Head of Read Write Count Programme

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


Head of Read Write Count Programme

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

Job Summary

The postholder will lead on the strategic development of Scottish Book Trust’s ambitious and complex new programme as part of the Scottish Government’s Read Write Count initiative. Our programme will contribute towards narrowing the current attainment gap between pupils from different backgrounds by strengthening families’ engagement with their child’s learning between P1 and P3.

Building on SBT's highly successful Early Years and Schools programmes and working in collaboration with the Scottish Government and Education Scotland, the postholder will research, design, establish and manage the delivery of the new programme.

Key elements of the role are developing and managing a wide range of collaborative relationships across sectors, carrying out consultation and research to support programme design, project management of a Scotland-wide book gifting and outreach programme and co-ordinating the delivery of professional training and development.

Key Responsibilities

  • To be SBT’s strategic lead on the Project Group comprising Education Scotland and the Scottish Government
  • Build SBT’s Read Write Count team by recruiting, supporting and developing an Outreach Manager and Team Administrator
  • Working with SBT Schools and Early Years (EY) teams, co-ordinate the design and delivery of the programme within SBT 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
  • Work with project partners and SBT Marketing, EY and Schools teams to develop an effective communication plan for teachers and parents, including online resources
  • Establish effective delivery infrastructures for distribution of resources to local authorities, schools, libraries and other community settings
  • Work with SBT and Scottish Government’s Marketing Teams to create and ensure consistent and effective messaging around the programme
  • Work with SBT’s Schools and EY teams on the development and delivery of Career Long Professional Learning for teachers and develop methods of sharing good practice
  • Manage the programme budget and prepare regular monitoring reports on achievements against objectives and financial targets
  • Report to the Deputy Director, presenting reports on achievements, issues and risks as well as financial monitoring
  • Fulfil all reporting requirements of our Scottish Government funding
  • In collaboration with partners, lead on consultation and evaluation with parents and practitioners to measure and increase the impact of the programme
  • Occasional travel throughout Scotland which may include working out of office hours and overnight stays

Skills & Experience

  • Educated to degree level 
  • 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
  • Knowledge and understanding of schools, local authorities and libraries 
  • Knowledge of education policy in Scotland
  • 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


The post 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

To apply, please fill out the Scottish Book Trust Application Form in full, along with the Equal Opportunity form, and return them by email to by no later than Thursday 9 July 2015 at 5.00pm. Interviews will be held on Thursday 16 July 2015 at our Edinburgh office.

Equal Opportunities

Scottish Book Trust is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from disabled people. We will interview all applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job.

This information is available in large print format on request. If you need assistance with making your application or arrangements made for interview, please contact us for advice.

Disclosure Scotland

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.


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