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Early Years Communications & Events Manager
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Job title: Early Years Communications & Events Manager
Contract type: Full time, permanent
Salary: Grade 4 (£26,000 - £28,499)
Closing date: Monday 8 February at 9am
Interview date: Wednesday 17 February
Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years programme delivers Bookbug, Scotland’s national book gifting programme, providing a free, high quality, book bag for every baby, toddler, three-year-old and primary 1 child in the country. This post works closely with the Early Years and Marketing teams to co-ordinate development of bespoke print and online materials for families, Local Authorities and other public sector partners across Scotland, working to challenging deadlines. It also liaises with the Marketing team to develop and implement an annual communications plan for the Early Years team. The post requires significant experience in communications, project management, event planning and delivery, as well as a good knowledge and understanding of Early Years policy in Scotland.
The Early Years Communications & Events Manager is part of the Early Years team and is line managed by the Early Years Operations Manager. The post holder has line management responsibility for the Early Years Digital Content Co-ordinator.
- Creating and maintaining clarity and consistency of messaging across all communications for the Bookbug Programme
- Advising EY managers and Head of Early Years on effective public and professional engagement in relation to the Bookbug Programme
- In collaboration with the Marketing team, creating an annual communication plan for the Bookbug programme that fits into the overall SBT Marketing Strategy
- Co-ordinating the creation of copy and design briefs for all print publications in the Early Years team (e.g. Bookbug bags, training materials). Working closely with the Design & Marketing Co-ordinator to ensure delivery according to communication plan
- Programming and planning the Bookbug Annual Conference and leading organisation of other one-off events e.g. parliamentary receptions
- Developing a strong Bookbug presence at relevant local and national conferences and exhibitions: researching, pitching for speakers and workshop opportunities to promote all aspects of the programme; preparing materials for Early Years Conferences
- Liaising with Marketing and EY team to plan Bookbug Week events and content, including strategic direction and planning, creation of marketing materials, liaising with partner organisations, overseeing local authority events and managing online presence
- Liaison with relevant members of the Early Years team and the Digital Manager to prepare up to date, audience-appropriate content for the Early Years parent sections of the Scottish Book Trust website
- Line managing the Early Years Digital Content Co-ordinator
- Working closely with the Digital Marketing Manager to oversee the Early Years Digital Content Co-ordinator in the creation of new video content for the website and Bookbug app
- Managing the Early Years marketing budget, including setting up cash flows, assigning budget lines and day-to-day monitoring
- Preparing and developing content for the monthly Bookbug for Parents newsletter
- Building relationships with other early years organisations to share policy information, early years initiatives and campaigns
- Overseeing the delivery of any discrete marketing or communications projects within the Bookbug programme e.g. from partnership working with external organisations
- Liaising with the PR & Marketing Manager around press opportunities and co-ordinating the creation of articles for press and publications
- Responsible for the Early Years images within the SBT image database for use in print materials and publications
- Representing the Bookbug programme and deputising for other members of the Early Years team, as and when appropriate, at conferences, network meetings and events
Knowledge, skills and experience
- Significant experience of project management, delivery and event planning
- Excellent organisational skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Excellent time management skills and the ability to work with multiple priorities
- Extensive up-to-date knowledge of and interest in Early Years policy in Scotland
- Experience of budget management
- Excellent IT and digital social networking skills including confidence in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Office, and familiarity with databases and information management
- Ability to work as part of a team and to self-motivate
- Line management experience is desirable
- Willing to travel throughout Scotland on occasion and to work out of office hours, if required, including occasional evenings and weekends
The post is based at Scottish Book Trust offices in Edinburgh – the role will be working remotely during current restrictions.
The post may involve working with young people, therefore appointment will be conditional upon securing Basic Disclosure level clearance from Disclosure Scotland.