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Position Title: Marketing and Communications Manager
Employment: Full Time
Location: Wellington, New Zealand Book Council Office
Reporting to: Chief Executive
The key responsibilities of the role are:
• To successfully deliver a robust and proactive communications strategy for the New Zealand Book Council
• To manage New Zealand Book Council relationships with key stakeholders across the literary sector including but not limited to individual New Zealand Book Council members, donors, booksellers, libraries, festivals and publishers
Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, the post-holder will be responsible for all traditional and online communications, including managing and developing content for www.bookcouncil.org.nz and booknotes-unbound.org.nz, implementing and developing our communications strategy, issuing media communications and developing and managing relationships with individual Book Council members and stakeholders.
The New Zealand Book Council receives core funding from Creative New Zealand through the Toi Tōtara Haemata programme. The Book Council’s current role is to deliver an integrated programme of activity that works in partnership with publishers and other organisations to promote the reading and writing of high-quality New Zealand literature. The Marketing and Communications Manager plays a critical role in ensuring the New Zealand Book Council successfully delivers to this mandate.
The Marketing and Communication Manager’s primary objectives are:
1. To raise the profile of the New Zealand Book Council and increase awareness of our work
2. To manage and develop all New Zealand Book Council online activity
3. To manage and develop all New Zealand Book Council print material
4. To support the delivery of a robust and proactive advocacy strategy
5. To manage and develop relationships between the New Zealand Book Council and stakeholders by delivering a range of communications and events
1. Increase awareness and raise the profile of the New Zealand Book Council
• Develop and implement an integrated communications strategy that proactively maximises the potential of our online channels, including social media (Facebook, Twitter, You Tube etc.), and traditional communication channels
• Seek out appropriate PR opportunities to support Book Council projects, fundraising, advocacy and profile-building
• Coordinate the Council’s communications activities across the organisation
• Work with other team members to promote Book Council programmes and activity externally
• Strengthen relationships with the literary sector through our communications channels
2. Manage and develop all Book Council website activity
• Regularly update, write, edit and commission content for www.bookcouncil.org.nz
• Develop and manage the editorial programme for booknotes-unbound.org.nz, including writing, editing and commissioning content
• Produce our fortnightly e-newsletter and support the School Library e-newsletter
• Explore and implement new and relevant communications and content opportunities for the Book Council websites
• Generally ensure that all online content is up-to-date and relevant
• Regularly update the websites with key Book Council information in liaison with the Programme Manager and Chief Executive
• Design advertisements, banners and imagery for use online
• Encourage and support income streams for our websites/e-newsletters through advertising and other promotions
3. Manage and develop all Book Council print material
• Work with the Chief Executive to support the production of an annual publication
• Develop any additional print material as required
4. Support the delivery of a robust and proactive advocacy strategy
• Liaise with media to publicise Book Council advocacy and broadcast initiatives
• Present and promote Book Council advocacy work across all digital channels
5. Maintain strong relationships with individual members, donors and key stakeholders
• Develop and maintain strong partnerships with stakeholders to deliver shared projects and joint promotions
• Work closely with the Book Council administrator to support the management of and communication with subscribers and donors
• Work closely with the Book Council Fundraising Manager to ensure that all communications reflect our fundraising goals and strategy
• Ensure that individual member and patron events and publications are realised in an efficient and timely fashion
• Manage and deliver the quarterly patrons newsletter and ongoing communications with our members and stakeholders
• Manage, deliver and report back on member and subscriber surveys
All relationships both internal and external are to be conducted in a professional, polite and courteous manner at all times, and in a manner that promotes and reflects the best interests of the Council.
Accountable to: Chief Executive, NZBC
Internal Relationships: Chief Executive, NZBC
Programmes Manager, NZBC
Fundraising Manager, NZBC
Accounts Manager, NZBC
External Relationships: Media
• Sound knowledge and understanding of the New Zealand literature sector and key New Zealand Book Council partners
• Demonstrated skill in managing communications
• Confidence in developing and implementing communication strategies, including digital strategy
• Practical knowledge and understanding of digital best practice, social media and online engagement
• Confidence working with content management systems (Outpost and Wordpress)
• Technical website management abilities and knowledge of html
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• An ability to develop strong relationships and partnerships
• Strong editing and proofreading abilities
• Sound professional judgement and decision making
• Skills in evaluation and reporting
• Strong organisationa l and administrative skills
• Have a good eye for design and layout and be a confident user of Photoshop
• Ability to work co-operatively as part of a small team
• Commitment to the principles of the Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi
For a full position description or for further information please e-mail the Chief Executive, Catriona Ferguson: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02102482637.
