Programme Development Manager
Fixed term contract for 12 months

Database and IT Co-ordinator
Permanent, 21 hours per week 

Young Writers Co-ordinator
Fixed term contract for 12 months

Programme Development Manager

Grade 5: £26,000-£32,000 p.a. full-time
Fixed term contract for 12 months

Job Summary

We are recruiting a key post to build on our highly successful Early Years and Schools programmes.

The Programme Development Manager will research, develop and deliver a new programme for young children and their families. The project aims to reduce the attainment gap in P1-P3 school children as part of Scottish Government’s new Read Write Count initiative. The successful candidate will have excellent project management skills, and significant experience of developing and delivering programmes in the arts or/and education sectors, working closely with schools and local authorities.


Key Responsibilities

  • Working across existing SBT Schools and Early Years teams, lead on and co-ordinate the design and delivery of the programme to an agreed set of milestones and deadlines
  • Carry out desktop research around current thinking and initiatives in the field of learning and attainment to inform programme development
  • Identify, consult and develop links with key external partners (including Education Scotland) to ensure the content of the programme reflects current research around learning through pleasure and enjoyment
  • Working with the Marketing, EY and Schools teams, devise an effective communication plan for teachers and parents, including online resources
  • Establish  effective delivery infrastructures with Local Authorities, schools and libraries
  • Working closely with SBT Marketing Team, design and ensure the use of consistent and effective messaging around the programme
  • Liaise with the Scottish Government’s marketing team to ensure consistency of messaging
  • Working with SBT’s Schools and EY teams, support the development and delivery of the programme’s Continuing Professional Development for teachers and develop methods for sharing best practice
  • Design a plan for effective consultation with parents and practitioners to increase the impact of the programme
  • Manage the programme budget and prepare regular monitoring reports on achievements against objectives and financial targets
  • Report to an SBT programme management committee, presenting reports on achievements, issues and risks as well as financial monitoring
  • Develop effective working relations with key government contacts to ensure clear reporting on outcomes and programme expenditure
  • Work with relevant external professionals to design and commission an evaluation of the impact of the programme
  • Occasional travel throughout Scotland as required to meet and involve relevant partners in programme development and delivery; may include working out of office hours and overnight stays
  • Line management of an administrator post


Skills & Experience


  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent relevant experience
  • Post Graduate qualification or significant professional experience in the field of Child Development, Education or similar
  • Significant experience of developing and delivering programmes in the arts or education sectors
    • Knowledge and understanding of schools, local authorities and libraries working to deliver government-backed initiatives
    • Knowledge of education policy in Scotland
  • Exceptional networking skills and experience of partnership working
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills
  • Superior influencing and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision to challenging deadlines
  • Superior IT skills, including competence in Microsoft Powerpoint, Excel, Word, Outlook E-mail and Internet browsers
  • Excellent people skills and the ability to work well with others across teams and departments 


  • Knowledge of the Curriculum for Excellence, particularly in a Primary School setting
  • Experience of working with professionals to design and deliver literacy and numeracy content
  • Line management experience


The Programme Development Manager will be based at Scottish Book Trust’s offices in central Edinburgh, however the post-holder must be prepared to undertake some travel across Scotland

How to apply

If you would like to apply, please complete the application form and equal opportunity form and return them to by 5pm on Wednesday 27 May 5pm.

Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 4 June.

Appointment will be conditional on clearance from Disclosure Scotland.

If you have any queries, please contact Laura Faggetter on



Database and IT Co-ordinator

Salary: Grade 2 - £20,000-25,000 (pro rata)

Hours: 21 hours per week (preferably over 5 days)

Job Summary

Based at the Scottish Book Trust’s Offices in central Edinburgh, the post is responsible for the day to day administration and management of the Scottish Book Trust (SBT) contact and events database (Drupal). This post plays a key role in liaising with the external database support provider as well as supporting staff in the effective use of the database.
The post also supports the General Manager in providing effective IT systems, assisting staff with day to day IT queries and being the main point of contact for the external IT support provider (MS Office and 3CX Phone System).

