Programme Manager, Reading for Enjoyment

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 Thursday 3 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 to support reading for enjoyment.

This new role will take the already powerful and successful work of the National Literacy Trust in supporting children’s enjoyment of reading and move it to the next level, increasing the scale of programme activity and leading innovation with schools and other partners.

What you’ll be doing

Working with the senior management team, you will lead the development of programmes and activities to support reading for enjoyment, managing national partnerships with a range of high profile corporate partners and other funders and working with our partners in the sector.

You will also manage expert teams delivering primary school programmes including Love our Libraries and Puffin World of Stories. Your challenge is to grow our reach and lead innovation at scale, inspiring new ways of working and winning new funding and support.

What we’re looking for

You will be excited by this opportunity and have an appetite for hard work and innovation. You will be an inspiring and entrepreneurial senior leader with experience of creating and enacting a strategic vision for an ambitious campaign or programme. You will have a track record of managing teams and specific experience of the successful growth and scaling of activity, and the promotion of programmes, resources or training to teachers and schools.

You will also have excellent knowledge of the UK education system, primary school library provision and children’s reading and be a powerful advocate for the role of school libraries in raising literacy standards.

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 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.