours: 17.5 hours per week (0.5 FTE)
  • Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG (with flexible working options)
  • Reporting to: Director (0.8 FTE)
  • Line-managing: Student placements (0.6 FTE for part of the year)
  • Contract terms: Permanent, following a satisfactory three-month probationary period

To Apply:

Please send a CV and covering letter, outlining your enthusiasm, ideas and relevant experience for this role, to erica@poetrytranslation.org. Please put ‘Application – Publishing Manager’ in the subject heading of your email.

After sending your application, please help us to monitor our progress on equity, diversity and inclusion by completing an anonymous Diversity Monitoring Form here.

Deadline: Sunday 2 October 2022

Zoom interviews: 10–21 October 2022