Project Manager, First Words Together

Closing date: 10am, Monday 4 October 2021

Salary: £32,000 per year pro rata (0.8 FTE)

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Part time, 28 hours per week

Location: Based in London SW8 or project locations (North East and West Midlands)

Interviews: Friday 15 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 for our new First Words Together programme.

What you’ll be doing

First Words Together is our new early years programme that aims to enrich the home learning environment and improve the emerging speech and communication of children aged under two in disadvantaged areas.

As part of our early years team, you will oversee the management and delivery of First Words Together, building new relationships with partners in targeted areas of the West Midlands and the North East. This will mean also working closely with our local communities team and bringing together partners in education, public health and community support to drive improved outcomes for babies and infants.

With the support of colleagues, you will be responsible for programme development, creating training and resources, recruiting settings to take part and all aspects of programme delivery.

What we’re looking for

You will be an excellent early years project manager, with experience of project management and design, and supporting or leading work with early years practitioners and external stakeholders. Experience of training early years professionals in education or health settings, and working with families, would be an advantage.

You will also need sound knowledge of current early years practice and evidence around speech, language and communication, and evaluation strategies and approaches.

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 pro rata (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.