The National Literacy Trust
SW8, London
£28,000 - £30,000 per annum Plus Benefits
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Project Manager – Criminal Justice (2 Year FTC) 
London, SW8 (with travel across the country to prisons and YOIs) 

About Us 

The National Literacy Trust is a national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. One person in six in the UK has poor literacy skills that impact on every area of their life. A child without good reading, writing and communication skills can’t 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. 

Our flagship programme in the criminal justice sector, Books Unlocked, has been running since 2012 and is now delivered in approximately 70 prisons and Youth Offender Institutions (YOIs). This project delivers sessions, workshops, focus groups and events in prisons and YOIs to support literacy levels particularly for disadvantaged and vulnerable people. 

We’re looking for a Project Manager to support Books Unlocked and deliver literacy activities to young people and adults who are currently serving sentences. This is a full time role operating on a two year, fixed term contract. 

The Rewards 

- Salary of £28,000 - £30,000 per annum 
- Pension (8% employer contribution) 
- A generous annual leave allowance totalling 39 days (including Bank Holidays and office closure between Christmas and New Year) 
- Cycle to Work scheme 
- Season ticket travel loans 
- Access to other health and wellbeing benefits including discounted gym membership, dental plans and health assessments 
- Time off in lieu for any out-of-hours work and travel 

This role provides the opportunity to work on programmes that are a vital part of our strategy. Poor literacy is prevalent in custody, with 48% of people in prison have a reading age at or below the expected level of an 11-year-old. We currently deliver programmes to support employability, and reading and listening for pleasure, as well as arranging author visits to prisons around the country, and hope to grow into other areas. 

You will work closely with the Policy and Programme Manager, who is responsible for the design of programmes and the growth of our work in this area.

Your Role 

As the Project Manager, you will be tasked with delivering a range of programmes at prisons and YOIs. 

This will include logistics, safeguarding, content development, project enquiries, risk management, quality assurance, event management, and volunteer training and management. 

Your role will also involve: 

- Identifying and recruiting new project partners and support existing partners 
- Delivering clear and appealing training sessions, workshops and resources 
- Supporting prison staff to deliver activities 
- Contributing to the continuous improvement of the programme and the evaluation processes 
- Assisting with tracking and managing the programme budget 

About You 

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

- Experience of working with people in custody 
- Project management experience 

We welcome applications from people with lived experience of the criminal justice system.

Other organisations may call this role Programme Manager, Outreach Project Manager, Inmate Outreach Manager, Inmate Project Manager, Inmate Engagement Manager, or Prisons Project Manager. 

The closing date for this role is the 16th September 2019. 

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 make a real difference 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.

Posted on: 23 August 2019
Closed date: 16 September 2019
Job ref: ACGTQ1609/JH-HL
Tags: Social Care/Development, Project Management