Project Officer

Closing date: 10am, Monday 19 April 2021

Salary: £25,000 per year

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Part-time or full-time, 28 to 35 hours per week

Location: Based in Birmingham

Interviews: Online, w/c 26 April 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 Birmingham.

We are recruiting a Project Officer for Birmingham Stories, our campaign to raise literacy levels and change the life stories of young people and adults across the city.

What you’ll be doing

Birmingham Stories brings together the expertise of the National Literacy Trust and the University of Birmingham to raise literacy levels.

You will work closely with our Hub Manager in Birmingham, as well as our wider community programmes team across the country, to support the delivery of a range of programmes and activities with schools, early years settings, libraries and a range of other community partners.

You will work with the University to coordinate student engagement, recruit and train volunteers, act as the main point of contact for schools, early years settings and other partners, and provide other support for the coordination and administration of all Birmingham activity.

What we’re looking for

You will have experience of delivering programmes and recruiting and training volunteers. Experience of working with universities would be an advantage. You will also need excellent administration and organisational skills, good knowledge of secondary school provision and work with adults, and knowledge of the Birmingham community.

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 (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 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.