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

 

Opportunity:

Digital Storytelling Residencies Manager

Data Management Co-ordinator

Reading Friends Pilot: Call for Project Proposals

 

The following vacancy is now closed:

Digital Marketing Internship

 


Digital Storytelling Residencies Manager

Reporting To: Head of Reader Development

Salary: £25,000 - £27,999

Hours: 35 hours per week

Duration: Full time, fixed term contract – 12 months

Job Summary

The Digital Storytelling Residencies Manager is responsible for the planning and delivery of the Digital Storytelling Residency project.The project is funded by the Scottish Government with the aim of supporting digital non-participants to develop their digital skills and confidence, by making personal digital stories. Scottish Book Trust leads the project and awards 9 month residency funding to 5 host library services.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Head of Reader Development to manage and deliver the Digital Storytelling Residencies
  • Under the supervision from the Head of Read Development, liaise with project funders, ensuring all requirements of funding and reporting are met
  • Create and manage project schedules 
  • Create and manage project budgets and cash flows (in collaboration with the Head of Reader Development and the Head of Finance)
  • Line manage any staff posts and freelance contractors associated with the project
  • In consultation with Library service partners, manage the recruitment of the digital storytellers for each residency
  • Issue appropriate contracts to relevant partners 
  • Be the main liaison with external evaluators for the project
  • Work with the SBT Marketing team and library service marketing teams to ensure each residency is accurately and appropriately represented and promoted via press, web, print and social media
  • With the Lead Digital Storyteller, develop and, if required, deliver the training elements of the project
  • Consult and collaborate with other SBT staff and teams, as appropriate, to deliver the project objectives to required timelines

Skills and Experience

  • A relevant degree or equivalent professional experience
  • At least 2 years’ experience of project management, delivering projects with multiple partners and in multiple locations, 
  • Excellent planning and project management skills and experience
  • Excellent communication and consultation skills, verbal and written
  • Excellent relationship and network building skills
  • Experience of project evaluation
  • Experience of managing staff and freelance practitioners
  • Experience of, and enthusiasm for, working in a diverse range of outreach and learning settings
  • Experience of delivering projects in partnership with libraries or local authorities
  • Experience of facilitating in-programme development and delivery
  • Experience of developing and delivering training
  • Experience and understanding of digital storytelling and adult literacy would be beneficial but not essential

Person Specification

  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated and resilient
  • Creative and flexible approach to project development and management, able to cope with a level of uncertainty and change
  • Professional as well as approachable in dealing with stakeholders, delivery partners and programme participants
  • Sensitive to the needs of a diverse range of, sometimes vulnerable, participants
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team, as required
  • Good problem-solver; able to use own initiative to manage and prioritise workload
  • Interest in reading and its potential to change lives

Other Information

The post is based at Scottish Book Trust’s offices in Edinburgh, however the post holder must be prepared to undertake regular travel, including occasional overnight stays. 

The post may involve working with young people and vulnerable adults, therefore appointment will be conditional upon securing basic clearance from Disclosure Scotland

How to Apply

Please complete a Scottish Book Trust Application Form and an Equal Opportunity Form and return both to recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com.

Closing Date: 27 April, 12 PM

Interview Date: 7 May


Data Management Co-ordinator

Reporting To: Database Development Co-ordinator

Salary: Grade 3: £21,000 – 24,999

Hours: 35 hours per week

Duration: Full time, 4 months fixed term

Job Summary

Scottish Book Trust is introducing a new CRM system (SuiteCRM) to manage contacts, communications, fundraising and project participation across the charity. The Data Management Co-ordinator will support the Database Development Co-ordinator in the co-ordination and cleansing of existing data, and the preparation and transfer of data into the new CRM. 

The role is part of the Marketing and Communications team and works closely with the Database Development Co-ordinator and the Website Manager, as well as collaborating with all programme teams across the charity to deliver SBT’s data management requirements.

Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to defining and developing data specifications to support business requirements and inform data migration 
  • Analysing, cleansing and mapping data to prepare for migration into the CRM
  • Contribute to the defining of system processes and configuration to support future working practices
  • Support export of data from existing systems, liaising with external suppliers as required
  • Support migration test phases, analysing data output and identifying solutions to issues identified including liaison with the CRM provider as required
  • Test workflows and website integration to ensure processes operate as expected
  • Other duties as required to support digital projects across Scottish Book Trust

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Extensive data migration and data cleansing experience
  • Extensive experience of Website and CRM testing 
  • Experience of using CRM system(s) (SuiteCRM advantageous)
  • Experience of using tools / methods to analyse large data sets
  • Experience of building and maintaining relational data structures in databases
  • Excellent Excel skills 
  • Knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Access
  • Experience in an Agile, rapid-development environment 
  • Ability to assist in delivery of business requirements, from gathering/ understanding, though to specification/design and final solution delivery
  • Thorough understanding of GDPR 
  • Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail 
  • Experience of working with external suppliers 

Person Specification

  • Must be able to work independently and use own initiative
  • Highly organised with the ability to plan and manage changing priorities and drive through completion of tasks to agreed timelines 
  • Approachable with a commitment to delivering excellent support to internal users 
  • Work well within a small team to deliver shared priorities and goals
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse organisational teams 
  • Personal resilience and enthusiasm for achieving the charity’s objectives

Other Information

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

Appointment will be conditional on securing basic clearance from Disclosure Scotland.

How to Apply

Please complete a Scottish Book Trust Application Form and an Equal Opportunity Form and return both to recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com.

