This is a fantastic opportunity for someone ambitious and motivated to play a key part in providing literacy support to 1,800 disadvantaged children. 

About the role 

Beanstalk recently secured £1million from The People’s Postcode Lottery Trust (through their Dream Fund) to work in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and LuCid (University of Liverpool), to deliver a two-year national trial of a new one-to-one service in Early Years settings for children aged 3-5 years old.

Our ‘Story Starters’ programme aims to transform the language and literacy development of early years’ children who are at risk of starting school behind their classmates.  

Click here to find out more about Story Starters. 

The Programme Officer undertakes a variety of administrative and programme co-ordination tasks to ensure the Story Starters project is delivered on time and on budget. 

The post holder is responsible for helping to plan, organise and report on programme activities as well as carrying out important operational duties.

As a key contributor to the overall success of the trial of the Story Starters programme, the post holder will also support any other appropriate aspects of the project where needed.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Experience of project or programme co-ordination
  • Experience of working in partnerships, and building working relationship with a range of stakeholders
  • Experience of achieving objectives and meeting operational targets and deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Tech savvy and proficient in Microsoft Office          
  • Ability to work well as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills; able to hit deadlines
  • Self reliant and persistent in approach, flexible and able to handle pressure
  • Strong administrative skills; able to ensure accurate record-keeping and information management


  • Experience working in  the education sector - preferably Early Years
  • NVQ level 4 or above qualification(s) in business administration or other relevant field
  • Knowledge of charity sector
  • Experience in organising events 
  • Experience of maintaining database systems
  • Experience of tracking project expenditure
  • Experience of project reporting

You will need to be proactive, positive and resilient, and able to build effective relationships with stakeholders and possess proven experience in meeting targets and deadlines.

Hours: 35 hours per week, 9am - 5pm 

Salary: £22- £25k per annum dependent on location 

Contract: Contract until March 2019 (potential to extend if funding secured) 

Proposed start date: January 2018 

Location: Nationwide coverage with some travel required, can be based from our London, Bolton or Liverpool office (salary dependent on location, £22k North West/ £25k London) 

For more information please see the Job Description and Person Specification.

To Apply

Applicants should submit;

  1. CV
  2. Supporting statement (maximum 1000 words):
  • outline your relevant experience;
  • state why you are interested in the role and;
  • how you meet the criteria in the person specification.
  1. Completed Beanstalk Monitoring Form

Email your application to [email protected]. Please quote reference, BWStoryPr1117 and your FULL NAME in the subject line of your email. 

Closing Date: 5pm, 06/12/2017 (candidates may be contacted prior to the closing date) 

Interview Date and Location:  Candidates should be available for interview on 11/12/17 via Skype or at the London Office.

For more information regarding your application please email [email protected] 

Beanstalk is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A DBS disclosure may be requested for the successful candidate.