It’s that time of year where we say goodbye to Co-Directors and Co-Managers past, and begin to welcome in the next National Young Writers Festival leaders, movers and shakers! Is it you?
Are you our next Co-Director?
About the Role
Position: Festival Co-Director (up to two positions available)
Tenure 24 months, commencing December 2019/January 2020
This is a voluntary role, with allowances. Applicants can be based anywhere in Australia. We encourage applications from people from the Hunter region.
This is a voluntary role. You will receive a fee of $2,500 per annum, plus per diem
allowances. Approved travel, accommodation and other expenses are met by the organisation.
Approximately 1.5 days per week year-round, with increased hours and availability required between June and September. Hours can be self-delegated. Evening and weekend work may be required, as well as occasional weekend/one-day trips to attend meetings, strategic planning or programming sessions. Most work, however, will be done remotely. The Festival Co-Directors will be expected to attend quarterly Board meetings (conducted via Skype), as well as regular phone/email contact with board
members. Candidates must be available to be in Newcastle for around 10 days in late September / early October to deliver the Festival.
The Festival Co-Directors are expected to operate as a dynamic, collaborative team in conjunction with two Festival Co-Managers and a team of Festival Coordinators covering Production; Marketing & Publicity; Volunteer; Zine Fair; Younger Young Writers Program. All staff are accountable to the NYWF Association and Co-Directors report to the NYWF Board, particularly the Board’s Artistic Subcommittee. Each staff-member is individually supported by a mentor on the Board.
The Co-Directors will work with Octopod Association, TiNA’s producer, and other
partner Festivals that are part of the This is Not Art program.
The ideal NYWF Co-director will have:
- Artistic vision: the desire to curate and deliver a program that supports the NYWF’s strategic vision and is relevant to the target audience, including to create events from the ground-up using artist applications;
- Strong connection with Australia’s writing communities; an understanding of the issues facing emerging and early-career writers, editors, publishers and performers;
- The ability to effectively network and communicate with a large number of people who have different levels of experience and confidence;
- Terrific team-work skills; and a sincere desire to work collaboratively;
- Demonstrated proactivity and initiative; great time management and organisational skills, and the ability to manage, and respond to, large volumes of correspondence
The following will also be viewed favourably:
- Awareness of or direct experience with the NYWF;
- Experience curating and managing artistic projects and events;
- Connections with Newcastle’s artistic community, venues and cultural organisations.
Donʼt feel daunted by the selection criteria, and please feel free to get in touch with any questions.
Successful candidates may not meet all selection criteria, and that is why we have a team. NYWF wants to put together a team with diverse skill-sets and experience, drawn from around Australia. So be yourself, be aware, and be upfront about what you can bring to the Festival. We are interested in your commitment and vision, and in how this opportunity would contribute to your professional development.
You do not have to be based in Newcastle to direct the Festival – NYWF is a national organisation and we
want nation-wide involvement. However, the Festival Co-Directors must be ready to work closely with the
NYWF team, the Octopod Association and the co-presenting festivals, including regular Skype and face-to-
face meetings in Newcastle and Sydney.
How to apply:
Closing date FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER, 12PM AEDT
Please send a CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria in one document to Ewa Ramsey,
NYWF Board, at firstname.lastname@example.org with “NYWF Co-Director 2020-21” in the subject header.
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in November, either face-to-face or via Skype or equivalent.