Managing Editor, The Reader

Managing Editor, The Reader

Based in Work at Home with regular visits to The Reader at Calderstones Park, L18 3JB, or work at Calderstones.

Reporting to: Director

Salary: pro rata £22,000 – £27,000 per annum

Hours:  0.4FTE/14 hours

Annual Leave:  30 days holiday per year pro rata plus bank holidays

Duration: Permanent


About the Role:

The Reader is an Arts Council National Portfolio organization, with a turnover of £3m, developing the International Centre for Shared Reading at Calderstones Mansion, in South Liverpool. We run a global training programme and support more than 500 weekly Shared Reading groups across the UK, led by our dedicated volunteers.

The Reader became a formal organization in 2008, but we were born with the launch of The Reader magazine in 1997.  Twenty-two years on, we now want to reimagine and relaunch the magazine, in line with the current life of the organization.

We seek an energetic and creative manager with commercial publishing experience, who is attracted by our values, ethos and social ambition. The Managing Editor will lead the redevelopment of The Reader magazine and advise on The Reader’s wider publication programme, especially in its commercial aspects.

We’re looking for an experienced literary leader, who can not only manage a production schedule and interview a famous name about their reading, but also copy-edit beginner-level writing.

The role is both exciting and demanding. You will have business experience, because The Reader magazine must pay its way, but you’ll need to be imaginative in creating content from thin air, and dedicated to getting The Reader’s revolutionary message out into the reading world. You’ll need to be able to think in literary, commercial and social dimensions at the same time.

You will work with Director and a magazine board to lead the development of the new Reader magazine vision and to translate it into reality. That’s why we need someone energetic and creative.