Senior Manager, Corporate Engagement

Key information about the role

Closing date: 10am, Monday 18 July 2022

Interviews: first round Friday 22 July / second round Thursday 4 August 2022

Salary: £46,000 to £50,000 per year depending on experience

Hours: Flexible, full or part-time, 21 to 35 hours per week

Contract: Permanent

Location: Based in London SW8 / home and flexible working

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 Senior Manager, Corporate Engagement.

What you’ll be doing

The growth of the National Literacy Trust in the past decade has been driven by corporate partnerships. They have directly funded and resourced our work, provided support in kind as well as access to creative assets and volunteers, and been advocates for our work. We currently work with almost 100 corporate partners.

This new role is an excellent opportunity to build on this success and work with partners to deepen their engagement. You will work alongside colleagues who are responsible for generating income from our corporate partners to develop and manage a strategic framework for how we engage partners in non-financial ways, enabling stronger corporate leadership and advocacy for our cause. This will include building a coalition of business leaders who work together to support literacy. You will also lead the development of the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge, working with our funder and strategic partner KPMG, and design and deliver annual awards to recognise other companies that are leading the way.

You will work closely with board members and senior leaders for current or potential corporate partners, and represent the organisation at a senior level in the business, education and policy sector.

You will be based in London and need meet regularly with partners and stakeholders in person, but will be able to work flexibly from home around this.

What we’re looking for

You will need excellent networking and negotiation skills, including at board level, and significant senior experience of developing complex and multi-faceted corporate/CSR partnerships. Access to networks and contacts in relevant sectors will also be vital, as well as strategy development and risk management skills. Existing understanding of trends and priorities in the education sector, and how to make these relevant to business partners, would be an advantage.

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.