Women Poets’ Prize Seeks Freelance Project Manager

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The Rebecca Swift Foundation is recruiting for a new freelance Project Manager, to succeed our outgoing Project Manager Victoria Adukwei Bulley. Victoria has been an asset to the Foundation since joining us in 2018, helping us to build and deliver the first two rounds of the Women Poets’ Prize, and playing an integral part in the Prize’s development. She leaves the Foundation in order to focus on her own poetry practice, and we look forward to following her success and continuing to champion her as a poet.

Job Description and How to Apply

  • Freelance role with immediate start
  • Approximately 60 days’ work at £250 day rate over 18 months 
  • 2-month probation period
  • This role is subject to fundraising and will be reviewed periodically

Deadline for applications is 5pm 19th February 2021

The Rebecca Swift Foundation seeks an experienced and highly organised individual with an excellent track record of managing projects, for the development and delivery of the Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize. The Women Poets’ Prize is a biennial free-to-enter prize which aims to maximise vital creative space for women poets. It combines the holistic (resilience coaching, and creative opportunities from performance to bookbinding) with the practical (a monetary award, digital skills training), allowing the poets, and their poetry, to flourish. 

The Project Manager is responsible for co-ordination and delivery of the Prize, including maintaining relationships with stakeholders (our poets, partners and donors), and generating opportunities for the project’s development including taking an active role in marketing and communications, representing the Prize in the wider world of UK poetry. The role reports to the Rebecca Swift Foundation Board of Trustees. 

The ideal candidate will have worked with artists to support the development of their practice, ideally in a literary context. Knowledge of the UK poetry scene is desirable. They will be an adept communicator with the proven ability to bring value to the project, overseeing a career-enhancing period for the winning poets and our community of alumnae and applicants.

You must have the right to work in the UK. This role can be performed remotely, but occasional travel to London may be required when it is Covid-safe to do so.

How to Apply

Please download and read the Application Pack (above) before applying. To apply for this role, write attaching your CV (no more than 2 pages) and a covering letter (no more than 2 pages), setting out your interest in and suitability for the post and relevant skills and experience.

Send your application to:  

We would prefer to receive applications by e-mail. Should you need to submit in a different format, please contact the Foundation directly. 

Deadline and Interview Dates

Closing date for applications: 5pm 19th February 2021
Zoom interviews: 25th and 26th February 2021

If you are shortlisted, we will be in touch about any access requirements for interview.