Jobs & opportunities

We are currently recruiting for two positions: a Library Administrator and a Saturday Library Assistant.

Library Administrator

The Scottish Poetry Library is a dynamic organisation which aims to bring people and poems together. The SPL is looking for an exceptionally well-organised person, who enjoys working with the public, to act as receptionist and Library administrator. This is a full-time post, and the appointment will coincide with the Library’s re-opening to the public after its extension and renovation.

Based at the Library off the Canongate, in Edinburgh’s Old Town, the successful candidate will undertake  the following work:

  • Reception duties, as the first point of contact for visitors and users, actual and online
  • General office and events administration
  • Administration of the borrowers’ database and correspondence
  • Shop administration, on site and online
  • Friends Scheme database administration  and development
  • Volunteer programme administration and development, in liaison with other staff

Essential skills and experience

  • Substantial experience in administration with confident IT skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Time-management skills, and an ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team
  • Attention to detail

Desirable skills and experience

  • Degree-level qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Experience with volunteer programmes or other HR experience
  • Interest in literature, especially poetry

The Scottish Poetry Library is committed to offering equal opportunities.

Salary

  • £19,000 per annum; there is currently no pension attached to this post
  • 28 days holiday plus 10 public holidays

Applying

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

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

Two 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 Administrator, Jess Johannesson, reception@spl.org.uk

Please refer to our website www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk to find out more about our work, in particularly our About Us section.

We prefer applications to be emailed to reception@spl.org.uk.
If this is not possible, they may be sent to our temporary address: Scottish Poetry Library, Forest Centre Plus, Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DR. Please note that the library on Crichton's Close is currently being refurbished; therefore there is no staff on-site to receive applications in person.

The closing date is Tuesday 30 June, 5pm.
We expect to interview short-listed candidates on Friday 10 July for a starting date of 24 August 2015.

Saturday Library Assistant

The Scottish Poetry Library is a dynamic organisation which aims to bring people and poems together. The SPL is looking for reliable,  independent person, who enjoys working with the public, to act as Saturday Library Assistant. This is a freelance position-, and the appointment will coincide with the Library’s re-opening to the public after its extension and renovation.

Based at the Library off the Canongate, in Edinburgh’s Old Town, the successful candidate will undertake  the following work:

  • Opening and closing of the Library, and responsibility for security of the premises
  • Reception duties, as the first point of contact for visitors and users, actual and online
  • Assisting members of the public with enquiries
  • Managing circulation system and the needs of borrowers
  • Shop sales and cash book entries
  • Supervision of Saturday volunteers
  • Book processing, shelving and other library-related tasks
  • Some social media activity, primarily Twitter

Essential skills and experience 

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Confident IT skills
Ability to work independently
Attention to detail
Interest in literature, especially poetry

Desirable skills and experience
Degree-level qualification in a relevant discipline
Social media experience

The Scottish Poetry Library is committed to offering equal opportunities.

Hours
9.45am – 4.15pm every Saturday, opening to the public 10am-4pm.

Salary
£8 per hour

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

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

Two 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 Administrator, Jess Johannesson, reception@spl.org.uk

Please refer to our website www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk to find out more about our work, in particularly our About Us section.

We prefer applications to be emailed to reception@spl.org.uk.
If this is not possible, they may be sent to our temporary address: Scottish Poetry Library, Forest Centre Plus, Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DR. Please note that the library on Crichton's Close is currently being refurbished; therefore there is no staff on-site to receive applications in person.

The closing date is Tuesday 30 June, 5pm.

We expect to interview short-listed candidates on  Friday 31 July.

The first Saturday to be worked will be  Saturday 26 September, Edinburgh Doors Open Day, but the successful candidate will also be expected to attend  two training days in September before this day.

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 in February 2015, in preparation for building works taking place through the spring and summer. Therefore, we are not recruiting any new volunteers at present. 

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

Placements

We can occasionally offer short term work experience or more formal placements at the Scottish Poetry Library. However, during 2013-2015 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.