Project Officer - Connecting Stories

  • Job Reference: ACASD1811/PK
  • Date Posted: 4 November 2020
  • Recruiter: The National Literacy Trust
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £25,000
  • Sector: Education - Development Officer
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Duration: Fixed-term contract until 31 August 2021

Job Description

Project Officer - Connecting Stories
£25,000 per year
Full time, 35 hours per week
Fixed-term contract until 31st August 2021
Flexible location / home working

We are on a mission to give children and young people from disadvantaged communities the literacy skills to succeed in life.

We are recruiting for Project Officers to support the delivery of our Connecting Stories project, in partnership with publishers, authors and the literature sector. These roles are fixed-term contracts until the 31st August 2021.

What you’ll be doing

You will be responsible for delivering on-the-ground activity in targeted areas around the UK. You will be part of a small project team and work closely with our members of staff already delivering activities in those areas. Activities will include events with schools (online and in person), a creative writing competition, an exhibition and anthology of children’s work and “walk and talk” trails.

You will also work with a wide range of stakeholders, including schools, partner organisations and volunteers. You will be responsible for all aspects of project delivery including recruitment of venues and participants, developing and distributing materials, training volunteers, delivering events and capturing all the relevant data.

There will be regular travel around the country once this is possible.

What we’re looking for

You will have experience of supporting project delivery, working with schools and recruiting and training volunteers. You will also have experience of working on artistic/cultural events or festivals, and the ability to assess technical requirements and work with a technical team to produce and deliver projects.

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 18th 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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