Membership Development Officer with Scottish PEN


Location: Edinburgh
£8.25 per hour
Part-time, 20 hours per week for 12 weeks
Start date: April 2016

About the Company
The Scottish branch of PEN International is a not-for-profit organisation that champions freedom of speech and literature across borders.

PEN’s work is more important than ever. We live in a climate of self-censorship, fear, and uncertainty that restricts how we share ideas. Communications across borders are spied on and impeded. Writers around the world are censored, imprisoned, even sentenced to death. Those who escape into exile live in perpetual displacement and struggle to find a voice.

Scottish PEN defends these writers and their freedom of expression, freedom of press, and, most importantly, freedom to critique.

The Role
Scottish PEN are looking for an enthusiastic intern to join their team. As a Membership Development Officer, your main tasks will include:
• Compiling a database of members’ works (we have over 300 members)
• Presenting the database on our website in an accessible way
• Liaising with publishers
• Learning about web development and membership communication in their collaboration with Scottish PEN’s Communications and Events Officer, who is responsible for the website

The ideal candidate will be someone with a focus on literature and publishing as well as students who have experience in archiving and compiling information for databases. Students with experience in web editing on WordPress will find this role easier to manage and will be able to hit the ground running.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential. The candidate should also be comfortable communicating over the phone and have a friendly and professional phone and email manner. Persistence and politeness are key.

*This role is on a self-employed basis. Please note that you will be invoicing Adopt an Intern as a freelance consultant. This is a very simple, uncomplicated process. You will also be advised to register as self-employed with HMRC if you have not already registered. Please note, students in Scotland on a Tier 4 Visa are not permitted to be self-employed and should therefore not apply for this role. 

Closing date for applications is 4 April 2016, 12 noon.  

Interviews will take place on 13 April 2016.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by noon on the closing date.  State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec.  We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.  

Please confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.