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The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators. We've been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession since 1884.

With almost 11,000 members and 25 staff, the SoA provides unlimited, free advice on all aspects of the writing profession, including the confidential, clause-by-clause vetting of publishing agreements, publications and a wide range of benefits.

We empower authors through campaigning, professional training, events, conferences, regional and special interest groups and community networks. We also manage around 15 charities which provide prizes and grants to writers, and we manage over 50 literary estates.

It's an organisation where you can grow and develop and is also a great place to work. Our working culture is collaborative, friendly and supportive. What's more, we’ve recently moved into bright, modern offices located in a vibrant part of Bloomsbury.


We're a member of London's thriving Knowledge Quarter and a London Living Wage Accredited Employer offering our staff attractive benefits, including:
  • Living-Wage-Employer-Logo-(1).PNGGenerous annual leave 
  • Generous employer contributions to a stakeholder pension plan
  • Death-in-service benefit
  • Private healthcare options
  • Interest-free annual travel card loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Flexible working practices
  • Ongoing development opportunities
Join us to make a positive difference for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators.

Current vacancies

Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager

Deadline extension to Friday 20 September

Basic hours per week: Permanent, full time (35 hours)

Location: Bloomsbury, London
Remuneration: £27-30,000 pa, depending on experience
Reports to: CEO

Do you have a track record of successfully lobbying and delivering campaigns?

Are you a public affairs professional with experience in engaging members and stakeholders?

Are you comfortable with providing press, partner and Parliamentary briefings?

Would you like to work for a professional membership organisation representing all types of writers, illustrators and spoken word artists?

If the answer is yes to all of the above, then we'd love to hear from you.

Join us to work with our CEO and communications team to help influence government policy and industry practice, and to promote understanding of the SoA’s aims and policies among our audiences.


We're a small, collaborative team with big ambitions and passion for the change we want to bring to the industry as we look ahead to our next five-year strategy.

We’re looking for someone who wants to join our team to help develop our campaigning work and engage our active membership. Ideally, we're looking for candidates who are committed to a permanent, long-term position with us.


To apply for this role, or to find out more, email Anna Ganley at by Friday 20 September. When applying, please email your CV together with your letter of application. We acknowledge all applications.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 25 September.

The SoA is committed to championing equality, inclusivity and diversity. We strongly encourage applications from a broad range of social, cultural and educational backgrounds and from under-represented backgrounds. 

Financial support

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