Managing Editor

Position: Managing Editor
Salary: £27,000 – £32,000
Terms: Permanent; 35 hours pw, fixed (part-time may be considered)
Location: Edinburgh (West End)
Starting date: April 2020 (negotiable)
Closing Date: 3 January 2020

Scottish Language Dictionaries is Scotland’s independent lexicographical body for Scots. It is also a publicly-funded charity. Our Scottish National Dictionary and Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue are national institutions, providing a unique, diachronic record of the language — and of the history, culture and traditions — of the UK’s Scots-speaking peoples.

We publish our work in a range of formats, primarily: online as the Dictionary of the Scots Language; in print (our most recent reference work is the revised Concise Scots Dictionary; our most recent popular work is 100 Favourite Scots Words); and
as applications for mobile devices. We additionally work in partnership with organisations such as Education Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, and the Universities of Scotland to support people of all ages and abilities in their knowledge and use of Scots vocabulary.

We are soon to embark on a new strategic phase which will see the expansion of our in-house editorial team from three employees to five. We seek a Managing Editor to manage this expansion and to relieve the CEO of the day-to-day management of the ongoing programme of editorial projects.

The post-holder will report directly to the CEO (currently also our Editor-in-Chief).

Key responsibilities will include:


Experience, skills and knowledge

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the following attributes:



Other information

If you require further information, please contact Dr Rhona Alcorn, CEO, at

Scottish Language Dictionaries reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between Scottish Language Dictionaries and any individual.

Application and selection procedure
Please send your CV (maximum 4 pages) with a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) and referee details to by 5pm on Friday 3 January 2020. Your covering letter should outline the reasons for your interest in this position and summarise what you would bring to the role. We will not contact your referees unless required at a later stage of the process and then only with your consent.

By 20 January 2020, short-listed candidates will be invited to attend an interview in central Edinburgh during the week beginning 27 January 2020. The successful candidate will be informed shortly thereafter.