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Top job! Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 26th April 2019

  • Advertised from 25th March 2019


Champion Trustees of Scottish Language Dictionaries

Scottish Language Dictionaries is Scotland's independent lexicographical body for Scots. Our Scottish National Dictionary (covering the period from 1700) and A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (from the earliest times to 1700) are national institutions, which provide a unique record of the language -- and of the history, culture and traditions -- of the Scots-speaking peoples.

We publish our work online as the Dictionary of the Scots Language, in print (most recently the revised Concise Scots Dictionary), and as applications for mobile devices. We additionally work in partnership with other organisations such as Education Scotland, the Scots Language Centre, and the Universities of Scotland, to support people of all ages and abilities in their knowledge and use of Scots vocabulary. We employ six members of staff and are funded by an annual Grant-in-Aid from the Scottish Government.

As our organisation enters a new strategic phase, we are keen to broaden the collective experience of our Board of Trustees. In particular we intend to appoint two new Trustees with skills and experience as outlined below:

1. We wish to extend our dictionaries’ coverage of Scots past and present and share this work more widely, both at home and abroad. To do this we need to generate additional funding to supplement our annual Grant-in-Aid. We therefore seek a Fundraising Champion to help us develop a successful fundraising strategy. The appointee will be supported in this role by a Fundraising Sub-committee, which the Champion will chair. This post would be ideally suited to a candidate with experience of fundraising in the education, heritage, and/or cultural sector.

2. As we contemplate our priorities for the coming decade, we recognise we know little about the users of our dictionaries or their lexicographic needs, expectations and wishes. We therefore seek a Priorities Champion to help us understand which aspects of Scots vocabulary we should focus on and how best to communicate our work. The appointee will be supported in this role by a Priorities Sub-committee, which the Champion will chair. This post would be ideally suited to a candidate with an appreciation of the importance of Scots in education, the arts, and/or the wider community.

Trustees of Scottish Language Dictionaries support the leadership of the charity by setting its strategy and monitoring its progress. Trustee business is usually conducted at Board meetings, which take place three to four times each year, usually in the Central Belt of Scotland.

Application notes

Please supply a short CV (no more than two pages) with a covering letter outlining (a) your motivations for applying and (b) the skills, experience and knowledge you can bring to our organisation.

A candidate shortlist will be decided within two to three weeks of the deadline. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview with our Chief Executive, Convener and Depute Convener. The successful candidates will be notified within one week of the end of the interview period.

For further information or an informal discussion about the role, please contact the CEO, Rhona Alcorn, on or 0131 220 1294.

Closing date: 26 April