Project Manager, Criminal Justice

Key information about the role

Closing date: 10am, Friday 10 December 2021

Salary: £30,000 to £32,000 per year

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week

Location: Based in London SW8 / Buckinghamshire

We are on a mission to give children and young people from disadvantaged communities the literacy skills to succeed in life. You could join us as Project Manager for our growing range of programmes working with the criminal justice sector.

What you’ll be doing

You will be responsible for developing and delivering a range of programme activity to support literacy in prisons and young offender institutions.

We have been working with the criminal justice sector for almost 10 years and our most established programme, Books Unlocked, is now delivered in approximately 95 prisons. In 2018, we launched our first programme in a young offender institution.

Our work in the criminal justice sector continues to grow. You will be responsible for the delivery of our New Chapters project, which brings reading and creative writing opportunities to people in HMP Brixton, HMP Aylesbury, HMP/YOI Swinfen Hall and Oakhill Secure Training Centre, as well as in the community through Buckinghamshire Youth Offending Service.

You will be based in our community programmes team, as part of a team of three working on our criminal justice programmes. Whenever possible, we engage our beneficiaries in the design of our projects and centre people with lived experience of prison in our activities. You will visit prisons and other settings regularly and work closely with partners and stakeholders.

What we’re looking for

You will need excellent project management skills and experience of delivering workshops or interventions for people in custody or in contact with the criminal justice sector. You will also need excellent stakeholder management skills, knowledge of literacy issues among the prison population and be comfortable leading or facilitating creative writing or other creative workshops.

We welcome applications from those with lived experience of the criminal justice sector.

Why our work is so vital

Poor literacy and resulting inequality is not inevitable. The National Literacy Trust improves the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of those who need it most, giving them the best possible chance of success.

We make society fairer. Poor literacy creates social and economic inequality. The one in six adults in the UK with poor literacy earn less, are less likely to vote and more likely to experience health inequalities.

We enable social mobility. A child without literacy skills can’t succeed at school, and as an adult they will be locked out of the job market. The pattern is intergenerational and starts at birth.

Our work is targeted at communities with the highest levels of disadvantage and the lowest levels of literacy. We support thousands of schools and early years settings, bringing in wonderful partners like the Premier League and the nation’s best publishers who bring literacy alive. We campaign to make literacy a priority for our nation’s leaders. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy and drive our interventions.

What we offer you

As well as a competitive salary, we offer benefits including a generous leave allowance totalling 39 days (including bank holidays and office closure between Christmas and New Year), pension contributions of 8% of annual salary, a cycle to work scheme, employee assistance programme and other health and wellbeing benefits.

We support flexible working and promote a workplace where you can be yourself and contribute to our success, whoever you are.

Application details

Our people are our most important asset and we value and respect diversity in all its forms (seen and unseen). We particularly welcome applications from those from Black and Asian backgrounds, as well as candidates with disabilities and from the communities in which we work. We would like to increase representation of these groups among our staff as we know greater diversity will lead to an even greater impact for our work.

For more information and to apply, download the files below.

Please also complete our online equal opportunities monitoring form when you submit your application.

Unfortunately, we are unable to respond individually to applications so if you have not heard from us by the advertised interview date, this means we have not been able to shortlist your application this time.

Please note we do not accept CVs. No agencies or recruitment sites.