This vacancy has now closed. This page is for information only.
Do you want to help us transform lives through reading and writing? We’re looking for a dynamic leader with an education background to manage and deliver our School Communities Learning and Training offer.
Job title: School Communities Manager (Training and Development)
Contract: Permanent (35 hours per week)
Salary: Grade 5 (£31,000-£36,999) )
Closing date: Sunday 21 January
Location: Flexible hybrid working between home and our Edinburgh City Centre office
- Generous holiday entitlement
- Company sick pay
- Pension with additional 5% employer contributions
- Death in service benefit
- Free access to employee assistance programme
About the job
Do you want to help us transform lives through reading and writing? If so, we would love to hear from you. We’re looking for a dynamic leader, with a background in education, to lead the development of our School Communities training programme.
This is an excellent opportunity for you to support Scottish Book Trust and our range of programmes that inspire schools, learning professionals, children, and young people to engage with reading and writing. Key programmes include Reading Schools, Read Write Count with the First Minister and Authors Live.
You will be responsible for the development and delivery of the training that supports the impact and effectiveness of our School Communities programmes. The role leads on professional training, developing teaching resources and works closely with the other School Communities Managers to ensure integrated delivery of the programmes.
You will have people management responsibility for a small team and ensures resources across the wider School Communities Programme are complementary and effective.
- Lead on the strategic development, planning, and delivery of the training programme in schools including the online CLPL programme, paid-for courses and learning materials.
- Develop courses and materials that utilise the Learning Management Software and give users the best experience.
- Line management responsibility for a small team to ensure effective programme delivery.
- Work closely with the other School Communities Managers to identify areas and ways to improve current CLPL offer and develop programme resources.
- Develop and maintain strong working relationships across Scotland with relevant stakeholders, including schools, library services and other learning professionals to support the effectiveness of the training programmes.
- Support the Head of School Communities in their engagement of high profile funders and stakeholders (including the Scottish Government and Education Scotland) to collaborate effectively to deliver the School programmes.
- Remain informed of current education policy, learning theory and professional learning and teaching practice to feed into programme development and improvement.
- Apply learning from education policy, research, and programme evaluation to design and develop new training models, ensuring all training modules are up-to-date and relevant and are delivered effectively through a variety of methods (e.g. face to face sessions, webinars, online modular courses).
- Reporting to the Head of School Communities, manage the Training elements of the programme budgets, including creation of monitoring reports for the Scottish Government and other funders.
- Establish and manage external consultants and expert panels, as required.
- Work closely with the Marketing Team to develop programme materials, including print resources and online content, managing internal communications and deadlines to ensure timely delivery.
- Support Research and Evaluation team to carry out research into the effectiveness and impact of the training programmes.
- Collaborate closely with other SBT teams and Senior Management to contribute and support delivery of the long-term training strategy for the organisation.
- Represent and advocate for Scottish Book Trust and the School Communities Programme, as required, at conferences, network meetings and events.
You will have:
- Significant experience of project planning, co-ordination, and management (including budgets) for national high-profile projects.
- At least 3 years’ experience working in an education environment in a managerial role or professional equivalent.
- Knowledge of and interest in current education policy, literacy, and numeracy in Scotland, with a thorough understanding of local authority and school operating environment.
- Significant experience of developing and delivering training courses for an adult audience.
- Experience of managing and motivating staff, leading achievement of objectives and excellent team working, in line with Scottish Book Trust’s values.
- Exceptional organisational and time management skills with an ability to work with multiple priorities to achieve deadlines and outputs.
- Ability to work across teams, promoting collaboration and taking responsibility for problem-solving and meeting deadlines and outcomes.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills including experience of managing complex relationships with high profile external stakeholders and diverse partner organisations.
- Ability to carry out desktop research, analyse and present findings.
- Ability to act as an ambassador for SBT’s work both within the sector and more widely with the public.
- Confident in the use of IT, including Microsoft Office applications, and familiarity with databases and information management.
- A full, clean UK driving licence and confident, experienced driving skills are desirable.
We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet all the requirements. If you want to discuss the role prior to applying, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will work with the successful candidate to put a development plan in place to ensure training needs are met.