Vacancies

Thank you for your interest in joining our team. Scottish Book Trust is committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. For further information, please see the attachments below.

If you have any queries, please contact recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com, or call Laura on 0131 524 0160

 

Current vacancies:

Digital Storytelling Project Creative Practitioner - Fife

Trustee Board Members

 

The following positions are now closed for applications:

Early Years Digital Projects Manager

Website Co-ordinator

Press Officer

 


 

Digital Storytelling Project Creative Practitioner - Fife

Freelance, fixed term 6 months from July 2017

Salary: Fixed fee of £9,000 (for 2.5 days per week or equivalent)

 

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

Background

The Digital Storyteller will work with a Scottish library in Fife to stimulate and deliver an innovative project by working with the local community to encourage and teach participants to create their own digital stories. Participants will have the option to share their stories on You Tube and/or within the library archives.

The project is based on the methodology developed by the Story Centre, an American organisation that supports individuals and organizations to use storytelling and participatory media for reflection, education, and social change. It helps create spaces for transforming lives and communities through listening to and sharing stories. More details are available at storycenter.org

Training and Support

Scottish Book Trust (SBT) will support the practitioner and the project throughout the residency. The technology required to run the project is funded by SBT and, following the six-month residency, will remain within the library service for future training opportunities and community engagement in digital story creation. As part of the residency, a 2-day “train the trainer” workshop will also be delivered to other staff within the service to provide a legacy for digital story telling within the local community.

The Digital Storyteller will participate in an SBT induction course, as well as a “good practice” sharing session(s) with other partners and practitioners.

Key Skills & Experience

  • An enthusiastic creative digital practitioner** with experience of working in community settings
  • Excellent communication skills for involving and inspiring a wide range of members of the public
  • The ability to motivate and engage a range of professionals to work in partnership for the delivery of shared goals
  • Experienced and confident in project planning
  • The ability to facilitate story creation by supporting participants to find their own voice and edit their own original stories
  • Able to maintain high professional standards
  • Competent in the use of digital storytelling IT equipment and software packages
  • The ability to tailor learning and engagement approaches to match the needs of diverse partners and audiences
  • The ability to train others in the digital storytelling approach, including both professionals and volunteers

**A creative digital practitioner is defined as anyone employed professionally in a chosen creative practice including:

  • Personal writing/ storytelling
  • Making creative digital media
  • Supporting learners by facilitating group work where participants create individual pieces of work

This opportunity is open to creative digital practitioners currently resident in Scotland. Applications will be accepted from anywhere in Scotland; however, we will give priority to applicants who live within reasonable commuting distance of the host library.

 

Deadline for Applications

Friday 2 June 2017, 5pm

Shortlisting will take place Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 June 2017. Interviews will take place at Rothes Hall, Glenrothes, Fife on Thursday 15 June 2017

Successful candidates will be selected and allocated as per the best fit with the library/groups requiring support, in the area.

Successful candidates and host libraries will be notified by Thursday 22 June 2017.

Residencies will begin in early July 2017 in Fife.

Appointment of the Digital Storyteller may be conditional on securing clearance from Disclosure Scotland. Scottish Book Trust is committed to offering equality of opportunity and will interview all applicant partnerships who meet the essential criteria for the role. This information can be made available in other formats on request. If you need assistance to submit your note of interest or have any other access needs, please contact us for advice.

 

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 recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com

If you have any queries, please contact Laura Stoddart on: 0131 524 0160 or email: recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com

Copyright Considerations

  • Ownership of the copyright in and to any material, created by the Digital Storyteller resulting from the residency shall vest solely in the Digital Storyteller, as appropriate;
  • Ownership of the copyright in and to any material, created by the participants on the workshops resulting from the residency shall vest solely with the said participants, as appropriate;
  • Saltcoats Library and Scottish Book Trust and Scottish Government will be able to use the material produced on any of their own print, online media channels and archive facilities to promote the work of the Digital Storytelling programme, or the roles of the partners, upon copyright holders’ signing a copyright release form for their work, stating they are happy for it to be used for these purposes only.

 

Trustee Board Member Vacancies

Scottish Book Trust, Scotland’s national charity transforming lives through reading and writing, is looking for new volunteer Board Members.

Scottish Book Trust’s charitable mission is guided by a passionate desire to invest in human potential by giving everyone in Scotland an equal chance to enjoy and benefit from the transformational power of the written word. Scottish Book Trust’s highly accessible, creative, and inspirational national programmes start from a child’s birth with Bookbug and offer a lifelong path to maintaining the joy and benefits of reading and writing for pleasure with programmes such as Book Week Scotland and our New Writers’ Awards. We have a reputation for being ambitious and innovative as well as delivering complex programmes that champion excellence and equality.

Board Membership Vacancies
We are looking for enthusiastic and committed Trustees to help shape our strategic direction and oversee the delivery of our business plan priorities.

We are seeking Board Members with an interest in promoting literacy and personal fulfilment through reading and writing for pleasure. We are particularly keen to recruit people who could bring knowledge and expertise to the Board in the following areas:

  • Digital communications 
  • Fundraising and marketing
  • Human resource management
  • Equalities, diversity and inclusion
  • Business management skills

Board Meetings are held quarterly at our offices in Edinburgh and although this is an unpaid position, reasonable expenses incurred in attending meetings will be reimbursed. View the role description.

