Programme Officer (Participation and Young People)

Dear Candidate,

Programme Officer (Participation and Young People)

Salary: £19,250 - £22,000 pa, full-time, 2-year fixed term contract

Thank you for your interest in making an application for the above post.

Alongside the job description for the post, our websites and social media accounts will give you a good up-to-date overview of the range of our work and our creative priorities as a company:

New Writing North website                      

Northern Writers' Awards website

Durham Book Festival website   




How to apply

Apply online at our website. To apply for the post please attach a CV and a letter of application. Your letter should outline why you’re a suitable candidate for the post and how your skills and experience align with those detailed in the job description. 

Critical dates

Deadline for applications: Midday on Monday 19 November

Candidates notified of interview: Wednesday 21 November

Interviews: Wednesday 28 November

Please note that no applications received after Midday on 19 November will be considered.

This position is funded by The Kavli Foundation, and is for a fixed term of two years, the duration of the funding.  If you would like to discuss the post in advance of application or if you have any questions about the job description please contact Anna Disley by email in the first instance at

Best wishes

Claire Malcolm

Chief Executive


Job Description

Job Information


Job Title

Programme Officer (Participation and Young People)


New Writing North Offices - Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, and also at festivals, events and schools around the region

Working hours

35 hours per week. This includes at least two hours every other week attending young writers’ groups, which take place on a Saturday during term-time. We operate a lieu time system

Position in Organisation

Reports to

Senior Manager (Participation and Young People)

Responsible for

Volunteers on projects from time-to-time

Budget accountability

Manage some project budgets as delegated by the Senior Manager

Overall purpose of the job

The Programme Officer (Participation and Young People) will work with the Senior Manager (Participation and Young People) to deliver artistically ambitious projects and initiatives, which engage people in our work, including through the innovative use of digital technology. The projects and initiatives will create the best conditions for people, especially young people, to express themselves creatively, to fulfill their artistic potential, to support their ongoing creative development and to engage with our work.  One of the major projects the postholder will be responsible for delivering with the Senior Manager will be  Gateshead Young Writers. This is a brand new programme funded by the Kavli Trust and taking place over two years.  Professional writers and artists will work with groups of young people, especially those from backgrounds which are under-represented in arts and culture.  They will support them to develop their own creative writing and provide them with progression routes, so that they can continue their own personal cultural journey, as creators and/or consumers of culture. 

The post reports to the Senior Manager (Participation and Young People) who oversees this area of work.  The postholder will work alongside the existing Programme Officer who is also line managed by the Senior Manager (Participation and Young People).  This area of our work is overseen by Executive Director (Programme and Impact). The job will involve the post-holder working with staff across the organisation. The post-holder will also engage with and develop relationships with external partners and peers.

Responsibilities and Duties


% time

1.    Artistic and programme development

2.    Project co-ordination

3.    Creating digital content

4.    Marketing

5.    Delivery






Duties required from each Responsibility

Responsibility #1 – Artistic Development:

=      In collaboration with the Senior Manager (Participation and Young People), devise projects and programmes of activity that contribute to our values, goals and objectives 

=      Recruit and work alongside artists to deliver our young people’s programmes and participatory initiatives 

=      Listen to young people and feedback their ideas, interests and concerns, so that they are central to the opportunities we offer young people 

=      Make the best use of digital technology to distribute, promote and provide a platform for work generated by participants and drive audiences to engage with our work digitally 

=      Uphold and progress the ‘Creative Case for Diversity’ throughout our work with young people and communities

=      Contribute to artistic planning around our work with young people, communities and under-represented groups 

Responsibility #2 – Project Co-ordination:

=      Help devise projects and initiatives in liaison with partners that fulfill our objectives 

=      Support the planning, scheduling and contracting of projects and initiatives with partner organisations 

=      Schedule and contract artists and other freelance staff to deliver programmes of work 

=      Act as the first point of contact for participants on our programmes 

=      Support the Senior Manager (Participation and Young People) and 
Executive Director (Programme and Impact) with fundraising, including 
research, drafting bids and donor liaison 

=      Organise and run events associated with our programmes of work 

=      Manage budgets as delegated by the Senior Manager (Participation and 
Young People) 

=      Undertake evaluation and collect appropriate data according to our 
audience development and evaluation strategies 

=      Create regular evaluation reports for the projects and programmes you are 
delivering and report to line manager 

Responsibility #3 – Creating Digital Content:

=      Create content for our young writers’ website and social media feeds

=      Contribute to the development of and deliver innovative programmes of 
work which ensure we are making maximum use of digital technology to 
engage young people in our work as artists, critics and audiences

=      Generate social media content for our young people’s programme 

Responsibility #4 – Marketing:

=      Contribute ideas for marketing out work to younger audiences in consultation with the Senior Managers for Marketing & Communications and Participation & Young People

=      Support the Senior Manager to devise and deliver strategies for recruiting young people to our work  

=      Commission designers to create marketing materials and publications relating to projects

Responsibility #5 – Delivery:

=      Undertake day-to-day coordination of identified programmes of work

=      Attend project workshops regularly

=      Build relationships with participants

=      Support the Senior Manager to ensure the quality of work across our young people’s programmes is consistent 

=      Use young people’s feedback to identify creative opportunities and ensure 
these are maximized

=      Identify young people’s talent and opportunities for their development

=      Support the young people who engage with our work by responding to 
individual enquiries and signposting individuals to further opportunities for

=      Support freelance staff in workshop delivery (this will require Saturday 

=      Deliver Arts Award and continuously identify opportunities to deliver it 
across our programme

=      Support the delivery of our events (e.g. Durham Book Festival, Northern Writers’ Awards, writing conferences) when required 

=      Adhere to all provisions in our Safeguarding policy 

Person Specification:

Knowledge, experience and skills required to do job


Essential (required)


Desirable (optional)


=      A degree level qualification or equivalent work experience to match that level of knowledge



=      A least 1 year’s relevant work experience 

=      Some experience of working directly with young people and/or communities

=      Experience of partnership working

=      Experience of coordinating projects

=      Experience of digital marketing and/or digital content development

=      Experience of fundraising and resource development

=      Experience of delivering projects in the arts sector

=      Experience of working with schools

Skills & knowledge:

=      Ability to contribute imaginative ideas to create high quality arts activity for young people

=      A problem solving approach

=      Confidence to communicate with a range of different sectors and partners

=      Knowledge of participatory arts practice and policy

=      An understanding of and commitment to the Creative Case for Diversity

=      Excellent digital knowledge

=      Copy writing skills

=      Knowledge and interest in contemporary literature and current affairs

=      Ability to work independently, manage competing workloads and be highly proactive

=      Strong planning and organisational skills with excellent attention to detail

=      Ability to work flexibly both with colleagues and with partners

=      An understanding of the role the arts can play in social change


=      A passion for the arts and literature

=      Willingness to work on Saturdays and occasional evenings (a time off in lieu system is in operation)

=      A desire to work within a small team of people and to contribute to a wide range of projects

=      An understanding of the issues relating to young people from socio-economically disadvantaged and other under-represented backgrounds engaging in arts and culture.

=      The successful candidate will be required to apply for a DBS check if they don’t already have one 

=      A good knowledge of the socioeconomic composition and geography of the north of England

=      A full, clean driving licence and access to a car for business purposes