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Project Officer, Literacy Champions (North East)

Key details

Closing date: 10am, Monday 4 March 2024

Salary: £26,000 per year

Contract: Fixed term contract for 12 months

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week

Location: Based in the North East as a home working role

Interviews: Online, Monday 11 March 2024

What you’ll be doing

Our Literacy Champions project identifies, trains and support volunteers who work with us to design new and exciting ways to promote literacy in their community. We currently have over 400 Literacy Champions across the country.

We are recruiting a Project Officer to deliver this work across the North East – Newcastle, Gateshead, Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Cleveland – and in Middlesbrough. Working alongside a local project manager, and our national communities’ team, you will develop new strategies for recruiting volunteers and mobilising key community partnerships to increase our reach and build sustainability. You will also organise and deliver training events and maintain regular contact with volunteers, gather data, share learning and develop case studies to build an evidence base of impact.

You will be based in the North East, working from home with regular local travel, as well as occasional national travel when necessary.

What we’re looking for

You will be experienced in recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers, and providing project support in a charity or educational context. You will have excellent knowledge of literacy issues, working with schools and community-based organisations, coupled with experience of developing resources and training materials.

Due to the nature of delivery, you will need a full clean driving license and access to your own vehicle.

Why our work is so vital

Poor literacy and resulting inequality are 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.

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