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Director of Programme

Grade 7: c £45k per annum

 

 


 

Director of Programme

Grade 7: c £45k per annum

Reports to: Director

Job Summary

As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), the Director of Programme (DP) works with the Director of Scottish Book Trust and other senior colleagues to determine and manage the strategic direction and development of Scottish Book Trust. The DP is also responsible for overseeing all SBT programmes, leading on their operational and strategic development. The DP line manages all programme heads, leads the Development Team and ensures SBT programmes are effective, impactful and delivered to the highest standards.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Contributes to the development and delivery of SBT’s strategic business plan
  • Networks and builds relationships with key stakeholders in order to support the strategic development of SBT programmes
  • Participates in negotiations and discussions with key funders to secure programme funding and development
  • Leads and oversees the planning, design and development of all programmes, working with Heads of Programme to set outcomes and develop content
  • Researches and stays abreast of the latest developments in theory and practice in all areas relevant to SBT programmes
  • Embeds best practice in programme evaluation, monitoring and assessing the impact of programmes, driving continuous improvement
  • Demonstrates the effectiveness of SBT activity by reporting on the impact of its programmes and sharing this intelligence internally and externally as appropriate
  • Works with Heads of Programme to set and monitor programme budgets
  • Leads and line-manages Heads of Programme to achieve their objectives in accordance with SBT values, manage their teams effectively, and perform at their best
  • Leads the Development Team to deliver effective communications and decision-making
  • Works with the Director and Head of Fundraising to support, shape and inform major funding bids and applications
  • Acts as an ambassador for SBT in confidently communicating the aims, ethos and outcomes of SBT programmes
  • Actively manages own professional development, seeking out opportunities for learning and growth

 

Skills & Experience

  • Educated to degree level
  • At least 5 years’ experience at senior level in programme development and management
  • Evidence of high-level strategic and creative thinking
  • Experience of working at board level, reporting on performance and developing policy and strategy
  • An in-depth knowledge of arts and cultural policy and its political context, at local and national level
  • Excellent knowledge of the arts and literature sectors
  • Sound knowledge of current theory and practice in literacy and education and related social issues
  • Experience of delivering innovation and change and engaging staff around a culture of continuous improvement
  • Experience of managing and reporting on substantial budgets
  • Superior negotiating and relationship-building skills; evidence of successful engagement with high-level external stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Superior planning skills and the ability to manage multiple competing priorities and deadlines
  • Considerable team leadership, line management and people development experience
  • Ability to motivate others and inspire commitment to Scottish Book Trust, its mission and values

 

Location

The post is based at Scottish Book Trust’s offices in central Edinburgh

 

Closing Date: Monday 31 August, 5 pm

 

How to Apply

Email a completed application form and a completed equal opportunity form to recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com.

 

 

 


The following positions are now closed for applications:

 

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

 

Location

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.