Director of Marketing and Communications

National Literacy Trust
London (Central), London (Greater)
£60,000 per year
16 May 2021
10 Jun 2021
Marketing Disciplines
PR and Communications
Industry Sector
Charity / Not for Profit
Contract Type
Work Experience Level
Agency-side or Client-side
Client Side

Director of Marketing and Communications


£60,000 per year

Full-time, 35 hours per week

Permanent contract

Based in London SW8 (with scope for home and flexible working)

We are on a mission to give children and young people from disadvantaged communities the literacy skills they need to succeed in life. You could join us as Director of Marketing and Communications.

During lockdown our digital resources supported the reading of millions of children and we handed out books and literacy packs to over 500k disadvantaged children.

We need a new Director of Marketing and Communications to join our senior management team to help lead our post-pandemic literacy recovery campaign and maximise the potential of the digital developments which have transformed our work in the past year.

What you’ll be doing

You will work closely with our Chief Executive and trustees to lead our marketing and

communications strategy. You will:

- Promote our campaigns and our work, ensuring we are in the public eye and recognised as the authoritative voice on UK literacy, by leading our media, PR, campaigning and policy work

- Lead our digital transformation strategy to maximise our effectiveness by using digital channels to directly support families and learners and support teachers

- Strengthen the internal communications and cohesive culture of a fast growing and distributed charity, with teams on the ground in the communities with the lowest levels of literacy

What we’re looking for

You will be a strong strategic leader who is deeply committed to giving children and young people from disadvantaged communities the literacy skills to succeed in life, with a passion for equality and diversity. You will be a digitally confident and creative individual with a collaborative leadership style, and thrive in a fast moving and dynamic workplace.

Why our work is so vital

Poor literacy and resulting inequality is not inevitable. The National Literacy Trust improves the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of those who need it most, giving them the best possible chance of success.

We make society fairer. Poor literacy creates social and economic inequality. The one in six adults in the UK with poor literacy earn less, are less likely to vote and more likely to experience health inequalities.

We enable social mobility. A child without literacy skills can’t succeed at school, and as an adult they will be locked out of the job market. The pattern is intergenerational and starts at birth.

Our work is in targeted on communities with the highest levels of disadvantage and the lowest levels of literacy. We support thousands of schools and early years settings, bringing in wonderful partners like the Premier League and the nation’s best publishers who bring literacy alive. We campaign to make literacy a priority for our nation’s leaders. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy and drive our interventions.

What we offer you

As well as a competitive salary, we offer benefits including a generous 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, 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.

Application details

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 those from Black and Asian backgrounds, as well as candidates with disabilities and from the communities in which we work. We would like to increase representation of these groups among our staff as we know greater diversity will lead to an even greater impact for our work.

Closing date: 10am, Wednesday 10th June 2021.

Please note we do not accept CVs. No agencies or recruitment sites.

Registered charity no. 1116260 (England and Wales) and SC042944 (Scotland).

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