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First Minister's Reading Challenge digital product development

Schools Communities Events Manager (Deadline Extended) 

PR & Marketing Manager


The following vacancies have now closed:

Reading Communities Coordinator

Writing Communities Administrator

Schools Communities Events Manager

Salary: Grade 4: £25,000-£27,999

Reporting To: School Communities Manager

Duration: Temporary Fixed Term 9-12 month Contract

Job Summary

The School Communities (SC) Programme team delivers a range of projects which encourage children and young people to engage with reading and writing. The SC Events Manager role demands a thorough knowledge of children’s books and writers and a command of emerging trends and developments in the UK children’s literature sector.  Highly developed project management skills are essential as is creativity and vision in planning and delivering exciting and impactful tours and events across a range of settings. You will work closely with the School Communities Manager and the School Communities Administrator to create an innovative programme of events aimed at children, young people and the education sector to take in venues across Scotland and the UK.

This post line manages a Schools Communities Administrator post.

Key Responsibilities

  • To design, schedule and manage a creative and imaginative events programme across Scotland
  • To manage the touring programme and a programme of one-off events, across the year
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with publishers, children’s writers/illustrators, the education/library sector and relevant children’s literature organisations
    • To maintain up-to-date knowledge of the UK and international contemporary children’s literature sector, and evolving arts and education policy and initiatives which may influence the design of our events programming
    • To attend events as appropriate, acting as an ambassador for Scottish Book Trust
    • Liaise with the Press Officer and other marketing colleagues to ensure effective press and publicity for the touring and events programme
  • To line manage the School Communities Administrator, ensuring website information relating to events is effective and the CRM is accurately maintained
  • Set the events budget, manage, monitor and report on that budget
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of evaluation processes and frameworks in relation to the events programme
  • To work with the SC Manager to design and deliver the book prizes
  • To drive the SBT van to support SBT events
  • To be responsible for the SBT van maintenance and legal compliance
  • Collaborate across the School Communities Team to ensure programmes are integrated and opportunities to develop and improve programme design and impact are pursued

 Skills and Experience

  • Extensive knowledge of children’s and young adult books, reading and writing and their context in Scotland
  • Thorough knowledge of arts, literature (particularly children/young people) and education policies and initiatives in Scotland 
  • Extensive project management and events planning and delivery experience
  • Experience of working with publishers, authors, illustrators and other creative practitioners
  • Experience of leading, motivating and managing staff to deliver excellent performance
  • Experience of establishing and managing effective and productive funder and stakeholder relationships
    • Knowledge of risk assessment, child protection policies and event health and safety legislation 
  • Ability to plan and manage multiple priorities and work to strict deadlines
  • Clear and confident communicator, both written and verbal, with experience of engaging effectively with a range of learning professionals and creative practitioners
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • A high level of IT literacy and competence (web 2.0, Microsoft Office, CRM)
  • Degree in a relevant area of study or equivalent professional experience

Person Specification

  • Passionate about reading, writing and their potential to impact on young people’s lives, especially in a school setting
  • Creative, imaginative and able to identify and develop new opportunities and build new partnerships
  • Excellent networker and confident ambassador
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and across teams to deliver shared organisational goals
  • Collaborative in approach and proactive in problem solving, upholding SBT’s values
  • Able to use own initiative to manage and prioritise workload
  • A full, clean UK driving licence and confident, experienced driving skills

Other Information

Although based at Scottish Book Trust’s offices in Edinburgh, the post-holder must be prepared to travel extensively for work-related duties

The post may involve working with young people and vulnerable adults, therefore appointment will be conditional upon securing basic clearance from Disclosure Scotland.

How to Apply

Please complete a Scottish Book Trust Application Form and an Equal Opportunity Form and return both to

Closing date: Monday 17 September at 10am

Interview date: Wednesday 3 October


First Minister’s Reading Challenge: Digital product for secondary school pupils

Invitation to tender

Scottish Book Trust (SBT) is a charity that changes lives through books, reading and writing.

SBT work with the Scottish Government to design and deliver the First Minister’s Reading Challenge with the aim of positively impacting attainment by building reading cultures in schools, families and communities to support and nurture reading for pleasure. The First Minister’s Reading Challenge has been running in primary schools for two years and, following a successful pilot, is launching to secondary schools in September 2018.

