Vacancies

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 recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com, or call Laura on 0131 524 0160

 

We are currently recruiting for:

Reader Development Co-Ordinator

 

The following positions are now closed for applications:

Schools Programme Manager (Maternity Cover)

Digital Story Telling Project – North Ayrshire

 


 

Reader Development Co-Ordinator

Salary: Grade 3 (£21,000-£24,999)

Job Summary

Working as part of the Reader Development Team, this role is key to the continued development of Scottish Book Trust’s audience by delivering major projects which inspire people across Scotland to enjoy reading and creative writing and which bring additional value to practitioners and organisations across the sector, both locally and nationally. The role plays a significant part in developing and sustaining the partnerships which are central to the delivery of these projects.

The post reports to the Head of Reader Development.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the Head of Reader Development, in consultation with other teams as appropriate, to develop an annual delivery plan for the Reader Development programme
  • Working with the Head of Reader Development, identify and initiate relationships with key partner organisations on a national and local level to support and facilitate the delivery of the Scottish Book Trust programme
  • Contributing to the design and implementation of partner consultations to inform programme development 
  • Maintaining partner relationships for core aspects of the programme –particularly with publishers, authors and outreach partners
  • Programming and project management of certain aspects of the team’s project delivery – particularly around public events and outreach partners.
  • In consultation with Head of Reader Development, agreeing and monitoring project budgets for elements of the RD programme
  • Supporting the Head of Reader Development to develop the strategy to grow partners’ year-round engagement with the SBT offer
  • Contributing to the maintenance of team planning, monitoring and reporting tools
  • Supporting the delivery of team evaluation requirements
  • Working with other SBT teams to identify and develop cross-marketing opportunities to optimise engagement with the Reader Development offer 
  • Keeping abreast of new initiatives and approaches within reader development practice


Skills and Experience

  • At least 3 years of experience working in an arts environment in a co-ordinating role
  • Degree or equivalent experience in a relevant area
  • High level of IT skills, including experience in using social media to engage with audiences
  • Clear and confident communicator, both written and verbal, with experience of engaging with a range of professionals and creative practitioners
  • Some experience of project management and evaluation tools
  • Some experience of current reader development practices desirable
  • Experience of working with a range of stakeholder organisations
  • Some experience of delivering outreach work


Person Specification

  • Passionate about books, reading, writing and their potential to impact on people’s lives
  • Creative, imaginative and able to assess new opportunities and build new partnerships
  • Professional and approachable, skilled in forming good working relationships both internally and externally
  • Ability to work well as part of team and across teams
  • Able to use own initiative to manage and prioritise workload
  • Willing and able to travel as required, including the occasional overnight stay


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

Deadline for Applications

Friday 24 February, 5pm

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 7 March

How to apply

To apply for this post please complete a Scottish Book Trust Application Form along with the Equal Opportunities form and email them to recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com
For further information, please contact recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com, or call 0131 524 0160

 


 

The Following Positions are Now Closed

 

Schools Programme Manager (Maternity Cover)

Minimum 9 months, may extend to 12 months

Salary: Grade 5 £28,000 - £31,999
Reporting to: Head of Schools Programme

Job Summary

The postholder works closely with the Head of Schools on the development, management and delivery of the Schools programme.

The Schools Programme team delivers a range of projects which inspire children and young people to engage with reading and writing. The Schools Programme Manager oversees and line manages the manager of the children’s touring and events programme, leads on several high profile Book Awards, as well as creating and delivering the Authors Live programme, in partnership with the BBC.

Key Responsibilities

  • To work closely with the Head of Schools on the strategic development of the Schools Programme
  • To design and deliver the Bookbug Picture Book Prize, Scottish Teenage Book Prize, Significant Contribution Award and Authors Live programmes
  • To oversee the design and delivery of the touring and events programmes
  • To carry out evaluation and impact assessment on the Schools Programmes 
  • To identify and grow audience targets for the Schools Programme, in collaboration with the Head of Schools
  • To identify and develop relationships with writers, key individuals in schools and other professionals to support effective design and delivery of the schools programmes
  • To lead on the BBC partnership, with support from the Head of Schools as required
  • To support the Head of Schools to manage relationships with programme sponsors
  • To carry out relevant research, build networks and maintain personal professional development to feed into development of the programmes
  • To read widely in the field of children’s literature and ensure SBT representation on appropriate children’s literature forums
  • To line manage the Schools Events Manager and Schools Programme Administrator, supporting their development and efficient delivery of their objectives
  • To monitor and co-ordinate the Schools Team’s database requirements, working closely with the Website Manager to ensure these are met
  • To liaise with the Schools Outreach Co-ordinator and the Marketing Team to deliver an effective marketing and PR strategy for the schools programmes
  • To manage and report on the relevant Schools Programme budgets
  • To attend relevant sector events, acting as an SBT ambassador


Skills and Experience

  • At least 3 years’ experience working in an arts environment in a managerial role
  • Degree or equivalent in a relevant area of study
  • Experience of managing staff
  • Substantial experience of project management, events organisation and evaluation tools
  • High level of knowledge of children’s and young adult books
  • Experience of working with publishers, authors and illustrators 
  • Experience of building partnerships and managing key external relationships
  • Experience of cross-team working to deliver shared goals
  • High level of IT skills, including experience in using social media to engage with audiences
  • Clear and confident communicator, both written and verbal, with experience of engaging with a range of professionals and creative practitioners


Person Specification

  • Passionate about children’s and young adult books, reading, writing and their potential to transform the lives of young people
  • Creative, imaginative and able to assess new opportunities and build new partnerships
  • Ability to work well as part of team and across teams, using negotiation and influencing skills
  • Able to use own initiative to manage and prioritise workload
  • Ability to inspire and lead a small team and act as a role model for the organisation’s values


Other Information

The post is based at Scottish Book Trust’s offices in Edinburgh, however the post requires some travel, mainly within Scotland, and some out of office hours working, including occasional overnight stays.

