Vacancies and opportunities

Thank you for your interest in joining our team. Scottish Book Trust is committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. For further information, please see the attachments below. If you have any queries, please contact, or call Meg on 0131 524 0160


We are currently recruiting for the following opportunities: 

Research and Evaluation Manager

Research and Evaluation Manager

Salary: Grade 4 (£26,000–£28,499)

Working hours: Full time, 35 hours a week

Contract: 1 year fixed term

Reporting to: Head of Research & Evaluation

Application closing date: 9am, Tuesday 11 June

Interview date: Wednesday 19 June or Thursday 20 June 


Do you want to help us transform lives through reading and writing? Scottish Book Trust is looking for an enthusiastic Research & Evaluation Manager to assess and demonstrate the impact of our work. The ideal candidate for this new post will be a positive and flexible problem-solver with excellent people skills. They will have a passion for analysis and critical thinking, with a meticulous and methodical approach.

Job Summary

The post designs and carries out evaluations of individual programmes and activities, manages delivery of external evaluations, advises on the design of evaluations and data collection tools across Scottish Book Trust, and acts as an advocate for evidence-led working across the organisation. The post supports the Head of Research & Evaluation with the creation and implementation of research and evaluation strategies, related training and best practice guidance.


Key Responsibilities

  • Designing robust evaluation strategies and data collection tools for individual programmes and activities, in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders
  • Carrying out evaluations, working directly with programme participants as required
  • Commissioning and managing external evaluation consultants
  • Assisting Programme Teams to design appropriate evaluation strategies and data collection tools to evidence programme outcomes
  • Producing engaging, insightful, outcomes-based final reports in a variety of formats and styles for differing audiences
  • Supporting the Head of Research & Evaluation to effectively collate, catalogue and communicate research that supports and informs Scottish Book Trust’s work
  • Contributing to the continued development of an evaluation culture at Scottish Book Trust, acting as an advocate for evidence-led work
  • Assisting Programme Team staff with the analysis and interpretation of data gathered
  • Working with Programme and Marketing Teams and external stakeholders to present and communicate evaluation findings clearly and effectively
  • Supporting the Head of Research & Evaluation with the creation and implementation of an organisational evaluation framework and data collection strategy
  • Supporting the Head of Research & Evaluation to design and implement best practice training and guidance
  • Engaging with stakeholders, external networks and organisations to develop knowledge and share learning, acting as an ambassador for Scottish Book Trust


Knowledge, Skills & Experience


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant professional experience
  • Relevant experience in research and data analysis, including experience of collecting and analysing both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Experience of designing and using robust data collection tools to sensitively and effectively gather feedback directly from diverse audience groups
  • Experience of presenting information in a range of formats and styles for differing audiences
  • Experience of establishing and managing productive working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, using negotiating and influencing skills
  • Confident and skilled communicator and presenter, with the ability to adapt styles to suit the intended audience and desired outcomes
  • Excellent project management skills, with ability to meet challenging deadlines and deliver results
  • Excellent organisational skills with ability to manage changing priorities
  • Ability to analyse problems, use initiative and find creative solutions
  • Methodical and meticulous approach to large-scale and long-term work
  • An interest in the work of Scottish Book Trust and a passion to promote its charitable aims



  • Experience of undertaking research or evaluation in complex contexts
  • Experience of working with children and young people and/or parents/carers and/or learning professionals
  • Knowledge of current issues around policy development in relation to education, literacy and the arts, in Scotland and further afield


How to apply

To apply for this post please complete a Scottish Book Trust Application Form and an Equal Opportunities form and email them to  

For further information, please contact, or call 0131 524 0160

Other Information

The Research & Evaluation Manager is based at Scottish Book Trust’s offices in Edinburgh, however the post holder must be prepared to travel for work-related duties, including some out-of-hours working and some overnight stays.

The post may involve working with young people and vulnerable adults, therefore appointment will be conditional upon securing basic clearance by Disclosure Scotland.


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