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Project Manager, Early Years (West Midlands)

Key information

Closing date: 10am, Monday 11 December 2023

Salary: £33,000 per year

Contract: Fixed term until March 2025

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week

Location: Based in the West Midlands as a home working role

Interviews: Online, Tuesday 19th December 2023

What you’ll be doing

Our early years programmes support children aged 0-5, their families and the early years practitioners involved with their development. Programmes are delivered across the UK in disadvantaged and underserved communities.

You will manage a variety of early years projects in the West Midlands, training and supporting local delivery partners and ensuring we meet key milestones and targets. Working with the Head of Early Years and Early Years Programme Managers, you will support the development and expansion of this work. You will also work collaboratively with colleagues across our communities and communications teams to deliver our wider Early Words Matter campaign.

You will work from home, working closely with members of our early years team who are based around the UK, as well as our communities team based in the West Midlands.

What we’re looking for

You will be a great project manager, with experience of working with families of young children, and a strong understanding of effective early years practice. You will also need awareness of the importance of the home learning environment, and experience of delivering training and stakeholder/partnership management. Experience of recruiting and supporting volunteers, and planning and delivering events, would be an advantage.

As this role involves visiting partners and settings across the West Midlands, a full clean driving license and access to a vehicle are essential.

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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