Amid the turbulence of 2020, millions of people turned to poetry to make sense of a rapidly shifting world. For Forward, it reinforced the importance of working towards a society where individuals and communities can develop their innate creativity, agency and understanding through the making and sharing of poetry.

We believe poetry is for everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, maternity and pregnancy, race, religion, class and sexual orientation. For this reason, our approach to our poetry commissions and recruitment is shaped by a commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion.

Across 2021, we are working to more actively and strategically embed inclusion in every facet of our practice. We particularly welcome applications for vacancies from black and minority ethnic candidates, as they are under-represented within the arts, and we commit to continue to review our processes to ensure that our organisation more closely reflects the society it serves.

Forward Prizes Manager - Maternity Cover

This is an opportunity for an efficient and highly organised project manager to join the Forward Arts Foundation’s creative and dynamic team. Reporting to the Executive Director of Forward Arts Foundation, you will manage the prizes selection process, the creation of the annual Forward Book of Poetry, support promotion and outreach, deliver the Prize ceremony and other poetry projects as requested. We seek someone with proven project management, campaign, communications, literature and/or education sector experience, and a passion for poetry.

Hours: Part time, 28 hours a week
Location: Home until further notice, but regular office is located at Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Salary: £30,000 per annum, pro-rated to £24,000 for 4 days
Contract: Up to one year, fixed-term

Deadline for applications: 9 May 2021

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We are looking to appoint up to four new Trustees to the Board. Within the 4 new Trustees, we are looking for two young trustees, in this people under 30. These roles are unpaid.

Deadline for applications: 3 June 2021

Please download the Recruitment Pack and Equal Opportunities form using the buttons below for more information on how to apply.