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

 

The following positions are now open for application:

Media and PR Manager

Attainment Programmes Administrator (Maternity Cover)

Head of Attainment Programmes

Schools Programme Manager (Maternity Cover)

Digital Story Telling Project – North Ayrshire 

 


 

Media and PR Manager

Salary: Grade 5 - £28,000 - £31,999 
Reporting to: Director of Marketing and Communications

Job Summary

As a member of the Marketing Team, this post plays a crucial role in promoting the charitable profile, brand and programmes of Scottish Book Trust (SBT) through managing its relations with the press, stakeholders and wider public. At a strategic level, the postholder works closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications to help develop, deliver and monitor the charity’s advocacy plan.

Key Responsibilities

  • Devise, create and maximise press and PR opportunities for Scottish Book Trust, achieving high-level placements in print, broadcast and online media
  • Work with programme teams and the Fundraising Manager to devise campaigns and secure media coverage for programmes, launches, events and fundraising initiatives 
  • Ensure SBT’s brand and ethos are communicated effectively to new and existing audiences, the media and stakeholders
  • Deal promptly and effectively with requests for response, research, quotes, photos, interviews and information from media contacts
  • Advise Senior Management Team and others on press related matters, including response to media enquiries
  • Research, write and distribute press releases to targeted media
  • Organise events including press conferences and photo calls
  • Provide PR and media training to Scottish Book Trust award recipients, authors and other stakeholders 
  • Maintain SBT’s media list and keep in touch with key journalists and photographers including through social media
  • Work closely with the Digital Marketing Manager to enhance media coverage through social media
  • Plan, develop and maintain the press section of Scottish Book Trust’s website
  • Oversee the evaluation of all press coverage
  • Promote involvement of relevant SBT staff as expert spokespeople at national conferences and similar events 
  • Support the Director of Marketing and Communications and the rest of Senior Management Team with public affairs and the advocacy plan
  • Line manage, guide and coach the Press Officer

Skills & Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience
  • Creative and enthusiastic communicator, preferably with a love of the arts
  • Significant, demonstrable, relevant experience of success in PR and media relations, ideally within the arts, literature or education sectors
  • First rate writing skills for successful influencing, promoting organisational brand and reputation
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills to support effective cross-team working and external relationship building
  • An established network of journalist contacts in Scotland
  • Strong experience of using social media for press and PR work
  • Event planning experience
  • Ability to work well in a busy environment, remaining calm under pressure and prioritising the demands of multiple projects and competing deadlines
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse programme teams, understanding programme objectives, negotiating around priorities and deadlines and promoting achievement of shared outcomes
  • Experience of collaborating with external stakeholders on media campaigns
  • Knowledge of public affairs in Scotland
  • Experience of managing staff to support their development and achievement of their objectives
  • Ability to work beyond strict professional boundaries to contribute to the wider work of Scottish Book Trust

Location

The post is based in Scottish Book Trust offices in Edinburgh but occasional travel within Scotland may be required as are occasional out of office hours.

Deadline for Applications

Monday 30 January 2017, 9am

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 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

 


 

Attainment Programmes Administrator (Maternity Cover)

Minimum 9 months, may extend to 12 months

Salary: Grade 2 - £18,500 - £20,999
Reporting to: Head of Attainment Programmes

Job Summary

The Attainment Programmes team delivers a number of projects which address key Scottish Government education priorities, particularly those around raising attainment for all and closing the poverty-related attainment gap. Key programmes for the team are Read, Write, Count and the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

The Attainment Programmes Administrator will provide reliable and efficient administration to support the smooth-running of the Attainment Programmes team’s work across both the Read, Write, Count and First Minister’s Reading Challenge programmes The post is providing maternity cover for the current post holder and the contract will be for a minimum of 9 months, which may be extended to 12 months.

A key aspect of the role will be providing administrative and secretarial support to the Reading Challenge Advisory Group and contributing to the successful operation of the Reading Challenge programme across primary schools in Scotland.

