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Project Manager - Community Engagement
The National Literacy Trust

Job Description

Project Manager - Community Engagement (18 Month FTC) 
London, SW8 (office/home based with flexibility) 

About Us 

The National Literacy Trust is a national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. We run projects in the poorest communities, campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents, and support schools. Our mission is to give young people the literacy skills they need to get a job and lead a successful life. 

We’re currently working with the Department for Education to deliver a behaviour change programme which uses businesses and volunteers to engage with parents to improve home learning environments. With over 60 volunteers operating within seven focus areas around the country, we aim to enhance learning outside of school environments. 

We are seeking a Project Manager to lead activity, drive engagement and change and make a real difference to literacy in the home for an 18 month fixed term contract. 

The Benefits 

- Salary of £32,000 per annum 
- Travel expenses paid 
- Pension scheme 
- Make a real difference with an ambitious, forward-thinking charity 
- 28 days’ holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays and a Christmas closure 

If you are a dedicated programme manager from a charity or educational background, this is an amazing opportunity to make a huge difference to children’s literacy and families throughout the UK. 

You’ll be bringing ideas, materials and opportunities to families to help them support their children to become better readers, better writers and more rounded individuals. 

Literacy is the cornerstone of an enlightened society and so it is vital that we work to make sure everyone experiences a level playing field and a fair approach to reading and writing. 

This is your chance to do something incredible with your career whilst still following your professional path and gaining some excellent rewards and great benefits. If this sounds like your type of challenge, we want to hear from you. 

Your Role 

As the Project Manager, you will take responsibility for family engagement within our Home Learning Environment programme. 

Working across the seven focus areas around the country, you will manage two Project Officers in the delivery of public events which provide parents and families the information they need to strengthen support for literacy and language in their own homes.

Specifically, you will: 

- Seek to achieve a target of reaching 2,100 families across all areas (300 families for each target area) 
- Support, recruit and manage volunteers 
- Help create materials for families 
- Run family engagement events 

About You 

To be considered as a Project Manager, you will need: 

- Programme management experience gained within a charity or education context 
- Experience of recruiting and supporting volunteers 
- Experience of working with families of young children 
- A track record of maintaining project plans and budgets and reporting against them 

Experience of line managing remote staff and/or teams would be beneficial to your application. Experience of handling sensitive and/or confidential information would also be advantageous. 

Other organisations may call this role Project Manager, Programme Manager, Project Delivery Manager, Education Project Manager, Literacy Project Delivery Manager, Education Programme Manager or Literacy Programme Manager. 

The National Literacy Trust is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and aims to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, ethnicity or religion. 

So, if you are ready to support literacy on a national level as a Project Manager, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.