Deadline for Applications

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 5pm

Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 13 February 2017

How to apply

To apply for this post please complete a Scottish Book Trust Application Form along with the Equal Opportunities form and email them to recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com 
For further information, please contact recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com, or call 0131 524 0160

 

 


Digital Story Telling Project – North Ayrshire 2017

Opportunity for a Creative Practitioner to work in partnership with a Library or Library Service

  • Freelance, fixed term for 6 months from mid-March 2017
  • Fixed fee of £9,000 (for 2.5 days per week or equivalent)

Background

The Digital Storyteller will work with a Scottish library in North Ayrshire to stimulate and deliver an innovative project by working with the local community to encourage and teach participants to create their own digital stories. Participants will have the option to share their stories on YouTube and/or within the library archives.

The project is based on the methodology developed by the Story Centre, an American organisation that supports individuals and organisations to use storytelling and participatory media for reflection, education, and social change. It helps create spaces for transforming lives and communities through listening to and sharing stories. More details are available at www.storycenter.org

Training and Support

Scottish Book Trust (SBT) will support the practitioner and the project throughout the residency. The technology required to run the project is funded by SBT and following the 6-month residency, will remain within the library service for future training opportunities and community engagement in digital story creation. As part of the residency, a 2-day “train the trainer” workshop will also be delivered to other staff within the service to provide a legacy for digital story telling within the local community.

The Digital Storyteller will participate in an SBT induction course, as well as a “good practice” sharing session(s) with other partners and practitioners.

Key Skills & Experience

  • An enthusiastic creative digital practitioner** with experience of working in community settings
  • Excellent communication skills for involving and inspiring a wide range of members of the public
  • The ability to motivate and engage a range of professionals to work in partnership for the delivery of shared goals 
  • Experienced and confident in project planning
  • The ability to facilitate story creation by supporting participants to find their own voice and edit their own original stories
  • Able to maintain high professional standards
  • Competent in the use of digital story telling IT equipment and software packages
  • The ability to tailor learning and engagement approaches to match the needs of diverse partners and audiences 
  • The ability to train others in the digital storytelling approach, including both professionals and volunteers

This opportunity is open to creative digital practitioners currently resident in Scotland. Applications will be accepted from anywhere in Scotland, however, we will give priority to applicants who live within reasonable commuting distance of the host library.

**A creative digital practitioner is defined as anyone employed professionally in a chosen creative practice including:

  • Personal writing/ storytelling
  • Making creative digital media
  • Supporting learners by facilitating group work where participants create individual pieces of work

Application Process for Digital Storytellers

Stage 1: Thursday 12 January – Wednesday 8 February 2017
Prospective Digital Storytellers will be able to view the job requirements on Scottish Book Trust’s website.
Job adverts will be in the respective localities and further afield from 12th January until 8th February 207.
Applications from creative practitioners should be sent directly to Scottish Book Trust

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Wednesday 8th February 2017

Stage 2: Short listing will take place: 13/14 February 2017

Stage 3: Interviews:

Interviews will take place in North Ayrshire on 27th February 2017 (at Greenwood Conference Centre, Greenwood Gate, Dreghorn KA11 4GZ).

Stage 4: Successful candidates will be selected and allocated as per the best fit with the library/groups requiring support, in the area

Successful candidates and host libraries will be informed by Thursday 2 March 2017.

Once all successful candidates have been confirmed and freelance employment contracts signed and returned, the final confirmation from the host library will be finalised by Monday 6th March

Stage 5: Residencies will begin in mid-March in North Ayrshire.

Appointment of Digital Storytellers may be conditional on securing clearance from Disclosure Scotland. Scottish Book Trust is committed to offering equality of opportunity and will interview all applicant partnerships who meet the essential criteria for the role. This information can be made available in other formats on request. If you need assistance to submit your note of interest or have any other access needs, please contact us for advice.

 

How to apply

To apply for this post please complete a Scottish Book Trust Application Form along with the Equal Opportunities form and email them to recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com 
For further information, please contact recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com, or call 0131 524 0160

Copyright Considerations

  • Ownership of the copyright in and to any material, created by the Digital Storyteller resulting from the residency shall vest solely in the Digital Storyteller, as appropriate;
  • Ownership of the copyright in and to any material, created by the participants on the workshops resulting from the residency shall vest solely with the said participants, as appropriate; 
  • Saltcoats Library and Scottish Book Trust and Scottish Government will be able to use the material produced on any of their own print, online media channels and archive facilities to promote the work of the Digital Storytelling programme, or the roles of the partners, upon copyright holders’ signing a copyright release form for their work, stating they are happy for it to be used for these purposes only.