Project Officer / Community Literacy

Closing date: 10am, Monday 26 October 2020

Please note, we will be holding interviews from w/c 19 October and may close this vacancy earlier if the role is filled so please submit your application as soon as possible.

Salary: £24,000 per year pro rata

Contract: Fixed-term contract for six months / 12 months

Hours: Full time / part time / flexible hours

Location: Based in Peterborough / home working

Interviews: online from w/c 19 October 2020

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 to support our work in Peterborough.

We are recruiting for a flexible outreach role to work with families and volunteers as part of our Peterborough Reads campaign. Peterborough Reads inspires families across the city to read together, and helps parents to support their children’s literacy skills. It brings together local partners to tackle literacy issues, working with business, health, education and cultural organisations to help raise literacy levels. This work is overseen and driven by a local Hub Manager.

This is a flexible role split between two projects – Literacy Champions (two days per week) and Doorstep to Digital (three days per week). You can apply to work on either one of these projects, or combine the two to make a single full time role for the first six months (and then two days per week for a further six months).

See below for full job descriptions for each role and application details.

What you’ll be doing

You will be based in our community programmes team, and work closely with the Peterborough Hub Manager and others delivering similar projects around the country.

Literacy Champions enables local people to become engaged volunteers who can take action to support literacy outcomes in the area. You will work within target communities to identify potential volunteers and volunteering opportunities, and then develop new strategies for recruiting, training and supporting them. You will mobilise key community partnerships, and create processes and resources that can support the delivery of Literacy Champions in other areas. You will also oversee a parent and carer steering group that will inform our work across the Hubs.

Doorstep to Digital is part of our Covid-19 relief work, to help give parents the confidence and tools they need to support their children’s literacy at home. As Community Literacy Coordinator you will create and distribute activity packs, and deliver sessions for families, either in person or online.

What we’re looking for

You will need experience of working with volunteers and families, developing resources and training materials, and providing project support in a charity or educational context. You will also need to be a clear and confident communicator, able to deliver engaging support sessions to families.

Why our work is so vital

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

The National Literacy Trust is dedicated to improving the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of those who need it most, giving them the best possible chance of success in school, work and life. We run Literacy Hubs and campaigns in communities where low levels of literacy and social mobility are seriously impacting people’s lives. We support schools and early years settings to deliver outstanding literacy provision, and we campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians, businesses and parents. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy and drive our interventions. Literacy is a vital element of action against poverty and our work changes children’s life stories.

What we offer you

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, 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 black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates, candidates with disabilities and candidates 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 indicate which role/s your are applying for in your application.

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.

Project Officer, Literacy Champions (2 days per week)

Community Literacy Coordinator, Doorstep to Digital (3 days per week)