Project Officer- Talk of the Town,The Communication Trust

Project Officer- Talk of the Town,The Communication Trust

April 2013

Dear Candidate,

Project Officer- Talk of the Town,The Communication Trust

FIXED TERM to 31st March 2015

35hours per week

£24,246pa - £26,340pa including London Weighting Allowance

Thank you for your interest in applying for the above new role, please find following:

  • Information about The Communication Trust
  • Job Description & Person Specification
  • The Application Form

To apply, please return the completed application form to the HR team by email or post by 10am, Tuesday 14th May 2013.

Please ensure that you have addressed all of the skills listed in the person specification.

Interviews will be held in London on Monday 20th May and will involve a short written test. In the interests of economy we will only notify those candidates who are short-listed.

Please contact Eve Wagg 020 7843 2517for an informal discussion about this post.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully

Richard Thayre

Human Resources

The Communication Trust

The Communication Trust is a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary and community organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication. We harness our collective expertise to support the children's workforce and commissioners to meet the speech, language and communication needs of all children and young people, particularly those who require extra support.

We do this by raising awareness, providing information and workforce development opportunities, influencing policy, promoting best practice among the children's workforce and commissioning work from our members. The Trust is advised by specialist advisors and works with a broader network of partners.
It was founded by Afasic, BT, Council for Disabled Children and I CAN, who now form the Programme board. I CAN are also the legal hosts for The Trust and support recruitment of new staff.

The Trust’s work is supported by the Department for Education and other funders. More information can be found at

The Communication Trust

Job Description

Job title:Project Officer

Reporting to:Programme Manager - Talk of the Town

Duration: Until 31st March 2015

Based:31 Angel Gate, London, EC1


The Communication Trust has recently been successful in receiving a grant from the Education Endowment Foundation to test a school-wide approach to improving the speech, language and communication skills of primary aged children. The programme, Talk of the Town, offers a whole school approach to supporting speech, language and communication as part of a random control trial across 62 primary schools. It aims to facilitate early identification, encourage joined up working and improve outcomes for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). It addresses the high level of poor language that exists, especially in areas of social deprivation.

KPI 1 – Project co-ordination for Talk of the Town

  • To supported the delivery of the Talk of the Town (TOTT) project, meeting all key milestones and KPIs
  • To maintain the project plan and budget in partnership with local delivery partners and Programme Manager
  • To establish communication channels between partners and other stakeholders
  • To establish a system to manage partners ensuring shared learning
  • To complete regular reporting to the Programme Manager to agreed timetable, ensuring the project is achieving agreed outputs and outcomes, reporting any exceptions promptly
  • To co-ordinate all external stakeholders and partners involved in the delivery of the project including named partners, beneficiaries and other partners
  • To organize and co-ordinate stakeholder meetings and progress reviews as appropriate
  • To circulate minutes to all meetings
  • To effectively co-ordinate the recruitment and participation of 62 primary schools
  • To co-ordinate all distribution of materials to schools
  • To provide any additional information that the Trusts Senior Management Team need to manage all reporting back to theProgramme Board and to funders
  • To manage and disseminate all data and information for the project, within clear confidentiality and sensitivity guidelines
  • To support the Programme Administrator as needed
  • To ensure Speech and Language Therapists are supported and training sessions are co-ordinated and evaluated appropriately
  • To be responsible for all travel and meeting requests

KPI 2: Communication, resources and marketing

  • To lead on the development of programme resources and support the development of TOTT materials, ensuring they are consistent with TCT brand guidelines and printed to time and budget
  • To develop and maintain a TOTT micro site
  • Provide administrative support for all meetings and additional support for the Programme Manager and Professional Director where needed
  • Ensure timely and effective communication with the rest of the Trust team, including regular feedback meetings with the Programme Manager
  • Work with the appropriate staff within The Communication Trust to produce accurate, timely and professional publicity and marketing information
  • As agreed with the communication team, assist with proactively promoting the project amongst local networks and generally support Programme related press and PR activity

KPI 3: Reporting

  • Provide reports to the TOTT Programme Manager on a regular basis against agreed targets and KPIs

Personal development

  • Take part in The Communication Trust’s bespoke professional development programme, as necessary and agreed
  • Participate and contribute to one’s own performance appraisal and supervision sessions
  • Keep abreast of relevant initiatives and developments within the fundraising/marketing profession and speech, language and communication sector


  • To understand The Communication Trust objectives and the national year objectives and be committed to promoting these in all areas of work
  • Contribute to maintaining a culture of quality in all areas of work
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of effective joint working practices between various staff groups
  • To contribute to the development of the Trust through input into strategy, operational plans, documentation and team meetings

Person Specification

Qualifications /
  • Good standard of education including English and Maths GCSE at level A-C or equivalent
  • PRINCE2 practitioner

Experience /
  • Experience of developing and coordinating large scale projects
  • Experience of presenting persuasive written and verbal communications with evidence of successful outcomes
  • Experience of stakeholder management
  • Experience of reports for funders and external stakeholders
  • Budget management
  • Proven track record of project management support
  • Experience of financial management and budgeting
  • Experience of developing resources and websites
  • Proven track record of generating and/or managing partnerships

Skills and Knowledge /
  • Excellent written communication skills to analyse, interpret and present complex information in a clear and persuasive way for a wide range of audiences
  • Good presenting, negotiating and influencing skills
  • Ability to respond to constructive feedback and work with conflicting views to reach consensus / an agreed course of action
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a small team
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Strong I.T skills
  • Knowledge of voluntary sector income streams
  • Highly developed ability to establish, develop and maintain relationships with a wide variety organisations
  • Disability awareness

Other Factors /
  • Committed to the overall aims of The Communication Trust
  • Flexible approach to tasks and problem solving
  • Positive attitude
  • Willingness to travel and work flexible hours as demanded by the post
  • Experience of supporting a membership

Summary of Terms and Conditions

Job Title: / Project Officer
Term: / Fixed term to 31st March 2015
Start Date: / ASAP
Location: / 31 Angel Gate, Goswell Road, London, EC1
Salary: / £24,246pa - £26,340pa inclusive of LW Allowance
Hours: / 35 hours per week with one unpaid hour for lunch each day, occasional out of hours working, overnight stays and some travel for which notice will be given.
Annual Leave / 25 days per annum plus bank holidays and Christmas closure
Probation: / There is a standard probationary period of 6 months.
Pension: / After 3 months, staff employed on a continuing contract, or temporary contract of minimum 6 months, are entitled to join the I CAN group pension scheme with Aviva. Employer contribution 4.5%, minimum employee contribution 3%.
Childcare Voucher Scheme: / TCT operates a childcare voucher scheme which allows staff to save on childcare costs.
Season Ticket Loan / Following the probation period, TCT offers an interest free loan to purchase an annual season ticket from the relevant rail company or London Underground Ltd.
CycleLoan / We offer an interest free loan to purchase a bike for travel to & from work, after passing the probationary period.
Employee Assistance Scheme / TCT operates an EAP which enables staff and their immediate families to access free, confidential independent support, 24 hrs/365 days a year on a wide range of work/personal issues e.g. stress, bereavement, financial issues etc.
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