NCS Delivery Curriculum Associate

Location: Birmingham with frequent travel to London and South Warwickshire (London based applicants may be considered)

Length of role: Full time, 4.5 months (Beginning of May- 15th September).

Reports to: Curriculum Manager (based in London)

Salary: £25,000 p.a Pro Rata

The Delivery Curriculum Associate Role

The Delivery Curriculum Associate will join the central curriculum team over the busy summer season to support the curriculum design and delivery of a new NCS pilot model taking place in South Warwickshire. This is an exciting position for a motivated, self-starter who is able to manage their own workload, proactively seek out and address problems and remain positive and flexible during a busy programme delivery. The successful candidate would be passionate about innovation, have experience designing and delivering curriculum for young people and able to build and maintain positive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.

You will work independently supporting the delivery of the new Pilot curriculum regularly reviewing the content and resources over the summer and making changes and adaptations to the programme as needed.

Before summer delivery you would be supporting the central London-based curriculum team to design and write content for the model, this will take place predominantly in the London office. You will also take a lead on the training of the curriculum for core staff as well as supporting the curriculum of our other standard summer programmes based out of the Birmingham office. You would also lead the ongoing evaluation and monitoring of the pilot model.

The position would be based in Birmingham with regular travel to London in the lead up to delivery (at least 2 days per week). During delivery of the pilot model (July and August) the successful candidate would need to spend 2-3 days on programme in South Warwickshire as well as visits to other programmes taking place across the country.

London based candidates may be considered for this position (frequent weekly travel to Birmingham and Warwickshire including overnight stays).

Main Responsibilities:

Curriculum Design and Writing

  • Developing written materials, resources, and guides
  • Working with external content developers
  • Designing high quality resources and guides for delivery staff

Training design and delivery

  • Organising logistics of training events for core and seasonal staff on the curriculum for the pilot model
  • Designing training sessions on curriculum delivery
  • Working with external trainers to facilitate training events

Evaluation and monitoring:

  • Gathering and reflecting on feedback from a range of sources, suggesting improvements, and implementing and communicating change
  • Collecting quantitative and qualitative data over the summer
  • Running focus groups with staff and young people

Support and guidance

  • Supporting staffing and programmes teams with the curriculum delivery on the pilot model
  • Acting as a curriculum team representative in the Northern delivery regions,supporting the main summer delivery teams with queries, resources and guidance

We run a fast-paced and challenging programme which requires a high level of flexibility. In addition to the responsibilities outlined you may be required by The Challenge to undertake any duties within your skills and capabilities which The Challenge reasonably considers necessary to meet the needs of the NCS Programme.

During delivery the summer programme runs 7 days per week and this role will require regular weekend working during July and August, including some evenings.

 About the Organisation and the NCS Programme

The Challenge is a fast-growing social enterprise that connects and inspires people across Britain to strengthen their communities. We work on a local level to bring together people from all ages, ethnicities and walks of life, connecting communities and building trust.

We are a major provider of the government’s National Citizen Service (NCS), a life-changing experience for 15-17 year olds. In summer 2016, 38,000 young people across our regions took part in our eighteen day intensive NCS programme. The scheme is available to young people from all backgrounds to take part in outdoor activities, meet new people and give something back to their communities. By taking part they learn new skills and have a great experience they can put on their CVs or college applications.

They achieve this by completing three challenges:

  • NCS Personal Challenge (PC): Between four and seven socially mixed teams of young people bond through a week of challenging outdoor activities
  • NCS Team Challenge (TC): Teams return to their local area and learn skills in either Drama, Media, Photography, Enterprise, Music, Art or Sport. They use these skills to interact with the community and create a showcase performance for friends and family
  • NCS Real Challenge Design (RCD) and Real Challenge Design (RCA): Teams work to design and deliver a campaign and social action projects that will bring the local community together. In order to gain funding and advice on their projects, the young people pitch to a ‘Dragons Den’ style panel of influential people in their community

All young people who complete our NCS programme graduate and are signposted into year-round social action opportunities through The Challenge Society.

Person Specification


  • Curriculum Development: Experience in developing curriculum and processes for youth projects.
  • Detailed worker: Excellent attention to detail and emphasis on high quality work.
  • Team-worker: Able to work well with others on a range of projects and understand the needs and viewpoints of staff delivering NCS
  • Project Management: Experience managing complex events or projects
  • People skills: Ability to quickly build rapport and form good relationships with peers, external partners and young people
  • Independent worker: this position will be managed remotely, must be able to work independently and set own workload
  • Frequent travelling: Able to travel frequently and work weekends and evenings over the Summer delivery period
  • Flexible problem solver: Able to seek out and address issues with a positive attitude, particularly being flexible with the challenges of delivering a new model
  • Passionate about innovation: This is a new pilot model testing out new ideas, applicants must be interested in trying new ideas and listening to feedback to improve the curriculum
  • Understanding of the NCS Programme: And understanding of the programme and how it works


  • Design Skills: Able to create high quality, accessible, and visually attractive resources
  • Training Delivery: Experience designing and delivering training for staff
  • Monitoring and evaluation: experience with evaluation process and managing data including running focus groups
  • Experience delivery of NCS: Experience working on the delivering NCS with The Challenge or another provider would be preferable

Further Details

  • All travel and accommodation necessary for the role is covered by The Challenge. Time of In Lieu given for weekend and evening working.
  • For internal applicants secondments will be considered.
  • Preferable start day- May 1st 2017 (start date negotiable).
  • Please apply by sending a CV and a covering letter detailing your suitability for this specific role to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • The deadline for this application will be 14/4/2017, interviews will take place on the 24th April in Birmingham.

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.

No Agencies.

Our NCS programme is part of National Citizen Service.