Full Description

Formed in 1809, the Scottish Bible Society has provided the Bible to people in Scotland and throughout the world in a language they understand, in a format they can use and at a price they can afford, to encourage intellectual and spiritual engagement with God’s Word.

The Society passionately believes that life is transformed through the Bible. Their mission is rooted and driven by the uniqueness and importance they see in a living relationship with and faith in Jesus Christ. The Scottish Bible Society promote the distribution of and engagement with the Christian message globally as they work with other Bible Societies around the world.

There is a broad strategic approach to their work, and this is underpinned by their vision to see individuals, communities and cultures transformed as people encounter God in the Bible.

The Scottish Bible Society is a founder member of the United Bible Societies. This is a global fellowship of 150 Bible Societies operating in over 240 countries and territories around the world to help ensure that everyone who wants to can access and engage with the Bible. The Scottish Bible Society supports Bible work on a global level through fundraising and partnerships within the fellowship. At a Scottish level, the Society works with all churches to aid knowledge and understanding through meaningful engagement with the Bible. This work is vital in contributing to the growth of people’s relationship with God. The Scottish Bible Society seek to be advocates for the Bible in a variety of contexts within today’s culture and increase the broader value of the Bible in shaping strong and caring cultures.

Through a variety of innovative projects, the Scottish Bible Society distribute Bibles, New Testaments, and other Scripture-based materials, in a range of media, in Scotland and through support of Bible Societies in other countries. Continuing to engage and intrigue people in the Bible and translating the Bible through evolving language to ensure its meaning is understood in the modern world are paramount for the Scottish Bible Society. The organisation has a desire to continue amplifying stories from Scotland and around the world to resonate with and encourage a Scottish Christian audience alongside building and maintaining strong relationships with new, current and past donors.

The Director of Development and Communications is central to the continuing success of the Scottish Bible Society and will help bring a unified tone and voice to the organisation. The Director will lead and deliver a development strategy that will be relationship-led with a focus on building strong and long-lasting new relationships alongside developing and maintaining the relationships the organisation has with existing and previous supporters. Revenue streams will grow by engaging new audiences and this role will be responsible for driving strong donor cultivation and stewardship practices. The current Head of Donor Care will be line managed by the Director and this relationship will be underpinned by guidance, challenge, influence, and support. The organisation will grow its communications activities in support of growing audiences and continuing Bible advocacy campaigns to intrigue people towards the Christian message. The Director will also assist in fulfilling the current rebrand of Scottish Bible Society which includes a new website, branding, and campaigning. Responsibility to the communications department includes leading and delivering the strategy and management of the Communications Manager in a similar style to the Head of Donor Care.

To apply for the role of Director of Development and Communications at Scottish Bible Society, you must be a Christian who is passionate and convinced about the transformational work of the Bible. As part of the Senior Staff Team, you will be confident and comfortable leading the team in prayer and Bible discussion. As a professional, we expect applicants to have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in senior leadership positions with the responsibility for managing teams and personnel. Operating at this level, you will be experienced working collaboratively at Director-level and reporting directly to a CEO. You must be experienced leading others while also working with them to challenge their ideas and add value from your professional expertise. This role requires applicants to have had success leading and driving the strategic direction of development and communications within a third-sector organisation (or similar) and developed practical experience in these areas. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including a highly developed knowledge of digital marketing, and an ability to demonstrate clarity of thought and the ability to articulate and express oneself in writing is essential. You must be able to engage with stakeholders at all levels in a positive manner and be a strong, pro-active, and positive relationship-builder.

The Director of Development and Communications at Scottish Bible Society will be joining a high-energy team who are passionate about their work. You must have a passion for the cause, and you must be professional; personable; empathetic; and emotionally intelligent with great influencing and persuasion skills.

Before applying, contemplate whether you truly empathise with the values, vision, and mission of Scottish Bible Society and if you have the personal conviction and belief in the transformational work of the Bible.

If you believe you have the experience and ability to lead and champion the delivery of development and communication strategies to raise the profile of Scottish Bible Society, engage existing and new audiences to support their mission and lead teams across both areas to deliver against organisational objectives, please contact our recruitment team today for more information.

How To Apply

Please email us at [email protected] or call us on 01786 542 224 to request an information pack, full job description and person specification.

You are advised to get in touch well in advance of the closing date to give us time to consider your application and pre-interview the strongest applicants.

Closing Date: Noon, Wednesday 6th January 2021

Interview Date: Friday 15th (first stage) and Monday 18th (second stage) January

This search is being conducted exclusively for Scottish Bible Society by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). Our leadership team have all worked in the voluntary sector and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.