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Campaigns & Public Affairs Manager

Are you driven by campaigns and making a change? Bring your project management skills to this role in the heart of London…

The Society of Authors (SoA) is a trade union for all types of writers, illustrators, broadcasters and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. They have been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession for more than a century. Their nearly 11,000 members receive unlimited free advice on all aspects of the writing profession, including confidential, clause-by-clause contract vetting of publishing agreements, as well as a wide range of benefits. They also represent the literary estates of many iconic authors, including Virginia Woolf.

The Society of Authors are looking for a Campaigns & Affairs Manager who has had previous public affairs and project management experience. The successful candidate will work with the CEO and communications team to help influence government policy and industry practice and to promote understanding of the SoA’s aims and policies among their audiences.


Policy and Public Affairs

  • Oversee the SoA’s work in influencing government policy and industry practice in conjunction with the CEO and the Campaigns Subcommittee.
  • Monitor and research relevant policy developments at UK, European and international level, reporting back to the CEO and members and advising on the SoA’s responses.
  • Draft SoA responses to consultations and other legislative developments.
  • Maintain a target list of MPs and Peers across all political parties to brief and share their key messaging
  • Build and strengthen links with key figures in Parliament and relevant Government departments, particularly DCMS, BEIS and the Intellectual Property Office.


  • Create a multi-stranded strategy for all SoA campaigns and deliver actions in order to secure campaign outcomes
  • Harness the power of nearly 11,000 members and many thousands of more supporters on social media and elsewhere by involving them in campaigning work and creating regular calls to action
  • Work with their high-profile Council members to secure media coverage for campaign issues.
  • Coordinate and minute the SoA Campaigns Subcommittee and produce reports for meetings on all campaigning and advocacy work
  • Draft monthly campaigns newsletter and send out to members and supporters
  • Explore ways to measure and report on the progress and effectiveness of their campaigning


  • Produce high quality, engaging briefings and other written materials across all policy areas that are relevant to their members, targeted at a range of audiences
  • Work with the communications team to prepare press releases and liaise with the media on issues related to policy and political developments
  • Prepare content for their website, in particular, policy and campaigning news and their ‘Where We Stand’ pages
  • Act as point of contact for Government, relevant stakeholders and useful opinion makers


  • In-house Public Affairs role experience
  • Experience in strategy development for integrated communication campaigns
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience of building relationships with senior decision-makers and their offices
  • Experience in project management; writing briefings and political monitoring
  • Experience of working with policy & communications colleagues and committees to develop effective campaign strategies
  • Stakeholder engagement experience


  • Please email your CV and cover letter to this email
  • The deadline for applications is Saturday, 31 August 2019
  • In your application, state that you heard about this vacancy through the Creative Access website