Project Manager, School Programmes

Key information about the role

Closing date: 10am, Monday 15 November 2021

Salary: £28,500 per year

Contract: Fixed term contract for one year

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week

Location: Based in London SW8 or home working in Suffolk

Interviews: Monday 22 November 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 school library programme.

What you’ll be doing

With the support of some incredible new partners, we are expanding our primary school libraries programme to work in a number of new locations. The programme transforms reading in primary schools by revamping library spaces, providing new books, ebooks and audiobooks, and supporting teachers with training, resources and parental engagement strategies.

You will manage all aspects of project delivery in Suffolk and one other area, including recruitment of schools, delivering training and evaluation. You will work closely with a range of partners, including schools, publishers, authors and funders, as well as working closely with our in-house communications and membership teams and our local staff and in each area.

This role will involve regular travel to support programme delivery and partnerships, but can support home and flexible working.

What we’re looking for

You will be an experienced project manager with good stakeholder management skills. You will also need experience of working with children and schools, ideally in the education or library sector. You will need sound knowledge of the principles and importance of reading for pleasure, and the ability to manage multiple deadlines and constructively problem solve.

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.