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

Opportunities:

Head of Early Years (Maternity Cover)

First Minister's Reading Challenge Year 2 evaluation - invitation to tender

The following vacancies have now closed:

Digital Projects Co-ordinator

Reading Friends Pilot: Call for Project Proposals


Head of Early Years (Maternity Cover)

Reporting To: Director of Programme

Salary: Grade 6 (£32,000 - £39,000)

Duration: Full time, fixed-term contract: minimum of 9 months with possible extension to 12 months

Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years programme delivers Bookbug, Scotland’s national book gifting programme, funded primarily by the Scottish Government. The programme comprises three different but related elements:

  • In partnership with Local Authorities across Scotland, gifting a book pack for every child in Scotland at four key development stages.
  • An outreach programme offering direct support in the home to a wide range of families, delivered in partnership with Health and 3rd sector professionals
  • Working with partners to promote the value and benefits of sharing books with children in their early years

The Head of Early Years oversees the strategic development and delivery of the EY programme, forging key relationships with Scottish Government and other external partners. As well as managing the EY Team, the postholder is a member of SBT’s Management Team and works closely with SBT’s other programme heads to deepen the impact of the EY programme.

Key Responsibilities

  • To oversee the delivery of the Early Years programme, ensuring the highest standards of content and delivery
  • To work closely with the Senior Management Team on the strategic development of the Early Years programme, including setting outcomes, measuring its impact and feeding intelligence back into the programme and organisation
  • To lead the EY team and specifically line manage three EY managers in the development and delivery of the programme
  • Support the EY Operations Manager to ensure that logistics are in place for timely and efficient delivery of the four Bookbug packs
  • Support the EY Outreach Manager on the development, delivery and evaluation of the Outreach programme
  • To work closely with Senior Management Team to maintain SBT’s key relationships with the Scottish Government and feed into strategic development and policy issues  
  • To lead on funding discussions with the Scottish Government and other bodies, to manage funding relationships and to ensure that associated reporting is carried out
  • To build, sustain and develop relationships with local authorities, health boards, other agencies and third sector organisations as appropriate
  • To manage and develop our relationships with libraries, playing a key role in the EY Libraries Strategy Group
  • To collaborate with the Director of Marketing to shape the marketing, audience development and branding of the Bookbug programme
  • To maintain an up-to-date understanding of the Early Years landscape (Scotland, UK and international), including relevant research, initiatives and evolving government and local authority priorities
  • To set and monitor all Early Years budgets
  • To represent SBT and the EY programme professionally at meetings with external parties
  • To give presentations on the EY programme at relevant early years and related conferences
  • Through membership of the Management Team, contribute to the wider development of SBT and its programmes

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Significant management experience in a cultural/educational/third sector organisation
  • Demonstrable, high-level experience of strategic planning, project management and delivery
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Significant experience of leading and managing staff
  • Significant experience of initiating and developing relationships with high-profile partners and funding bodies
  • Experience of managing substantial and complex project and operational budgets
  • A knowledge of and interest in Early Years issues, policies and research
  • A thorough understanding of the workings of local authorities and the Scottish government, including decision making, policy formulation and delivery infrastructures
  • Knowledge of and interest in literacy, children’s early years development and children’s publishing

Other Information

The post is based at Scottish Book Trust’s offices in central Edinburgh, however the post holder must be prepared to undertake regular travel across Scotland.

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

How to Apply

Please complete a Scottish Book Trust Application Form and an Equal Opportunity Form and return both to recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com.

Closing Date: Monday 4 June, 12 PM

Interview Date: Wednesday 13 June

 


First Minister's Reading Challenge Year 2 evaluation - invitation to tender

Scottish Book Trust seek an evaluator for the second year of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, a programme for P1–7 pupils, funded by Scottish Government and delivered by Scottish Book Trust. Reading for pleasure contributes to outcomes such as higher levels of future attainment, personal wellbeing and civic participation and the programme aims to achieve these for children by encouraging them to develop and sustain the habit of reading for pleasure through supporting the development of reading cultures in schools and communities.

Please download the full evaluation tender document for more information about the programme, outcomes, and the brief for the evaluation work required. Tenders should be submitted, by email, to readingchallenge@scottishbooktrust.com by 12pm on 31 May 2018.

