Head of Fundraising

Grade 6: £31,000 - £39,000 p.a. full-time

Reading Champions

Freelance, fixed term 12 months from March 2016
Fixed fee of £10,800 (for 2.5 days per week or equivalent)

Drama Practitioner

Freelance, £150 per session + expenses


Head of Fundraising

Grade 6: £31,000 - £39,000 p.a. full-time

Job Summary

An established and experienced expert in the field of fundraising, the post leads the creation of a fundraising function and culture at Scottish Book Trust (SBT). The postholder researches, creates and drives the SBT fundraising strategy and its implementation.

As well as nurturing existing partnerships and maximising the potential of current supporters, the role must firmly establish a new approach across all fundraising streams: major donors, corporates, individual giving and trusts & foundations. The ability to think and act strategically are complemented by a practical ability to organise, implement and deliver all the tactical elements of a comprehensive fundraising plan.

Excellent networking, influencing and communication skills are required to establish long-lasting and fruitful relationships with donors, sponsors, supporters and a wide range of stakeholders. Well-developed research, report and bid-writing skills are essential, as is a high degree of digital literacy and expertise. The ability to acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the literacy, education and literature sectors that SBT operates within is crucial. As a member of the SBT management team, inspiring leadership qualities are vital to capitalise on the experience and enthusiasm of SBT staff in delivering the fundraising offer.

The post is line-managed by the Director.


Key Responsibilities

  • Research and develop a strategy for fundraising, encompassing all donor/supporter streams: major donors, individual and corporate giving/sponsorships, campaigns, and trusts & foundations
  • Project manage the implementation of the strategy, delivering it across a range of fundraising opportunities and campaigns
  • Identify and develop a fundraising function/resource within SBT as required by the strategic priorities
  • Work closely with the various Heads of Programmes to develop funding applications/bids/proposals
  • Identify and develop supporter relationships from a range of networks and sources, including Board Members
  • Research and write applications to trusts & foundations
  • Produce budgets for bids and applications
  • Set up, manage and report against budgetary targets for fundraising costs and income
  • Manage information and administration processes, efficiently using the charity’s contacts database and MS software
  • Report regularly on fundraising progress to the management team and the Board
  • Produce compelling performance reports for relevant funders and prepare the related financial reports
  • Work closely with the marketing and website teams to promote SBT’s work and fundraising profile through digital and print media  
  • Promote SBT’s brand at appropriate conferences, forums and other networking events
  • Maintain up to date fundraising knowledge and develop relevant professional skills
  •  Maintain expertise around tax efficient giving
  • Proactively inform and advise colleagues on the fundraising environment and related issues
  • Participate in decision-making processes across the range of SBT’s business
  • Feed into SBT’s strategic financial and business planning process

 Knowledge, skills and experience

  • A minimum of three years experience of working at a senior strategic level in a fundraising role
  • A proven track record in meeting significant fundraising targets
  • A proactive and creative approach to identifying funding opportunities
  • Demonstrable experience in writing successful applications to trusts & foundations
  • Demonstrable experience of managing and growing individual giving programmes
  • Experience of developing and managing relationships with corporate partners
  • Experience of working effectively with a voluntary Board of Trustees
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including giving presentations both internally and externally
  • The ability to build strong and lasting relationships and work collaboratively, both inside and outwith Scottish Book Trust
  • Experience of managing budgets, strong business and entrepreneurial skills
  • Confident advocacy and ambassadorial skills
  • The ability to juggle a diverse workload with tight deadlines and multiple priorities
  • High degree of digital communication skills
  • Proficient IT skills and the ability to self-support administratively
  • Enthusiasm for and understanding of the aims and work of Scottish Book Trust



The post is based at Scottish Book Trust’s offices in central Edinburgh; however the post-holder must be prepared travel from time to time in Scotland, as required.


Closing Date: Monday 17 August, 9am


How to Apply

Email a completed application form and a completed equal opportunity form to



Reading Champions

Creative Practitioners working in partnership with a Library to build a Reading Community
(Previously Readers in Residence programme)

  • Freelance, fixed term 12 months from March 2016
  • Fixed fee of £10,800 (for 2.5 days per week or equivalent)


The role

Scottish Book Trust (SBT) wishes to appoint a number of Reading Champions who will work with Scottish libraries to stimulate and deliver innovative projects around reading. The content of the residencies will be shaped by the aptitudes and interests of each Reading Champion, the needs of their partner library and the community in which it is situated.

For the majority of the contract the Reading Champion will work within the library and the community it serves. There will be time ring fenced within the contract for the Reading Champion to develop their creative work.

Each residency will hold a project budget of £1500, in addition to the fee, to support the work. During the term of the residency Scottish Book Trust will also be working with the Champion and the Library to engage members of the community with the outreach aspects of SBT programmes like our annual story gathering campaign and Book Week Scotland.

Each Reading Champion will be expected to participate in an SBT induction day and an interim networking day.

The appointment of the Reading Champions and the libraries and communities they be working with will be announced during Book Week Scotland 2015 (23rd – 29th November)

SBT also plans to share good practice from the residencies with other partners and practitioners.


