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National Poetry Centre

This role involves strategic leadership, creative direction, financial management, an energetic presence in Leeds, stakeholder engagement and team management to ensure the NPC's growth and sustainability.

You will work with the NPC trustees to drive forward plans for its organisational development and to establish relationships with diverse partners in order to progress both the capital building project and programming of the NPC. The Poet Laureate retains a keen interest in all aspects of the project and will have regular input at every stage.

Salary: £50,000 plus depending on experience


Strategic Leadership and Management:

  • Lead and manage the establishment of the NPC, setting organisational, creative, and financial goals
  • Oversee the recruitment of and manage the NPC team

Good governance:

  • Ensure effective legal and financial compliance in collaboration with relevant teams
  • Regularly report to and support the Board of Trustees
  • Work in tandem with the board and be accountable to them

Fundraising and Financial Management:

  • Devise and implement a detailed fundraising strategy (with support as needed)
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy
  • Progress existing funding applications and initiate new bids
  • Collaborate with accountants to manage budgets, forecasts, and annual accounts

Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Development:

  • Foster relationships with principal stakeholders and national/local delivery partners for the capital project
  • Build partnerships with cultural organisations for creative and commercial collaborations
  • Ensure the NPC upholds equity and inclusivity standards

Programme Development:

  • Develop a pre-opening creative programme
  • Expand the Young Laureates programme nationally
  • Create and lead a team for local, regional, and national activities from 2024
  • Develop a long term creative and financial plan for the expected opening in 2027

Communications and Marketing:

  • Identify and secure the services of a marketing organisation to work with the NPC
  • Oversee all communications and marketing activities

Project Management:

  • Ensure the timely completion of the capital project by 2027
  • Design and implement a long-term plan for the NPC’s opening and future operations
  • Produce detailed budgets and timelines from April 2024 onwards


To achieve the above outcomes, we seek a candidate who can evidence the following knowledge, skills and experience:

  1. Exceptional communication and advocacy skills, both written and in-person
  2. Strong project management experience, working on complex projects with multiple stakeholders including capital development
  3. Strong organisational skills with excellent time management, ability to multitask and consistently meet differing deadlines
  4. Good working knowledge of the cultural landscape (including in Yorkshire)
  5. Proven commitment to diversity and equality
  6. Commitment to involving local communities in the project
  7. Proactive problem solving
  8. Experience of working in the culture sector
  9. Excellent and effective business and administrative skills, including use of IT
  10. Good finance skills commensurate with the role

If you wish to have an informal conversation about the role before applying, please contact Administration Manager Lily Stead: lily.stead@nationalpoetrycentre.org.uk

If you wish to apply, please email your CV and a letter describing how you meet each of the numbered person specification requirements above to lily.stead@nationalpoetrycentre.org.uk

The closing date for applications is midnight on 29th February 2024, and interviews for short-listed candidates are planned to take place in March 2024.

Please see full description for more information on the National Poetry Centre.