Assistant Programme Manager

Start date: Immediate start

Location: Birmingham

Permanent role

We are looking for energetic and organised colleagues who are passionate about young people making a difference in their community.  We are looking for new members of our programmes team who will play a key role in preparing and delivering The Challenge 2013 summer programme and The Challenge Society.  The role requires a rare combination of strengths in logistics, relationship building, residential youth work and practical judgement.  This is a fantastic opportunity to join an entrepreneurial and innovative organisation, grow in a dynamic and supportive environment and contribute to an exciting programme for social change.

About the Organisation 

The Challenge Network is a fast-growing social enterprise that connects and inspires people across Britain to strengthen their communities.  Our goal is to turn The Challenge Programme into a national programme in which all sixteen year olds want to get involved and then continue to play a part in their local community.  

The Challenge Programme

About our Programmes

The Challenge brings together sixteen year olds and challenges them to connect with people from different backgrounds, learn key skills for the workplace, and make a difference in their community.  They achieve this by completing three challenges:

  • The Personal Challenge: Socially mixed teams of young people bond through a week of challenging outdoor activities.
  • The Team Challenge: Teams return home and use their skills to experience serving the local community.
  • The Real Challenge: Teams work to design and organise activities that will bring the local community together.

The Challenge Society connects graduates of The Challenge with local community groups – encouraging and inspiring them to continue to play a part in their local community.

Assistant Programme Manager

We are looking for energetic and organised colleagues to help prepare and deliver The Challenge 2013 summer programme.  The role requires a rare combination of strengths in logistics, relationship building and practical judgement.  This is a fantastic opportunity to join an entrepreneurial and innovative organisation, grow in a dynamic and supportive environment and contribute to an exciting programme for social change.

About the opportunity

The Assistant Programme Manager will work with a Programme Manager to set up and deliver The Challenge and The Challenge Society programmes for 180 young people in one geographical area. As part of this role, you will:

Prepare a high quality and locally grounded The Challenge programme

  • Set up Community Projects: Work with local community organisations to prepare projects where young people can make a difference
  • Plan Logistics: Manage logistics planning including liaising with transport providers, food delivery and accommodation
  • Select and Train Summer Staff: Support staff recruitment for the delivery of the Programme, then run and support training events for other staff

Set up and run The Challenge Society (where appropriate – not all staff)

  • Design and deliver a number of local events designed to re-engage challengers with their local community
  • Support local mentors as they signpost challengers into ongoing community activity
  • Oversee and support challengers as they form local youth boards and campaign action teams and as some access 1 on 1 mentoring

Support the delivery of your The Challenge programmes

  • Oversee the logistics throughout the delivery of the Programme e.g. liaise with community partners and venue providers and coordinate coach and minibus transport
  • Support three teams of pastoral staff during the summer ensuring all runs smoothly

About you

We are looking for exceptional candidates with the following experience and characteristics:

Essential

  • Experience of working directly with groups of teenagers, in a voluntary or paid capacity.  Ideally as Senior Mentor, APL or Programme Leader with The Challenge Programme.
  • Experience of working in a fast paced and demanding environment
  • Experience managing or leading others
  • Experience managing events or projects in a paid or voluntary setting e.g.  managing youth programmes or complex events
  • Incredibly positive attitude
  • Interest in building stronger communities and seeing change in society

Of interest

  • People management experience
  • Experience of working in a residential environment (e.g. youth camp, activity centre or expedition)
  • Experience of managing or motivating groups of people in stressful environments (in a paid or voluntary capacity)
  • Willingness to further develop project management skills
  • Experience working with diverse community groups

Please note: The Challenge Network is a fulfilling but demanding place to work.  Two-day weekend working will be required on a number of occasions during the year.  During July and August, staff work six days on, two days off and will need to stay residentially for three weeks.  Staff cannot take holidays during half of June and all of July, August and September.

Further Details

In addition to being part of a fun, dynamic and challenging workforce, there are many benefits working for The Challenge Network. We are proud to offer an attractive benefits package including a company contributory pension, Simplyhealth cash plan, Ride 2 Work, childcare vouchers, staff discount vouchers etc. to eligible employees.

  • This is a full-time, permanent role, starting as soon as possible 
  • Salary for this role will be £18,375 
  • The deadline for this application will be Friday 9th November 2012 and interviews will take place week commencing 12th November 2012 
  • Please apply by sending a CV and a covering letter to [email protected] 

 


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