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The following position is now closed for applications:

Head of Schools Programme

Salary: Grade 6 - £31,000-39,000

The Head of Schools Programme is the strategic leader of Scottish Book Trust’s programme aimed at informing and inspiring the school community: teachers, education professionals, parents and pupils, to read and write. Through research, partnership networking and engagement with policy formation and sector initiatives, the role drives the design and development of a dynamic cutting edge schools programme. The postholder also leads and manages a team of six committed, energetic and enthusiastic schools team staff, with three direct reports.

The programme includes: the Schools Touring and Events programme, the Authors Live programme and two book awards, the Significant Contribution Award, as well as a Schools Champions programme.

Key Responsibilities

  • To lead strategic development of the Schools Programme to the highest standards of creative content and professional delivery
  • Designing and developing the Schools Programme: identifying appropriate projects and partners, setting outcomes, measuring impact and feeding intelligence back into the programme and organisation
  • Reporting to the Director of Programme, the postholder is a member of the wider Management Team contributing to broader organisational development as well as promoting the strategic development of the Schools Programme
  • Maintain an up to date understanding of research, initiatives and policies relevant to the Schools Programme
  • Sustain an in-depth knowledge of children’s literature, promote understanding within the Schools Team and wider organisation, liaising with writers, illustrators and publishers as required
  • As part of the Management Team, promote cohesion across SBT’s programme portfolio and maximise audience development opportunities
  • Work closely with the Head of Attainment to promote a unified approach to schools programming and delivery
  • Manage and develop relationships with Schools programme corporate partners
  • Identify, develop and sustain relationships with relevant partner organisations, such as Education Scotland
  • Collaborate with the Director of Marketing on the marketing, audience development and branding of the Schools Programme
  • Lead the Schools Team, promoting high standards of performance, effective team working and cross organisational collaboration
  • Line-manage the Schools Programme Manager, Schools Resources Developer and the Schools Outreach Co-ordinator, setting objectives and high performance standards, promoting organisational values and supporting them in their line management responsibilities
  • Represent and promote Scottish Book Trust professionally at external meetings, conferences and events
  • Set and monitor schools programme budgets
  • Work with the Fundraising Manager and Director of Programme to source funding for new and existing programmes and conduct the associated reporting

Skills & Experience

  • Educated to degree level 
  • Significant professional experience in a relevant field 
  • In-depth knowledge of children’s literature, a passion for reading and for supporting authors and illustrators in Scotland
  • Significant experience of developing and delivering complex programmes in the arts or education sectors
  • Significant project management skills and experience, including resource planning, management and reporting
  • Experience of setting outcomes for programmes and evaluating impact
  • Knowledge and understanding of schools, local authorities and libraries 
  • Knowledge of the education, creative and literature sectors 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, promoting collaborative working within SBT
  • Strong leadership and management skills to motivate and drive staff performance
  • Thorough understanding and experience of budget setting and management


The post is based in Scottish Book Trust’s offices in central Edinburgh, however some travel across Scotland is required, as well as occasional out of office hours.

The post requires basic clearance through the Disclosure Scotland scheme.

Deadline for Applications

Monday 28 November 2016, 9am

Interviews will be held on Friday 9 December 2016

How to apply

To apply for this post please complete a Scottish Book Trust Application Form along with the Equal Opportunities form and email them to

For further information, please contact, or call 0131 524 0160