EMIF Media Literacy Project Director

The Project Director is an exciting new senior role at The Student View with the responsibility for managing and leading the largest programme we will deliver to date.

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Photo from our recent launch of the EMIF project


EMIF Media Literacy Project Director 

Location: Hybrid  

Hours:  Equivalent of 4 days per week, you will manage your time

Contract value: £50k  / 14 months / equivalent of 4 days per week,  January 2023 – February 2024

Term: 14 month contract, equivalent to 4 days per week, with expectations that 8 bank holidays will be taken in 2023 and 4 weeks holiday, the contract value is inclusive of VAT, if claimed. 

Reports to: Executive Director, The Student View  

Notes: Access needs will be accommodated and flexible working requests accommodated whenever possible. Applicants need permission to live and work in the UK.  

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. 

Who are we? 

The Student View is a media literacy charity that trains young people how to spot misinformation and as local news reporters. We want every child to have a high-quality media literacy education so that they can thrive in society and have their voice heard in things that matter to them.

We aim to improve diversity in the media, media literacy, and revitalise local news deserts.  We do this through:

  • Launching pop-up newsrooms, run by local journalists that we have trained, where pupil journalists write local news stories, focused on the issues that our young people care about most
  • Training teachers to deliver our pop-up newsrooms  and workshops with the support of local journalists 
  • The Student View Media Journalism Fellowship for  young people in partnership with with media partnerships
  • Policy influence, we are also the founding Secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Media Literacy. We have convened some of the biggest names in big tech and media to speak with the All-Party Parliamentary Group
  • Working with great partners to develop our media literacy framework and our curriculum

Our work won The News/Media Literacy Award category of the 2019 Global Youth & News Media Prize, amongst other accolades.   

Supporters and partners of our work include the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Apple, BellingCat, DEMOS and Skills Builder.  

Job description 

The Project Director is an exciting new senior role at The Student View with the responsibility for managing and leading the largest programme we will deliver to date. This is also the most substantial fund secured by The Student View.  It’s a very exciting time! The programme is called the EMIF Media Literacy Fund, running between September 2021 – February 2024. Currently we have an interim Project Lead helping to set the project up.

Your role will also be integral in helping to develop the processes and processes, ways of working and the use of tools and technology for managing delivering programmes. This is because we have grown rapidly during the past 2 years and now we are stabilising The Student View for further growth  by ensuring we have everything in place to scale our  impact (which we have mapped out in our 3 year strategic plan).  

The core partners for the EMIF project are:

  1. BelllingCat  – Bellingcat is an independent international collective of researchers, investigators and citizen journalists using open source and social media investigation to probe a variety of subjects
  2. PSHE Association – A membership association and charity, with over 50,000 teachers and schools with resources, training, guidance and advice for
    personal, social, health and economic for young people – quality assuring our programme, workshops and resources, they also have trusted relationships with relevant educational press and with schools, teachers etc
  3. DEMOS – Demos is Britain’s leading cross-party think-tank. Helping us with our evaluation and impact.
  4. Funder – EMIF  – we are the lead partner and hold the grant agreement with EMIF and manage all other partners.


Key responsibilities 

  • Work with the Executive Director, to lead the EMIF project  in line with the agreed strategy and approach
  • After the handover from the interim project lead, manage and lead the operational and service delivery plans , in accordance with the EMIF grant agreement and existing project plan, timeline and milestones, including overseeing implementation. Wherever possible and using a process of refining or introducing processes and procedures, introduce mechanisms which maximise the smooth delivery of our projects.
  • Lead on EMIF grant management, project and financial reporting and relationship management with EMIF, as first point of contact
  • Manage and monitor The Student View’s EMIF programme expenditure and ensure all financial regulations are strictly adhered to. Oversee the collation of monthly programme expenditure and reporting by our partners. Using the EMIF project portal, report and submit invoices inline with grant agreement 
  • Act as the key point of contact for our partners, ensuring all elements of the programme are on track and of the quality we require
  • Manage the delivery element of our programme where we will:
    • Train 100 teachers
    • Source and match 100 volunteer journalists 
    • Monitor and evaluate 
      • 100 popup newsrooms run by the newly trained teachers
      • The 2000 young people who experience the  popup newsrooms 
  • Work with our partner DEMOS to ensure they develop the monitoring and evaluations plan
  • Work with our partners PSHE  to ensure they 
    • Quality assure our train the trainer programme
    • Actively support school engagement to ensure we train 100 teachers
  • Work with our partners Bellingcat to ensure they co design the curriculum with our  journalists
  • Identify, manage and mitigate risks, using the risk mitigation plan 
  • Oversee the recruitment, orientation and training of any new staff or Freelancers 
  • Support and encourage staff to fulfil their roles and duties in an efficient and effective manner, fostering a culture of openness, teamwork and mutual support, as well as opportunities for staff development. Ensure that staff rules, regulations, and other policies are implemented and enforced in an equitable manner.
  • Maintain a high standard of ethical responsibility in the organisation as a whole, ensuring that statutory regulations concerning safeguarding and data protection are correctly followed

Contractor key skills and experience:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in managing projects and multiple stakeholders.
  • Strong business and communication skills.
  • Project Management courses would be beneficial, although evidence of relevant experience is more important
  • Experience using project management software, for example ASANA or Monday.com
  • Experience using collaboration tools such as Google Drive and Google applications
  • Experience using communication tools such a Slack

General contractor requirements:

  • Hire and specialised subcontractors as necessary.
  • Manage work teams, materials, and equipment.
  • Inspect the quality of work done by employed workers and subcontractors.
  • Keep accurate financial records.
  • Monitor partner schedules.
  • Strong business and communication skills.
  • Project management/ programme delivery experience  
  • Experience using project management software.


Desirable skills: 

  • Experience of leading and managing programmes in  a small charity, or a sizeable programme of a larger charity (management of delivery, staff,  budget, grant; decision-making)
  • Knowledge of the current digital media landscape
  • Consultative management style, ability to resolve problems and make informed decisions
  • A reflective and critical thinker, able to assess situations, spot emerging needs and opportunities, or take appropriate action when things are not working as anticipated.
  • Organised and thorough in setting priorities, action plans and work schedules, recording activities and data, and monitoring progress. Likewise in setting and following personal goals to manage the workload.
  • Confident in representing the organisation externally (to government representatives, to the media, and in various fora and networks) and reaching out to build positive relationship with similar organisations
  • Sensitivity to issues of ‘difference’ and exclusion/inclusion.
  • A willingness to listen and learn from others, and to build constructive relationships with all types of stakeholder.
  • Committed to following ethical standards in one’s own behaviour and in others acting in the name of The Student View is consistent with standards and the values of the organisation


Further details 

There is another project admin available to support the project, as necessary 

How to apply 

Please send an email to EMIF@thestudentview.org and Abigail@thestudentview.org  with a short covering letter and your CV attached. Please include ‘Project Director Vacancy’ in the subject heading.  

We welcome all applications, regardless of race, colour, religion, national origin, sex, ability or gender identify. We encourage Black, Indigenous, and non-Black people of colour (BIPOC) to apply. We encourage LGBTQIA+ folks, disabled and all people with non-dominant identities to apply.

We thank all those who apply, however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.