Project Officer, Parents as Partners

Closing date: 10am, Friday 16 November 2018

Salary: £25,000 per year

Contract: Fixed term for 18 months

Hours: 35 hours per week

Location: Bradford

Interviews: w/c 26th November

Are you an excellent project officer with experience of recruiting and supporting volunteers and working with parents?

We are recruiting a project officer for our Parents as Partners project in Bradford. The project aims to work with primary schools and parents to improve parental engagement with schools and with the home learning environment. You will be responsible for working with schools to identify and support best practice in parental engagement, as well as developing new strategies, for recruiting, training and supporting parental volunteers, and for mobilising key community partnerships.

The project is part of our National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford. A Hub is a ten-year, place-based response to the challenges of intergenerational low literacy. They bring together local partners to tackle literacy issues, working with local businesses, health, education and cultural organisations to help raise literacy levels.

You will need to be a clear and confident communicator, with experience of working with primary schools. You will need to have excellent knowledge of volunteer management, safeguarding and parental engagement, and awareness of the importance of the home learning environment. You will also need to be a strong team player, working closely with colleagues both in Bradford, where you will be based, and the central National Literacy Trust team in London.

One person in seven has poor literacy skills that impact on every area of their life. A child without good reading, writing and communication skills can’t succeed at school, and as an adult they could be locked out of the job market. Poverty doubles the likelihood of literacy failure by the age of five.

We are an independent charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy. We run projects in the poorest communities, campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents, and support schools. Our mission is to give young people the literacy skills they need to get a job and lead a successful life.

As well as a competitive salary, we offer benefits including a generous annual leave allowance of 28 days (plus bank holidays and office closure between Christmas and new year), and pensions contributions of 8% of annual salary.

This role is based in Bradford, working with communities in either in Keighley or Tong/Bowling.

Application details

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