Programme Development Manager
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 Thursday 21 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