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Jobs: PR Manager

Date Posted:

(03 May 2012)

The Scottish Book Trust seek a PR Manager

Full Time, Maternity Cover – 6 months
From July to December 2012

Salary:  £25,000 p.a., pro rata for a 6 month appointment

Reporting to Head of Marketing

Scottish Book Trust is the leading agency for the promotion of literature in Scotland, developing innovative projects to encourage adults and children to read, write and be inspired by books.

This is a temporary position to cover the duties of our PR Manager during maternity leave.

The post will include strategic and tactical press duties for a major reader development project taking place in November  as well as ongoing press support  across all of Scottish Book Trust’s programmes.

The post calls for an enthusiastic and creative person who has experience in media relations in Scotland, preferably within an arts organisation. You will have the ability to work independently, be highly organised and able to meet strict deadlines.
Principal Duties

    Coordinate, manage and implement a comprehensive media campaign for a major national reader development project.
    Create and maximise press and PR opportunities for SBT, especially in relation to the reader development project.
    Work with programme managers to secure media coverage for specific events, as required.
    Maintain SBT’s media list and keep in touch with key journalists incl. through social media
    Ensure that our brand and ethos are communicated effectively to new and existing audiences, the media and to stakeholders.
    Deal promptly and effectively with requests for response, research, quotes, photos, interviews and information from media contacts.
    Maintain a press cuttings archive; process, evaluate and file all press cuttings.

Person specification – you will have or be

    Significant, demonstrable and  relevant experience of working in PR and media, ideally in an arts, literature or education sector
    An established network of journalist contacts in Scotland
    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    Experience of using social media for press and PR work

    Strong writing skills
    Educated to degree level

The post is based at Scottish Book Trust offices in Edinburgh.

The job description also includes any other duties which may be incidental to the above duties but which are necessary to meet the demands of the employer and Scottish Book Trust business.

Appointment will be conditional on securing Basic Disclosure Scotland clearance.

Scottish Book Trust is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from disabled people.  We will interview all applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job.

This information is available in large print format on request.  If you need assistance with making your application or have any other access needs, please contact us for advice.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email your CV and a covering letter, telling us why you are suited to the role and detailing how your skills and experience fulfil the job description, to info@scottishbooktrust.com

The closing date for applications is noon on 21st May 2012

Interviews will take place in Edinburgh on 30th May 2012