About The Role

Are you ready for your next challenge?  Can you work in a busy environment, simultaneously supporting a range of diverse projects in a programme committed to bringing real and lasting change for children, families and communities in Southend?

We are seeking to recruit a Project Support Officer for our A Better Start Southend Programme and you might be the person we need!  In 2014, the Early Years Alliance, in partnership with Southend Borough Council, was awarded £40m by the National Lottery Community Fund to innovate and develop interventions to improve the life chances of over 13,000 babies and young children across Southend-on-Sea over a 10-year period.

This is a key role providing support as part of the delivery team to achieve major benefits and change.  If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to contribute to a major initiative that will transform the lives of our local children over the next six years and beyond, then please apply.

The  Early Years Alliance is the largest early years membership organisation and voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England. An educational charity, the Alliance represents the interests of over 14,000 member settings who deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.


  • 26 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, pro rata for part time employees
  • Additional annual leave for long service
  • Enhanced sickness pay
  • Employer and employee contribution pension scheme
  • Regular access to internal and external learning and development opportunities
  • The Alliance operates a Team Recognition Scheme to recognise the outstanding work of the staff across the Charity
  • Can save up to 25% on 02 Refresh Airtime Plan if getting a new phone or tablet on 02
  • Recruitment Referral Payment Scheme - an introduction payment of up to £100

Main duties:

  • Regularly liaise with key internal and external stakeholders to maintain information flow and to build effective working relationships.
  • Ensure project plans and documentation are completed to standard, adhering to version control protocol, and advise on appropriate action.
  • Use spreadsheets and project management software to set up detailed work structures.
  • Collate planned and updated project and summary reports for distribution to the project management structure (project team, Board and ABSS Programme Management Office).
  • Regular organisation of ABSS Programme and project team meetings and working groups, drafting of agendas and taking notes / actions for such meetings.

Essential criteria:

  • Experience in a similar project support role
  • Excellent interpersonal and team-working skills
  • Ability to manage pressure and conflicting demands and prioritise tasks and workload
  • Very good written communication skills
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office in particular Excel and Word
Hours per week: 37.5
Weeks per year: 52
Interview date: Wednesday 2nd September 2020
This vacancy is maternity cover. 
About The Service
The Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It is a requirement of all staff that they share this commitment and follow the prescribed policy and procedures to continuously promote a culture of safeguarding across the whole organisation. 
The charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and equal opportunities in employment.