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vacancy: The Caine Prize administrator


The Caine Prize for African Writing is one of the world’s leading literary awards. With offices in Central London, the Caine Prize works with publishers, schools, literary and cultural organisations in Africa and the diaspora to promote African writers.

The Caine Prize Administrator

An administrative all-rounder with an informed interest in the literature of Africa and its diaspora, you will bring your organizational skills to working with the board of trustees, writers and key partners to undertake the day-to-day management of the Caine Prize.

You will have excellent interpersonal and communication abilities, a competence with new technologies and the ability to act as the linchpin for this creative organization.

Job Description

The successful applicant will be responsible for the administration of the Prize.

Reporting to: The Chair and The Board of Trustees

Liaising with: the part-time Web Content editor, publishers, PR company and Chair.

Specific tasks include to:

·        Organise and check the eligibility of entries to the Prize

·        Support the Chair, the Trustees and Council of the Prize

·        Invite judges and administer their meetings.

·        Plan and arrange literary events for the shortlisted writers

·        In association with the outside PR firm, plan the annual prize dinner and oversee the accompanying publicity handled by the outside PR firm

·        Work with partner organizations in the UK, US and Africa to expand the Prize and develop new ventures

·        Undertake basic online book-keeping and, with the support of the Trustees and the accountant, oversee the budget and accounts for the Prize.

Essential Skills

·        Minimum three years experience working in either a charity, small business or an arts organization.

·        Interest in contemporary African literature.

·        Excellent written English to produce reports, grant applications and business correspondence and take minutes.

·        Demonstrable planning and project management skills with the ability to prioritize effectively and meet deadlines

·        Ability to work on your own initiative and flexible in dealing with the varying demands of the role.

·        Conversant with Microsoft Office packages.

·        Ability to work collaboratively with other team members, PR and other companies.

·        Ability to create and maintain records, office systems

·        Basic book-keeping and reporting on finance

·        Demonstrable creative approach to developing digital content, including blogs and video.

N.B: This is a part-time role throughout the year, but given the annual cycle of the prize there will periods when more or less time is required and the administrator will be expected to work accordingly.

Salary:   £30-35,000 (pro-rata) for a 20-hour week.

Job Application

Application is by CV, along with a covering letter describing what skills and experience you would bring to the Caine Prize and why the job interests you, two referees, and the Equal Opportunities monitoring form, which may be submitted by email or post to either of the following addresses.

The Chair, The Caine Prize for African Writing,  (Job Application) 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU.

Closing date: April 5 2018.

Interviews will be held on 20 April 2018.

The Caine Prize is an equal opportunity employer.