Challenge Society Assistant Manager

Date: Fixed-term contract until 31 October 2012

Salary: £21,000 – £24,000 per year depending on experience 

Are you passionate about young people making a difference with experience in setting up successful year round youth work projects?

We are looking someone with excellent youth work skills and passion for young people developing and making a difference in their local community. The role requires a combination of setting up national youth work projects, community development and relationship building skills, along with an innovative and pioneering approach to young people’s contribution in society.

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.


The Challenge Network is one of the UK’s fastest growing charities and the largest deliverer of the government’s new National Citizen Service programme.  We are a fast-growing social enterprise that connects and inspires people across Britain to strengthen their communities.  Our goal is to ensure that ‘The Challenge’ Programme becomes a national programme in which all sixteen year olds want to take part.

The Challenge Society

Through The Challenge summer programme we bring together 15-16 year olds from different backgrounds to help them make a difference in a local community. Once young people have completed The Challenge summer programme they become part of The Challenge Society which is a year-round graduate programme being piloted this year. The Challenge Society seeks to inspire and connect Challenge Graduates and their friends to strengthen their communities by ensuring they have the opportunity to meet and interact with people who are different from them, and the opportunity to work together to positively impact their local area.

About the role

The Challenge Society Assistant Manager sits within the central team who ensure there is a clear strategy and curriculum for the local teams to be able to deliver a programme to their graduates.  The role reports directly to the Challenge Society Manager and will have an exciting variety of responsibility ranging from managing complex projects to designing curriculum and internal training.

The Challenge Society Associate’s primary responsibilities are:

  • Developing and managing wide ranging projects to review and improve the programme including setting clear targets and monitoring and evaluation process for the organisation
  • Designing key curriculum and resources to enable the local teams to run these projects
  • Building strong relationships with colleagues from different departments to ensure the projects are a success including leading a cross departmental focus group
  • Representing The Challenge Society at a national level.
  • Taking a lead on central communications to the graduate network including social media

 About you

We are looking for an effective project manager with a knowledge and passion for seeing young people playing a leading role in society:

  • Commitment to building stronger communities and seeing change in society
  • Experience in managing and developing community projects with young people
  • Able to form good relationships with partners, community groups and statutory bodies
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills with both young people and adults
  • A self-starter with ability to work well on your own initiative
  • Strong project management, organisational skills and ability to prioritise a demanding workload

Further details

Please apply with a CV and covering letter to [email protected] by Thursday 19th January.

Interviews will take place on Monday 23rd January.

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