Bursting balloons, crashing gongs and plenty of wild ideas will all feature in Coromandel-based writer Des Hunt’s Southland schools tour, made possible through the New Zealand Book Council’s popular Writers in Schools programme. While on tour Hunt will visit school students in Invercargill, Winton and Gore from 23 – 27 March 2015.
Hunt, a science teacher for over 40 years, began writing novels for young adults as a way to inspire students’ interest in science and nature – and he consciously includes locations and features that young New Zealand readers would recognise. He has since published over ten titles, most of which have either been shortlisted for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, or been acknowledged in Storylines Notable Book lists; including Project Huia (Scholastic, 2013), The Secret of Jelly Mountain (Scholastic, 2009) and Cry of the Taniwha (HarperCollins, 2009).
His tour of Southland is being organised by the New Zealand Book Council as part of their Writers in Schools programme, of which Hunt is one of their most requested writers. The Southland region has a shortage of writers and illustrators registered as part of the initiative, so annual tours are now being planned as an essential way for students in the area to meet a writer face-to-face and gain inspiration for developing their own skills.
“What’s good for schools is good for the future of the region. It’s proven that students do better at school and have better career prospects, if they also enjoy reading in their free time. Bringing a writer into a school has the power to inspire young readers and writers, but can also provide an incentive for reluctant readers to give books a try,” explains Lynette Hartgill, Programmes Manager at the New Zealand Book Council.
In order to reach as many schools as possible, the New Zealand Book Council is also sponsoring Des Hunt to host a free creative writing workshop for talented young writers at Invercargill City Library on the morning of Thursday 26 March.
Schools have jumped at the chance to work with Des Hunt, and the week of visits is fully booked, providing a strong case for the Writers in Schools programme to bring more New Zealand writers and illustrators to Southland in the future.
For more information or interviews with Des Hunt:
Programmes Manager, New Zealand Book Council
Phone: (04) 801 5546
About Des Hunt
Des Hunt is a young adult fiction writer. He was a school teacher for more than 40 years and has also published textbooks. The strong environmental messages in Hunt’s novels emphasise the unique features of New Zealand fauna and geology. His first novel, A Friend in Paradise, combined action adventure with ecological themes, and was a finalist in the 2003 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. Hunt was also a finalist in the Junior Fiction section of the 2007 and 2014 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. Read more about Des Hunt in his Book Council Writers file.
About the Writers in Schools programme
The New Zealand Book Council Writers in Schools programme has been working with schools across New Zealand to encourage children to read, write, create and learn through books since 1974. Over 200 of New Zealand’s best novelists, journalists, playwrights, non-fiction writers, storytellers and illustrators are registered in the programme. Writers in Schools visits span the length and breadth of the country. Find out more on the Book Council Writers in Schools page.
Monday 23 March James Hargest Senior Campus Visit
9.00am - 3.00pm 288 Layard Street
Tuesday 24 March Southland Boys High School Visit
9.00am - 3.00pm 181 Herbert St
Wednesday 25 March Winton School Visit
9.00am - 3.00pm Eglinton Street
Thursday 26 March Invercargill City Library Writing Workshop
9.00am - 12noon 50 Dee St
Friday 27 March Longford Intermediate School
9.00am - 12noon 5 Wayland Street
The New Zealand Book Council and the Auckland Writers Festival are pleased to announce this year’s Great Kiwi Classic is Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame.
Nominated by readers around the country in a month-long search for New Zealand’s most treasured and classic books, Owls Do Cry is a firm Kiwi favourite and will be celebrated in a special event at the Auckland Writers Festival in May.
Published in 1957, Owls Do Cry was Janet Frame’s critically-acclaimed debut novel and is seen as a seminal work of New Zealand literature. It has been in print for nearly 60 years and was most recently republished in 2014 as part of the Text Classics series (Text Publishing, Australia, 2014).