Key responsibilities

Database Management

  • Administration and maintenance of the SBT database, including regular data cleansing and working with programme delivery teams to ensure accuracy and integrity of data
  • Troubleshooting database user issues and problems, referring more complex items to the external support provider as appropriate
  • Manage the internal bug-fixing system (currently a Google doc spreadsheet) and liaise with the database support provider to fix bugs
  • Monitor and report on budgets relating to maintenance and development of the database
  • Work with staff to identify database developments and improvements
  • Work with the Head of Marketing and Senior Web Editor to plan any database developments
  • Assist in scoping, delivery and implementation of any database developments incl. liaison with database support provider
  • Lead on data protection requirements
  • Work closely with the Digital Marketing Manager and other SBT teams, create and run reports using the report writer functionality and SQL 
  • Set-up and run a database support group to enable effective and efficient use of the system across the organisation
  • Provide staff training on use of the database
  • Input into the strategic development of the database

IT support

  • Be the central point of contact and support for SBT staff on the day to day resolution of minor IT operating issues
  • Perform a co-ordinating role in collating recurrent or more serious IT performance issues and problems, liaising with the external IT support provider to monitor and resolve these
  • Support the General Manager in planning and implementing the IT strategy around hardware and software replacement cycles, including attending the annual performance monitoring and strategy planning meeting with the external IT support provider 
  • Support the General Manager in compiling and monitoring the IT budget
  • Supporting the HR/Office Administrator to resolve day to day issues with telephone software performance
  • Provide basic training for new staff in the IT and phone systems

Skills & Experience

  • Significant knowledge and experience of managing complex database systems (e.g. CRM systems, box office systems etc.) including maintenance and data manipulation.
  • Knowledge of Drupal is desirable
  • A recognised qualification and/or significant knowledge and experience of IT systems (specifically MS Windows based), procedures and other software applications
  • Friendly and efficient customer services approach to training and supporting staff in the use of the IT systems and database
  • Project management skills for planning, prioritising and monitoring the resolution of database and IT issues
  • Ability to work across teams, manage competing priorities and staff expectations effectively
  • Experience of creating status reports for management, identifying risks and issues
  • Experience of managing relationships with external providers including monitoring and pushing through issue resolution and monitoring costs against budgets


How to apply

If you would like to apply, please complete the application form and equal opportunity form and return them to by 5pm on Thursday 4 June 5pm.

Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday 16 June.

Appointment will be conditional on clearance from Disclosure Scotland.

If you have any queries, please contact Laura Faggetter on



Time to Shine Creative Scotland


Young Writers Co-ordinator

Grade 3: £20,000 to £25,000 p.a. full-time
Fixed term contract for 12 months


Scottish Book Trust (SBT) Writer Development programme supports writers of all backgrounds and abilities to fulfil their potential. We do this by providing advice, inspiration, professional development and mentoring.

Job summary

SBT is seeking an experienced project co-ordinator to deliver a new programme to celebrate and nurture the talent and ambition of young writers in Scotland. In our pilot year we will focus on supporting and empowering ten young writers to develop a national programme for their peers, including a conference and an online platform for showcasing new work.

SBT is committed to working with young people from diverse backgrounds and the role will involve outreach work across Scotland.

The Young Writers Co-ordinator will also develop relationships with the Youth Arts Hubs, nine focal points for regional youth arts, as well as other literature and arts organisations.

This programme is funded by Creative Scotland, via Time to Shine, Scotland’s first national Youth Arts strategy.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop and manage relationships with key partners
  • Co-ordinate training for mentors to work with and support young writers
  • Outreach work to ensure we are reaching young people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Co-ordinate selection of young writers
  • Co-ordinate and support mentoring partnerships
  • Ongoing consultation and communication with young writers 
  • Co-ordinate young writers conference 
  • Collaborate with partners, young writers and SBT Marketing team to develop an online platform for showcasing new work
  • Co-ordinate evaluation of the programme

Knowledge and skills

  • Project management experience
  • Strong administration skills
  • Experience of developing and managing multiple partnerships
  • Experience of working with young people between the ages of 14 and 18
  • Experience of working with writers and artists
  • Experience of working on websites and social media in a professional context
  • Excellent written and communication skills

How to apply

If you would like to apply, please complete the application form and equal opportunity form and return them to by 5pm on Monday 1 June.

Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday 9 June.

Appointment will be conditional on clearance from Disclosure Scotland.

If you have any queries, please contact Laura Faggetter on