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Head of Early Years (maternity cover)
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Job title: Head of Early Years
Contract type: Full time, 35 hours per week. Fixed term contact (maternity cover): 11-12 months.
Salary: Grade 6, £35,000 - £44,999
Closing date: Wednesday 21 October, 12 noon
Interview date: Thursday 29 October or Friday 30 October
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 bag for every child in Scotland at 4 key development stages, and additional books monthly for Looked After and Adopted Children.
- An outreach and training programme delivered in partnership with NHS Health and third sector professionals offering direct support to a wide range of families in their homes and communities.
- 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, building 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.
- 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
- 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 support Senior Management on funding discussions with the Scottish Government and other bodies (e.g. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library), to manage funding relationships and to ensure that associated reporting is carried out
- To sustain and develop relationships with local authorities, health boards, other agencies and third sector organisations as appropriate
- To manage and develop SBT’s relationships with libraries, playing a key role in the Libraries Early Years Strategic Group and SLIC.
- 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
- Liaise with Head of Evaluation and Research to shape and inform the SBT evaluation framework and co-ordinate evaluation of EY programmes
- To lead the EY team of 14 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 and Training Managers on the development, delivery and evaluation of the Outreach and Training programme
- To evaluate and assess the impact on our Outreach and Training Programme as Scottish Government guidance on COVID 19 progresses
- To set and monitor all Early Years budgets
- To collaborate with the Director of Marketing to shape the marketing, audience development and branding of the Bookbug programme
- To represent SBT and the EY programme professionally on boards of management, national forums, conferences and meetings with external parties
- To provide oversight and support for programming of Bookbug annual conference.
- Co-ordinate EY representation and input to SBT strategic development groups (e.g. digital development, EDI, training, green champions)
- Through membership of the Management Team, contribute to the wider development of SBT, including fundraising and its programmes
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 large staff teams
- Significant experience of initiating and developing relationships with high profile partners and funding bodies
- Experience of managing substantial and complex projects and operational budgets
- A secure 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
Due to current government guidelines, the Head of Early Years will be working from home until further notice. Once normal interaction is resumed, the job holder will be 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.
This position is now closed for applications.