We are recruiting a Deputy Director

Thursday 04 November 2021

Please note: we have reopened applications for this strategic role. A successful candidate could progress to offer before the advertised closing date, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible if you are interested in the opportunity.

The position of Deputy Director at The Orwell Foundation is an exciting opportunity to help shape the work and strategy of a unique charity, to have a responsibility for Orwell’s heritage, and to have a positive impact on the way in which Orwell’s writing can be applied to contemporary problems.

Contract: Permanent, Part-time (4 days a week)

Salary: Depending on experience, within the range £36,000 – £45,000 pro rata

Location: Central London (with opportunity for occasional remote working)

Reporting: the Deputy Director will report to the Director, and will line manage the Prize and Programme Coordinator (PT), Youth Prize Coordinator (PT) and Finance Officer (PT)

Deadline for applications: Monday 10th January 2022, to start asap

Interviews: to take place on a rolling basis


This is a new, senior post which is expected to develop further. The Deputy Director will lead the Foundation’s fundraising efforts and manage the small team which delivers our prizes and programmes, including the prestigious Orwell Prizes, and The Orwell Youth Prize.

This is an exciting opportunity at the heart of a small team in a charity with considerable potential. The successful candidate will be expected to work with the Director and trustees as they develop the Foundation’s new five-year strategy.

The role might be suitable for a person with considerable experience looking for a fresh challenge, or someone at an earlier stage of their career.

The successful candidate will have a clear vision for the role of the Foundation as it develops. They will understand the way in which ideas and content are developing in a volatile and polarised social and political landscape. They will also have a good understanding of the charitable and voluntary sector and a commitment to the Foundation’s mission and values.

The Orwell Foundation is committed to equality of opportunity for all, and we welcome and encourage applications from people within underrepresented groups.


First, please download and read the application pack attached below, which includes a full job description, person specification, and all the details for how to apply.

Interviews will be arranged on a rolling basis, as the panel deems fit. We anticipate more than one round of interviews for this role. A successful candidate could progress to offer before the advertised closing date, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Applicants should send a CV and a covering letter including your vision for the future development of the Foundation, including key opportunities and key risks, addressed to Professor Jean Seaton at recruitment@orwellfoundation.com

This is a part-time position, envisaged as 4 days a week. Applications for a 3 to 3.5 days a week role will also be considered where a case can be demonstrated for it: if you wish to apply for this basis, please make this clear in your cover letter.

Applications will be read anonymously. Do not write your name on your CV or your letter.

Click here to download the Deputy Director application pack