Building Futures - programme lead

Programme Lead, Building Futures

Prison Reform Trust

Salary £48,996 - £52,000

London based, but with significant UK travel and potential for flexible working arrangements.

Can you be the person to liberate the voice, insight and talent of long-term prisoners? Join the Prison Reform Trust as our Project Lead on our Building Futures programme.

In 1968 there were only 168 people serving sentences of 10 years or more in custody – now there are over 18,500.

We want to understand what this means for the people serving these sentences, the families and friends left behind, and the system that is responsible for their care. Then we want to make a difference – to the way of life in prison for people serving very long sentences and to their ability to build a future in the community to which almost all will return.

The Building Futures will be an innovative prisoner-led project. It will give long term prisoners the opportunity and skills to influence the policies and practices that affect them, and to build the bridges between prison and community on which their futures depend.

As its Project Lead you will spearhead the shaping, development and delivery of this new 5 year programme. You will put prisoners, families and prison staff at the heart of the work, developing a leadership group of prison champions to drive the programme and co-produce sustainable solutions.

If you are here we guess you have the courage to see beyond the offences people have committed and to champion their human rights. The role requires both professional and personal resilience to lead uncomfortable debate. But that’s not all you need to bring.

This is a role that will rely on your exceptional communication skills and your ability to build trust and listen to people serving long term sentences.

Given the programme’s focus and methodology, lived experience of prison would represent a particularly valuable asset, but you might also be someone with experience of working within the criminal or broader social justice space. What matters to us is a strong empathetic understanding of the environment you will be working in and the people whose potential sits at the heart of this programme for change.

With strong project planning skills you will have the ability and proven track record to take something from design to delivery. You will understand how to create a platform for others. You will be a team player, good at learning from and drawing on the talents of the people around you, and operate with integrity, humility and resilience.

You will have a supportive work environment and we will help you to flourish in this role.

If you are excited by this way of working, and you want to help bring about significant change, we would like to hear from you.

The Prison Reform Trust is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity.

We are serious about ensuring we have a diverse workforce which reflects the arena in which we work. We welcome applications from all who can meet the person specification, and particularly from those with lived experience of imprisonment or with an ethnic minority background.

For more information please visit our website –https://www.peridotpartners.co.uk/jobs/prison-reform-trust/

For an informal conversation about the role please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Philippa Fabry - philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk 07772 902071
Michael Earnshaw – michael@peridotpartners.co.uk 07494 595178

Closing date for applications – 9 am Monday 16th September

building futures - administrator

The Prison Reform Trust is looking for an administrator to join a new five-year programme; Building Futures. This programme is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and concerns the way of life for very long-term prisoners. We need someone who is exceptionally organised, personable and enthusiastic - someone who has excellent administrative and IT skills to provide executive assistance to the programme lead and administrative support for the programme. We particularly welcome applications from people with personal experience of having served a prison sentence, and from those from an ethnic minority background.

Terms and conditions:
Five-year contract
Based in office in Clerkenwell, London, nature of role will require some travel
Full-time, 35 hours per week

Remuneration:
Salary £29,772 per annum
7% non-contributory pension
25 days leave, in addition to statutory and other leave

Application by CV and covering letter, which must address how you meet the criteria as outlined in the person specification and job description and be no more than 1,000 words. For guidance on how to apply please download the how to apply document. You will also need to download and complete the monitoring form. You can view the the terms and conditions by downloading the T&Cs document.

These should be marked as ‘Administrator-Application’ and emailed to: Sam O’Sullivan (sam@prisonreformtrust.org.uk) or posted to 15 Northburgh Street, London EC1V 0JR

Closing date: Monday 16th September 2019 at 9am
Interviews: Week commencing Monday 30th September 2019 (tbc)

Building futures - research officer

The Prison Reform Trust is looking for a research officer to join a new five-year programme; Building Futures. This programme is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and concerns the way of life for very long-term prisoners. We need someone who is an experienced researcher and can contribute to research design, conduct desk and other research, complete interviews and work with data. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a number of characteristics and abilities, including intellectual rigor and curiosity, and the gift of bringing an argument to life with trustworthy, thorough and innovative research. We particularly welcome applications from people with personal experience of having served a prison sentence, and from those from an ethnic minority background.

Terms and conditions:
Five-year contract
Based in office in Clerkenwell, London, nature of role will require some travel
Full-time, 35 hours per week

Remuneration:
Salary £38,193 per annum
7% non-contributory pension
25 days leave, in addition to statutory and other leave

Application by CV and covering letter, which must address how you meet the criteria as outlined in the person specification and job description and be no more than 1,000 words. For guidance on how to apply please download the how to apply document. You will also need to download and complete the monitoring form. You can view the terms and conditions by downloading the T&Cs document.

Applications should be marked as ‘Research Officer-Application’ and emailed to: Sam O’Sullivan (sam@prisonreformtrust.org.uk) or posted to 15 Northburgh Street, London EC1V 0JR

Closing date: Monday 16th September 2019 at 9am
Interviews: Week commencing Monday 30th September 2019 (tbc)