The Reader Organisation – Community Engagement Coordinator

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Contract: Fixed Term until April 2023.
Term: Part-time.
Salary: £20,000 – £24,000 (pro-rata) [dependent on experience].
Hours per week: 17.5.
Reporting to: Children and Young People Partnerships and People Manager.
Location: The Reader Organisation, The Mansion House, Calderstones Park, L18.

The Reader is a national charity that wants to bring about a Reading Revolution so that everyone can experience and enjoy great literature, which they believe is a tool for helping humans survive and live well. By reading with school groups, families, adults, looked after children, older people in care homes, adults with physical and/or mental health conditions, people coping with or recovering from addiction and individuals in the criminal justice system, their work is helping to improve wellbeing, reduce isolation and build stronger communities. 

This role requires an experienced, hardworking and well-networked individual who can raise awareness of the work of The Reader and their project with The Steve Morgan Foundation. The Community Engagement Coordinator role will be key to establishing local and regional connections and building partnerships that place shared reading firmly within local communities, helping them to reach young people and families, specifically: 

  • Children under 8 years old (and their parents and siblings) living in areas of high deprivation 
  • Children and families receiving additional support, be that for health or socio-economic reasons 
  • Children living with disabilities and their families 
  • New parents and parents-to-be.

This is an exciting opportunity for a hard-working individual to join their team and develop a diverse range of partnerships across the city and the North West. Your key responsibilities will be:

  • Assist in the creation of promotional materials to inspire and support partners and volunteers to establish and advertise their groups
  • Build and strengthen relationships with partners, and a variety of stakeholders across the region, introducing them to shared reading and volunteer opportunities
  • Build rapport and trust with vulnerable families and children
  • Discern when and how communications are appropriate with a variety of partners and stakeholders
  • Communicate a complex project in a clear, concise and compelling way
  • Work across a number of departments in The Reader to ensure project aims are met and evaluated
  • Compile monthly project data and help with the end of project report
  • Identify suitable partners and locations for their project workshops, shared reading groups and storytimes to be embedded within partner services and delivered across the region.

Qualifications and experience needed

  • Experience in the charitable sector and the ability to build partnerships with other organisations
  • Excellent IT skills, with the ability to keep accurate records and keeping track of different strands of information
  • Proven track record in outreach work, partnership development and engaging hard to reach groups, individuals and children
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to communicate a complex project to partners in a clear, concise and compelling way
  • Excellent IT skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Must be willing to learn new IT skills – in particular, Windows-based software
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of the work of The Reader and its social values. As well as have a good understanding of the purpose and social mission of The Reader to be able to increase and grow shared reading across the UK.

For the full job description and to apply, please go to the Reader Organisation’s website.

For more information, please contact laurakershaw@thereader.org.uk.

Closing date: 9 am on Wednesday 6 October 2021.

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