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Current Vacancies:

Print & Marketing Co-ordinator

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s Assistant for the Reading Friends project – based in Stirling Library services


Print & Marketing Co-ordinator

Salary: Grade 3 (£21,000 - £24,999)

Reports to: Director of Marketing & Communications (DMC)

Full-time, permanent


Job Summary

The Print & Marketing Co-ordinator is a key member of the Marketing Team with specific responsibility for all design and print production for a wide range of materials and resources at Scottish Book Trust. The post is the essential link between internal teams and external suppliers (designers and printers). The post calls for a highly organised person with an eye for design and experience in print production and marketing.


Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure brand and accessibility guidelines are communicated and adhered to
  • Be the brand guardian for Scottish Book Trust communications
  • Work closely with Web Team and Digital Marketing Manager to ensure branding is expressed effectively and appropriately in all online channels
  • Through close liaison with programme teams, the postholder project manages all Scottish Book Trust print materials from planning, setting time lines, agreeing design and ensuring delivery
  • Work with teams to develop briefs and identify design direction
  • Review and sign off all briefs
  • Appoint and liaise with designers, printers and proof readers
  • Manage the output of design agencies, freelance designers and illustrators to ensure they deliver to the brief and on time
  • Manage print tenders and print budgets, with regular reporting to the DMC
  • Review, develop and manage Scottish Book Trust’s image bank, using the photo management software
  • Work closely with the Heads of Programme to evaluate the effectiveness of print materials
  • Support the DMC with tactical marketing tasks as required


Skills and experience

  • Experience of project managing design and print production, including book publishing
  • Excellent copy writing, editing and proof-reading skills
  • Experience of marketing, ideally in an arts, literature or education sector
  • High degree of computer literacy, including experience of design software/desktop publishing
  • Ability to manage freelance designers, proof readers, and print companies to deliver quality work to agreed deadlines
  • Budget management skills
  • Strong project management and planning skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage competing priorities
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work across teams and negotiate achievement of objectives
  • Knowledge of the literature sector is desirable

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


Deadline for Applications

Monday, 9 October, 5 pm

Interviews will be held on 24 October


How to Apply

Please complete a Scottish Book Trust application form and equal opportunity form and return to



Volunteer Co-ordinator’s Assistant for the Reading Friends project – based in Stirling Library services

Salary: £9 per hour

Reports to: Stirling Library’s Outreach Services Volunteer Co-ordinator

Part-time, freelance position, 18 hours per week (working Tuesdays, Thursdays and one other ½ day) from December 2017 to June 2018 (6 months – 26 weeks total)


Scottish Book Trust, Scotland’s national charity transforming lives through reading and writing, has been commissioned by the Reading Agency to co-ordinate the test phase of their Reading Friends Project in Scotland. The test area is Stirling. Stirling Library services will be trialing the test phase from October 2017 to June 2018. The Volunteer Co-ordinator’s Assistant will support Stirling Library services' existing Volunteer Co-ordinator to deliver a variety of reading-based activities by supporting Reading Partner Volunteers and the older people they are matched with, to ensure they have safe and enjoyable experiences.


Background to the Reading Friends Project

The Reading Friends Project matches Volunteer Reading Partners and older people through reading activities as an approach to help reduce isolation. The project aims to ensure that the activities involved in the programme adhere to the following key principles whereby the project is:


  • Friendly and approachable
  • Makes you feel at ease
  • Happens in familiar and comfortable places
  • Clearly explains what you can do, how to participate and what the value/benefits of taking part are
  • Starts with people’s interests
  • Is open to anyone


  • Engaging and appealing
  • Something people want to do and look forward to
  • Is light hearted and enjoyable
  • Aims to connect people through a love of reading and stories

Builds relationships

  • Matches interests and preferences
  • Starts conversations
  • Is sociable
  • Encourages positive ways of communicating with each other
  • Enables everyone to participate equally


  • Starts with the individual not the programme
  • Asks for individuals’ ideas and opinions
  • The reading approach and activities are developed together
  • Builds confidence
  • Allows individualised engagement with reading
  • Enables Reading Friends to become volunteers if they wish to

Breaks down barriers

  • Simple to do and understand
  • Takes into consideration a wide range of needs
  • Is open to all kinds of reading
  • Is open to anyone
  • Supports everyone to engage with reading and stories
  • Seeks out people who might not think they want to participate


Purpose of the Role

To help with the recruitment of and provide ongoing support to existing volunteers and help match them with older people within the Stirling area who are designated as vulnerable and isolated. Provide support to staff who run group sessions with these individuals.


