Manchester Metropolitan University

Director of the Manchester Poetry Library

Manchester Metropolitan University seeks to appoint a Director for its new Poetry Library, scheduled to open to the public in 2020. The Library – only the fourth of its kind in the UK – represents an exciting resource for researchers and students, and a new cultural asset for the city and the region.

This role is to provide strategic leadership and management of Manchester Poetry Library, working to optimise its potential within the culture sector and shape its current and future contribution to the University’s strategic priorities.

Typically, you will:

  • Lead the development of a strategy for increasing the profile and presence of the Manchester Poetry Library to build on the University’s position as a centre for academic and creative excellence.
  • Work with stakeholders in the community to develop externally funded projects which promote and celebrate poetry in the many languages and cultures of the City.
  • Develop and implement both an annual and a rolling three-year plan for the University, setting objectives and priorities and leading strategic planning for the Manchester Poetry Library.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this role will have significant experience of senior management in a small to medium-sized organisation within the literary/arts sector or similar, and demonstrable success in building sustainable funding. You will have knowledge and understanding of the issues and context within which poetry libraries operate.

About the department:

Manchester Poetry Library grows out of the university’s exceptional research expertise in poetry, including publication, broadcasting, residencies, and an impressive range of public engagement activity. On these foundations we have built a strong reputation for our work with diverse communities in Manchester and the north west. The Library will continue this work, delivering projects which make a difference and develop new audiences for poetry.

The Department of English, delivering a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses, is staffed by one of the strongest and most diverse new-university research groups in the UK. The Department fosters a rich and diverse research culture in both critical scholarship and creative writing, and is home to the Manchester Writing School and one of the largest communities of taught postgraduate English and Creative Writing students in the UK.

There is a thriving collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture at MMU, both within and beyond the faculty of Arts and Humanities. Manchester Poetry Library will be situated in the new flagship Arts and Humanities building on Oxford Road, which along with Manchester Writing School will also be home to a 180-seat auditorium for Manchester School of Theatre productions; a Multimedia Journalism programme with in-house TV and radio studios; and a Language Centre.

To apply

For a full job description and to submit your application online, click here.

Closing date: 18th April 2019