Assistant Programme Manager (NCS)                                        

Start date:         December 2017

Location:          Surrey

The Challenge

The Challenge’s vision is a more integrated society where there is understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences. We design and deliver programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others. We believe everyone benefits when people from all walks of life come together to better know, understand and trust each other. This also applies to the people we employ to work with us. As an equal opportunities employer our aim is to have a diverse workforce to reflect the communities we work in.

This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic, rapidly growing organisation, working with young people and local communities across the country. 

About the role

The Assistant Programme Manager (APM) will work as part of a dedicated team to set up and deliver the NCS with The Challenge programme in a geographical area focussing on the Discovery and Social Action phases. APMs are responsible for managing relationships with local community partners, overseeing the logistics of the programme and ensuring delivery of a high quality and safe programme.


  • Set-up and develop relationships with local venues to host the programme.
  • Work with local community organisations to develop high quality community and social action projects for young people.
  • Oversee the management of logistics and planning, including liaising with transport providers and residential accommodation providers.
  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership to seasonal staff and young people
  • Manage programme administration including finances, attendance records, risk assessments, bookings and young people’s records.
  • Assist with direct delivery of aspects of the programme as required including leading community and social action projects with young people.
  • Ensure that all activities and provision is delivered safely and in line with organisational policies.

Skills and experience


  • Social Action: A passion for, and understanding of, building better communities and commitment to the aims of NCS
  • Project Management and Logistics: Experience coordinating events or projects
  • Youth-work: Experience working with groups of young people either paid or as a volunteer; confident in speaking to large groups of young people; commitment to safeguarding young people
  • People Skills: Ability to form good relationships with partners; able to work collaboratively with people on projects across various departments, zone and locations
  • People Management: Experience in leading, coaching and motivating people and teams
  • Character: Strikingly positive attitude and integrity; ability to strive for continuous improvement by seeking and sharing feedback appropriately and respectfully, whilst performing at their best
  • Resilience: Able to work in a fast paced and demanding environment; adaptable and responsive to changing to situations
  • Education: A strong academic record or relevant equivalent experience

Safeguarding Statement

The Challenge is committed to safeguarding and protecting the young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our programmes.

We expect all staff and post holders to share this commitment to safeguarding by ensuring compliance with our policies and practices.

Employment Screening

Only applicants who have the right to work in the UK or have a valid visa or work permit for a minimum of 6 months at the time of application will be considered for this role.

Further Details

In addition to being part of a fun, dynamic and challenging workforce, we are proud to offer an attractive benefits package including contributory pension, Simplyhealth cash plan, Ride 2 Work, childcare vouchers, season ticket travel card loan etc. to eligible employees.

The Challenge is a fulfilling but demanding place to work.  Two-day weekend working will be required on a number of occasions during the year. Early mornings and late evenings will be required at different times throughout the year and you will be expected to take a majority of your leave outside of delivery periods.

  • Status: There are Full-time and Part-time, Permanent and Fixed term contracts available.
  • Salary: £21,000 per annum
  • To apply: Please apply by sending your CV and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Interview process: Selection for this position will include an interview

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