Development and Communications Manager

  • Full-time
  • Department: Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust
  • Service type: Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust

Company Description

Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust is a charity which creates life-changing, education-focused children’s homes, to ensure that children in care have the same opportunities as everyone else. We believe that children growing up in residential care should go on to achieve great things, and lead fulfilling lives. We believe that social pedagogy, a focus on education, people, and place, is the best approach to supporting young people.

In February 2022, we opened our first children's home in Sutton, which can support up to six 12-18 year olds. It is an award-winning building, and sets a new standard for children's homes in the UK. You can read more about the home here, and see a virtual tour of the building here. We are in the process of acquiring a property for our second children's home, and as we continue to grow, we are excited to welcome new team members who are passionate about our mission.

You can read more about how we're having a positive impact in our Annual Report 2021-2022.

Job Description

The role of Development and Communications Manager is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic and driven team, with a fun and hard-working culture, that is committed to making a difference. You will be joining our team at an exciting stage in our development, and you will have the opportunity to play a pivotal role in our expansion.

In this role, you will face a range of exciting challenges on a daily basis, with key responsibilities such as:

  • Driving the growth of our organisation by overseeing our fundraising efforts, building strong relationships with grant funders, and drafting compelling applications.
  • Managing our internal and external communications, developing and delivering our stakeholder engagement strategy and communications plan.
  • Leading our impact reporting, to ensure that we stay on track towards our mission.
  • Supporting the Head of Professional Development with recruitment, training, and development activities for our children's homes.
  • Acting as an administrator for our governance committees, ensuring that Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust adheres to good governance practices.
  • Leading on additional projects as required, to support the organisation's strategy and development plans, such as projects related to the opening of new children's homes.

About You

  • Able to work collaboratively with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Organised, proactive, and flexible, with great time management skills, and a solutions-focused approach.
  • Flexible, with strong written and verbal communications skills, and the ability to handle various tasks and competing demands.
  • A skilled problem solver and self-starter, with the ability to think fast on your feet, and lead projects independently, producing high-quality documents and outcomes.
  • Experienced in managing projects from start to finish, including writing bids, maintaining funder relationships, people management, setting goals, and developing systems for achieving them.
  • An enthusiastic team player who is committed to our organisation’s growth, goals, and values.  
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment that is people-oriented, adapting as organisational needs change over time.

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  • Level 4/5 qualification, and strong ICT skills.

Additional Information

Salary: £40,258 - £45,000 per annum
Hours of work: Full-time, 37 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
Contract: Permanent
Flexibility: We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements

Application Process

To apply, please submit a CV and a cover letter (the cover letter can be typed into the 'Message to Hiring Manager' box), that outlines: 

  • Why you are interested in working for Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust.
  • How you meet the requirements in the person specification.

Telephone Screenings: Mid-August onwards
In-person interviews: Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th September

Safer Recruitment 

At Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust, we safeguard all children and young people in our care. As part of our recruitment process, we conduct rigorous checks and vetting of all applicants, in line with legal and regulatory requirements and best practices. 

Everyone who works in our homes will be responsible for safeguarding young people and putting their safety and wellbeing first.

This role is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (police records) check, including overseas police checks where necessary. Please note that this post is exempt from the limitations of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, and as such, all previous cautions and convictions will need to be disclosed as part of any application.

For further information about the process, please go to: 

See the benefits of working for Catch22 here.

Unless otherwise stated, interviews will be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, so early application is strongly advised.

At Catch22 we value equality, diversity and inclusion. We are wholeheartedly committed to the principle of equality of opportunity, both as an employer and as a provider of services. Diversity and Inclusion is part of what we do every day, working to deliver our vision to build a strong society where everyone has good people around them, a purpose, and a good place to live.

Catch22 is committed to rigorous safeguarding and safer recruitment practices; ensuring that every individual within the organisation has been safely and appropriately checked.

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