Head of Early Years

Key information about the role

Closing date: 10am, Monday 6 June 2022

Interviews: Wednesday 15 June 2022

Salary: £50-55,000 per year dependent on experience

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week

Location: Based in London SW8 / home and flexible working

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 to lead our work in the early years.

What you’ll be doing

This new leadership role provides an exciting opportunity to steer and develop the National Literacy Trust’s work supporting children aged 0-5, their families and the early years practitioners involved with their development.

You will be responsible for leading activity that supports the early years sector and home learning environment. Programmes are delivered across the UK in disadvantaged and underserved communities, and are funded by a range of partners, including the Department for Education and the Department of Health and Social Care.

You will also strengthen our position as a thought leader and expert voice on what works, specifically around behaviour change with parents and carers to create language and literacy-rich home learning environments.

What we’re looking for

You will be a confident leader and inspiring advocate for the early years, language and communication skills and the role of the home learning environment in providing the best start in life. You will be motivated to lead your team to deliver impactful projects and will have a range of strategies to navigate the challenges of complex partnership working, relationship building and programme delivery.

You will be well-connected with experience of working effectively with government departments and large funding partners. You will love horizon-scanning and spotting opportunities to influence and contribute, and will relish the opportunity to ensure our work is both influential and impactful. You will also be ambitious to grow programme delivery, increase our reach and expand our evidence base of what works.

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. You can read more in the recruitment information below.

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