Jobs and volunteering


Education Manager, The Poetry Society

The Poetry Society is the UK’s leading poetry organisation, with programmes that reach more than 3 million people annually. We want every young person in the UK to have the opportunity to be inspired by a truly diverse range of poetry; to work with writers; to encounter new poets, new work and ideas, to develop their own taste and passions, and to express themselves through their own creative work.

We are seeking a full-time Education Manager to lead our Education team in taking this vision forward. We want you to be the strategic lead on our work with children and young people, schools, teachers and universities and to ensure that our projects are delivered to an excellent standard. Based in Covent Garden, you will be working with an experienced and committed team developing new programmes, and delivering existing ambitious national projects such as the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, Young Poets Network, and the Slambassadors spoken word programme working with a range of high profile cultural partners.

You will have at least 4 years’ experience of managing major participation and learning projects within the arts; have a proven track record raising funds and writing evaluative project reports; and enjoy working to deadlines in an energetic creative environment. The role will require excellent writing skills; confidence organising live events, working with arts practitioners and developing digital projects; a demonstrable enthusiasm for literature, poetry and spoken word and experience working with young people. You’ll need experience managing budgets; an interest in educational and cultural policy; the ability to manage a team; and the skills and vision to design and deliver inspiring work that meets the strategic needs of the organisation and the wider education and poetry sectors.

£27.5K – £32K depending on experience, plus pension contributions.


The Poetry Society is always in need of volunteers to lend a hand with our various projects and events. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please send your C.V. in Word or PDF format to: [email protected], with ‘Volunteering – *your name*’ in the subject line. It is handy for us to know if you specialise, or would like to specialise, in a particular area or department, or if you are happy to just get stuck into whatever we throw your way. We look forward to receiving your email.