2020 will see the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Edwin Morgan (1920–2010), one of Scotland’s most significant poets. The Edwin Morgan Trust, set up to administer his generous bequest for new Scottish poetry, aims to mark this centenary by bringing together curators, creative artists and academics to celebrate the poet’s range of interests and ongoing creative impact, and to provide opportunities for public engagement, scholarship, knowledge exchange and new work.
The Trust is looking to appoint an experienced part-time co-ordinator for Edwin Morgan100, to bring together the widest range of partners both nationally and internationally, in order to scope and set out a programme for 2020, as well as to secure partnership funding.
Please see www.edwinmorganaward.com/news.html for details. The full job post is below.
Position: Edwin Morgan Centenary Co-ordinator
Reporting to: Steering Committee (Edwin Morgan Trust plus other stakeholders)
Salary: £27,000 (pro rata)
This post will be for 3 days/week over eight months, based in Glasgow, with a start date as soon as possible after the interview.
- To function as point of contact between stakeholders involved in the celebrations for the centenary of Edwin Morgan’s birth, scheduled to run from April 2020 to March 2021.
- In particular, to co-ordinate communication, information, scheduling, and planning of all partners’ events and activities to celebrate the centenary, in order to achieve a collective impact beyond what would be possible by organisations working separately.
- To assist in strategy building, administrative support, fund raising, programme management, the developing of new and existing collaborations and relationships, and to provide support where required in all tasks relating to the preparation and facilitation of stakeholders’ centenary plans.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Edwin Morgan Centenary Co-ordinator will:
- Act as point-of-contact to liaise and meet regularly with all partners, taking responsibility for communication and sharing of information, and provide feedback on progression of ongoing centenary plans, ensuring a highly effective communication stream between all stakeholders;
- Create, manage, and disseminate a rolling update of proposed and ongoing activities to all stakeholders; tracking the progress of such plans to best harness resources, publicity, audience awareness, and development opportunities to avoid overlapping of resources and scheduling conflicts;
- Help identify and then work with partners to produce a programme of events, including activities planned by non-stakeholders, and across the wider cultural sector;
- Work with steering group to identify potential relationships, connections, funding opportunities, and collaborations across the arts sector and beyond;
- Ensure all information is shared with sensitivity. Demonstrate awareness of data protection and copyright legislation
- Work with artists and organisations to commission new creative responses to Edwin Morgan material;
- Assist with administration, publicity, permission and copyright clearance for the proposed Morgan exhibition;
- Work closely with the steering group to establish goals and ensure they are achieved.
- Establish and maintain agreed timetables and budgets.
Skills, abilities and knowledge
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to convey information in an engaging and effective way to stakeholders at all levels
- Excellent administrative skills
- Ability to build positive working relationships stakeholders
- Good general ICT literacy, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook. Knowledge of web writing skills, and familiarity with social media
- Ability to work independently without close supervision, to be self-motivating and act with judgement and initiative
- Ability to plan, prioritise and manage a diverse programme of work, and to deliver planned outcomes to competing agendas and deadlines, with the flexibility needed to respond to new demands
- Ability to manage projects, including collaborations with external partners
- Knowledge and experience of the cultural sector, particularly in relation to literature and publishing
- Familiarity with the work of Edwin Morgan
- Flexibility of working hours. To have capacity to continue in a slightly expanded version of the post after August 2019, if fundraising successful
- Knowledge of data protection and copyright legislation
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Confidence and vision to impact positively on stakeholders’ plans
- Ability to work with cross-functional teams
- Commitment to supporting the professional standards of all Morgan centenary stakeholders
- Ability to work well under pressure
- Substantial experience of working in a co-ordination capacity and / or administrative role within the cultural or heritage sectors
- Experience of project management in the cultural sector
- Fundraising experience
- Applicants should have a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience
DEADLINE: Applications to be submitted to: EMTMorgan100@gmail.com by 9am Monday 28 January 2019.
Applicants are asked to provide a written statement saying how their skills match the person specification and demonstrate the value and relevance of their experience to the post, together with a CV, and the names and contact addresses of 3 people who will be contacted for references if the candidate is successful.
Applicants who meet the criteria based on the job description and the person specification, and who demonstrate this in their written statement, will be selected for interview, to be held in early February.