Society of Young Publishers Scotland

Founded in 1949, the Society of Young Publishers is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation and is run by the four regional committees of dedicated volunteers who give up their spare time to help others take their first steps into the industry and progress within it.


Current opportunities

The Society of Young Publishers (SYP) seeks an applicant within the first ten years of their publishing career or hoping to enter the industry to be the Inclusivity Officer on the 2021/22 Scotland Committee. The SYP is a volunteer-led membership organisation dedicated to helping aspiring publishers get into the industry, and helping those within the first ten years of their careers get ahead. Volunteering with the Society of Young Publishers allows you to develop new skills, gain valuable contacts and friends, and make a positive difference to the industry, all while helping others. To be on the Scotland Committee, you need to be based in Scotland (or currently working/studying remotely at a Scottish institution due to the pandemic with the aim of moving to Scotland when it is safe to do so). You do not need to be working in publishing nor be an SYP member to serve on the committee. The Inclusivity Officer ensures SYP Scotland embeds accessibility into everything we do, from our monthly events and outreach activities to our annual conference. This role requires a commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, good interpersonal skills and an ability to use initiative. You will be supported in your work by the Co-Chairs and the rest of the SYP Inclusivity team, led by the SYP UK Inclusivity Officer. Duties include: - Identifying key opportunities within the SYP Scotland’s branch activities for better diversity and inclusion and develop strategy as appropriate - Liaising with Membership Secretary and Student Liaison Officer to provide suggestions for how to make our outreach more inclusive - Tracking and reporting progress to the rest of the committee - Provide updates at monthly meeting on diversity and inclusion matters in the industry Like many organisations, the SYP is working hard to be an inclusive and diverse entity. We understand that the world we live in is a diverse place and the publishing industry needs to reflect that. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and particularly encourage candidates from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodivergent and lower socio-economic backgrounds/experiences.

The Society of Young Publishers (SYP) seeks applicants within the first ten years of their publishing careers or hoping to enter the industry to be a Communications Officer on the 2021/22 Scotland Committee. The SYP is a volunteer-led membership organisation dedicated to helping aspiring publishers get into the industry, and helping those within the first ten years of their careers get ahead. Volunteering with the Society of Young Publishers allows you to develop new skills, gain valuable contacts and friends, and make a positive difference to the industry, all while helping others. To be on the Scotland Committee, you need to be based in Scotland (or currently working/studying remotely at a Scottish institution due to the pandemic with the aim of moving to Scotland when it is safe to do so). You do not need to be working in publishing nor be an SYP member to serve on the committee. The Communications Officers work as a team of three to manage SYP Scotland's digital content and social media channels. This role requires excellent written communication skills with a high level of attention to detail. Good working knowledge of WordPress and the ability to analyse engagement data would be advantageous. Duties include: - Maintaining the website by ensuring that all of SYP Scotland's forthcoming social and speaker events are listed in a timely manner - Maintaining SYP Scotland's social media channels by promoting SYP Scotland's social and speaker events and sharing/re-posting topical stories and articles - Providing feedback at monthly meetings and contributing to event brainstorming Like many organisations, the SYP is working hard to be an inclusive and diverse entity. We understand that the world we live in is a diverse place and the publishing industry needs to reflect that. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and particularly encourage candidates from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodivergent and lower socio-economic backgrounds/experiences.

The Society of Young Publishers (SYP) seeks applicants within the first ten years of their publishing careers or hoping to enter the industry to be an Events Coordinator on the 2021/22 Scotland Committee. The SYP is a volunteer-led membership organisation dedicated to helping aspiring publishers get into the industry, and helping those within the first ten years of their careers get ahead. Volunteering with the Society of Young Publishers allows you to develop new skills, gain valuable contacts and friends, and make a positive difference to the industry, all while helping others. To be on the Scotland Committee, you need to be based in Scotland (or currently working/studying remotely at a Scottish institution due to the pandemic with the aim of moving to Scotland when it is safe to do so). You do not need to be working in publishing nor be an SYP member to serve on the committee. The Events Coordinators run SYP Scotland's monthly events programme, including speaker events, workshops and socials. They work closely with the Treasurer (managing budgets), Communications Officers (marketing events to maximise attendance, liaising on online events) and the Book Club Coordinator (providing event coordination support). They can also join the conference committee if desired. This role requires organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure, with a flexible, proactive approach. Duties include: - Communicating event ideas and updates in each committee meeting - Scouting out suitable event spaces for both socials and speaker events and organising hire within budget (when applicable) - Approaching publishing professionals to speak at events - Fostering good relationships with potential speakers and local venue managers, and maintaining and building on the existing database of contacts Like many organisations, the SYP is working hard to be an inclusive and diverse entity. We understand that the world we live in is a diverse place and the publishing industry needs to reflect that. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and particularly encourage candidates from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodivergent and lower socio-economic backgrounds/experiences.

The Society of Young Publishers (SYP) seeks an applicant within the first ten years of their publishing career or hoping to enter the industry to be the Treasurer on the 2021/22 Scotland Committee. The SYP is a volunteer-led membership organisation dedicated to helping aspiring publishers get into the industry, and helping those within the first ten years of their careers get ahead. Volunteering with the Society of Young Publishers allows you to develop new skills, gain valuable contacts and friends, and make a positive difference to the industry, all while helping others. To be on the Scotland Committee, you need to be based in Scotland (or currently working/studying remotely at a Scottish institution due to the pandemic with the aim of moving to Scotland when it is safe to do so). You do not need to be working in publishing nor be an SYP member to serve on the committee. The Treasurer is responsible for the management of the SYP Scotland's budget and finances, working closely with the Co-Chairs. You will be capable of handling figures and cash, have an eye for detail and the ability to ensure decisions are taken and followed up. Duties include: - Processing conference and event fees and committee expenses - Keeping a record of the incomings and outgoings of money to ensure that the branch stays within its budget - Regularly reporting spending to the UK Treasurer. Like many organisations, the SYP is working hard to be an inclusive and diverse entity. We understand that the world we live in is a diverse place and the publishing industry needs to reflect that. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and particularly encourage candidates from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodivergent and lower socio-economic backgrounds/experiences.