Job Title: Marketing Executive/Manager (depending on level of experience)

Salary: £27,500 – £35,000 (pro rata), depending on experience and location, plus contributions to a pension scheme.

Part-time: 2.5 or 3 days/week (i.e., 0.5 to 0.6 of FT). There is also the possibility of combining this role with the concurrently advertised part-time Office Administrator role for a fuller week’s work.

Location: From home / remote from any UK location, with travel around the UK to booksellers and other meetings required.

Application closing date: Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Interviews: Thursday, February 15, 2024, at the Central Library, Surrey St., Sheffield S1. (And Other Stories can be flexible here if required for work or other reasons. If the cost of travel would be an issue, please look into the Book Trade Charity’s Entry to the Trade Grant and if need be, do also talk to us.)

The candidate must have the right to live and work in the UK without time limit.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and persuasive communicator adept at firing up interest in our kind of books through intelligent, personable discussion in person and online on social media, including using audio-visual tools. You will be memorable and engaging.

You will have extensive social media expertise and be ready to direct our social media strategy, design and carry out campaigns on TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram in particular, and provide analytics and reporting to assess the success of your work.

To work well in this role, you will be able to think critically about your performance and output, you will be organised, and you’ll be happy to get friendly with spreadsheets. You will be a long-term lover of groundbreaking writing and broadly engaged with art forms and wider cultural movements, discourses, and trends. You will be able to balance the need for preserving the artistic and creative integrity of our platforms while also making the most of their potential to drive sales.

Most importantly, however, you’ll have a deep appreciation of our books, you’ll understand and believe in our wider project, and you’ll have a stake in helping see it through.

We are a small team and there is ample opportunity for the successful candidate to progress and to become involved in other areas depending on interest; however, an interest in other areas is not a requirement of the job. We are very much looking for you to be part of our team and stay with And Other Stories as we and you develop. Depending on how the team develops, you could end up working as editor, publisher, publicist, sales manager, or operations director, for example.

What the job involves

This role is a mix of consumer marketing and trade marketing activity, principally:

  • Social Media campaigns: Strategizing, planning, taking ownership of, executing, analysing, and reporting on social media campaigns that maximise exposure for authors, their books, and our ‘brand’. You will need to either be quick at adapting design templates (eg for social media assets) and making videos or be good at briefing a designer. You will also oversee regular social media meetings for the team. Our social media campaigns include paid advertising.
  • Marketing Communications: Coordinating, laying out, and contributing copy to our very popular and informal monthly newsletter, as well as on our website and its News/Ampersand blog pages.
  • Team collaboration and strategizing: Contributing collaboratively to And Other Stories’ marketing of frontlist titles, so that our press relations, events, advertising, marketing, and social media work well together.
  • Bookseller outreach for buzz and sales increase: Developing strong relationships with UK and European booksellers, leading to more endorsements from booksellers and a clear increase in visibility and sales.
  • Bookseller outreach for events: Working with the publicist to develop and book multi-venue book tours in UK and European bookshops (a mix of in-person and virtual events).
  • Event organisation: At times, we throw parties or put on special events. You will work with the publicist on this if it suits your skills.
  • Author and translator relationships: Developing and maintaining strong, trusting relationships with our authors and translators, including on social media.
  • Building relationships more widely for And Other Stories with individuals and organisations in order to grow our presence as part of the publishing landscape. (Eg: meeting people through regular attendance at literary events.)

Skills needed

An applicant will also:

  • Communicate intelligently and with verve, both verbally and in writing and on audio-visual platforms.
  • Be pragmatic, self-motivated, have a ‘can do’ approach, and be able to find solutions.
  • Meet deadlines and be a self-organizer.
  • Work well in a team and on your own initiative, including from home.
  • Maintain accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Be computer literate (especially with MS Excel) and good at problem solving.
  • Understanding of the literary landscape and the ability to make recommendations based on artistic influence, similarity, or shared appeal. (If you love Bolaño’s fiction, you’ll probably like who’s on our list etc.)

Desirable but not essential

  • Ability to read foreign languages
  • Experience of life in multiple cultures
  • People management experience
  • Event organisation / party throwing

An applicant will also:

* Believe strongly in the importance of anti-racism work and equality advocacy. More on our Inclusivity goals here: https://www.andotherstories.org/about-us/?tab=6

* Be ecologically motivated and willing to be creative in order to be more ecological. More on our Sustainability goals here: https://www.andotherstories.org/about-us/?tab=5

Who we are

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are actively seeking job applicants who reflect a broad representation of differences, including race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, neurodiversity, age, family status, economic background and status, geographical background and status, and perspective.

We are an independent and not-for-profit publisher of shamelessly literary fiction and non-fiction, with emphases on translation and experimental contemporary English-language writing. We are based primarily in Sheffield (with an office in the Central Library), but the staff and contributing editors also live in London, Hull, Newcastle, and New York. Of our five employees, two are full-time. We also work regularly with a number of freelancers. We are part of the Arts Council of England’s National Portfolio and receive some public funding. Most of our income comes from book sales in the retail trade and via our subscription club.

More details on our press on our website’s About Us page: https://www.andotherstories.org/about-us/

Who will manage you?

You will be directly managed by our publisher, Stefan Tobler.

How to apply

Please send as two attachments the following:

1. your CV, including the name of two referees we could contact

2. a covering letter detailing your fit for the post and your interest in And Other Stories and when you could start work by end of 31st January 2024 to publisher Stefan Tobler at stefantobler@andotherstories.org with ‘Marketing Application’ in the subject line.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 15th February in Sheffield Central Library.

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