National Literacy Trust
Hub Manager, Get Blackpool Reading
£32,000 per year pro rata (0.6 FTE)
Part time, 21 hours per week
Based in Blackpool
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 to lead our work in Blackpool.
We are recruiting an experienced project manager to lead delivery and build relationships with a wide range of partners, ensuring activity is embedded within broader local priorities.
What you’ll be doing
You will lead the delivery of Get Blackpool Reading, our Hub in Blackpool. A Hub is a ten-year, place-based response to the challenges of intergenerational low literacy, working with a range of partners to shape and deliver activity as part of a local strategy. Each Hub has a different approach to tackle low literacy based on the assets and needs in the area.
You will be responsible for developing strategic planning around literacy and embedding it within broader local priorities in Blackpool. You will work closely with our Hubs team across the North West and in London, as well as reporting to a local Senior Steering Group including senior figures in Blackpool. The initial focus will be on working with young people through secondary schools as well as youth and community settings. Key activities will include improving and joining up existing literacy provision, co-ordinating local leads for each key outcome and engaging with a range of partners, including schools, business and priority communities.
What we’re looking for
You will be an excellent project manager with extensive experience including financial and risk management within the charity or public sector. You will also have experience of working in or with the education sector, in community or youth engagement, and with business partners.
You will need strong relationship management and team leadership skills, as well as knowledge of the Blackpool community and its challenges.
Why our work is so vital
One person in six has poor literacy skills that impact 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 this drives 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 pro rata (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.
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 the representation of these groups among our staff as we know greater diversity will lead to an even greater impact for our work.
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Closing date: 10am, Thursday 18th February 2021.
Please note, we do not accept CVs. No agencies or recruitment sites. Registered charity no. (England and Wales) and SC042944 (Scotland).
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Other organisations may call this role Literacy Hub Manager, Education Project Manager, Education Project Delivery Manager, Literacy Project Manager, or Literacy Programme Manager.