Programme Manager, Literacy and Employability

Closing date: 10am, Thursday 26 November 2020

Salary: £37,000 per year

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week

Location: Based in London SW8 with potential for home and flexible working

Interviews: Online from Friday 4 December 2020

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 Programme Manager for literacy and employability.

We are recruiting an experienced programme manager to lead the development and delivery of our innovative literacy and employability work in schools.

What you’ll be doing

You will work with our senior management team to build on our successful literacy and employability work in schools and move it to the next level, growing its impact and scale and leading innovation.

You will lead this activity, managing national partnerships with high profile corporate partners such as Lancôme and others in the sector including the Careers and Enterprise Company.

You will manage the expert team delivering our suite of Words for Work programmes, which provide inspiration, incredible role models, visits with employers and schemes of work to help schools support every young person to reach their potential.

You will also lead on related policy areas and develop a portfolio of funders to ensure sustainability.

What we’re looking for

You will be a capable and confident leader at a senior level, with experience of creating and enacting a strategic vision for an ambitious campaign or programme. You will also have experience of working with the corporate sector, and with volunteers, and of managing complex relationships with external partners.

You will be successful in the marketing and promotion of programmes, resources or training to teachers and schools, and experienced in financial management, fundraising and income generation.

You will also have a passion for transforming the life chances of children and young people from disadvantaged communities, and share our commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in the design and delivery of all our work.

Why our work is so vital

One person in six has poor literacy skills that impact on every area of their life. A child without good literacy skills will struggle to succeed at school, and as an adult they could be locked out of the job market. Poverty doubles the likelihood that, by the age of five, a child’s literacy skills will be below average.

The National Literacy Trust is dedicated to improving the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of those who need it most, giving them the best possible chance of success in school, work and life. We run Literacy Hubs and campaigns in communities where low levels of literacy and social mobility are seriously impacting people’s lives. We support schools and early years settings to deliver outstanding literacy provision, and we campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians, businesses and parents. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy and drive our interventions. Literacy is a vital element of action against poverty and our work changes children’s life stories.

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), pensions contributions of 8% of annual salary, a cycle to work scheme, season ticket loans, 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 black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates, candidates with disabilities and candidates 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.