As part of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, Scottish Book Trust are seeking to appoint a partner to develop a digital product to support reading for pleasure in secondary school pupils. The partner should use a co-design methodology to identify the needs of the audience group before building, testing, and releasing a product in spring 2019.  

The deadline for proposals is Monday 10 September at 10am. 

For full information, please download the invitation to tender


PR and Marketing Manager

Salary: Grade 5: £28,000-£31,999

Reporting To: Director of Marketing and Communications

Duration: Permanent, Full time

Job Summary

As a member of the Marketing Team, this post plays a crucial role in promoting the charitable profile, brand and programmes of Scottish Book Trust (SBT) through managing its marketing campaigns and relations with the press, stakeholders and wider public. At a strategic level, the postholder works closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications to help develop, deliver and monitor the charity’s marketing and advocacy plans.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan and deliver annual marketing communications plans to ensure consistent and effective promotion of SBT’s public profile in support of its charitable aims, fundraising and programme objectives
  • Work with programme teams and marketing colleagues to devise, plan and deliver campaigns to:
    • promote programmes, launches, events and fundraising initiatives
    • develop deeper relationships with existing programme audiences
    • reach new and under-represented audiences
    • demonstrate the impact of our work.
  • Ensure Scottish Book Trust’s brand and ethos are communicated effectively to new and existing audiences, the media and stakeholders
  • Devise, create and maximise targeted press and PR opportunities for Scottish Book Trust, achieving high-level placements in print, broadcast and online media
  • Deal promptly and effectively with requests for response, research, quotes, photos, interviews and information from media contacts
  • Advise Senior Management Team and others on press related matters, including response to media enquiries
  • Work closely with the Digital Marketing Manager to enhance marketing campaigns and media coverage through digital channels including social media
  • Support and guide the Press Officer to research, write and distribute press releases to targeted media
  • Support the Press Officer to organise events including press conferences and photo calls
  • Provide PR and media training to Scottish Book Trust award recipients, authors and other stakeholders
  • Plan and develop the press section of Scottish Book Trust’s website
  • Oversee the evaluation of all press coverage
  • Promote involvement of relevant SBT staff as expert spokespeople at national conferences and similar events
  • Support the Director of Marketing and Communications and the rest of Senior Management Team with public affairs and the advocacy plan
  • Line manage the Digital Marketing Manager, Press Officer, Print and Marketing Coordinator and Marketing Communications Coordinator, setting objectives and monitoring and motivating high performance.
  • Work collaboratively across traditional team boundaries to deliver shared organisational objectives

 Skills and Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience
  • Creative and effective communicator, preferably with an enthusiasm for the arts, literature or popular culture 
  • Significant, demonstrable, relevant experience of success in PR and media relations, ideally within the arts, literature, charity or education sectors
  • Strong track record in devising and delivering marketing communications plans 
  • Demonstrable experience in planning and delivering marketing campaigns, ideally within arts, education or charity fields
  • First rate writing skills for successful influencing, promoting organisational brand and reputation
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills to support effective cross-team working and external relationship building
  • An established network of journalist contacts in Scotland
  • Strong experience of using social media for marketing and PR campaigns
  • Event planning experience desirable
  • Experience of print production
  • Ability to work well in a busy environment, remaining calm under pressure and prioritising the demands of multiple projects and competing deadlines
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse programme teams, understanding programme objectives, negotiating around priorities and deadlines and promoting achievement of shared outcomes
  • Experience of collaborating with external stakeholders on campaigns
  • Knowledge of public affairs in Scotland
  • Experience of managing staff to support their development and achievement of their objectives
  • Experience of leading and managing high performing teams 
  • Ability to work collaboratively across traditional team boundaries to deliver shared organisational objectives

Other Information

The post is based in Scottish Book Trust offices in Edinburgh but occasional travel within Scotland may be required as are occasional out of office hours.

How to Apply

Please complete a Scottish Book Trust Application Form and an Equal Opportunity Form and return both to

Closing date: Monday 24 September at 9am

Interview date: Tuesday 2 October