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We are currently advertising two roles: Education Manager and Finance Officer.

Education Manager, The Poetry Society

A full-time, permanent position in central London.

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.

The Poetry Society is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.

Closing Date: 5pm, Thursday 23rd August 2018. Interviews 5th or 6th September.

To apply, please send CV and covering letter. Full details of the required skills and experience are available to download here.

Please enclose a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (download linked content here).

Apply by email to [email protected], OR by post to Sam Dodd, Executive Assistant, The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX.

Finance Officer

The Poetry Society is the UK’s leading poetry organisation. We are seeking a Finance Officer for 3 days (21 hours) per week to ensure sound financial day-to-day management of The Poetry Society and Poetry Place Ltd, our café and events space, which is a trading subsidiary of The Poetry Society. Working from our busy Covent Garden offices, you will be responsible for preparing management accounts, bookkeeping through Sage, working with the General Manger and auditor to prepare for year-end accounts/audit, raising invoices and payments, supporting project budget planning, grant reporting, payroll, VAT, credit control, and maintaining petty cash.

Applicants will need to demonstrate experience of financial management, have relevant knowledge of the creative or charitable sector and of managing numerous project budgets. Understanding and previous work with trading subsidiary finances would be advantageous.

The Poetry Society is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, registered charity number: 303334

Closing Date: 5pm, Thursday 23rd August 2018. Interviews 6th or 7th September.

To apply, please send CV and covering letter. Full details of the required skills and experience are available to download here.

Please enclose a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (download linked content here).

Apply by email to [email protected], OR by post to Sam Dodd, Executive Assistant, The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX.

The Poetry Society is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applicants regardless of race, nationality or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, sex or marital status, sexual orientation, disability or age.

Volunteering

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], addressing the email to Sam Dodd and 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.