Charity Next - NLT - Communities Policy Manager

The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK.

We work to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities, where up to 40 per cent of people have literacy problems.

Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy and drive our interventions. Because low literacy is intergenerational, we focus our work on families, young people and children.

The National Literacy Trust leads a wide range of activities including establishing literacy projects in the most deprived communities, campaigning to make literacy a priority for parents and politicians and supporting schools across the UK through our portfolio of programmes.

One of our key initiatives to break the cycle of intergenerational low literacy is through the establishment of Literacy Hubs. A Literacy Hub works to make literacy a priority across the community, releasing the skills and energy of the entire community, helping to change negative attitudes to literacy and improve lives and life chances. Each hub is envisioned as a ten-year project to permanently change literacy levels in an area.

To date our policy focus has been national working with the main governmental departments, ministers and through our All Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy. With the changing political landscape we are keen to develop our understanding and create a new approach to literacy policy at a local and regional level. We are looking for someone on the Charity Next programme who can take the lead on this new area of work.

In addition to the over-arching role the candidate will also undertake three other areas of work:
An evidence gathering project linked to our community based work in our National Literacy Trust Hubs.

  • Policy Lead

    1) A scoping and research exercise to identify decision makers and key policy stakeholders with a local/national remit. This will include elected members, LGA, DCLG, Devolved authorities, LEPs, Opportunity Areas and others
    - Following from the research - work with the Communities and policy teams - to shape compelling asks, messaging and recommendations to engage those bodies with the National Literacy Trust

    2) Lead on arranging meetings between National Literacy Trust and identified organisations and individuals (including preparing briefings and follow up)

    3) To lead on identifying opportunities for National Literacy Trust to engage in relevant policy discussions through events, blogs and submissions of evidence

    Policy in practice

    4) To convene a high level round-table event for Trusts and Foundation themed on investment in place-based working. Bringing together important funders already working in this ways and engage other Trusts and Foundations. (Working closely with the Trust and Foundation team and the policy manager)

    Other potential areas of work depending on the candidate, their interests and capacity:

    Adding to the evidence base

    5) To collect a series of case-studies with businesses around the country which can be published as a report.

    6) Research and present recommendations for how National Literacy Trust can respond to the challenge of low adult-literacy.