A Reading Champion must have/be:

  • A creative practitioner with experience of working in community settings
  • Confident about the planning, communication and partnership working involved in working on projects of this kind
  • Some experience of working on projects with a range of different partners and goals
  • The confidence and enthusiasm to act as an advocate for reading

This opportunity is open to creative practitioners currently resident in Scotland. The programme is open to submissions from anywhere in Scotland; however we will seek to fund a spread of residencies that will encompass urban, rural and remote areas, including islands. We welcome applications from practitioners interested in working in Gaelic and Scots contexts.

A creative practitioner is defined as anyone employed professionally in a chosen creative practice. For example, this could be a writer, visual artist, dancer, playwright, journalist, craft maker or any other creative field, as long as it is the professional practice of a creative discipline: a poet, writer or actor would be suitable, while a librarian or community worker would not.
Please note, prospective Reading Champions who are currently employed by a local authority council or school in the role of librarian cannot note an interest to work with that same authority as part of this application. They may still note interest but must offer to work with other Local Authorities as partners.

Application Process for Reading Champions in Residence

Stage 1 (this stage): August 2015
Notes of interest from creative practitioners should be made directly to Scottish Book Trust via the online form (see link below).
DEADLINE FOR NOTES OF INTEREST: Wednesday August 26th, 5pm

Stage 2: September – October 2015
The notes of interest will be reviewed by interested libraries/library services who will contact prospective Reading Champions to discuss the possibility of partnerships.

Stage 3: October 2015
Joint applications will be made by host libraries/library services and interviews will take place to appoint the residencies.
INTERVIEWS, APPOINTMENTS: 27th or 28th October

Residencies will begin in March 2016.

The appointed Reading Champions will be contracted by Scottish Book Trust. Appointment of Reading Champions 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.


Notes of interest should be submitted by completing the online form at

The closing date for notes of interest is 5pm on Wednesday 26th August 2015.

Creative Practitioners will be contacted by a library representative if they are being considered for a residency by the end of October. SBT will not contact creative practitioners who are not chosen by a library service.

If you have any queries, please contact Philippa Cochrane on 0131 524 0182 or

The Reading Champions programme is supported by Creative Scotland.


Drama Practitioner

Fee: £150 per session + expenses

Reports to: Schools Outreach Coordinator



Scottish Book Trust (SBT) is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing in Scotland.

The Schools Programme team delivers a range of projects which encourage children and young people to engage with reading and writing, including the Scottish Children’s Book Awards (SCBA), Scotland’s largest book award judged entirely by children and young people. 

The Shared Reading programme is linked closely to the SCBA’s, taking place in five local authorities across Scotland each year. We gift the Bookbug Readers category shortlist to ten schools in each Local Authority and enable them to run shared reading between younger and older readers either in nurseries, primary or secondary schools; the drama element is incorporated to engage shy and reluctant readers and to help prepare them to be reading role models in six schools in each of the authorities – a total of 30 schools. This year the Local Authorities we will be working with include Shetland, Orkney, Aberdeen, Renfrewshire and Scottish Borders.

Please note, we welcome applications from practitioners who would prefer to only run the Shetland and/or Orkney sessions or work within the Central Belt authorities.


Job Summary

This role is for an innovative drama practitioner, to create and deliver a tailored drama session which is closely linked to our three shortlisted SCBA Bookbug Readers books, aimed at children aged 9 – 13 to help them develop their reading aloud skills and confidence in preparation for them working with their younger shared reading buddies. 

You will be a passionate and dedicated drama practitioner who is enthusiastic and ready for a challenge.  You must be prepared to travel and occasionally stay overnight.



  • Become familiar with our three shortlisted Bookbug Readers Books
  • Develop a 90 minute drama workshop tailored to pupils aged 5-13 (younger and older pupils together) and 9-13 (older pupils without their younger buddies) which helps them to develop confidence in reading aloud to their peers, closely connected to our 3 shortlisted SCBA Bookbug Readers picture books
  • Available to do 18 sessions (max 2 sessions per day) in schools across Scotland (Renfrewshire, Aberdeen and Scottish Borders) during September and October (excluding October half term)
  • Available to do 12 sessions (max 2 sessions per day) in schools in Orkney and Shetland during September and October (excluding October half term)
  • Work closely with the Schools Outreach Coordinator, providing a detailed debrief after each tour
  • Participate in an evaluation in November 2015


Skills and Experience

  • Enthusiastic and experienced drama practitioner
  • Experience of developing workshops / school sessions
  • Experience of working in and with schools
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to use own initiative
  • Enhanced disclosure / PVG
  • A clean driver’s license
  • Access to own car
  • An interest in books and literacy would be advantageous


To Apply

To apply, please prepare a drama session brief based on last year’s Bookbug Readers shortlist (Information can be found online at along with your completed application form and equal opportunities form to Antonia Clark, Schools Outreach Coordinator - by Wednesday 19 August.

Please make it clear if you are applying to carry out workshops in all authorities, Orkney/Shetland or Central Belt authorities only.

Successful candidates will be notified of invitation to attend an interview in Edinburgh or via Skype (location depending) on Tuesday 25 August.