Fancy Joining The Longford Trust Team?

Author: | 16 Dec 2022

We are looking for a part-time Development Manager to join our small office team to help us promote the work of the trust, especially to those people with prison experience who could benefit from our scholarship programme that provides support into university, throughout a degree, and onwards into a graduate-level job via our employability project. 

Interested?  Read on….


The role: to communicate, promote and market the Longford Trust and its work to a variety of target audiences.

The time commitment: Part-time, 1.5 days per week, 12 months a year, with flexibility as to how that 1.5 days are made up, both per week, and over the course of the year to accommodate busy and quiet times, and post-holder’s other work, family and holiday commitments.

Fee: Pro-rata of £41,700, paid monthly on a consultancy basis on receipt of an invoice made out to the director.  All post-holders in the team are responsible for their own tax, VAT and National Insurance payments. An appraisal system is operated and annual fee reviews undertaken.

Working hours: the 1.5 days a week specified is not necessarily to be completed on specific days of the week. The hours can be done flexibly at the post-holder’s discretion, in agreement with the director, according to the work flow at different times of the year.

Expenses: a mobile phone, paid for by the trust, is provided for work calls; exceptional expenses (travel, printed materials etc) will be met by the trust.

Reporting to: the director

Working alongside: office manager, mentoring manager, employability manager, fundraising manager, trustees and volunteer mentors

Needed: prison experience is preferred but not essential; a commitment to reforming the prison and criminal justice system; ability to communicate, present, market and network effectively and persuasively in writing and in person; up to date IT and social media skills.

Personal specification: suitable for someone wanting flexible working to fit around family and other part-time work commitments; self-motivated; passionate about prison reform and social justice; practical; able to master a brief, talk to anyone, and be persuasive; work well in a strong team when there is no central office to bring members together every day; able to work independently; show initiative; good with detail, planning, processes and evaluating results.


 All the year round

  • maintain and grow the trust’s social media presence (currently limited to Twitter and Instagram)
  • commission, edit and publish on the trust’s website on its Blog page occasional longer articles by our current and past scholars that illuminate the challenges and opportunities of gaining a degree and a degree-level career when you have been in prison, and also encourage potential funders, partners and scholarship award-holders to work with the trust;
  • work with office manage on the writing, design, production and distribution of our monthly Bulletin to past and present scholars and mentors and our quarterly Newsletter to our mailing list;
  • update the Longford Trust website when appropriate.

At specific times of the year

  • to promote applications for scholarships (and Frank Awards) by liaising with that small number of prison education departments where they should be most in demand (eg Category C training prisons and Category D open prisons) and on occasion (coinciding with the university applications dates) visiting some target prison education departments (accompanied by former award holders) to communicate and market the opportunities a Longford Scholarship can provide;
  • to organise a small group of volunteer mentors to follow up on such marketing visits in a small number of target prisons to visit them on 2/3/4 occasions to support prison-learners with UCAS and Student Loan applications;
  • assist the Employability Manager in marketing, communicating and promoting our Employability Project to employers who could offer placements to our scholars;
  • working with the director and office manager to promote and market the annual Longford Lecture;
  • working with director to build links between the trust and other charities in related fields, and with the probation service.

Workplace: from home, using Google shared documents, with regular phone and Zoom meetings with colleagues and regular face-to-face team meetings.

Notice period for consultancy contract: one month

Application Process: applications in writing by CV and covering letter, explaining why you want to do the job and why you will do it well.  Send to Peter Stanford, the Longford Trust’s director –  Any queries before submitting an application should be made to the director at the same email and call backs can be arranged. Closing date January 20, 2023, after which a short-list will be compiled and interviews arranged in late January/early February..