Project Manager - Literacy Hubs

  • Job Reference: ACASC2511/PK
  • Date Posted: 4 November 2020
  • Recruiter: The National Literacy Trust
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £32,000
  • Sector: Membership Manager
  • Job Type: Contract

Job Description

Project Manager - Literacy Hubs
Flexible location / home working
£32,000 per year
Full-time, 35 hours per week
Fixed-term contract until 31st August 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 Manager for our Literacy Hubs.

We are recruiting an experienced Project Manager to lead delivery of local activity in Bradford, Hastings and the Black Country for a fixed-term contract until the end of August 2021. You will also support activity in other targeted areas.

What you’ll be doing

Our Literacy Hubs prioritise areas with poor literacy skills and high deprivation and work across a range of local partners to develop and deliver a long-term strategy. Our first Hub was launched in Middlesbrough seven years ago, and we now have 14 across the country.

You will be responsible for managing delivery in three Hubs – Bradford, Hastings and the Black Country – working with local Hub Managers and other partners. You will directly line manage one member of staff, matrix manage a second and have direct delivery responsibility in the third area.

You will ensure that all elements are delivered effectively, on time and to a high standard, that data is collected, quantitative and qualitative evaluation is carried out and accurate funder reports are submitted on time.

You will also support the delivery of Connecting Stories, a strategic project in partnership with publishers, authors and the literature sector, to engage children and young people in all 14 Hubs. There will be regular travel around the country once this is possible.

What we’re looking for

You will need to be an excellent project manager, with experience of community engagement, working with schools/children and young people, and with the voluntary sector.

You will also need experience of stakeholder management, including development of funding relationships, and working supportively as part of a dynamic and collaborative team in a changing environment.

You will also have a passion for transforming the life chances of children and young people from disadvantaged communities, and share our commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in the design and delivery of all our work.

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 Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates, candidates with disabilities and candidates 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.

To apply please select the button shown and complete the application form.

Closing date: 10am, Wednesday 25th November 2020.

This post is available for an immediate start, due to short timeframes for delivery. Contract extension beyond September 2021 is subject to agreement of additional funding.

Please note we do not accept CVs. No agencies or recruitment sites. Registered charity no. 1116260 (England and Wales) and SC042944 (Scotland).

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