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Vacancy: Administrator/bookkeeper

Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd (SLD) seeks the services of an experienced Administrator/bookkeeper to undertake administrative support to the Principal Executive Officer and staff of SLD, and when necessary to the members of the Board of Trustees.

The post is envisaged as a 0.4 full-time equivalent commitment, with flexibility as to how that commitment is configured (e.g. 4 mornings a week), and running for 24 months in the first instance with possibility for renewal.

The post will be available with effect from mid-July 2017, though a later date may be negotiable. There will be an initial probationary period of three months. At the end of three months, and subject to the postholder's wishes and to satisfactory performance, the post may be confirmed for the remainder of the term.

We envisage a pay-package of £20k pro rata.

The successful candidate will have relevant office experience of carrying out bookkeeping, and a range of basic office activities, including making routine arrangements and bookings and preparing and organising information to assist in the effective organisation of internal and external activities. Skills needed will include an understanding of financial software (including the ability to handle standard software packages such as MS Word, Excel etc).

Applications should be made by email by 9.00am on 19th June 2017 to the Acting Principal Executive Officer, Alison Macaulay (alison.macaulay@scotsdictionaries.org.uk). The application should include (1) a curriculum vitae, and (2) a completed application form, which includes a statement setting out specifically and in detail how the applicant meets the essential and desirable attributes required for the position.

The job description and application form may be accessed here:

Job description
Application form (Administrator/bookkeeper)

Informal enquiries may be made to Alison Macaulay; the Convener of the Board of Trustees, Professor Jeremy Smith (Jeremy.Smith@glasgow.ac.uk), or the Treasurer, Dr. Rhona Alcorn (R.Alcorn@ed.ac.uk).

Essential and desirable attributes

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About Scottish Language Dictionaries

Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd (SLD) is the major charitable body for the lexicography of the Scots language. It is the steward of the great scholarly heritage that produced A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and The Scottish National Dictionary (SND). These works, that underpin the combined and enhanced online version, the Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL), are rightly celebrated as major Scottish cultural achievements, and in addition benchmark works for other nationally-aspirant, regional, minority or lesser-used languages. SLD is a very significant guardian of what may be termed 'national cultural capital'. For that reason, the organisation currently receives financial support from the Scottish Government, and this funding has just been renewed for a further three years.

SLD's great repository of Scots vocabulary, now most easily accessed through DSL, needs to sustain its authority; to do so, it must constantly be maintained, updated and improved, as must the smaller works which derive from it, such as the second edition of the Concise Scots Dictionary, now approaching completion. And, rather distinctively in comparison with some other historical dictionaries, SLD places outreach and knowledge exchange at the heart of all it does, seeking vigorously to make strong links with primary and secondary schools, and with cultural organisations such as the Scots Language Centre and the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.