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Project Manager, Criminal Justice (Kent)

Key information

Closing date: 10am, Tuesday 2 July 2024

Salary: £32,000 per year

Contract: Fixed term for 2 years

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week

Location: Based in London, SW8 / home and flexible working

Interviews: Online, Tuesday 9 July 2024

We empower people with the literacy skills they need to succeed in life. Together we're helping people change their stories. You could join us as Project Manager for our growing criminal justice programmes.

What you’ll be doing

We have been delivering criminal justice and literacy programmes for more than 10 years, and our work includes projects across men’s and women’s prisons, as well as Young Offender institutions and services in the community.

We are recruiting a Project Manager to lead the development and delivery of activity at Oasis Restore, a secure school in North Kent. This is one of four new settings where we are rolling out our New Chapters programme. You will be responsible for delivering high-quality creative writing workshops on a weekly basis and organising visits from external authors and facilitators. You will also maintain regular contact with key stakeholders and project partners, as well as supporting evaluation activity, sharing learning and contributing to internal and external reporting.

You will be based in Kent, as part of our Criminal Justice team. You will work closely with your Programme Manager and fellow Project Managers, who will be responsible for HMYOI Werrington, HMYOI Feltham and HMYOI Wetherby, as well as external stakeholders.

You will work from home but will need to visit Oasis Restore regularly to support project delivery, as well as being in London when necessary for staff team days and planning.

What we’re looking for

As well as being an excellent project manager, you will need proven experience of confidently facilitating group workshops or training sessions for creative writing, as well as strong event delivery skills. Due to your projects’ nature, you will need strong communication skills, and the capacity to work independently or collaboratively in a well-organised way.

Experience working in secure settings and/or with young people would be desirable.

Why our work is so vital

Literacy changes everything.

It gives you the tools to get the most out of life, and the power to shape your future. It’s the key to knowledge, confidence and inspiration. It’s better results at school, and better jobs. If children grow up without the tools to communicate, without books to read or opportunities to write, it’s harder to get where you want to go.

The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity helping people overcome these challenges and change their life chances through the power of words – reading, writing, speaking and listening. From first words, through school days to training, jobs and beyond.

  • We work collaboratively in local communities, focusing our work in 20 areas of the UK that are facing the biggest challenges.
  • We support schools, developing the most effective tools and techniques and providing resources and programmes to engage and inspire children.
  • We campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and decision-makers.
  • We support vulnerable adults, people in the criminal justice system and young offenders’ institutions to build their literacy skills

What we offer you

Our team are passionate about our mission and we have a strong and positive working culture, based on shared values and respect. We offer a range of flexible working options and promote a workplace where you can be yourself and contribute to our success, whoever you are.

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.

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.

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