Project Manager, Early Years

Closing date: 10am, Tuesday 5 October 2021

Salary: £32,000 per year

Contract: Fixed term for 12 months

Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week

Location: Based in Cornwall

Interviews: Wednesday 13 October 2021

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 Project Manager to lead our early years delivery in Cornwall.

What you’ll be doing

This new post will support the set-up of a new Early Years Action Zone across Camborne and Redruth, which will deliver a range of activities including book gifting, volunteer support and campaigns, working with local partners and stakeholders.

You will manage this set-up process and kickstart the first year of delivery, which will support all families with new-born children. You will plan and deliver a community engagement and consultation process, secure buy-in from strategic partners, carry out needs analysis to identify priorities for local families, and refine the proposed plan of action. You will then lead the launch of the programme, as well as carrying out ongoing consultation that will ensure the work adds value to existing offers.

You will be based in our local areas team, as a home working role based in Cornwall with regular travel in and round Camborne and Redruth. You will also work closely with our early years team, and with local partners and stakeholders.

What we’re looking for

You will have experience of project management and design, event management and supporting or leading early years delivery. Experience of delivering training in nursery settings or schools, and working with families, would be an advantage.

You will need good knowledge of the Camborne and Redruth community, and sound understanding of evidence around early language development and the home learning environment.

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.