Project Manager, Hungry Little Minds

Closing date: 10am, Monday 28 October 2019

Salary: £32,000 per year

Contract: Fixed term for six months

Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week

Location: London SW8

Interviews: Thursday 24 October / Wednesday 30 October 2019

(Please note: We may close this vacancy early if we receive enough applications to shortlist and fill the position faster than originally anticipated, so please submit your application as soon as you can.)

Are you an experienced project manager with excellent stakeholder relationship skills? Can you bring knowledge of behaviour change campaigns and support for literacy in the early years?

We are recruiting a Project Manager to lead the delivery of activity that will improve the home learning environment of children in disadvantaged areas.

Simple actions in the home can strengthen a child’s early language and literacy skills. Working with the Department for Education, we have developed a behaviour change approach which draws on the resources of business partners and other stakeholders to improve the home learning environment. The Department for Education has now launched the Hungry Little Minds campaign, which encourages parents and carers to adopt positive activities and behaviours to boost children’s communication, language and literacy development.

With funding from the Department for Education, we will use our experience of place-based working and knowledge of collective impact approaches to establish six Hungry Little Minds Communities. This work will give an immediate boost to the campaign and build the evidence for future investment in this type of approach.

This role is responsible for the project management of the Hungry Little Minds Community model in six areas in England. You will need excellent project management skills, as well as experience of stakeholder relationship management, recruiting and training volunteers, and event management. You will also need knowledge of effective early years practice and behaviour change approaches.

One person in six has poor literacy skills that impact on every area of their life. A child without good reading, writing and communication 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.

We are an independent charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy. We run projects in the poorest communities, campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents, and support schools. Our mission is to give young people the literacy skills they need to get a job and lead a successful life.

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), pensions contributions of 8% of annual salary and other health and wellbeing benefits.

Application details

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