 


Closed

Digital Projects Co-ordinator

Reporting To: Website and CRM Manager

Salary: Grade 3: £21,000 – 24,999

Duration: Full time, 4 months fixed term (possibility of extension)

Job Summary

As a member of the Marketing and Communications team, the Digital Projects Co-ordinator supports the Website and CRM Manager in the management and delivery of new digital products for the Attainment Programmes Team. The Attainment Team delivers a national reading programme for primary and secondary schools.

The Digital Projects Co-ordinator role comprises two main elements: supporting the introduction of a new website and administration system for the national reading programme, and supporting the planning of a new digital product aimed at encouraging secondary school pupils to read for pleasure.

Key Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the Website and CRM Manager, the postholder will liaise with external suppliers on website design and delivery, co-ordinating much of the day-to-day management of the project
  • Work in collaboration with the Marketing team to ensure the website is a coherent part of SBT’s digital portfolio
  • Work with the Database Development Co-ordinator to ensure that data structures, imports and exports work effectively
  • Manage content audit and plan content strategies for the website based on findings
  • Co-ordinating management and transfer of content for website, including articles, images, audio and video, sourcing from programme teams and external sources as required
  • Manage transfer of content and data from existing systems into new system
  • Work with relevant Marketing colleagues to support the SEO of the new website, to mitigate the effects of moving to a new platform
  • Perform acceptance testing for the website, providing detailed feedback to external providers
  • Create user guides and technical documentation for SBT staff
  • Input into status reports to monitor project progress
  • Support the initial planning for an app to support reading for pleasure
  • Other duties as required to support digital projects across Scottish Book Trust

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience of project management, ideally in a fast-paced digital environment
  • Experience of working on digital products
  • Experience of acceptance testing and offering feedback on digital product development
  • Understanding of website design and development
  • Experience of requirements gathering in digital projects
  • Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Experience of using Photoshop or similar picture editing software

Person Specification

  • Must be able to work independently and use own initiative
  • Highly organised with the ability to plan and manage changing priorities and drive through completion of tasks to agreed timelines
  • Approachable with a commitment to delivering excellent support to internal and external users
  • Works well within a small team to deliver shared priorities and goals
  • Able to collaborate with diverse organisational teams to manage competing priorities and staff expectations
  • Personal resilience and enthusiasm for achieving the charity’s objectives

Other Information

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

Appointment will be conditional on 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 recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com.

Closing Date: Monday 14 May, 9 AM

Interview Date: Monday 21 May


Data Management Co-ordinator

Reporting To: Database Development Co-ordinator

Salary: Grade 3: £21,000 – 24,999

Hours: 35 hours per week

Duration: Full time, 4 months fixed term

Job Summary

Scottish Book Trust is introducing a new CRM system (SuiteCRM) to manage contacts, communications, fundraising and project participation across the charity. The Data Management Co-ordinator will support the Database Development Co-ordinator in the co-ordination and cleansing of existing data, and the preparation and transfer of data into the new CRM. 

The role is part of the Marketing and Communications team and works closely with the Database Development Co-ordinator and the Website Manager, as well as collaborating with all programme teams across the charity to deliver SBT’s data management requirements.

Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to defining and developing data specifications to support business requirements and inform data migration 
  • Analysing, cleansing and mapping data to prepare for migration into the CRM
  • Contribute to the defining of system processes and configuration to support future working practices
  • Support export of data from existing systems, liaising with external suppliers as required
  • Support migration test phases, analysing data output and identifying solutions to issues identified including liaison with the CRM provider as required
  • Test workflows and website integration to ensure processes operate as expected
  • Other duties as required to support digital projects across Scottish Book Trust

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Extensive data migration and data cleansing experience
  • Extensive experience of Website and CRM testing 
  • Experience of using CRM system(s) (SuiteCRM advantageous)
  • Experience of using tools / methods to analyse large data sets
  • Experience of building and maintaining relational data structures in databases
  • Excellent Excel skills 
  • Knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Access
  • Experience in an Agile, rapid-development environment 
  • Ability to assist in delivery of business requirements, from gathering/ understanding, though to specification/design and final solution delivery
  • Thorough understanding of GDPR 
  • Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail 
  • Experience of working with external suppliers 

Person Specification

  • Must be able to work independently and use own initiative
  • Highly organised with the ability to plan and manage changing priorities and drive through completion of tasks to agreed timelines 
  • Approachable with a commitment to delivering excellent support to internal users 
  • Work well within a small team to deliver shared priorities and goals
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse organisational teams 
  • Personal resilience and enthusiasm for achieving the charity’s objectives

Other Information

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

Appointment will be conditional on 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 recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com.


