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Director, Scottish Poetry Library

The Scottish Poetry Library is seeking an inspiring, well-qualified and energetic person to lead this unique and ambitious organisation, which brings people and poems together. The SPL operates in both a national and an international context, with a strong online presence. The new Director will join the charitable organisation in the second of its three-year funding cycle, supported by Creative Scotland, and six months after the completion of a major capital project which has seen the Library expand its building and its access capacities.

Building on these achievements, the new Director will lead on strategic planning for the organisation, managing and developing key relationships with stakeholders, partners and funding organisations to deliver a sustainable programme and a high profile within the poetry community and beyond, e.g. in the areas of health and well-being, equalities and education.

The right candidate will be able to communicate a passion for poetry; maintain a harmonious and creative working environment for the staff; and develop the Library’s ethos of openness and accessibility while maintaining high standards of delivery. The financial context for the arts is challenging and the SPL will require someone with strong fundraising and financial management skills as well as a compelling vision.

Salary: £35k, negotiable for an exceptional candidate, plus pension.

Full job description (PDF)

Start date: mid-May 2016

To apply: please submit your CV, completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form and covering letter addressed to the Chair of the Board, Ian Wall, to by midnight Thursday 4 February 2016. Please let us know how you heard about this vacancy. Interviews are provisionally scheduled for Tuesday 16 February 2016. 

The Scottish Poetry Library aims to be an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity across all its services and procedures. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, marital status or civil partnership, pregnancy / maternity or gender reassignment. We request that applicants complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form so that we can monitor our own procedures with regards to equality and fairness. Information is provided voluntarily and anonymously. Completed forms do not form part of the selection process and will be detached from your application prior to shortlisting.

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 in assisting on Saturdays and during evening events. The Scottish Poetry Library is an ideal environment in which to gain experience of how a library and an arts organisation work.

We are currently recruiting volunteers to work in our newly refurbished building, and have positions starting in January 2016. Please consider joining our team.

Please complete the volunteer application form and send with your CV, if you have one, to


We can occasionally offer short term work experience or more formal placements at the Scottish Poetry Library. Please contact our Librarian, Julie Johnstone, in the first instance, by email at

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