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Tuesday 5 October 2021

StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, is looking for a proactive and engaged freelance project manager with experience of working with young people in the arts. Join us to help deliver the inaugural season of our brand new young people’s project, Scotland’s Young Makars!

StAnza is one of Scotland’s flagship cultural events and is a leading poetry festival on the international stage. The festival takes place each year in March in St Andrews, with roughly 100 events and exhibitions and 120 – 150 poets, writers and artists. After a successful digital offering in 2021, we are planning a hybrid festival for StAnza 2022 (9 – 13 March), alongside which we are developing a range of new outreach projects.

Scotland’s Young Makars will be open to secondary school pupils across Scotland, and will consist of five live Zoom webinars – taking place weekly from early January – with leading poet-tutors. Following the webinars, young people will have the opportunity to submit their writing for consideration, and the most promising writer from each year group will be invited for further group and one-on-one mentoring during February. The six young people selected for mentorship will take part in a showcase event (virtual or in-person, depending on funding) at StAnza 2022.

We are looking for a freelance project manager to promote and facilitate Scotland’s Young Makars. The successful candidate will work closely with the StAnza Festival Director & Assistant Festival Director, from the beginning of November until April. The role will largely consist of home working, but occasional travel to St Andrews or Edinburgh may be required (travel expenses will be covered). The preferred candidate will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update check.

The fee is £3500, and we anticipate the work requiring a total of 25 – 30 days.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • promoting Scotland’s Young Makars to schools and other organisations who work with young people;
  • programming and booking five poets for online workshops and mentoring;
  • facilitating these workshops and subsequent mentoring sessions;
  • assisting the lead tutor in sifting submissions to select young poets for mentoring;
  • organising an event at StAnza 2022, showcasing the poets who have been mentored, and inviting local schools to attend;
  • writing a report on the completed project and/or drafting a funding bid to support the viability of the project in years to come.

Person specification:

  • An active interest in and knowledge of contemporary poetry
  • Significant experience of arts project management
  • The ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Strong and demonstrable IT, administrative and organisational skills
  • Experience organising and facilitating events
  • Experience of working with young people

To apply, please submit a CV and a short covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) by midnight on Wednesday 20th October 2021. Applications should be sent via email to Interviews will be held via Zoom the following week. If you have any questions – or if we can assist in meeting any accessibility requirements you may have – please do get in touch.

Scotland's Young Makars is funded by Creative Scotland, Old Possum's Practical Trust and the Edwin Morgan Trust.