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The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 7 March 2014.
The closing date for applications is 12noon on Friday, 21 March 2014.
- Salary: £32,000 (f/t 35 hour week)
- This is a full time post, however flexible or part-time working would be considered for the right candidate
- Reporting to the Director
Scottish Book Trust (SBT) is the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland. Four programme teams deliver national programmes for Early Years, Schools, Reader Development and Writer Development, reaching combined audiences of 1.3 million people. These programme teams are supported by additional marketing, finance and operational teams. SBT is a registered charity in Scotland with a current staff complement of 38 and is governed by a Board of Directors which meets quarterly. SBT is core funded by the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland.
Description of role
The Development Manager is a new post at Scottish Book Trust and our first permanent member of staff responsible for fundraising.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced fundraiser with a passion for the work of SBT and its social and artistic mission. They will work creatively and collaboratively across our teams to create a clear, deliverable strategy for generating income from diverse sources over the coming years. They will build a strong case for supporting SBT and will identify and secure funding from new income streams, whilst nurturing and developing our existing partnerships and maximising the potential of our current supporters.
The Development Manager will be part of Scottish Book Trust’s management team which is comprised of the other department heads (Head of Early Years, Head of Schools, Head of Reader Development, Head of Writer Development, Head of Finance). The Development Manager will report to the Director, and will ultimately discuss, develop and agree the fundraising strategy with Senior Management team (Director, Deputy Director, General Manager, Head of Marketing).
- Work closely with the management team to understand and define our fundraising needs
- Work with the senior management team to devise a fundraising strategy incorporating trusts and foundations, individual giving, fundraising campaigns and corporate partners (as appropriate)
- Contribute to the setting of fundraising targets
- Devise annual fundraising delivery plans, aligned with Scottish Book Trust’s planning cycle
Implementation of strategy
- Work closely with the management team to align projects with funding sources and gather information to support applications/bids/proposals and for reporting
- Work with the Board of Directors to facilitate introductions to potential funders, corporate partners and donors
- Develop and maintain relationships with prospective and existing funders, corporate partners and donors
- Research and make applications to trusts and foundations
- Devise and deliver fundraising opportunities and campaigns
- Maintain records of prospective and confirmed donors and funders
- Manage the fundraising budget
- Participate in fortnightly management meetings and monthly staff team meetings
- Provide quarterly fundraising reports to the Board of Directors, and present to the board as necessary
- Carry out all reporting to funders for whom responsibility is held by the Development Manager (excludes Scottish Government and Creative Scotland funding)
- Ensure funding is drawn down in a timely fashion (with Head of Finance)
- Ensure appropriate contracts are issued and signed (with General Manager)
- Maintain an up to date knowledge of tax efficient giving
- Attend appropriate conferences, courses and networking events to develop skills and strengthen relationships
- Any other duties, incidental to the above, which are necessary to meet the demands of Scottish Book Trust
Knowledge, skills and experience
- A minimum of three years experience of working autonomously in a fundraising role
- A proven track record in meeting significant fundraising targets
- A proactive and creative approach to identifying funding opportunities
- Demonstrable experience in writing successful applications to trusts and foundations
- Demonstrable experience of managing and growing individual giving programmes
- Experience of developing and managing relationships with corporate partners
- Experience of working effectively with a board
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- The ability to build strong relationships and work collaboratively, within and outside Scottish Book Trust
- Experience of managing budgets
- The ability to juggle a diverse workload with tight deadlines and multiple priorities
- Good computer skills and the ability to self support administratively
- Enthusiasm for and understanding of the aims and the work of Scottish Book Trust
To apply for this position, please send your CV and a covering letter, detailing how your knowledge, skills and experience fulfil the job description, by email to email@example.com or in hard copy to Marc Lambert, Director, Scottish Book Trust, Sandeman House, Trunk’s Close, 55 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR.
References – please include names and contact details for at least two professional referees. We will request your permission before asking for references and will only do so after interviews have taken place.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 7 March 2014.
Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 26 March 2014.
- Fee: £3,500 plus travel and expenses
'Becoming a writer seemed an impossible dream when I was young. I had no idea how to go about it. It would have been invaluable to be mentored by a professional author and find out about writing and publishing. As a writer for young people, I’ve been delighted to be able to use my experience to help nurture and inspire young writing talents through Scottish Book Trust’s excellent mentoring scheme.' Julie Bertagna, 2013/14 Young Writers Awards mentor
Scottish Book Trust is currently seeking a published writer to mentor three young writers between the ages of 14 and 17 for our Young Writers Awards programme.
The Young Writers Awards programme provides tailored support for talented writers between the ages of 14 and 17, allowing them to reach their potential and learn about creative writing and the publishing industry. The project is now in its fifth year.
The mentor will support the project by:
- Attending an introductory meeting with members of Scottish Book Trust’s Writer Development team
- Reading a shortlist of applications from young writers
- Attending a panel meeting to select three mentees
- Attending an induction session at Scottish Book Trust
- Mentor the three writers during a weekend retreat to Moniack Mhor
- Provide follow-up feedback on writing by phone and/or email
- Visit a publisher and run a final round up session in London
Dates (to be confirmed)
- Monday, 27 July 2014: panel meeting to select Young Writers Awardees
- Tuesday, 2 September: Induction evening
- Friday, 10 October to Sunday, 12 October 2014: Moniack Mhor
- Thursday 26 February and Friday 27 February 2015: London trip
Scottish Book Trust may arrange for additional workshops with writers during the retreat.
The final session will take place in London where the mentor, three young writers and two members of Scottish Book Trust will visit a London publisher.
The applicant must:
- Have a track record of fiction commercially marketed, sold and distributed by a publisher throughout Scotland. Writers of self-published, web-published and vanity press titles are not eligible to apply
- Demonstrate a commitment to developing the writing of young people
- Have significant experience working with young people
- Have had their work published within the last five years
- Must live and work in Scotland. Writers who live in Scotland for part of the year must outline their availability in their application and will be accepted at the discretion of Scottish Book Trust
The applicant must:
- Demonstrate flexibility, sensitivity and patience in their approach to working with young people
- Be passionate about developing the writing of young people
- Enjoy working in partnership with others
- Be an excellent communicator with a flexible approach
- Have PVG Scheme membership
How to apply
Please send a CV and a letter outlining why you would like to work as the Young Writers Awards mentor, and what you would bring to the role.
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and should have ‘Young Writers Awards Mentor’ as the subject title.
The closing date for applications is Friday, 21 March 2014, 12noon.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview on Wednesday, 9 April
Scottish Book Trust is an equal opportunities employer. If you have specific access requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. This information is available in alternative formats, including large print format on request.
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.