Are you a freelancer or employee working with a literature/languages organisation in Scotland with the ambition and energy to lead?
Apply to Next Level 2021 for 1:1 online mentoring, training & networking opportunities tailored to your career goals.
The Next Level Programme 2021 is a career development programme that aims to equip two arts professionals on the path to a senior position with the intended outcome of increasing diversity within our sector.
It’s designed for two arts professionals (sometimes called arts admin or literature professionals in roles such as Assistant, Coordinator, Officer, Executive, Manager) who are either employed by or work as a freelancer with an organisation in Scotland’s literature, languages and publishing sector.
The 2021 programme is for people with 4 to 6 years’ experience of working in the sector and who would not define themselves as working at senior management level. It includes up to 80 contact hours (10 days), delivered digitally due to Covid-19, over six months from May 2021.
We particularly welcome applications from candidates who are from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities and those who identify as working-class and/or disabled and their intersections.
The deadline for applications is midnight on Wed 12 May 2021.
The two Awardees will each receive:
- 4 x 60-minute, one-to-one online mentoring sessions with an industry professional working in, for example, publishing, bookselling, programming, libraries
- Training in presentation skills and how to make an impact (delivered virtually)
- Conversations with industry professionals (via telephone/video call).
We’ll cover the costs of:
- A living wage stipend can be available where the successful applicant would not be paid for their time participating in the programme.
How to apply:
Download our application pack from the website and email the completed application form and nomination form to Jenny Kumar, LAS Projects & Comms Manager, on email@example.com with a short covering letter by midnight on Wed 12 May 2021.
Informal interviews will be held on Zoom on Wed 19 May 2021.
Not sure if it’s for you? Email Jenny on firstname.lastname@example.org
April 14, 2021
We’re thrilled to introduce our Awardee for Round Two of the Next Level Programme: Katalina Watt
Next Level is LAS’ pilot career development programme that aims to equip two mid-career arts professionals (in two rounds) on the path to a senior position with the intended outcome of increasing diversity within the literature, languages and publishing sector. The Programme is supported by our funding from Creative Scotland.
Peggy Hughes, LAS Chair, said: “We’re thrilled to appoint Katalina as our Round Two Next Level Awardee and we’ve already started working with her on a tailored programme of connections and training to support her development. Katalina has such focus and drive, and her commitment to passing down the ladder to help others rise is testament to the leader we know she will become.”
Katalina Watt said: “I am delighted to be selected for the Next Level programme and can’t wait to see what opportunities, connections, and skills grow and develop from the programme. Both accessibility and elevating the voices of those still underrepresented in the arts are essential to my work in publishing, and I have always been inspired by and grateful for those who make the time to share their insights and pay it forward to others in the industry. That’s the kind of leader I hope to become and I’m so excited to work with Literature Alliance Scotland on this next step in my career.”
In addition, we were so impressed with the calibre of the other interview candidates that we have repurposed funding to help support them with some next steps in their career. The three ‘Next Steps’ awardees are Beth Cochrane, Stefan Kellhofer and Catrin Kemp who we’re working with to facilitate two industry connections and a mentoring session.
Katalina Watt is Audio and Online Assistant at Canongate Books, working across the digital list in both audio and ebook. She is also Podcast Director for khōréō, a quarterly magazine of speculative fiction elevating voices of immigrant and diaspora authors. She has experience in Audio for Little Brown Book Group, and events and bookselling for independent bookshops, most recently at Golden Hare Books. Katalina is also an author and was Longlisted for Penguin WriteNow 2020. She studied English Literature at the University of Glasgow and completed an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier.
December 1, 2020
Are you a freelancer or employee working with a literature organisation in Scotland with the ambition and energy to lead?
Apply to our Next Level programme for 1-2-1 mentoring & tailored training opportunities.
We’re excited to open applications for our Next Level programme.
It’s a pilot career development programme that aims to equip two mid-career arts professionals on the path to a senior position with the intended outcome of increasing diversity within our sector.
With Next Level you’ll receive mentoring with an industry professional and training tailored to your career goals.
This first round is for one applicant and includes up to 80 contact hours (10 days) over three months from February 2020.
It’s designed for a mid-career arts professional who’s either employed by or works as a freelancer for an organisation in Scotland’s literature & languages sector.
We particularly welcome applications from those who self-identify as being from an under-represented group, for example, BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic), working class and/or disabled.
We consider mid-career to be someone with 4-6 years’ experience of working in the sector and who would not define themselves as working at senior management level.
At the end of the programme, the successful applicant will share their experience with the LAS membership either through a presentation or a written piece as part of the evaluation process.
Applications for Round 2 for the second applicant will open and take place in Summer 2020.
We’re looking for participants who can demonstrate
- The ambition and energy to lead
- A commitment to Scotland’s literature, languages and publishing sector
- The creativity and potential to work at a senior level.
Next Level is aimed at arts professionals working for/with an organisation within the literature & languages sector and is not open to full-time writers. You are, however, eligible to apply if you’re a writer and you also work as an arts professional within the sector. Check the full details on eligibility.
How to apply:
Download our application pack from the website and email the completed forms to Jenny Kumar on email@example.com with a short covering letter by the deadline.
The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 10 January 2020.
November 14, 2019