Full-time, one year fixed-term work placement starting in February 2018 £17,095 per annum
Based in Cardiff Deadline: 13 December, 2017 Interviews: 20 December, 2017
This post is offered as part of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme, aimed specifically at recent graduates from low-income backgrounds looking to start a career in the arts.
The placement includes training, mentoring and the opportunity to go to Europe along with other people taking part in the programme.
Below is some information about us, details about the role, eligibility and how you can apply.
See here for a testimonial of a past Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries participant.
About Literature Wales
Who we are
Literature is one of the most accessible art forms. Throughout our lives we are surrounded by stories; in books, on billboards, on screens, on stage and online. Written and spoken words are interwoven to give us thrills and laughs. They entertain, inform and inspire us.
Literature Wales believes passionately that literature is everywhere and belongs to everybody. Our work celebrates and supports the written and spoken word. We were established in 2011 as Wales’ national company for the development of literature. We lead the sector and actively collaborate with organisations and individuals who promote, create and enjoy literature in Wales.
Literature Wales includes Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre and works closely with The Welsh Academy, the society for writers in Wales. We enable and facilitate activity in a variety of settings: whether it’s funding a Minecraft poetry workshop in a school; working with a university on the outreach component of an academic project; or liaising with local businesses on public poetry commissions by the National Poet of Wales.
We give expert advice on suitable writers and how to organise events, as well as offering funding towards activity costs. Our role as facilitator means that our expertise and knowledge of the sector contributes to ongoing, sustainable activity which supports the growth of creativity within Wales.
Each year, we reach over 160,000 participants, including 60,000 young people through literature activities in communities across the country. We generate an extra £1.87M to the economy annually. We train writers to work with different groups and ages and promote the full range of literature activity available. Literature Wales also runs programmes which support Welsh writers in creating and presenting new work and continuing their professional development.
We deliver ambitious projects which contribute to tackling some of the challenges facing us today. These include story-writing workshops with prisoners to read to their children, running courses at Tŷ Newydd for recovering drug users, and working with the Gypsy Roma Traveller community to develop short films and animations inspired by Roald Dahl. Through programmes such as Lit Reach, we show that literature is part of a more cohesive, healthy and motivated society.
Working with young people through the Young People’s Laureate and Bardd Plant Cymru initiatives, Literature Wales understands that a love of words starts early. The power of a story to capture the imagination of very young children is the stepping stone to lifelong literacy.
Literature Wales is a member of Arts Council Wales’ Arts Portfolio Wales. We are a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. It has a staff of 20, based in the Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, Gwynedd and the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
A day in the life at Literature Wales
You’ll spend your daily life multi-tasking; from answering telephone enquiries from writers, journalists, organisations and audiences, to creative planning, budget management, data analysis, video editing, issuing contracts and using social media. Much work requires innovative thinking, with a strong attention to detail.
Some days also involve event management, and you’ll represent Literature Wales in meetings with individuals and organisations from across Wales’ third, private and public sectors. You’ll make several working trips to Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre.
We’re a positive, hard-working, fun and dedicated staff across two offices in Cardiff and Llanystumdwy.
About the placement
The Development and Communications Officer will establish data analysis and evaluation models and develop new ways of communicating the impact of Literature Wales’ work.
This is a new role bridging the Development and Communication teams, strengthening the links between our evaluation methods and our internal and external communications.
The role includes:
- Working with the Head of Development and Business Manager to create monitoring and evaluation templates to suit a variety of different initiatives
- Supporting the Business Manager in analysing the data collected from Literature Wales initiatives, to identify headline stories about the impact and reach of the activities and also any gaps and trends in terms of geography, age, language etc
- Working with the Head of Communications and Communications Manager to create communication plans for individual initiatives and broader themes within Literature Wales’ strategic aims
- Coordinating digital content communicating participants’ journeys, stories and the impact within Literature Wales’ activity, liaising with partners in the design, production and promotion of this content
Through this work, you will develop the following skills and experience:
- Knowledge of different evaluation and monitoring methods, and the application of these to different types of activities
- Enhanced skills in understanding and analysing participant data, to recognise trends, identify gaps, and find the data that best illustrates the impact of strategic aims
- An understanding of how a mission and strategic aims guide an organisation’s activity and how analysis of participant and activity data can help shape future goals
- Experience of creating and promoting digital communication content
- Increased organisational skills, honed by coordinating various partners or contracted individuals to create content
- Experience of working in the office environment and an overview of all aspects of work within an organisation, from project planning, financial procedures, marketing and communication
This post is offered as part of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme, aimed specifically at recent graduates from low-income backgrounds looking to start a career in the arts.
Employment experience is not essential for this role – we’re more interested in your potential and the skills you may have acquired in other aspects of your life. All we ask is that you’re curious person with lots of drive and energy, and a determination to carve out a career in the arts. You’ll also need to have strong literacy skills.
There are, however, three eligibility criteria that you will need to meet in order to apply. You must have:
- Graduated from your first degree (BA or equivalent) within the past two years (i.e. in 2015, 2016 or 2017). No minimum grade is required AND
- Received a full maintenance grant during the full period of your course and be able to verify it with the necessary paperwork AND
- Be a full-time UK resident
Please ensure that you meet these eligibility criteria before applying for this position. More details about the eligibility criteria can be found in the programme’s Eligibility FAQs here. You can find full details of this national programme and other opportunities available across the UK here.
How to apply
- Complete a brief and anonymous Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Survey questionnaire here. The results will be held by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and will not be shared with Literature Wales. They will not be used in assessing your application. You will be given a code on completion of the survey – you MUST provide this code on your cover letter (see below).
- Write a cover letter of no more than 2 pages of A4 OR create a video application on yourself (either format is fine and of equal value). Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes, provided as a dropbox link. Tell us:
- Your name, postal address, phone number and email address
- Your Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Survey Code (see above)
- Why you are interested in this placement
- What you would like to do with your life – where you aspire to be in ten years’ time
- What skills, knowledge and experiences you have that are relevant to the role (these do not need to have been gained in employment)
- Your wider interests
- Send the following to email@example.com:
- Your cover letter or video application
- A digital scan of your Student Finance Breakdown letters for each year at university (the breakdown must include a figure for your Maintenance Grant for each year)
- Proof of your year of graduation (e.g. your degree certificate or equivalent)
What happens next:
We may contact you for an informal interview with two Literature Wales representatives in a coffee shop in Cardiff Bay. If you’re called for interview, you will need to provide a CV no longer than two pages. This is to give us a sense of your background, rather than to assess your academic or employment history. We will also need details of two referees. These can be people who know you through either university or work (for example a tutor or manager). We will only contact referees once an offer of employment has been made.
We’ll give you an idea of what we’d like to talk about 1 day in advance – to avoid brain freeze! We’ll also send you photos of the two people who will join you, and provide a bit of information about each. If you’d like to pop in beforehand and meet the team, this can easily be arranged.
The deadline for applications is 13 December, 2017. Informal interviews will be held on 20 December, 2017. The start date for this role is 5 February 2018. If you have any questions at all, please do just get in touch. Call 029 2047 2266 and ask to speak to Bronwen or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you’d like a chat on Skype, just let us know and we’ll arrange a call.
About Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries
The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme is designed and managed by Jerwood Charitable Foundation in partnership with the British Council. It has been made possible through the combined support of Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, CHK Charities Limited and PRS Foundation.
There are a range of other opportunities provided by other arts organisations within this programme – please see here for a full list.