We are recruiting a new Orwell Youth Prize Programme Coordinator

Thursday 03 June 2021

The Orwell Foundation is recruiting a new Programme Coordinator (The Orwell Youth Prize) to join our small team. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to lead the delivery and growth of our programmes for young people, building on current momentum to coordinate quality interventions for young people and teachers in the UK. Far more than a prize, the programme is rooted in Orwell’s values and encourages all young people to think and write critically and creatively about their world.

The Orwell Youth Prize is an initiative of The Orwell Foundation, a registered charity (EW1161563) based at University College London, which exists to perpetuate the achievements of the author, journalist, and essayist George Orwell (1903-1950) through the education of young people and the provision of prizes, cultural events, and debates for the public benefit.

The Orwell Youth Prize aims to:

Strengthen young people’s creative and critical writing and thinking, through the provision of personalised feedback on their entries to our annual prize from highly qualified volunteers from across academia, publishing and more.

Support teachers and educators to engage with political ideas and writing as they relate to the contemporary context through workshops, youth forums, resources, and events, produced in partnership with high-profile and emerging writers and journalists.

Build an active audience for young peoples’ writing and ideas, and create new conversations around collective priorities of entrants, taking their work to those in positions of power and influence through our active network of Orwell Youth Fellows, as well as through targeted events, publicity and research.

The Orwell Youth Prize has grown as a programme in recent years and we are ambitious about its future. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, comfortable working independently and as part of a small team, with excellent communication skills, the ability form trusted relationships with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and experience of working with young people in an educational context (broadly defined). They will be committed to the Foundation’s vision, mission, and values and to supporting all young people to write and think creatively and critically.

Deadline for applications: 24th June; interviews w/c 5th July; available ASAP

Location: Central London

Contract: 12-month, fixed term, FT; PT applications considered (see ‘how to apply’)

Salary: 23,000 – 28,000 pro rata, depending on experience

Additional benefits: NEST pension; opportunity for flexi and remote working

Reporting to: Programme Manager

How To Apply

Please read the application pack carefully, including the job description, person specification and ‘how to apply’ section. Applications should be addressed to Jeremy Wikeley at recruitment@orwellfoundation.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Download an application pack: Programme-Coordinator-2021-FINAL-1.pdf (463 downloads)

Downland an Equal Ops form: Equal-Ops-Orwell.docx (81 downloads)