For further information about Scottish Book Trust, please visit our website.

Read our latest Annual Review.

For informal queries or questions, please contact our CEO, Marc Lambert, on 0131 524 0160 or email recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com

Apply by sending your CV, together with a covering letter explaining how you would contribute to our Board’s effectiveness, to recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com

The closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 12th June.

 

 


 

The Following Positions are Now Closed

 

Website Co-ordinator

Salary: Grade 3: £21,000 – 24,999 (1 year fixed-term)

Reporting to: Website Manager

Job Summary

The Website Co-ordinator supports the Website Manager in the management, development and administration of Scottish Book Trust’s websites: scottishbooktrust.com, thestoryis.co.uk and readingchallenge.scot.

The role will play a key part in the introduction of a new website for Scottish Book Trust, co-ordinating elements of the development projects, liaising with internal and external stakeholders and providing testing and feedback for the new system. The role also helps to manage and support the existing websites, and to edit and manage content updates in conjunction with the Website Editor.

The Website Co-ordinator is part of the Marketing and Communications team and works in collaboration with all programme teams across the charity.

Key responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Website Manager, Database Development Co-ordinator, and other relevant staff, developing and updating detailed briefs for website, CRM and digital developments
  • Liaise with contractors on website and digital developments and project management
  • Acceptance testing for developments, providing detailed feedback to external providers
  • Creating user guides and technical documentation for SBT staff 
  • Provide day-to-day support for staff, troubleshooting user issues, referring more complex items to the external support provider as appropriate
  • Administrative and project management support for the Website Manager
  • Working with the Website Editor to manage website and content priorities
  • Create, edit and manage web content, including blogs
  • Proofing, editing, refining and publishing content to ensure accuracy 
  • Monitoring and updating website budget
  • Developing status reports to monitor project progress

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Experience and understanding of website and database design and development
  • Experience of acceptance testing and offering technical feedback on website and software development
  • Experience of project management and communication with external stakeholders
  • Demonstrable experience of creating and editing content for websites
  • Ability to work well within a small team to deliver shared priorities and goals
  • Ability to work across organisational teams, manage competing priorities and staff expectations effectively
  • Experience of creating status reports for management, identifying risks and issues
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Strong problem-solving and organisational skills
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Experience of monitoring a budget 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Experience of working on large website redevelopment projects
  • Experience of working in a marketing, communications and/or charity environment (desirable)
  • Knowledge of Drupal CMS (desirable)
  • Knowledge and experience of using HTML, CSS and Photoshop (or similar picture editing software)
  • Enthusiasm for and understanding of the aims and work of Scottish Book Trust and the wider arts/educational charity sector


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

Appointment will be conditional on securing clearance from Disclosure Scotland

 

Deadline for Applications

Monday 24 April 2017, 9am

Interviews will be held on 16 May

 

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 recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com  

For further information, please contact recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com, or call 0131 524 0160

 

 


Press Officer

Salary: Grade 2; £18,500 - £20,999

Reporting to: Media & PR Manager

Job Summary

The post-holder will work with the Media and PR Manager to maximise media coverage for a range of programmes.

  • Assist in the coordination and delivery of media coverage for the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour
  • Assist in the coordination and delivery of a media campaign for the annual Book Week Scotland 
  • Assist in the coordination and delivery of media coverage for the Bookbug programme, including the annual Bookbug Week
  • Support the PR Manager with the execution of media plans for all Scottish Book Trust projects

Key responsibilities

  • Research, write, edit and distribute press materials to targeted media
  • Assist in the organisation of events, including photocalls
  • Assist in managing and maintaining relationships with key press contacts/publications
  • Maintain and develop media distribution lists
  • Contact media outlets to arrange press coverage
  • Contribute creative ideas for press pitches
  • Record, analyse and report upon media coverage
  • Assist with media requests for response, research, quotes, photos, interviews and information.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

The post calls for an enthusiastic and creative person with the ability to work independently, be highly organised and meet strict deadlines.

  • Previous experience in PR or media relations in Scotland essential
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Event planning experience
  • Strong writing skills
  • Knowledge and experience of the arts, education or charity sectors desirable
  • Educated to degree level in English, public relations, communications or journalism


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

 

Book Week Scotland is a celebration of books and reading funded by Creative Scotland and managed by Scottish Book Trust. In November each year, people of all ages and of all walks of life come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They are joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of activities and events to life.

The Bookbug programme is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Scottish Book Trust. The programme gifts 4 free packs of books to every child in Scotland at various stagesof development, and also runs free song and rhyme sessions at libraries and community venues across the country. The aim of the programme is to give every child in Scotland a lifelong love of reading.

The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour is sponsored by Scottish Friendly Assurance and managed by Scottish Book Trust. The tour takes the very best UK and international authors directly into schools across Scotland and the UK to inspire a love of reading, writing and illustration.

 

Deadline for Applications

Monday 15 May, 9am

Interviews will be held on 24 May