Work With Us

Here at Doorstep Library, we believe in the power of words to take you places. We are a not-for-profit community organisation dedicated to bringing the gift of books and the joy of reading into the homes of families across London who need our support, reading with them and their children to inspire a love of books, of stories and storytelling, and to instil a lifelong passion for reading.

Please note: Our offices are based in Victoria, London.  Currently, all staff are ‘working from home’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with government guidance.  Most roles will be a mixture of home and office working going forward. 

Head of Fundraising and Partnerships

Salary – £40,000 per annum – permanent

Hours – 35 per week

Benefits – 6% pension contribution, 25 days per annum annual leave, flexible working arrangements (including working from home part of the week).

We are looking for a Head of Fundraising and Partnerships to report to the Chief Executive Officer. The successful candidate will sit on the Senior Management Team, working closely with the CEO, Head of Operations, Head of Programmes and Head of Marketing & Communications.

You will have substantial, proven experience of working in fundraising and of developing and sustaining partnerships, ideally in the third sector, and of how to build financial sustainability into a fast growing organisation. You will be a highly organised people-person and will be responsible for line managing the Fundraising Manager.

You will bring excellent communication skills and the ability to inspire others about our work.  With outstanding interpersonal skills, you will have the ability to forge new relationships and you will thrive on enhancing our current partnerships, and identifying and creating new ones.

Finally, you will be truly passionate about the work that we do to support children and families in disadvantaged areas of London. As part of our expansion we are currently setting up new on-the-ground projects and launching our brand new online reading service (Virtual Reading Corner).

For more details about the role and to apply please visit Charity Job via the link below:

Head of Operations

Salary – £40,000 per annum – permanent

Hours – 35 per week

Benefits – 6% pension contribution, 25 days per annum annual leave, flexible working arrangements (including working from home part of the week).

We are looking for a Head of Operations to report to the Chief Executive Officer. This full-time role will have ultimate responsibility for ensuring adequate resourcing and managing programme budgets.  The successful candidate will sit on the Senior Management Team, working closely with the CEO, Head of Marketing & Communications, Head of Programmes and Head of Fundraising & Partnerships.

You will have substantial, proven experience of working in an operational role, ideally in the third sector and in managing financial systems. You will be a highly organised people-person and will be responsible for line managing the Finance Officer.

Finally, you will be truly passionate about the work that we do to support children and families in disadvantaged areas of London.   As part of our expansion, we are currently setting up new on-the-ground projects and launching our brand new online reading service (Virtual Reading Corner).  To support this expansion we are growing our team and this position will be key to ensuring we have the infrastructure in place to enable us to attract, develop and retain staff. The right person will be able to hit the ground running to help us deal with the challenges of the coming year, creating a return to the office strategy and supporting a new mixed model of delivery.

For more details about the role and to apply please visit Charity Job via the link below:

Online Team Leaders

Salary – £23,500 per year (pro-rata)

Hours – 15 hours per week during school term time

Benefits – 6% pension contribution (based on employee 2% contribution) 25 days pro-rata annual leave to be taken during school holidays only

We are currently looking for two part-time online Team Leaders to coordinate three online projects each. You will be truly passionate about the work that we do to support children and families in disadvantaged areas of London.You will be involved in the development and delivery of our new Online Reading Sessions three days per week. These sessions are run by our volunteers via Zoom and our internal database. You will be responsible for coordinating approximately 60 volunteers and 85 families, being ‘on call’ for any issues that may arise, and stepping in to reading sessions where needed. You will liaise with volunteers within and outside of the sessions to support any questions or advice they may need, as well as responding to needs of the families whether that’s book requests, tech help, or researching information on other support organisations.

Technology will not faze you, whether that is competency using our internal database, Zoom or other methods of communication, and you will have the ability to support others to do the same. You will be a team player willing to support the Projects Team and other colleagues when additional tasks arise relating to our services for families and wider organisational aims.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a brand new and unique online offer for families, adding your voice to its development.

For more details about the role and to apply please visit Charity Job via the link below:

Team Leader – Lambeth

Salary – £23,500 per year (pro-rata)

Hours – 10 hours per week during school term time

Benefits – 6% pension contribution (based on employee 2% contribution) 25 days pro-rata annual leave to be taken during school holidays only

We are currently looking for a part-time Team Leader to coordinate two projects per week in the London borough of Lambeth. This role is based mostly ‘on the ground’, with associated admin to be done from home. COVID-19 restrictions permitting, from September we will be back to reading with families on their doorsteps. These sessions will fully comply with robust hygiene, distancing and other measures, to be as safe as possible.

You will be responsible for coordinating up to 10 volunteers visiting families per project who you will meet at a ‘base’ (usually a local children’s centre or similar) on or near the estate we are working in, where we keep a stock of books and all equipment needed.  It is an active role – lifting boxes, carrying rucksacks and pulling trolleys of books, walking around the estate and up and down stairs.

You will be truly passionate about the work that we do to support children and families and you will have outstanding interpersonal skills to build relationships with both our dedicated volunteers and the whole family. You will inspire a love of reading in the children we visit, and be a friendly face for their parents/carers, providing support and information where needed. Seeing so many excited faces when you turn up at the door makes this a very rewarding role!

Technology will not faze you, whether that is competency using our internal database, Zoom or other methods of communication, and you will have the ability to support others to do the same. You will be a team player willing to support the Projects Team and other colleagues when additional tasks arise relating to our services for families and wider organisational aims.

For more details about the role and to apply please visit Charity Job via the link below:

Volunteer Coordinator

Salary – £23,000 per year

Hours – 35 hours per week

Benefits – 6% pension contribution, 25 days per annum annual leave, flexible working arrangements (including working from home part of the week).

As part of our expansion work we are currently setting up new on-the-ground projects and launching our brand new online reading service (Online Reading Corner). We are also in the process of launching a new website which features a Family Resources area and a new members areas for Volunteers.  To enable us to meet the needs of more families we need to recruit new volunteers for both our online and our home reading volunteer services.

We are looking to appoint a Volunteer Coordinator to support the Projects team with the scheduling and logistics of all volunteers. This full-time role will ensure volunteers are successfully paired up each week for both the online reading service and on-the-ground visits. You will have experience of working with volunteers, ideally in the third sector. You will be a highly organised people-person with proven administrative and communication skills.  Finally, you will be truly passionate about the work that we do to support children and families in disadvantaged areas of London and helping us to build a team of committed and passionate volunteers.

It is also a requirement of this role that you become a weekly Doorstep Library Home and/or Online Reading Volunteer so that you can support the needs of our volunteers with an in-depth understanding of our volunteering process.

For more details about the role and to apply please visit Charity Job via the link below:

Champions for Children 2021

There is still time for donations to be doubled thanks to the Champions for Children campaign through the Big Give! With Gift Aid, your donation of £10 can become £22.50 for Doorstep Library. Gifts of any size help us to reach our goal to raise a further £10,000 before midday, Tuesday 22nd June.

 

DONATE NOW

Please give what you can to help us support families who have been heavily affected by the pandemic and lockdowns. In families with less capacity to support home learning, children have fallen behind in their literacy, felt the impact on their well-being, and are facing limited life chances due to lost schooling.

Reading is the fundamental building block to further learning, development and achievement. The money raised by the campaign will help us welcome 700 new children to our services and train 150 new volunteers. With your help, we can continue to fuel children’s natural love of stories, fire their imaginations, and encourage their appreciation of reading.