Head of Policy

Key information about the role

Closing date: 10am, Thursday 8 September 2022

Interviews: first round Friday 16 September, second round Wednesday 21 September

Salary: £46,000 to £50,000 per year depending on experience

Hours: Flexible, full or part-time, 21-35 hours per week

Contract: Fixed-term contract for 18 months

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 as Head of Policy.

What you’ll be doing

The Head of Policy is a new leadership role, responsible for the strategic direction of our policy mapping and influencing both at a national and local level.

You will develop relationships with Government departments and bring together key stakeholders across the sector to share best practice and advocate for our work. You will also contribute to the development of our local Literacy Hubs, a place-based approach which brings communities together to address literacy needs. You will support relationships with local stakeholders in order to align our Hubs to existing local authority corporate plans, services and interventions.

You will work in the marketing and communications department, reporting directly to the Director of Marketing and Communications, and line manage a Policy Manager. You will also have close links to the Director of Operations and Director of School Programmes , who lead our Literacy Hubs and programme development.

You will be based in London and need to be able to travel for in person meetings with internal and external stakeholders, in our office or elsewhere. Otherwise, you will be able to work from home under our home working policy.

What we’re looking for

You will be a senior and dynamic individual with experience in influencing national and local policy as well as strategic advocacy work and building relationships that deliver against our mission. You will need experience of working effectively with government departments and large funding partners, and excellent communication skills including public speaking and as an expert voice on policy and place-based working. Understanding of complex programme delivery with multiple partners, in both educational and community settings, would be an advantage.

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