MILD Group - Events and Communications manager

Jobs Tuesday, 17th July 2018

The MILD Group is looking for an Events and Communications Manager for their Live Literature programme, which comprises the Balham Literary Festival, the Dulwich Literary Festival (both annual), the biennial Festival America, and a series of other literary events at Dulwich Books and around South London

The MILD Group specialises in publishing, retail, licensing and live performance, and brings these together in innovative and creative ways. Recent successes include sold-out events with Julian Barnes, Michael Ondaatje, Leila Slimani, Tim Winton, Panashe Chigumadzi, Tim Marshall, AC Grayling, Ali Smith and the authors of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

This role is part of the senior management team, comprising the Managing Director of The Marsh Agency, the Manager of Dulwich Books, the Publishing Director of The Indigo Press, and the group CEO.


To ensure a diverse, stimulating and well-attended programme of events, delivered with partners where appropriate, with overall sign-off from the group CEO
To liaise with other colleagues in MILD Group so that the Live Literature programme is embedded within the group culture, liaising in particular with the bookselling team
To incorporate Live Literature as a not-for-profit organisation
To create and maintain profit and loss, and cashflow, forecasts each year
To ensure adequate financial and human resources to run the programme

To establish and maintain contact with a wide range of editors, reps, publicists, authors, partners and venues
To read widely across a range of genres in both adult and children’s literature
To maintain a deep and broad knowledge of contemporary publishing output, and current thinking in literary event management and production
To attend showcases and other publishers’ presentations and ensure ongoing professional updating
To embed the MILD Group values in all programming

To follow established protocols and ensure that all events are produced in a professional and consistent manner, maintaining the level of outstanding feedback we have received from everyone involved to date
To be responsible for venue checks, and audio and visual support
To be responsible, with the bookselling team, for all stock, returns and bookselling at all events
To be responsible, with the bookselling team, for finances
To ensures courteous and careful pitching and follow-up across the events programme

To liaise with our designer and take ultimate responsibility for all print collateral
To liaise with our web designer and take ultimate responsibility for all web collateral
To liaise with our PR consultants, FMcM, to create outstanding communication campaigns for all our events
To create an eye-catching and successful social media strategy for all Live Literature events
To recruit and train paid interns and volunteers as appropriate

A broad and deep knowledge of contemporary fiction and non-fiction
Outstanding administrative and logistical skills
The ability to work under pressure and exceptional self-motivation
The ability to work as part of a wider team
Taking responsibility for every aspect of the work, from strategy to the smallest detail
Experience of programming literary events in the UK
A database of current key contacts within the industry
Evidence of extensive partnership working
Evidence of fiscal planning and responsibility

Recent bookselling experience would be a huge advantage

Evening and weekend work is an essential part of this role

Salary, of no less than £25,000 per annum, will be on a full-time permanent PAYE basis with six months’ probation, to include all statutory terms including NEST pension scheme, and will be commensurate with experience in this field

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like the job to no later than 31st July 2018. Interviews are planned between 15th and 23nd August so do please state your availability during this time.

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