Project Officer, Literacy Champions (Swindon)

Key information about the role

Closing date: 10am, Monday 6 December 2021

Salary: £24,000 per year

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week

Contract: Fixed term to 31 March 2023

Location: Based in Swindon as a home working role

Interviews: w/c Monday 13 December 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 Officer to support our work in Swindon.

What you’ll be doing

Our Literacy Champions project identifies, trains and supports volunteers to take action to improve literacy in their local area. We are recruiting a Project Officer to support the delivery of Literacy Champions in Swindon.

You will be responsible for working within target communities to identify potential volunteers and volunteering opportunities. You will develop new strategies for recruiting, training and supporting these volunteers, as well as mobilising key community partnerships.

The project is part of our National Literacy Trust Hub in Swindon, which is a 10-year, Swindon-based response to the challenges of intergenerational low literacy. Our Swindon Hub 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.

You will be part of our local areas team, as a home working role based in Swindon, with regular travel around the area and regular contact with the central team. You will also work closely with the local Hub Manager, and provide general support for our work raising literacy outcomes across Swindon.

What we’re looking for

You will need experience of recruiting and supporting volunteers, as well as providing project support in a charity or educational context. Experience of community mobilisation, planning and delivering events, and using social media in a professional context would be an advantage.

This is a unique opportunity to play a lead role in an ambitious and creative programme, working with a wide range of partners and impacting on the lives of families across Swindon.

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.