Community Project Officer, Peterborough

Closing date: 10am, Monday 28 January 2019

Salary: £25,000 per year pro rata (0.4 FTE)

Contract: Fixed-term for two years

Hours: Part time, 14 hours per week

Location: Peterborough

Interviews: Thursday 7 February 2019

Do you have experience of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers, and mobilising community support? Can you provide excellent programme delivery to maximise impact?

We are recruiting a Project Officer to support community members in Peterborough to become Literacy Champions, volunteers who are engaged in taking action to support literacy outcomes in their local area.

You will be responsible for working within target communities to identify potential volunteers and volunteering opportunities. You will develop new strategies for recruiting, training and supporting these volunteers, as well as mobilising key community partnerships.

This new project is part of our National Literacy Trust Hub in Peterborough. A Hub is a ten-year, place-based response to the challenges of intergenerational low literacy. They bring together local partners to tackle literacy issues, working with local businesses, health, education and cultural organisations to help raise literacy levels. This work is overseen and driven by a locally based Hub Manager.

You will create processes and resources that can support the delivery of Literacy Champions in other Hubs. You will also support the Hub Manager more widely in our work raising literacy outcomes across Peterborough. This role will also include overseeing a parent and carer steering group that can inform our work across the Hubs.

You will need experience of recruiting and supporting volunteers, as well as providing project support in a charity or educational context.

This is a unique opportunity to play a lead role in an ambitious and creative programme, working with a wide range of partners and impacting on the lives of families across Peterborough.

One person in seven has poor literacy skills that impact on every area of their life. A child without good reading, writing and communication skills can’t succeed at school, and as an adult they could be locked out of the job market. Poverty doubles the likelihood of literacy failure by the age of five.

We are an independent charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy. We run projects in the poorest communities, campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents, and support schools. Our mission is to give young people the literacy skills they need to get a job and lead a successful life.

As well as a competitive salary, we offer benefits including a generous annual leave allowance of 28 days (plus bank holidays and office closure between Christmas and new year), and pensions contributions of 8% of annual salary.

This role is based in Peterborough, with the opportunity for a significant amount of home working, in accordance with our working from home policy.

Application details

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