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Job Opportunity – Bookshop & Reading Room Coordinator

Posted: 12 September 2022

The Bookshop & Reading Room Coordinator is a new, part-time role that will oversee the day-to-day running of NewBridge Books and The Reading Room. It is a creative and administrative role, and we are looking for someone who is passionate about books, writing and publishing, and who wants to create welcoming, safe spaces for people to learn, read and shop.

Salary: £21,500 pro rata (£8,600 peer annum for 2 days per week)

Hours: 2 days a week (16 hours per week), worked between Wednesday – Saturday

Deadline: Monday 10 October, 12pm

Interview Date: Between Tuesday 18 – Thursday 20 October (day TBC)

Thank you for your interest in working with us at The NewBridge Project and in the role of Bookshop & Reading Room CoordinatorThe closing date for applications is Monday 10 October, 12noon and interviews will take place shortly after, either in person or via video call.

The Bookshop & Reading Room Coordinator is a new, part-time role that will oversee the day-to-day running of NewBridge Books and The Reading Room. It is both a creative and administrative role, ideal for someone who is passionate about books, writing and publishing, who wants to connect with artists and producers, who is organised, and has transferrable experience working in a forward-facing role.

NewBridge Books is a shop that is unique to the North-East region in providing diverse, original and hard-to-find books, magazines, zines and art writing from independent and radical publishers and artists who self-publish, alongside artworks made by local artists and communities. This new role comes at an exciting time following the recent move of NewBridge Books to Shieldfield, at a time when we are keen to expand and diversify what we stock – so the Coordinator will have an opportunity to put their own stamp on the shop, what we sell and input ideas for its accompanying events programme.

The Reading Room is library and free resource where people can read, learn, listen and share ideas. It is a national project created in partnership with Pluto Press and Left Book Club. The Coordinator will have the opportunity to work with these publishers alongside a network of cultural and community spaces across the country who have their own reading room spaces, and to support the development of an events programme including reading groups and author talks.

The role will include researching and sourcing new stock through building relationships with artists, writers and publishers, supporting the development of an events programme across both spaces, coordinating stock and displays, marketing (website, social media and print), administration (including updating our inventory with sales and payments) and managing sales. It is also a forward-facing role where you will offer a friendly welcome to visitors and create comfortable and welcoming spaces for people to learn, read and shop.

We are keen to meet candidates who share NewBridge’s values and commitments to working in solidarity with and supporting the artists and communities around us and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply who have experience and skills that would support you to do this role.

Please download the job pack for full details about the role

Diversity Monitoring

We encourage applicants to complete our Equal Opportunities Form which helps us monitor the diversity of our organisation and our work. Your responses will be treated with full confidentiality, if there are any questions you would rather not answer, please just tick ‘prefer not to say’ or skip to the next question.

The deadline for applications is Monday 10th October, 12noon

All applications must be sent to applications@thenewbridgeproject.com with the subject heading Bookshop & Reading Room Coordinator

We have a number of different ways to apply for this role. You can do this through:

  • A single PDF document containing the information outlined below
  • A video or audio file containing the information outlined below
  • A mixture of written and video or audio application (e.g. an audio application but written Equal Opportunities Form)

If you require any adjustments to the recruitment process, please contact us directly so we can discuss how to support you in your application.

Please read this job pack carefully before applying – the job description and skills outlined should help you to make a strong application.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by at least three people from the NewBridge team and Board member, and we assess applications using a matrix based on the answers given in your statement or audio/video application. Please note this scoring matrix is based on the skills and experience outlined in section 3.

We will primarily use your statement for our assessment so please ensure any information you want us to see is in your statement rather than your CV.

Equal Opportunities monitoring information may be taken into account at final shortlisting stage to help us achieve our diversity and inclusion goals. This is part of our commitment to taking positive action to achieve equality of opportunity throughout our recruitment process.

Interview

Interviews will be held on between Tuesday 18 – Thursday 20 October (day TBC). Please indicate in your application if you cannot make any of these dates.

If you are shortlisted for interview, we will contact you via telephone or email, giving full details of the time, date and who you will be meeting at interview. We will also provide you with the main questions you will be asked in advance, though we may ask some follow up questions during the interview.

Getting in touch

If you’re thinking of applying for the role but still have some questions, we are holding an Online Open Day on the morning of Thursday 29th September, where you can sign up to have a chat with Rebecca (Director) about the role.

Please sign up for a slot HERE

Once your appointment is confirmed we will email you a zoom link, or we will request a phone number to reach you by telephone if you’d prefer.

We are also happy to answer written questions via email, please send your query to applications@thenewbridgeproject.com with the subject heading Bookshop & Reading Room Coordinator Query. Please don’t leave it too late with any questions though, so we can make sure we have time to get back to you!

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