Key Responsibilities

  • Familiarise yourself with all support materials/posters/leaflets associated with the Reading Friends project and complete the associated administration to help market the project in the Stirling area
  • Help to identify individuals and/or older people groups that would like to take part in the project
  • Help to identify and recruit Volunteer Reading Partners to take part in the project
  • Provide support at the Volunteer Reading Partner Induction sessions
  • Identify junior reserve stock to be used in a ‘when we were young’ activity with groups
  • Link with the Gaelic volunteer co-ordinator and help to identify Gaelic texts to read
  • Make links with the existing RVS befriending service, which supports older people in local hospitals, and explore the possibility of integrating the Reading Friends project into this work programme
  • Establish links and integrate Reading Friends into the intergenerational project ‘Playlist for Life’ currently running
  • Explore linking the Reading Friends project into other Intergenerational programmes, such as a family sharing stories session
  • Provide support to Residential Homes’ Activity Officers, Care staff and/or the Stirling Library services’ Volunteer Co-ordinator who oversee the running of sessions within the following areas:
    • Delivering reading in group sessions such as poetry reading sessions in Care Homes
    • Delivering reading in group sessions as an element of the reminiscence groups in the libraries
      • Help to lead focused activities (memory boxes, etc.)
      • Help clean up & tidy following events
  • Support professional carers in activity-based environments for those affected with dementia. Be aware and sensitive to those in the group.
  • Provide feedback to the external evaluator on the outcomes associated with the Reading Friends test phase delivery plan
  • Help to expand the existing Housebound Service (where appropriate and possibly with new Volunteer Reading Partners) so that the volunteers also provide a Reading Friends activity such as ‘book discussion’ or ‘book reading together session’ etc. as an expansion to the visit to deliver books. Your role will be to:
    • Support Volunteer Reading Partners to choose OR collect books and other items for customers
    • Support the delivery of books and other items to the housebound or isolated
    • Report any concerns about health, safety and wellbeing, to the relevant parties
    • Ensure that the customer’s profile is kept up to date by informing library staff of any relevant changes to their requirements
    • Help with any consultation with this group of customers
    • Promote relevant Reading Friends, library events and activities with the elderly & isolated


Key Skills and Experience


  • Have an understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality as appropriate
  • Competent at using IT packages
  • Ability to work well with potentially diverse partners/audiences and understand their context and priorities, especially older people
  • Ability to build a legacy of work for the project so that partnership organisations can take things forward after the test phase (recruited volunteers can have ongoing involvement in the project at the library or at other locations as appropriate)
  • A reliable, confident and responsible individual, with enthusiasm and effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Have a friendly, patient and approachable manner
  • Ability to empathise with older people and people with disabilities
  • Have the ability to cope with the duties and responsibilities of the role and the associated environment, including an understanding of health and safety
  • Able to follow guidelines/instructions
  • Must have initiative and the ability to work without supervision
  • Willing to acquire new knowledge and skills


  • Demonstrates previous experience of working with volunteers
  • Understanding and knowledge of reading support programmes and activities



Based in Stirling Library Services HQ with travel to various locations in the Stirling area


Time Commitment

The anticipated workdays are Tuesday and Thursday each week and a half day with the exact time this takes place each week to be arranged.



The Volunteer Co-ordinator’s Assistant will be inducted prior to carrying out this role. Stirling Library’s Outreach Services Volunteer Co-ordinator will be their direct line supervisor and will provide ongoing support. Out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed to agreed limits on production of receipts.


Additional Information

A Basic Disclosure check will be required.

This is a freelance part-time position contracted to Scottish Book Trust but working within Stirling Library services. The post will be focussed specifically on delivering the test phase of the Reading Friends project.


Deadline for Applications

16 October, 5 pm

Interviews will be held on 24 October


How to Apply

Please complete a Scottish Book Trust application form and equal opportunity form and return to