Project Officer, School Programmes

Key information about the role

Closing date: 10am, Wednesday 19 January 2022

Salary: £24,000 per year

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week

Contract: Fixed-term contract for one year

Location: Based in London SW8 with scope for home and flexible working

Interviews: Wednesday 26 January 2022

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 in our schools programmes team.

What you’ll be doing

Our school programmes provide a range of activities, resources and approaches to engage children and young people with literacy.

You will primarily support the delivery of our Young Readers Programme, which brings the joy of reading to children living in disadvantaged areas. At fun reading events children become the owners of new books that they choose for themselves, increasing motivation to read. The programme works with a wide range of partners and takes place in schools and community settings across the UK.

Working as part of a small team, you will provide general administrative and programme delivery support covering everything from recruiting schools, delivering events, communications activity and finance processes. You will also provide support for other projects within the school programmes team, including Reading Champions, a national reading campaign that supports and celebrates reading culture in schools, through an annual national quiz and regular Reading Champions Challenges.

You will be based in our office in London, but will be able to work regularly from home, as well as travelling to support programme delivery and events around the country when necessary.

What we’re looking for

You will be an organised and capable administrator, with experience of using contact databases, coordinating event logistics and working with external stakeholders. You will also need to have excellent written and spoken communication skills, and the ability to use initiative and solve problems independently. Experience of working in the education or voluntary sector would be an advantage, as would knowledge of children’s books or literacy.

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.