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Schools Programme Manager

Application Deadline: Friday 9 May 2014

Readers in Residence

Notes of interest sought until 12 noon Friday 23 May 2014


Schools Programme Manager

Salary: £27,000 p.a. full-time, permanent contract

Reporting to: Head of Schools Programme

Download the details of our Schools Programme Manager vacancy as a PDF

General Information

Scottish Book Trust (SBT) is the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland.

The Schools Programme team delivers a range of projects which encourage children and young people to engage with reading and writing, including The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Touring and events programme, Scottish Children’s Book Awards, Authors Live in partnership with the BBC – a series of world class children’s author and illustrator events, live-screened to schools and libraries – as well as high quality resources and CPD for teachers.

Job Summary

You will work closely with the Head of Schools on the development, management and delivery of the Schools programme.

Key Responsibilities

  • To report to and work closely with the Head of Schools on the Schools programme
  • To run the Scottish Children’s Book Awards and Authors Live programmes; to overview the touring and events programmes
  • To work on the delivery of schools programmes in line with budgets and audience targets with the Head of Schools and the General Manager
  • To support the Head of Schools with the management of the BBC partnership
  • To work with the Head of Schools and the Director to manage relationships with existing sponsors
  • To manage the Schools Events Manager and Schools Programme Administrator to ensure the efficient delivery of the programme
  • To carry out necessary research, networking and relationship-building to feed into schools programme development
  • To ensure representation of SBT on appropriate children’s literature forums
  • To liaise with the Head of Marketing, the Schools Outreach Co-ordinator and the whole marketing team to deliver an effective marketing and PR strategy for the programme
  • To attend events acting as an ambassador for SBT
  • Any other duties necessary to meet the needs of Scottish Book Trust business

Skills and Experience

  • At least 3 years of experience working in an arts environment in a managerial role
  • 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 relationships
  • 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
  • Degree or equivalent in a relevant area of study

Person Specification

  • Passionate about children’s and young adult books, reading, writing and their potential to impact on young people’s lives
  • Creative, imaginative and able to assess new opportunities and build new partnerships
  • Ability to work well as part of team
  • Able to use own initiative to manage and prioritise workload
  • Willing and able to travel as required, including the occasional overnight stay

Other Information

You will be supported by the Schools Events Manager, Schools Events Co-ordinator and the Schools Programme Administrator.

You will line manage the Schools Events Manager and the Schools Programme Administrator (The Schools Events Co-ordinator is line managed by the Schools Events Manager.)

The Schools Programme Manager will be based at Scottish Book Trust’s offices in central Edinburgh, however the post holder must be prepared to travel for work-related duties and out of hours working.

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.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this position, please email your CV and a covering letter, telling us why you are suited to the role and detailing how your skills and experience fulfil the job description, to

Application Deadline: Friday 9 May 2014
Interviews: Tuesday 20 May 2014 in Edinburgh

Readers in Residence

Opportunity description for Creative Practitioners to work in partnership with a Library or Library Service                            

  • Freelance, fixed term 12 months from September 2014
  • Fixed fee of £10,800 (for 2.5 days per week or equivalent)

Download the details of our Readers in Residence opportunity as a PDF

The role

Scottish Book Trust (SBT) wishes to appoint four Readers in Residence who will work with Scottish libraries to stimulate and deliver innovative projects around reading. The content of the residencies will be shaped by the aptitudes and interests of each Reader in Residence and the needs of their partner library or library service.

For the first nine months of the contract the Reader will work within a library/library service and the community it serves.

For the remaining three months the Reader will develop their own work, with the exception of three days which will be spent working with the library/library service to support evaluation and legacy.

Each residency will hold a project budget of £1000, in addition to the fee, to support the work. SBT will also be available to offer advice and support on an ongoing basis throughout the residencies.

Each Reader will be expected to participate in an SBT induction day and an interim networking day. They, and their partner library/library service, will also be expected to support Book Week Scotland 2013 (24th – 30th November 2014) through events and projects.

SBT also plans to share good practice from the residencies with other partners and practitioners.


A Reader must have/be:

  • A creative practitioner with experience of working in community settings
  • Confident about the planning, communication and partnership working involved in working on projects of this kind
  • Some experience of working on projects with a range of different partners and goals
  • The confidence and enthusiasm to act as an advocate for reading

This opportunity is open to creative practitioners currently resident in Scotland. The programme is open to submissions from anywhere in Scotland; however we will seek to fund a spread of residencies that will encompass urban, rural and remote areas, including islands.  We welcome applications from practitioners interested in working in Gaelic and Scots contexts.

Application process for Readers in Residence

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Stage 1 (this stage)

Notes of interest from creative practitioners should be made directly to Scottish Book Trust via the online form by noon, 23 May 2014.

Stage 2

The notes of interest will be reviewed by interested libraries/library services who will contact prospective readers to discuss the possibility of partnerships during June and July 2014.

Stage 3

Joint applications will be made by host libraries/library services and interviews will take place to appoint the residencies in August 2014.

Residencies will begin in September 2014. The appointed Readers in Residence will be contracted by Scottish Book Trust. Appointment of Readers may be conditional on securing clearance from PVG/Disclosure Scotland.

Submit your Note of Interest

Notes of interest should be submitted by completing the online form here:

The closing date for notes of interest is 12 midday on Friday 23rd May 2014.

Creative Practitioners will be contacted by a library representative if they are being considered for a residency by the end of July.

If you have any queries please contact Philippa Cochrane on 0131 524 0164 or 

The Readers in Residence programme is supported by Creative Scotland.



Scottish Book Trust strives to ensure equality of opportunity in recruitment.

This information is available in alternative formats on request. If you need assistance with making your application, please contact us for advice. Unfortunately, Sandeman House is not wheelchair accessible at this time, though there may be something we can do to accommodate persons with certain mobility impairments or other disabilities.