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Senior Programme Manager

  • Location:

    West Midlands, England

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  • Salary:

    £42000 - £45000 per annum + benefits

  • Contact:

    Amelia Lee

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  • Published:

    10 months ago

  • Duration:

    8 months

  • Expiry Date:

    18 Sep 00:00

Are you an exceptional programme manager with experience of strategic leadership of national partnerships and campaigns?

We are looking for a talented Senior Programme Manager working for a national literacy charity to lead the delivery of activity that will improve the home learning environment of children in disadvantaged areas. This is an initial 8 month Fixed Term contract.

Simple actions in the home can strengthen a child's early language and literacy skills. Working with the Department for Education using a behaviour change approach, the charity is working towards improving the home learning environment. The Department for Education has now launched the Hungry Little Minds campaign, which encourages parents and carers to adopt positive activities and behaviours to boost children's communication, language and literacy development.

The charity will use its experience of place-based working and knowledge of collective impact approaches to establish six Hungry Little Minds Communities. This work will give an immediate boost to the campaign and build the evidence for future investment in this type of approach.

This role is responsible for leading programme delivery across six communities in England (North Yorkshire, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Wirral, Croydon, Cornwall). You will need excellent team leadership skills and experience of working with Government or local authorities. Experience of place-based working and supporting the home learning environment would be an advantage.

One person in six has poor literacy skills that impact on every area of their life. A child without good reading, writing and communication 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.

£42-45k salary
8 month fixed term contract
Flexible location / home working

As well as a competitive salary, the charity has some great benefits including a generous annual 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 and other health and wellbeing benefits.

This role will require a significant amount of travel to visit the six locations on a regular basis, as well as our office in London, but is otherwise suitable for home working from any of the project locations, or within reasonable travelling distance.

Please apply with a copy of your CV for lots more information. Our Regional Director, Amelia Lee, is leading on this:

We are assessing applications on a rolling basis so please apply ASAP to avoid disappointment.

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