Project Manager, Young Writers

Closing date: 10am, Friday 30 July 2021

Salary: £28,000 per year

Contract: Fixed term for two years

Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week

Location: Based in Bradford, Nottingham or Blackpool / home working

Interviews: Tuesday 10 August 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 Young Writers programme.

What you’ll be doing

Young Writers works with primary and secondary schools to inspire pupils to write. You will manage the delivery of a number of Young Writers projects in Bradford, Nottingham and Blackpool, promoting poetry and writing to young people in areas of deprivation. The programme uses unique visits to cultural venues, and workshops with poets and spoken word artists to help pupils shape their poems and develop their writing.

You will be responsible for all aspects of project delivery, including recruitment of schools, content development, training, safeguarding, risk management, event management and quality assurance.

You will be based in our school programmes directorate and work in a small team that is responsible for delivering Young Writers.

What we’re looking for

You will need exemplary stakeholder management skills to work with our wide range of partners, as well as being an excellent project manager. You will also need knowledge of creative writing practice or literacy within schools or further education, and experience of working with young people.

Experience of working with cultural venues would be an advantage.

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, season ticket loans, 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