We’re hiring: Programme and Communications Assistant


Spread the Word, London’s literature development agency, is recruiting an entry level, part-time role:  Programme and Communications Assistant. 

We are an arts charity and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. Founded in 1995 by novelist Bernardine Evaristo MBE and Ruth Borthwick (who went on to be Director of Arvon), we work to support, develop and advocate for London’s writers and to develop a thriving and diverse literature scene in London. 

We create opportunities for storytellers, creatives and readers to change the conversations we have and reimagine the world we live in by: running inclusive creative writing programmes; offering practical ways for writers to get their work into the world; discovering Londoners who love words; and nurturing those who want to write, read and share stories.

Programme and Communications Assistant

We are looking for an enthusiastic Programme and Communications Assistant to provide vital administrative support across our programme of activity as well as working closely with the Communications and Impact Manager to support Spread the Words communications in print and online.

This multifaceted position requires excellent organisational, time management, communication, and engagement skills. We’re looking for an enthusiastic person who is keen to develop their career in the arts and deepen their passion for literature, cultural democracy and supporting London’s writers.

Job description and person specification (PDF)

Job description and person specification (Word document)

Working with Spread the Word

This role is based at Spread the Word’s offices at the Albany in Deptford, London. We offer hybrid working – we currently work two/ three days at the office and the rest at home.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic person who is keen to develop their career in the arts and deepen their passion for literature, cultural democracy and supporting London’s writers. You will be able to demonstrate good practice and commitment to accessibility, equality, and inclusion, as well as a passion for engaging people with words and stories


The interview panel for the Programme and Communications Assistant role is: Director Ruth Harrison and Programme Manager (writer development) Bobby Nayyar.

Both the first and second interviews will take place in person at Spread the Word’s office at the Albany, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG. Travel expenses will be paid and reasonable adjustments will be made for applicants invited to interview.

How to apply

Key Dates:

  • Job advertised from: Tuesday 19 March 
  • Deadline for applications: 10am, Wednesday 24 April 
  • Shortlist confirmed by: Wednesday 1 May 
  • Round one interviews: Wednesday 8 May 
  • Round two interviews: Wednesday 15 May 

 Please apply by completing the questions in the online application form and attaching the following items: 

  1.  A cover letter outlining how you meet the job description and person specification and why you would like the role (no longer than 2 sides A4);  
  2. Your CV (no longer than 2 sides A4); 
  3. Completed Equal Opportunities form. The form will be separated from your application on receipt. You can download it here 

We particularly welcome applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the literature and publishing industries. If you rarely see people like yourself in the arts, for any reason, we particularly encourage you to apply.

Apply for the role using our online application form.

Please note: You can preview the form and see all questions by following the link. Please only fill the form in once you have everything ready as it is not possible to save a draft and come back to it later.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Wednesday 24 April. Please note that late applications will not be considered.


If you are experiencing any issues with your application, please contact Ruth Harrison: [email protected]