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Project Manager, Words for Work

Key information

Closing date: 10am, Monday 10 June 2024

Salary: £31,500 per year

Contract: Maternity cover for one year

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week

Location: Based in London SW8 / home and flexible working

Interviews: Online, Wednesday 19 June 2024

We empower people with the literacy skills they need to succeed in life. Together we're helping people change their stories. You could join us as Project Manager for our secondary school projects.

What you’ll be doing

You will be responsible for working alongside a wide range of stakeholders to develop and deliver our Words for Work programme, which gives young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the literacy and communication skills they need to be successful in the workplace and beyond.

Words for Work is a core part of our school programmes offer and you will work as part of a team of four delivering this programme. You will focus on delivery in secondary schools across our KS3, KS4 and post-16 projects, but will also support other projects across the team’s portfolio of work, including our primary school focused Dream Big programme and our Women in Leadership programme.

You will be able to work regularly from home but your role will also require regular travel to schools and other partners around the country to support programme delivery and training. You will also need to be in London for staff away days three times per year, as well as other team planning or training days three or four times per year. If you are based in one of our programme areas – in the Midlands, Manchester or North East of England – you may be offered this role as a permanent home worker, which means all travel costs to London will be covered.

This is a maternity cover role for one year from August 2024, but with the potential to be extended beyond that as we grow programme delivery.

What we’re looking for

You will be an excellent project manager with experience of working with young people and schools, and with secondary aged pupils in particular. You will also need the ability to deliver workshops and training, in person and online, to a range of audiences, and knowledge of secondary education and the curriculum.

Experience of working in a secondary school or youth setting, or delivering projects in the voluntary sector, would be an advantage.

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.

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.

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