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School Communities Manager (Events) - maternity cover
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Job title: School Communities Manager (Events)
Contract type: Full-time, maternity cover (9-12 months)
Salary: Grade 5, £28,500 - £34,000
Closing date: Monday 9 November, 10am
Interview date: Friday 20 November
Preferred start date: Monday 11 January 2021
The School Communities Manager (Events) works closely with the Head of School Communities on the development, management and delivery of the School Communities Programme, which inspires children and young people to engage with reading and writing. The post also works closely with other School Communities Managers to ensure co-ordinated delivery and optimum impact for our school community audiences.
The School Communities Manager (Events) curates and delivers Authors Live, in partnership with BBC Scotland Learning and manages high profile Book Awards. They also oversee the children’s touring and events programme and line manage the School Communities Events Manager and School Communities Administrator.
- 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 Programme
- To curate, manage and deliver the Authors Live programme of broadcast events while leading on the relationship with BBC Scotland Learning, with support of Head of School Communities as required
- To design and deliver the Bookbug Picture Book Prize, Scottish Teenage Book Prize and Learning Professional Award
- To oversee the design and delivery of the touring and events programmes including the First Minister's Reading Challenge celebration
- To manage the distribution of First Minister's Reading Challenge workshop funds
- To line manage the School Communities Event Manager and School Communities Administrator supporting their development and efficient delivery of their objectives
- To manage and report on the relevant School Communities Programme budgets
- To identify and grow audience targets for the School Communities Programme, in collaboration with the Head of School Communities
- To identify and develop relationships with writers, key individuals in schools and other professionals to support effective design and delivery of the schools programmes
- To support the Head of School Communities to manage relationships with programme sponsors and Local Authority Education contacts
- To work in partnership with the Head of Research and Evaluation to carry out evaluation and impact assessment of the programmes, report on and present these findings internally and externally, as required
- To carry out relevant research, build networks and maintain personal professional development to feed into development of the programmes
- To monitor and co-ordinate the School Communities Team’s database requirements, working closely with the Digital team to ensure these are met
- To read widely in the field of children’s literature and ensure SBT representation on appropriate children’s literature forums
- To support the Fundraising team in securing sponsorship for award and touring programmes
- To liaise with the Marketing Team to deliver an effective marketing and PR strategy for the School Communities programme
- To attend relevant sector events, acting as an SBT ambassador
Knowledge, 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
- Experience of managing staff
- Substantial experience of project management, events organisation and evaluation tools
- High level of knowledge of children’s and young adult books
- Experience of working with publishers, authors and illustrators
- Experience of building partnerships and managing key external relationships
- Experience of devising creative and imaginative approaches to inspire children, young people and learning professionals to read for pleasure
- Experience of cross-team working to deliver shared goals
- High level of IT skills, including experience in using social media to engage with audiences
- Clear and confident communicator, both written and verbal, with experience of engaging with a range of professionals and creative practitioners
- Passionate about children’s and young adult books, reading, writing and their potential to transform the lives of young people
- Creative, imaginative and able to assess 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
- Able to use own initiative to manage and prioritise workload
- Ability to inspire and lead a small team and act as a role model for the organisation’s values
Due to current government guidelines, the School Communities Manager (Events) 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 including some out of office hours working, and overnight stays.
Appointment to the post will be conditional upon securing satisfactory Basic Disclosure from Disclosure Scotland.
This position is now closed for applications.