Project Manager, Literacy Communities

Closing date: 10am, Tuesday 2 July 2019

Salary: £35,000 per year

Contract: Fixed term for three years

Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week

Location: London SW8

Interviews: Thursday 11 July 2019

Do you have a passion for supporting project delivery that is both innovative and rooted in evidence? Could you develop and deliver training that impacts locally on approaches to support literacy, while also raising the profile and impact of our work at a national level?

We are recruiting a Project Manager with the vision and skills to bring together and formalise a wide range of relationships with national and regional bodies, and build capacity at a local level.

National Literacy Trust local areas work is an important element of our strategy. This is predominantly our work in Literacy Hubs. A Hub is a ten-year, place-based response to the challenges of intergenerational low literacy, working with a range of partners to shape and deliver activity as part of a local strategy. We currently have Hubs in 10 targeted locations in England, as well regional campaigns, including Read North East, which bring together a coalition of partners and use behaviour change methodology to influence behaviours which improve literacy.

We are developing a new network that will engage senior leaders from multiple sectors and work to achieve policy and advocacy outcomes while supporting our existing Hub delivery, local projects and regional campaigns.

Alongside this, you will work to support other community-led projects, bringing our national expertise to meet local challenges. You will develop and deliver a new accredited training programme which will help local literacy leaders to establish their own, small scale, Hub approaches to low literacy.

You will need to be a dynamic and flexible project manager, with significant experience in training and coaching as well as experience of public affairs and policy work related to education.

You will be based in our communities and local areas team, reporting to the Head of Operations and working closely with our Senior Policy and Communications Manager.

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 annual leave allowance totalling 39 days (including bank holidays and office closure between Christmas and New Year), pensions contributions of 8% of annual salary, a cycle to work scheme, season ticket loans and other health and wellbeing benefits.

Application details

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