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Welcome to the application page to volunteer for a position on the SYP UK Committee.
Applications are now closed. Volunteer roles for 2023 will be open for applications in late November/early December 2022.
Positions on the UK committee are open to applicants anywhere within the UK and Ireland. If you wish to apply to be a member of one of the other committees (Ireland, 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.
The Alumni Liaison Officer is responsible for creating a network of SYP alumni, i.e. former committee members, and exploring ways to maintain, involve, engage them with the organisation’s current activity.
Knowledge of, or a willingness to learn, about member retention and promotion techniques is important, as are organisational skills. This role offers creative freedom to organise events and network with established professionals in the publishing industry.
The UK Communications Officer (Newsletter) is responsible for sending a monthly newsletter to all active SYP members with updates on the organisation’s activties, job ads, and other opportunities relevant to those wanting to get into or ahead in publishing.
Knowledge of, or a willingness to learn, about the newsletter, communication skills, design, subscriber retention, and promotion techniques is important, as are organisational skills. This role offers creative freedom to design and curate a newsletter, a collaborative approach to working with other members of the committee, and is well suited to someone interested in marketing or publicity.
The Digital Content Officer is responsible for overseeing the creation of content for the SYP’s new website – with a particular focus on career resources for entry-level and mid-career professionals.
Skills required to succeed in this role include an understanding of, or willingness to learn, WordPress. Excellent writing and diary management skills are required. This role offers opportunities to network, develop communication and design skills as well as develop a collaborative approach to working in the publishing industry.
The Events Officers are responsible for all organising SYP UK events.
Great organisational and interpersonal skills are required, as are flexibility and the ability to adapt to unexpected developments. Prior event planning experience would be advantageous, but not essential. This role offers the opportunity to develop several skills often required in publishing; event planning, networking, diary management, promotional skills, and collaborative working.
The Inclusivity Officer ensures inclusive thinking is intrinsic in all the SYP does in order to allow both members and non-members to feel included and have a voice.
Key skills needed for this role include good research, communication, and organisational skills, as well as diplomacy. This role offers research, collaborative working, and an opportunity to make your mark on SYP’s legacy ensuring its continual efforts to implement inclusive policies in the organisation.
The Job Officer is responsible for updating job roles advertised by publishing organisations on a timely basis.
Key skills needed for this role include diary management, communication, and organisational skills. This role offers a good insight into job opportunities, research skills, and collaborative working with committee members.
The Membership Secretary is the first point of contact for new members across all branches and is responsible for maintaining membership records.
Strong interpersonal and administrative skills are essential in this role, as is the ability to be organised and communicate effectively. This role offers opportunities to network, learn member retention skills and provide member-care service.
The Mentorship Scheme Lead is responsible for overseeing the development of the SYP’s mentorship scheme, which was expanded in 2020 to include the whole of the UK and Ireland.
Excellent organisational, time management and communication skills are essential. Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, how to raise the awareness of marketing campaigns will be advantageous. This role offers opportunities to network with the wider industry, learn communication and promotional skills, as well as people skills.
The Podcast Officer is responsible for creating, editing, and promoting podcast episodes for the UK branch.
Excellent organisational, time management and communication skills are essential. Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, how to create and promote a podcast is required. Any previous experience in podcast production could be advantageous. This is an exciting new role that offers opportunities to develop your editing, creativity, interviewing, and networking skills.
The PR Officer is responsible for liaising with the press regarding new developments and regular project launches.
Excellent organisational, time management, writing, and interpersonal skills are essential. Awareness of different media outlets across the sector, and knowledge of, or willingness to learn, how to raise the awareness of marketing campaigns will be advantageous. This role offers opportunities to expand your media contact list and develop your writing, creativity, and communication skills.
The Social Media Officer is responsible for overseeing SYP UK’s social media activity.
An understanding of, or willingness to learn about, social media engagement and design is essential. This is a fast-paced role that offers opportunities to develop your organisational, communication, creativity, design, and customer awareness and care skills.
The Treasurer reports on financial activity across the whole of the SYP.
This role demands attention to detail and organisation, the ability to use Excel/Google Sheets and work with numbers, be able to respond quickly to time-sensitive requests, and be accountable and reliable. This is a key position that offers opportunities to develop analytical and strategic planning skills, as well as communication and interpersonal abilities.
The Website Officer is responsible for maintaining and expanding the new SYP website.
Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, about content management systems, particularly WordPress, and Google Analytics is essential. This role offers opportunities to develop technical and problem-solving skills, as well as copywriting and proofreading abilities.
The Managing Editor oversees the production of the quarterly InPrint magazine and manages a team of writers and designers.
A keen editorial eye is required, as are people management skills and some knowledge of InDesign. This is a key role that offers opportunities to develop communication and interpersonal skills, as well as organisational and time management abilities.
The InPrint Writers report to the Managing Editor and are responsible for writing articles for the quarterly issues of the magazine.
Strong writing skills and attention to detail are key, as is an interest in exploring current and upcoming trends in the publishing industry. This is an exciting role in which you can develop your creativity and writing skills, as well as expand your knowledge of the publishing world.
The InPrint Design Editor works predominantly on the society’s quarterly magazine, InPrint, working closely with the Managing Editor and the editorial team.
A working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is essential, as is the ability to work effectively in a team and to a deadline. This role offers opportunities to develop your technical and creative skills, as well as organisational and interpersonal abilities.
The Picture Editor works with the InPrint Writers and Design Editor on the quarterly InPrint magazine.
You may have a background in photography, illustration, art, or design – or just have an eye for a good image. Some experience or a demonstrable interest in picture research, illustration, or design role would be a benefit. This role offers opportunities to develop your research and creativity skills, as well as organisational and interpersonal abilities.
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.