Reading Friends Pilot: Call for Project Proposals

Reading Friends is an exciting UK-wide project that empowers, engages and connects isolated older people through reading. Reading Friends connects people by starting conversations through reading. It builds positive relationships that benefit volunteer Reading Partners and Reading Friends. The project is led by The Reading Agency, with Scottish Book Trust leading the delivery in Scotland, and Literature Wales and Verbal leading in Wales and Northern Ireland respectively. The project began in 2017 with test phase projects across the UK developing and interrogating approaches, materials and evaluation until August 2018. You can find more detailed information here.

September onwards: Phase 2 Reading Friends in Scotland – intergenerational pilot project

We would like to commission 1 new project in the pilot phase to specifically explore intergenerational approaches for developing and delivering Reading Friends. The purpose is to partner younger volunteers with older Reading Friends to explore and engage in Reading Friends activities – including but not limited to:

  • Social reading - reading to and with others, talking about reading, reading-related befriending, reading aloud, joining/setting up a reading group and/or book chats. This could use a wide range of reading materials including fiction, non-fiction, comics, picture books, newspapers, audio and online content.
  • Recommending reading - book gifting, reviews, word of mouth, curated lists
  • Supporting others to read –moving from being engaged by others to supporting others to engage
  • Story Sharing – discussing and sharing personal stories, experience and reminiscences, perhaps stimulated by reading material, pictures, music or objects

We are particularly interested in project proposals which will seek to co-design their activities' approaches with participating younger and older people.  

The project will begin in September 2018 and will be funded for 1 year – there is £10,000 available to support delivery.

It is intended that the pilot project will involve a network of local partners and that public libraries would be included in some capacity either as lead or supporting partners. 

What support will the pilot project receive?

  • Up to £10,000 for the year of their participation (subject to budget and reporting)
  • Face-to-face and online training for volunteers
  • Access to resources, materials and approaches developed during the test phase
  • Marketing materials for Reading Friends
  • Support to develop their sustainability proposals, including key messages for fundraising and tools to secure additional funding.

The pilot project will also be supported by the Reading Friends project team at Scottish Book Trust and the Reading Agency to:

  • Support partnerships and project plans,
  • Devise co-creation approaches and volunteering strategies where needed
  • Collect information about their projects and reflect on the successes and challenges they have experienced.
  • To develop and modify project plans as the project progresses, with the emphasis being on continuous learning and a flexible approach to project delivery
  • Test sustainability strategies, encouraging the continuation of their Reading Friends activities after the initial funding period expires.

How will the pilot project be selected?

The Project Proposal form submitted will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • Credibility and robustness of approach to engaging both younger and older people both as volunteers and as participants
  • Depth of understanding of considerations arising from an intergenerational approach and appropriate plans to accommodate those considerations
  • Proposed approach to consulting/co-creating with target groups to ensure the approach to reading is appealing to them and meets their needs
  • Strength and credibility of proposed partnerships
  • Projects should be able to demonstrate a clear plan for future fundraising and how they propose to fund Reading Friends locally from September 2019 (once the pilot phase has been completed).
  • As the pilot period is only a year long, priority will be given to projects which can be founded on existing experience and/or networks.

What next?

Please read the detailed information about the Pilot here; then, please fill out the Project Proposal Form

Deadline for applications: 18 May 2018

Shortlisting: 21 and 22 May

If your project is shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview on either Thursday 31 May or Friday 1 June.  A decision will be made by Monday 4 June 2018 or shortly afterwards.

Pilot project will begin September 2018 with a UK-wide pilot phase launch scheduled to take place on 16 October 2018.

If you have any questions about the Reading Friends project or filling in the Project Proposal Form please contact Koren Calder at koren.calder@scottishbooktrust.com.