Senior Project Manager, School Programmes

Key information about the role

Closing date: 10am, Monday 25 October 2021

Salary: £35,000 per year

Contract: Fixed term contract for one year

Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week

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

Interviews: 3rd, 4th or 5th November 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 Senior Project Manager for our new school library programme.

What you’ll be doing

With the support of some incredible new partners, we are expanding our primary school libraries programme to work in a number of new locations. The programme transforms reading in primary schools by revamping library spaces, providing new books, ebooks and audiobooks, and supporting teachers with training, resources and parental engagement strategies.

You will ensure all aspects of the programme are delivered effectively across up to 14 areas, working as part of a small team. This will include data collection, quantitative and qualitative evaluation, and reporting to funders. You will work closely with a range of partners, including schools, publishers, authors and funders, as well as with our in-house communications and membership teams and our local staff and in each area.

You will be based in London, but there is potential for home and flexible working, alongside regular national travel to support programme delivery and partnerships.

What we’re looking for

You will be an excellent project manager with exemplary stakeholder management skills. You will need experience of recruiting and supporting volunteers, event management and delivering training, and of working in the education or library sectors.

You will also need excellent knowledge of safeguarding practice and parental engagement work in a school or education context.

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.