Jobs & opportunities

Projects Manager (maternity cover)

The Scottish Poetry Library is a dynamic organisation, a unique national resource and advocate for poetry. The SPL is looking for a creative and experienced individual, or job-share pairing, to join its small team as Projects Manager as maternity cover. This part-time, 12-month post will be based in Edinburgh.

Helping to fulfil the SPL’s aim of bringing people and poetry together, through developing and managing projects with a range of different partners and audiences.

Current projects include development and delivery of:

  • annual National Poetry Day campaign’s poem postcards and resources to participating schools and libraries across Scotland;
  • Tools of the Trade, the anthology given free to graduating medical students in 2014 & 2015;
  • shared development of the SPL’s continuing organisational development programme on access and equalities and associated short residencies involving BSL, film-making and comic art;
  • some support of the Living Voices programme which brings poetry, storytelling and song to care settings in Scotland. 

New 2015 projects may include:

  • working with hospice partners in using poetry to contribute to arts programmes including residencies and staff development, and to the encouragement of public discussion of issues around death; 
  • developing work around creativity and ageing; 
  • further work with third sector and/or healthcare partners in using poetry to enable creativity and conversation
  • work with community groups through the access and equalities programme
  • involvement in planning for re-opening and range of use of SPL premises after renovation in 2015

Essential skills and experience:

  • A wide knowledge of and enthusiasm for one or more of:  poetry;  cross-artform working including literature; engaging a wide range of partners and audiences; healthcare or third sector experience; equalities and access issues
  • Significant experience in project development and administration involving multiple partners
  • Understanding of project evaluation
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Time-management skills, and an ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to take the initiative as well as work collaboratively
  • Attention to detail

Desirable skills and experience:

  • preparing and reporting on trust and charity funding applications
  • experience in group facilitation, particularly reading groups
  • publishing experience, print and online
  • degree-level qualification in a relevant discipline


  • £23,000 per annum pro rata, 30 hours per week
  • 12 month fixed contract, Feb 2015 – Jan 2016
  • 28 days holiday plus 10 public holidays

If you wish to proceed with an application, please send your CV with an accompanying letter, setting out your reasons for applying for this post and drawing attention to particularly relevant qualifications.

Job share applications will be considered.  Some flexible working hours and home working will be possible. There is currently no pension attached to this post. The Scottish Poetry Library is committed to offering equal opportunities.

Please let us know how you found out about this post.

Referees’ names should be included but references will only be taken up in the event of your being selected for the post.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to the current Projects Manager, Dr Lilias Fraser,

Applications should be addressed to:
Dr Robyn Marsack, Director, Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT and emailed to:

You should receive an email confirming receipt of your email application within 2 working days. Please contact us if you do not receive this.

The closing date is Tuesday 2 December, 5pm.
We expect to interview short-listed candidates on Monday 15 December.

Volunteering at the Scottish Poetry Library

At the SPL volunteers are a major resource, making a vital contribution to the achievement of our aims.

Volunteers complement and do not replace the roles of paid staff, and we believe our relationship with our volunteers is one of mutual responsibility and commitment. Volunteers contribute to many aspects of our work. In particular, volunteers are key assisting on Saturdays and during evening events.

Please note that we will be closing the library on November 29th, 2014, in preparation for building works in 2015. Therefore, we are not recruiting any new volunteers at present. 

Details and changes will be published on the website as they emerge.


We can occasionally offer short term work experience or more formal placements at the Scottish Poetry Library. However, during 2013-2014 we are unable to do this.

At present we do not offer work experience for secondary school pupils, but this policy is currently under consideration.