We are currently recruiting two new members of staff.

Please find more information on these vacancies and how to apply below.

Programme Manager (PlayTalkRead)

35 hours a week

£27,000 Fixed Term

We seek a highly motivated, organised and responsive individual to join Smart Play Network as the Programme Manager for our PlayTalkRead project.  This challenging but rewarding post includes overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the project, staff management, reporting to and liaising with the Scottish Government, budget management managing a fleet of vehicles and the general smooth running of the programme. Our ideal candidate would have a flexible approach to work, be enthusiastic and self-motivated with an upbeat and positive personality and be a great problem solver.


This post will average a 35 hours working week normally Monday to Friday but will require an element of flexibility, including occasional on-call responsibilities at the weekend, and is based in Edinburgh.


The post is fixed-term to March 2021 (subject to funding confirmation) and requires a 3-month probationary period.




Essential criteria

  • Proven track record of project management

  • Previous experience of staff management

  • Strong communication / written and partnership building kills

  • Confidence in preparing and delivering presentations

  • A good understanding of Excel and Microsoft Office applications

  • Ability to act on own initiative

  • Critical thinker with the ability to make decisions under pressure

  • Budgeting and financial systems experience

  • Marketing and research skills

  • Excellent understanding of evaluation and monitoring

  • Experience of strategic planning

  • An innovate approach to service and project development

  • Excellent understanding of the impact of mobile outreach services

  • Flexibility to travel and the ability to drive

  • Highly organised and tenacious


Highly advantageous criteria

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent

  • Experience of managing mobile projects and mobile workers

  • Previous national campaign experience

  • Understanding of the benefits of play and early intervention in a child’s development and wellbeing

  • Knowledge and experience of the Play Sector and linked policy landscape

  • Good knowledge and understanding of vehicles and the challenges of managing a small fleet of large vehicles



How to apply:

To apply for this job please phone 0131 554 2620 email us through indeed to request an application pack. CVs will not be accepted.  Please make sure you send us a note of your person email address as this will be used for further communication.  The completed application form will be used to shortlist for interviews, we need to receive your form by 22nd January 2020, 12 noon.


Interviews will be held on 29th and 30th January, with immediate start date.

Smart Play Network is a charity registered in Scotland (SC042505) and a company limited by guarantee (SC401334).
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