Programme Manager

Start date: January 2012
Location: London

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 2012 summer programme. 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.

The Challenge Programme

The Challenge is our youth programme that brings together sixteen year olds from across the country 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.
Successful teams graduate from The Challenge and are directed into new volunteering and employment opportunities.

About the opportunity

The Programme Manager is a key delivery role within The Challenge Network. Programme Managers are responsible for managing a team who are responsible for setting up and delivering The Challenge programme for 720 young people in one geographical area. Your team will:

Prepare a high quality and locally grounded summer 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

Support the delivery of your summer 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 twelve teams of pastoral staff during the summer ensuring all runs smoothly

Develop and support alumni
• Build relationships with young people during the summer programme and then ensure they remain supported during the ongoing Alumni programme by providing volunteering opportunities, community events, 1 on 1 mentoring and other support.

In order to deliver this, you will manage a year-round team of 3 Assistant Programme Managers and a summer delivery team of up to 100 staff.

About you

We are looking for exceptional candidates with the following experience and characteristics:
• Project Management and Logistics: Success in managing delivery of projects on time including managing budgets
• People Management: Experience managing and motivating people in challenging environments (e.g., residential youth programmes, fast-paced workplace)
• Youthwork experience: Experience working with groups of young people (in voluntary or paid capacity). Good judgement on how to manage difficult behavioural situations. Ideally as Team Leader with The Challenge Programme.
• People skills: Ability to give very good first impression and form good relationships with partners
• Academics: A strong academic record (including a 2.1 or 1st from a good university) or relevant equivalent experience.
• Character: Strikingly positive attitude and integrity. Interest in building stronger communities and seeing change in society

Please note: The Challenge is a fulfilling but demanding place to work. Two-day weekend working will be required on at least seven occasions during the year. During July and August, staff work six days a week and live residentially with their programmes for three of these weeks.

Further information

The salary for this role is £32,000 per year.

Please apply to Ivan Wise at [email protected] by Monday 9th January.

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