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Reading Schools Manager
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Job title: Reading Schools Manager
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: Grade 5: £28,500-£34,000
Closing date: Thursday 22 October at 9am
Interview date: Friday 30 October
The post holder works closely with the Head of School Communities on the development, management and delivery of the Reading Schools pilot programme as part of the First Ministers Reading Challenge. The post also works closely with the School Communities Managers to ensure co-ordinated delivery and optimum impact for our school community audiences.
The School Communities team delivers a range of programmes that inspire children and young people to engage with reading and writing. The Reading Schools Manager develops, manages and oversees the Reading Schools pilot, in close collaboration with strategic Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) lead officers and all primary and secondary schools participating in the pilot.
- To work closely with the Head of School Communities and the other School Communities Managers to contribute creatively and effectively to the strategic development of the School Communities Programmes
- To manage the current Reading Schools pilot programme, ensuring that schools are effectively supported throughout this pilot.
- To lead on the development and expansion of the Reading Schools programme to a national roll out
- To lead on effective partnerships with local authorities and Scottish Government agencies, with support from the Head of School Communities as required
- To line manage the Reading Schools Coordinator to ensure effective delivery of the programme and also support their professional development
- To support the Reading Schools Coordinator with all communications to participating schools and work together to develop and deliver CLPL opportunities
- To support the Head of School Communities to produce reports and funding applications for Scottish Government and other key stakeholders
- To work in partnership with the Head of Research and Evaluation to carry out evaluation and impact assessment of the Reading Schools project, report on and present these findings internally and externally, as required, and recommending improvements where appropriate
- To manage and report on the Reading Schools budgets
- To manage the accreditation process for participating schools in line with accreditation framework
- To work closely with the School Communities Coordinators to ensure that Reading Schools complements the First Minister’s Reading Challenge and other SBT programmes
- To liaise with the Marketing Team to deliver an effective marketing and PR strategy for the Reading Schools programme
Skills and Experience
- At least 3 years’ experience working in an education or arts environment in a managerial role or professional equivalent
- Degree or equivalent in a relevant area of study or equivalent professional experience
- An up-to-date knowledge and experience of education and literacy policy in Scotland,
- Significant experience of working closely with learning professionals, using influencing and problem-solving skills to support their enthusiastic engagement
- Experience of building effective partnerships within the Education system and managing key external relationships with high profile stakeholders
- Exceptional presentation and communication skills, with the ability to enthuse stakeholders to drive participation and engagement through both in-person and remote means
- Experience of devising creative and imaginative approaches to inspire children, young people and learning professionals to read for pleasure
- Experience of managing staff to deliver high quality outcomes
- Substantial experience of project management and evaluation tools
- Experience of preparing and presenting reports for senior management and external stakeholders
- Experience of cross-team working to deliver shared goals
- High level of IT skills, including experience in using social media to engage with audiences
- Excellent organisational, planning and time management skills, with the ability to organise own workload, manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
- Passionate about children’s and young adult books, reading, writing and their potential to transform the lives of young people
- Determination to improve the educational experience for all young people by building vibrant reading cultures in schools
- Creative, imaginative and able to generate and identify new opportunities and build new partnerships
- Collaborative approach to working with the ability to work well as part of team and across teams, using negotiation and influencing skills to get the best outcomes
- Ability to motivate programme participants and act as a role model for the organisation’s values
Due to current government guidelines, the Reading Schools Manager 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 travel occasionally for work-related duties.
Appointment to the post will be conditional upon securing satisfactory Basic Disclosure from Disclosure Scotland.
This position is now closed for applications.