Edinburgh International Book Festival
Edinburgh International Book Festival

Charity registered in Scotland SC010120

We are the largest public celebration of the written word in the world. Every August we bring around 1000 writers and thinkers from across the planet together to rub shoulders with you, the audience.

Current vacancies

Individual Giving Manager

  • Full time
  • £30,000 – £34,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th January 2020

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is one of the world’s largest public celebrations of the written word, providing a lively forum for democratic discussion and the exchange of ideas. For 17 days every August, it brings writers, poets, politicians, journalists, thinkers and decision makers from around the world to Edinburgh to discuss and share stories about the things that shape our lives. 900 authors from over 60 countries appear in an eclectic and wide-ranging international programme of over 800 events, activities and workshops.

The Book Festival also produces the Baillie Gifford Children’s and School’s Programmes comprising hundreds of events created especially for young people, and a year-round community programme takes the Book Festival on the road around Scotland to people in their own communities.

During August the Edinburgh International Book Festival runs its own independent bookshops, which champion Scottish books and writing alongside the best international work, selling over 70,000 books each year. Around 240,000 visits are made to the Book Festival’s home every year, a specially created tented village in the leafy green space of Charlotte Square Gardens and along the west end of George Street, in the heart of historic Edinburgh – the world’s first UNSESCO City of Literature. The 2020 Book Festival runs from 15-31 August. edbookfest.co.uk / @edbookfest

The Individual Giving Manager is a new role within the Development Team at the Book Festival. Individual giving represents the fastest-growing private sector income source for the Book Festival, with a 35% increase in monies raised from individual donors since 2016. The creation of this new post represents an increased investment in the Book Festival’s fundraising capacity and presents an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual to make their mark within the organisation and help take our fundraising ability to a new level.

This is an exciting time to join the team, and the postholder will be expected to make a significant difference to its continued success, by supporting the acquisition of new donors and excellent stewardship of existing ones.

The Individual Giving Manager will be responsible for managing the Friends and Patrons schemes: overseeing the smooth delivery of benefits to our supporters, encouraging them to renew and, where possible, increase their support. They will also be closely involved in the strategic planning and management of individual giving campaigns, including delivery of an annual appeal. The postholder will also assist in the planning and implementation of an updated Legacy Giving campaign strategy and the public-facing elements of other future campaigns. They will support the Head of Development in the management and delivery of the Festival’s Benefactors scheme, managing a portfolio of relationships with key donors, and identifying and cultivating new prospects.

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Sponsorship and Partnerships Manager

  • Full time
  • £30,000 – £40,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th January 2020

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is one of the world’s largest public celebrations of the written word, providing a lively forum for democratic discussion and the exchange of ideas. For 17 days every August, it brings writers, poets, politicians, journalists, thinkers and decision makers from around the world to Edinburgh to discuss and share stories about the things that shape our lives. 900 authors from over 60 countries appear in an eclectic and wide-ranging international programme of over 800 events, activities and workshops.

The Book Festival also produces the Baillie Gifford Children’s and School’s Programmes comprising hundreds of events created especially for young people, and a year-round community programme takes the Book Festival on the road around Scotland to people in their own communities.

During August the Edinburgh International Book Festival runs its own independent bookshops, which champion Scottish books and writing alongside the best international work, selling over 70,000 books each year. Around 240,000 visits are made to the Book Festival’s home every year, a specially created tented village in the leafy green space of Charlotte Square Gardens and along the west end of George Street, in the heart of historic Edinburgh – the world’s first UNSESCO City of Literature. The 2020 Book Festival runs from 15-31 August. edbookfest.co.uk / @edbookfest

The Sponsorship and Partnerships Manager will be responsible for the implementation and ongoing development of a corporate fundraising strategy.

They will be responsible for the management of a portfolio of key major sponsors. Many of our sponsorships support the Book Festival in the enhancement and development of its site, programme and marketing activity, and thus present strategic opportunities for the organisation. The postholder will therefore be expected to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues across the team to ensure that all partnerships effectively meet the needs of both the sponsor and the Book Festival.

The role presents an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual to make a significant impact on the work of the Book Festival and help take our fundraising ability to a new level. This is an exciting time to join the team, and the postholder will be expected to make a significant difference to its continued success, by supporting the prospecting and acquisition of new sponsors and excellent stewardship of existing ones.

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Top job! Head of Operations & Finance (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £35,000 – £38,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st July 2019

We are seeking to appoint an experienced and resourceful finance professional to lead the Book Festival's vital Operations team. As well as overseeing the year-round finances of the Book Festival and our trading subsidiary, this exciting role plays a key part in the organisation's strategic planning and in maintaining a positive, collaborative workplace culture.

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This vacancy has now closed

Communities Programme Officer

  • Full time
  • £22,500
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 13th January 2020

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is one of the world’s largest public celebrations of the written word, providing a lively forum for democratic discussion and the exchange of ideas. For 17 days every August, it brings writers, poets, politicians, journalists, thinkers and decision makers from around the world to Edinburgh to discuss and share stories about the things that shape our lives. 900 authors from over 60 countries appear in an eclectic and wide-ranging international programme of over 800 events, activities and workshops.

The Book Festival also produces the Baillie Gifford Children’s and School’s Programmes comprising hundreds of events created especially for young people, and a year-round community programme takes the Book Festival on the road around Scotland to people in their own communities.

During August the Edinburgh International Book Festival runs its own independent bookshops, which champion Scottish books and writing alongside the best international work, selling over 70,000 books each year. Around 240,000 visits are made to the Book Festival’s home every year, a specially created tented village in the leafy green space of Charlotte Square Gardens and along the west end of George Street, in the heart of historic Edinburgh – the world’s first UNSESCO City of Literature. The 2020 Book Festival runs from 15-31 August. edbookfest.co.uk / @edbookfest

We’re seeking a Communities Programme Officer to co-ordinate and ensure the effective delivery of the Communities programme, achieving maximum impact for participants from a wide range of backgrounds. If you have arts administration experience, have strong organisational and interpersonal skills, and are passionate about working within the community, we want to hear from you!

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