Closing Date: 30 April, 9 AM

Interview Date: 7 May


Reading Friends Pilot: Call for Project Proposals

Reading Friends is an exciting UK-wide project that empowers, engages and connects isolated older people through reading. Reading Friends connects people by starting conversations through reading. It builds positive relationships that benefit volunteer Reading Partners and Reading Friends. The project is led by The Reading Agency, with Scottish Book Trust leading the delivery in Scotland, and Literature Wales and Verbal leading in Wales and Northern Ireland respectively. The project began in 2017 with test phase projects across the UK developing and interrogating approaches, materials and evaluation until August 2018. You can find more detailed information here.

September onwards: Phase 2 Reading Friends in Scotland – intergenerational pilot project

We would like to commission 1 new project in the pilot phase to specifically explore intergenerational approaches for developing and delivering Reading Friends. The purpose is to partner younger volunteers with older Reading Friends to explore and engage in Reading Friends activities – including but not limited to:

  • Social reading - reading to and with others, talking about reading, reading-related befriending, reading aloud, joining/setting up a reading group and/or book chats. This could use a wide range of reading materials including fiction, non-fiction, comics, picture books, newspapers, audio and online content.
  • Recommending reading - book gifting, reviews, word of mouth, curated lists
  • Supporting others to read –moving from being engaged by others to supporting others to engage
  • Story Sharing – discussing and sharing personal stories, experience and reminiscences, perhaps stimulated by reading material, pictures, music or objects

We are particularly interested in project proposals which will seek to co-design their activities' approaches with participating younger and older people.  

The project will begin in September 2018 and will be funded for 1 year – there is £10,000 available to support delivery.

It is intended that the pilot project will involve a network of local partners and that public libraries would be included in some capacity either as lead or supporting partners. 

What support will the pilot project receive?

  • Up to £10,000 for the year of their participation (subject to budget and reporting)
  • Face-to-face and online training for volunteers
  • Access to resources, materials and approaches developed during the test phase
  • Marketing materials for Reading Friends
  • Support to develop their sustainability proposals, including key messages for fundraising and tools to secure additional funding.

The pilot project will also be supported by the Reading Friends project team at Scottish Book Trust and the Reading Agency to:

  • Support partnerships and project plans,
  • Devise co-creation approaches and volunteering strategies where needed
  • Collect information about their projects and reflect on the successes and challenges they have experienced.
  • To develop and modify project plans as the project progresses, with the emphasis being on continuous learning and a flexible approach to project delivery
  • Test sustainability strategies, encouraging the continuation of their Reading Friends activities after the initial funding period expires.

How will the pilot project be selected?

The Project Proposal form submitted will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • Credibility and robustness of approach to engaging both younger and older people both as volunteers and as participants
  • Depth of understanding of considerations arising from an intergenerational approach and appropriate plans to accommodate those considerations
  • Proposed approach to consulting/co-creating with target groups to ensure the approach to reading is appealing to them and meets their needs
  • Strength and credibility of proposed partnerships
  • Projects should be able to demonstrate a clear plan for future fundraising and how they propose to fund Reading Friends locally from September 2019 (once the pilot phase has been completed).
  • As the pilot period is only a year long, priority will be given to projects which can be founded on existing experience and/or networks.

What next?

Please read the detailed information about the Pilot here; then, please fill out the Project Proposal Form

Deadline for applications: 18 May 2018

Shortlisting: 21 and 22 May

 

If your project is shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview on either Thursday 31 May or Friday 1 June.  A decision will be made by Monday 4 June 2018 or shortly afterwards.

Pilot project will begin September 2018 with a UK-wide pilot phase launch scheduled to take place on 16 October 2018.

 


 

Digital Marketing Internship 

Reporting To: Young Writers Programme Manager and conFAB Artistic Director

Salary: £100/day, 1 day per week

Duration: Start date will be mid-April. The role is available until November 2018.

Job Summary

The Digital Marketing Intern will be responsible for working on the Scottish Youth Poetry Slam 2018 (SYPS) and Scottish Book Trust's What’s Your Story? programme. The intern will focus mainly on social media but will also work on listing portals, website updates, content writing and all other digital media.

 

Management/Key relationships

Hosted by conFAB, the role will be based at Scottish Book Trust. The postholder will be line managed by the Young Writers Programme Manager and the Artistic Director of conFAB. Day-to-day support will be provided by the Young Writers Programme Manager with regular meetings with the Artistic Director of conFAB.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Social media marketing for the SYPS
  • Manage listing portals and third party ads for the SYPS
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the SYPS social media strategy
  • Research and collate online resources for teen writers in Scotland.
  • Assist with copywriting
  • Promote programme activities via social media and blog posts
  • Live tweet and blog about the Youth Poetry Slams, StoryCon and What’s Your Story

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Excellent social media marketing skills, including demonstrable, expert experience of using Facebook, Instagram, Google Analytics and other social media tools
  • A passion for engaging young people in writing and spoken word
  • Excellent written skills
  • Good people skills and ability to work well with others
  • Good IT skills, including competence in Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Email and Internet browsers
  • Highly organised and efficient with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Flexible and determined to champion the values of the SYPS and Scottish Book Trust

 

Other Information

Some out-of-hours working will be required at events (e.g StoryCon and the Scottish Youth Poetry Slams).

Appointment will be conditional on securing basic clearance from Disclosure Scotland.

Applicants should be aged 18-26yrs.

The post is being funded by: Big Lottery - Young Start, Glasgow City Council, Event Scotland - Year of Young People 2018

 

How to Apply

Please complete a Scottish Book Trust Application Form and an Equal Opportunity Form and return both to recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com.

Closing Date: 5 April, 9 AM

Interview Date: 12 April

 

 

If you have any questions about the Reading Friends project or filling in the Project Proposal Form please contact Koren Calder at koren.calder@scottishbooktrust.com.

Data Management Co-ordinator