Distinguished UK novelist Margaret Drabble wrote the introduction to the Text Classics edition of Owls Do Cry. On hearing news of the book’s selection, she said, “I am delighted that Owls Do Cry has been selected as the 2015 Great Kiwi Classic. It is an unforgettable and startlingly original work, a true and timeless classic of enduring power.”
New Zealand Book Council Chief Executive Catriona Ferguson said choosing this year’s Great Kiwi Classic was difficult due to the compelling arguments put forth by passionate readers in favour of their book of choice.
“We received hundreds of nominations for books of all persuasions. It was fascinating to read through the nominations and to realise how much love there is for our country’s writers and their books.
“This year’s choice stood out from the others not only for the extraordinary writing, but also because of Frame’s standing in our country’s literary and social history,” said Ferguson.
The Great Kiwi Classic event at the Auckland Writers Festival will feature Owls Do Cry in a lively discussion, where all views on the book and its claim to classic status will be explored and debated. Chair of the event, Kate De Goldi, will be joined on stage by New Zealand writers Courtney Sina Meredith and Anne Kennedy, alongside Scottish author Damian Barr.
Leading up to the event, the legacy and appeal of Owls Do Cry will be explored on the Book Council’s online readers’ hub, Booknotes Unbound (http://booknotes-unbound.org.nz/), and on the Great Kiwi Classic Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GreatKiwiClassic.
Visit Booknotes Unbound to catch up on last year’s Great Kiwi Classic, the Booker Prize-winning novel The Bone People, celebrated at a moving Auckland Writers Festival event with author Keri Hulme as special guest, and a rapt audience.
The Great Kiwi Classic event will be held on Sunday 17 May, 4.30pm, at the Aotea Centre as part of the Auckland Writers Festival.
For more information about the event visit: http://writersfestival.co.nz/
About Owls Do Cry
Owls Do Cry (1957) was the critically acclaimed first novel of New Zealand’s beloved Janet Frame, a seminal work and a set text for many teenage New Zealanders. Semi-autobiographical, it soared beyond the social realism that dominated much of New Zealand’s literature at the time (and perhaps still does), winning the NZ Literary Fund Award for Achievement in 1958 and finding an international audience. Poetic and experimental, Owls Do Cry recounts the story of the Withers family, gently exploring mental health, poverty and loneliness.
About Janet Frame
Janet Frame (1924-2004) is New Zealand’s most distinguished writer. Among her numerous honours, Frame is a Member of the Order of New Zealand, a Nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature and an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She was among ten of New Zealand’s greatest living artists named as Arts Foundation of New Zealand Icon Artists in 2003. Traumatic childhood events and other life experiences find displaced fictional treatment in her writing; nevertheless, Frame warned against the ‘blurring of the fine distinction between the writer’s work and the writer’s life’ — the naive treatment of her fictional creations as autobiography. In 1999, before her death in 2004, she founded the Janet Frame Literary Trust.
For more information visit Janet Frame’s writers profile on the Book Council website: http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/Writers/Profiles/Frame, Janet
For further information, contact New Zealand Book Council Chief Executive, Catriona Ferguson on 021 024 82637 or Catriona@bookcouncil.org.nz.
• The New Zealand Book Council and Auckland Writers Festival have announced Owls Do Cry (1957) by Janet Frame is the 2015 Great Kiwi Classic book.
• A free panel event will be held as part of the Auckland Writers Festival on Sunday 17 May at the Aotea Centre to discuss and celebrate the 2015 Great Kiwi Classic.
• A celebration of Owls Do Cry will take place leading up to the Festival event on Facebook and Booknotes Unbound (http://booknotes-unbound.org.nz/).
• Great Kiwi Classic Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GreatKiwiClassic
• Great Kiwi Classic email: email@example.com
• Auckland Writers Festival website: http://writersfestival.co.nz/
• New Zealand Book Council website: www.bookcouncil.org.nz
• Booknotes Unbound NZ literary magazine: http://booknotes-unbound.org.nz/
• Janet Frame’s writers profile on the Book Council website: http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/Writers/Profiles/Frame, Janet
Author photo of Janet Frame (above right) restricted use: Photo is copyright the Janet Frame Literary Trust and can only be used in conjunction with the 2015 Great Kiwi Classic campaign and for related publicity. Media can request a higher resolution version of the photo by contacting the New Zealand Book Council.
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