JOIN THE IRELAND COMMITTEE

Welcome to the application page to volunteer for a position on the SYP Ireland Committee.

Applications are now closed. Volunteer roles for 2023 will be open for applications in late November/early December 2022.

Positions on the Ireland Committee are open to applicants based in Ireland. If you wish to apply to be a member of one of the other committees UK, London, North, Oxford, Scotland, South West) or to find out what roles they have available, return to the main Volunteer with the SYP page.

Please note that while these positions are voluntary, it does require a commitment for the year in order to keep the society running successfully. Each position will also involve participating in committee meetings, as well as contributing to possible events or online ventures.

For more information on the positions available, please see the role descriptions below.

Ireland Secretary/Treasurer

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in the smooth running of SYP, maintaining communication between committee members
  • Planning meetings (Skype/zoom/phone/face-to-face) including organising venue/meeting place and time
  • Participating in meetings, contributing ideas where relevant
  • Helping where necessary i.e. contacting literary festivals, updating website, taking notes etc
  • Management of the SYP Ireland bank account
  • Processing event fees and committee expense

It is important to keep a record of the incomings and outgoings of money to ensure that the branch stays within its budget.

Ireland Communications Officer

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining the website by ensuring that all of SYP Ireland’s forthcoming social and speaker events are listed in a timely manner
  • Maintaining SYP Ireland’s social media channels by promoting SYP Ireland’s social and speaker events and sharing/re-posting topical stories and articles
  • Designing and producing marketing materials (such as flyers) for events
  • Co-ordinating the monthly SYP Ireland newsletter
  • Keeping track of an annual budget, reporting any expenses to the Co-Chairs and Treasurer
  • Providing feedback at monthly meetings and contributing to event brainstorming

Ireland Digital Content Officer

The Digital Content Officer is responsible for creating online content for the committee – with a particular focus on career resources for entry-level and mid-career professionals.

Responibilities include:

  • Developing a Resource Centre for SYP members
  • Liaising with the regional committees to manage the uploading of online content to the SYP marketing channels
  • Creating content offering publishing insights or career advice
  • Sourcing articles from external partners and companies

Skills required to succeed in this role include an understanding of, or willingness to learn, WordPress, as well as excellent writing and diary management skills.

Ireland Events Officer (2 positions)

Responsibilities include:

  • Organising and hosting speaker/social events, aiming to create a varied and engaging programme covering a variety of topics
  • Host events on a regular basis, deciding format (online/live) and theme
  • Approaching publishing professionals to speak at events
  • Providing creative contribution to the organisation and planning of events
  • Working with the Communications team to arrange publicity and marketing around upcoming events
  • Keeping track of an annual budget and costings, reporting any expenses to the Chair and Secretary/Treasurer
  • DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVITY: Identifying key opportunities within the SYP Ireland’s branch activities for better diversity and inclusion and develop strategy as appropriate
  • DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVITY: Liaising with Communications Office and Events to provide suggestions for how to make our outreach more inclusive

Ireland Podcast and Book Club Officer

This is a dynamic role with two key tasks; managing contributions to the SYP Podcast and leading the SYP Ireland Bookclub. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Representing SYP Ireland in the SYP Podcast
  • Communicating and coordinating with the SYP Podcast Officer, sharing SYP Ireland’s committee ideas for themes and topics for coming episodes
  • Lead SYP Ireland Bookclub by choosing themes and titles for each session, aiming for a varied and diverse selection over the year
  • Chair the bookclub sessions, ensuring that an open and inclusive atmosphere is created and that everyone has the opportunity to discuss opinions and thoughts based on their readings

Some experience or knowledge of podcasts or as a radio interviewer is helpful but not required. 

Ireland Student Officer

Responsibilities include:

  • Making contacts at Ireland universities, sending information about the SYP, and exploring event or collaboration opportunities
  • Career fair representation and sending flyers to events/talks etc.
  • Organising and hosting student socials
  • Write-ups student events for the SYP blog, Press Forward
  • Seeking possible partnerships with other companies or organisations
  • Running occasional Facebook chats with students/using a hashtag to generate conversation amongst students in our online community
  • Continuing to guide your peers in the direction of the SYP, and letting them know about upcoming events, either online or in person

If you have any questions about the SYP volunteer application process, please refer to the FAQs page or, if your question isn’t answered there, contact us at ireland@thesyp.org.uk.

Like many organisations, the SYP is working hard to be an inclusive and diverse entity. We understand that the world we live in is a diverse place and the publishing industry needs to reflect that. We welcome applications from those of any background, and particularly encourage candidates from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodivergent and lower socio-economic backgrounds/experiences.