Job advert: Orwell Prize administrator

Friday 10 February 2012

Job Title Orwell Prize administrator (full-time) Working for The Orwell Prize (Media Standards Trust) Location London Salary In the region of £25,000 pro rata The Media Standards Trust is looking for a new administrator for the Orwell Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Administer the entry process (which includes calling for entries from publishers, editors, journalists and bloggers; logging entries and upholding eligibility rules; and liaising with judges)
  • Organise events (including the launch debate, shortlist debate, awards ceremony), and explore organising standalone events and events at literary festivals
  • Promote the Prize to the press and the public, especially press around the longlist, shortlist and winner announcements
  • Manage relationships with publishers, news organisations, bloggers, literary festivals, Orwell experts, bookshops and others
  • Maintain, edit and curate the Orwell Prize website, diary blogs, twitter feed, newsletter, YouTube channel and flickr stream
  • Work with the director of the Prize, the director of the Media Standards Trust and the Council of the Orwell Prize
  • Develop the Prize
  • Manage interns

Applicants should have:

  • An interest in and understanding of journalism, politics, new media and political writing
  • Some knowledge of the works of George Orwell and willingness to learn more
  • Excellent organisational, time management, research and computer skills

The successful candidate will be taking over the job in the middle of the Prize cycle – just before the judging of the longlists – and will therefore need to be a quick learner and able to start at the end of February or beginning of March. Please apply with a CV and covering letter to Closing date: Friday 17 February 2012 Interviews are likely to be conducted w/c 20 February. Start date will be end of February or beginning of March. A copy of this advert can be found at w4mp and on the Media Standards Trust website.