Young Readers Programme Manager
From £35,000 (depending upon experience)
The National Literacy Trust has an exciting vision of a society where everyone
has the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills they need to fulfil their own
and the nation’s potential. To achieve this vision we campaign, we deliver on-the-
ground support, we support professionals and we lead literacy policy and
research. All the time our focus is on those who risk exclusion as a result of their
low levels of literacy skills. For us, literacy is an issue of social justice.
The Young Readers Programme is the flagship children’s reading project of the
National Literacy Trust. Currently operating in over 200 deprived communities
across the UK, it has given hundreds of thousands of children increased life
opportunities by engaging them with reading and supporting them to sustain their
positive experiences by allowing them to choose books of their own to keep.
Over 16 years, it has developed and changed in response to the needs of the
children we support and the volunteer partners who help deliver the programme.
Looking forward, we know that the projections around child poverty, changes to
the education system and new ways of reading mean that the project will
continue to grow and develop.
We are looking for a Programme Manager who is excited by the vision of the
National Literacy Trust, is committed to realising it through the promotion of
reading to children and their families, and can lead the development of the Young
Readers Programme to ensure it grows and flourishes in the future.
The Young Readers Programme is funded by a range of trusts and foundations
and corporate partners. The Programme Manager will have a crucial role in
growing this support and developing new tactics to engage and deepen our
partnerships with business, particularly through corporate volunteering
1. Responsible to: Deputy Director, National Literacy Trust
2. Responsible for: Project Managers x 3
3. Purpose: To lead and develop the Young Readers Programme.
4. Responsibilities include:
Develop a compelling vision for the future of the programme
Manage the programme’s strategic and operational development
Work with our Development Team to ensure the programme’s delivery
and development is funded and resourced and that relationships with
funders and supporters are effectively managed
Manage the Young Readers Programme Team
Work with our Finance Team to manage programme budgets and
resources effectively and efficiently
Manage relationships with funders and supporters
Work with all project and core teams to ensure that the programme
contributes to the charity’s mission and vision
Present the work of the Young Readers Programme and the wider work of
the National Literacy Trust to a variety of audiences
High-level project management
Managing and motivating a team
Managing change and development
Working in or alongside the corporate sector
Knowledge and understanding
A knowledge of current literacy policy and practice
An awareness of children and young people’s literature
Strategic project management
Ability to think strategically
Excellent communication skills
Communication and advocacy
A commitment to diversity and equality
A clear interest in literacy and social justice
Summary of terms and conditions of service
Location: The post is based at the National Literacy Trust, 68 South
Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL
Salary: From £35,000
Hours of work: Hours of work are 35 hours per week (excluding time taken off
for meals). Time off in lieu, with prior approval of the Director,
will be allowed for work undertaken outside of normal working
Pension: The National Literacy Trust will make an 8% contribution into a
Annual leave: The annual leave entitlement is 28 days. In addition to normal
public holidays, the office is closed between Christmas and the
Expenses: The role will require travel within the UK. Out-of-pocket
expenses will be paid when incurred in accordance with our
Probation: All posts are subject to a three-month probationary period.
Notice: This post is subject to a three-month notice period.
The postholder will adhere to the National Literacy Trust’s Child and Vulnerable
Adult Protection policy.