A registered charity, the Stephen Spender Trust was established in 1997 to widen appreciation of the literary legacy of Stephen Spender and his contemporaries and to promote literary translation. The Trust’s activities include the annual Stephen Spender Prize, in association with the Guardian; Translators in Schools, a professional development programme that also offers public-facing translation events; and occasional talks, seminars and readings. The current Director, Suzanne Joinson, is stepping down to take up an academic role. The Trust is supported by a strong and enthusiastic board.
The Director is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Trust, including fundraising to deliver projects, and is currently supported by four trustees and an advisory committee that meets three times a year. A freelancer assists with book-keeping and administration. The new Director will be expected to continue the Trust’s existing activities and initiate any others that meet the charity’s objectives and are approved by the trustees. There is a great deal of flexibility in the job – its remit and the terms of employment – and the trustees are very much open to suggestions from shortlisted candidates, who will be expected to have thought about the future development of the Trust.
More information about the opening and the job description is available here.