The post holder will also provide administrative and operational support to the Attainment Programmes Assistant Manager in delivering the Read, Write, Count programme.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work flexibly to support the Attainment Programmes team in the administration, logistics and communications involved in programme delivery
  • Carry out administrative tasks to support the work of the Reading Challenge Advisory Group, including working closely with the Chair to organise meetings, make travel arrangements for panel members, organise agendas and papers for meetings and take minutes
  • Plan and organise distribution of materials to schools and local authorities, liaising with suppliers and distributors and resolving any logistical issues
  • Manage and interpret large sets of information and data
  • Organise large scale events and provide administrative support to other team members when delivering training or workshops across the country
  • Lead on the administration of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge Inspiring Classrooms workstream
  • Deal with email and telephone enquiries about the Attainment Programmes team’s work, ensuring queries are passed to the appropriate members of staff and actioned in a timely manner
  • Work with members of the Attainment Programmes team and other SBT teams on specific pieces of work related to the programmes as required, such as research and evaluation


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Substantial administrative experience, including servicing committees
  • Excellent organisational skills and time management, with the ability to work flexibly to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • High level of IT skills including Microsoft Office and experience of email management
  • Event management experience
  • Skilled in working databases and managing large amounts of information 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience in dealing with stakeholders (particularly schools and library services) and members of the public, dealing with any issues in a timely manner and escalating issues where necessary
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team and to self-motivate

Other Information

The Attainment Programmes Administrator will be based at Scottish Book Trust’s offices in central Edinburgh, however the post holder must be prepared to travel occasionally for work-related duties.

Deadline for Applications

Friday 20 January 2017, 5pm

Interviews will be held on Monday 30 January 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

 

 


 

 

Head of Attainment Programmes

Salary: Grade 6: £31,000 - £39,000
Reporting to: Director of Programme

Job Summary

The postholder leads on the design, delivery and strategic development of Scottish Book Trust’s (SBT) ambitious and complex national attainment programmes. The programmes contribute to the Scottish Government’s priority of narrowing the current attainment gap between children from different backgrounds.

Building on SBT's highly successful Early Years and Schools programmes and working in collaboration with the Scottish Government and Education Scotland, the postholder leads the programmes’ design and delivery, as well as carrying out research and consultation to evaluate and inform future SBT work in this area.

Key Responsibilities

  • Acting as SBT’s strategic lead on attainment in education
  • Carrying out desktop research around current thinking and initiatives in the field of learning and attainment to inform programme delivery and make proposals for future programme development
  • Representing SBT in negotiations with Scottish Government and Education Scotland and managing SBT’s relationships with these key stakeholders
  • Leading and line managing the members of the Attainment Programmes Team (3 members of staff) 
  • Leading the delivery of national programmes such as Read, Write, Count and the First Minister’s Reading Challenge
  • Contributing to the development of project milestones and deadlines and coordinating the work of the team to meet these
  • Working collaboratively with project partners, such as Scottish Government and Education Scotland, to develop programme content and support for teachers
  • Leading on the development of resources and managing relationships with commercial suppliers
  • Maintaining effective logistics infrastructures for distribution of resources to schools and homes across Scotland
  • Working collaboratively with project partners and SBT staff to communicate effectively with key audiences
  • Managing the programme budgets and preparing regular monitoring reports on achievements against objectives and financial targets
  • Reporting to the Director of Programme, presenting reports on achievements, issues and risks as well as financial monitoring
  • Review and check contract terms and fulfil all reporting requirements of the Scottish Government funding
  • In collaboration with partners, lead on consultation and evaluation with key stakeholders to measure and improve the impact of the programme as well as securing future sustainability
  • As a member of SBT’s Management Team, contribute to the organisation wider strategic development and policy formulation

Skills & Experience

  • Educated to degree level 
  • Knowledge of education policy in Scotland
  • Significant professional experience in a relevant field 
  • Significant experience of developing and delivering complex programmes in the arts or education sectors
  • Significant project management skills including resource planning, management and reporting
  • Experience of managing and reporting against large and complex budgets
  • Knowledge and understanding of schools, local authorities and libraries 
  • Exceptional networking skills and experience of partnership working 
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent influencing and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision to challenging deadlines
  • Strong IT skills, including a high degree of competence in Microsoft Office software
  • Excellent people skills with well-developed ability to work effectively across traditional team and departmental boundaries
  • Strong leadership and management skills to motivate and drive staff performance


Location

The post is based at Scottish Book Trust’s offices in central Edinburgh, however the post-holder must be prepared to undertake some occasional travel within the UK and may require to work occasional out of office hours.

Deadline for Applications

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 5pm

Interviews will be held on Monday 27 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

 


 

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.