Jobs & opportunities

Projects Co-ordinator

£22k pro rata (21 hours per week)
Application deadline: 12 noon, Monday, 28th May 2018
Interview date: Monday, 11th June 2018 at the Scottish Poetry Library
Start date: From 1st August 2018 (or thereafter)

The Scottish Poetry Library (SPL) is a unique national resource and advocate for the art of poetry, and Scottish poetry in particular. We are seeking a motivated individual to take forward our new and ongoing projects in support of the SPL Business Plan.

You will manage and deliver existing projects such as the publications in the Tools of the Trade series, produce resources for the Scotland-wide National Poetry Day initiative and actively seek new projects. The work will involve engaging with SPL colleagues as well as external partners such as publishers, public sector organisations and poets. As part of a small arts organisation team, the role may from time to time also involve helping with the delivery of day-to-day activity, including events and reception cover.

The role requires a demonstrable experience of successful project fundraising, planning, delivery and evaluation (to budgets and deadlines); as well as negotiation skills and diplomacy for representing the SPL in partnership discussions.

A good working knowledge of Scottish literature (in particular poetry) would be an advantage. We are a small team (11 people), so we are looking for an exceptional candidate who can fit in with our principles of being welcoming, being compassionate and transforming lives. The role is designed to reflect the ambitions of the Business Plan submitted with our Regular Funding application to Creative Scotland for 2018 to 2021.

The Business Plan can be read here.

To apply, please submit a statement of interest taking into account the responsibilities outlined in the job description below (no more than one side of A4), along with your CV to Aly Barr, Head of Operations & Deputy Director SPL:

When submitting your application, please make your email’s subject heading ‘Projects Co-ordinator’. Please note that correspondence will not be entered into if you are not shortlisted for interview.

Volunteering at the SPL

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

Volunteers complement and support rather than 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, volunteer assistance on Saturdays and during evening events allows us to maintain our current opening hours and host many events more fully than we would otherwise be able to. Event volunteering involves setting up and running a donation bar, selling books, using Eventbrite to manage attendance and generally helping out on the night. saturday volunteering involves shelving, labelling and tidying collection items, helping with enquiries and customer service, and getting the opportunity to help with the SPL podcasts.

The Scottish Poetry Library is an ideal environment in which to gain experience of how a library and an arts organisation works, and we can offer the opportunity to develop new skills or enhance existing ones whilst connecting us with the wider community in our commitment to bringing people and poems together. In exchange for your experience, passion, skills and time-commitment, we offer you the opportunity to strengthen your CV, network, forge friendships and participate in creative activities. We aim for this relationship to be one of mutual value and respect.

We recruit volunteers to assist us on an ongoing basis, based on suitability and relevant skills and experience. Please consider joining our team.

Please complete the volunteer application form and send with your CV, if you have one, to, or email us at this address to find out more.


We can occasionally offer short term work experience, formal or specialist placements at the Scottish Poetry Library. Please contact Rebecca Oliva the Head Librarian directly to discuss this further by emailing

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