Sales and Marketing Schools Coordinators

About the Organisation

The Challenge Network is a fast-growing social enterprise that connects and inspires people across Britain to strengthen their communities. The Challenge is a new civic service programme that brings together young people from different backgrounds, builds their confidence, and challenges them to make a difference in their local area. Our goal is to turn The Challenge into a national programme in which all eligible young people want to get involved. The Challenge is an intensive two and a half week summer training programme followed by team projects carried out in the local area over several weekends in the autumn.

The Challenge Programme

We bring together fifteen to seventeen year-olds from across the country and challenge them to connect with people from different backgrounds, learn key skills for the workplace, and make a difference in their area. 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 through our graduate scheme The Challenge Society (TCS).

About the opportunity

The Marketing department is primarily responsible for signing up young people to take part in The Challenge programme. With support from an Assistant Marketing Manager or Marketing Manager, the Schools’ Co-ordinator will find, select and place 15-17 year-olds into The Challenge’s local programmes. They will be responsible for building and maintaining effective relationships with schools, exciting young people and parents, and helping both through a detailed application and assignment process to undertake The Challenge programme. 

This is a fixed-term entry-level role and seen as a great opportunity to develop already-strong communication and relationship building skills and have a real and positive impact on the marketing approach to engage young people locally as well as nationally. Regular in-house training is available for all employees, and as The Challenge is a growing organisation opportunities may exist from summer 2013 for exceptional candidates to apply for a permanent role. 

The Schools’ Co-ordinator’s primary responsibilities are:

· Maintaining relationships with designated teachers in a wide range of schools.
· Building awareness of and excitement about The Challenge among Year 11 and 12 students at schools through assemblies, telephone calls and other follow-up events.
· Assisting applicants and their parents throughout the process from application to the start of the programme, through parents’ evenings, written communications and telephone conversations.
· Managing the pre-programme relationship with participants and maintaining their commitment to take part.

About you

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

·An energetic, enthusiatic and persuasive personality with a “can do” attitude.
·Strong face to face and telephone verbal communication skills in group or individual settings, including comfort with presenting persuasively to large groups and with maturely handling individual conversations with teachers, parents and young people.
·Excellent written communication skills.
·Ability to build rapport with young people.
·Perseverance and flexibility to prompt and assist many young people and parents through a detailed application and registration process.

·Good knowledge of the local area
·Sales experience or experience working towards targets
·Experience working with 15-17 year olds and/or within the education sector
·Full driving license (in the Northwest and West Midlands)

Further details
·This is a full-time, fixed term role from 1st November 2012 – 23rd August 2013, or from 1st December 2012 – 31st March 2012.
·During peak times, this role will often require working early mornings and late evenings. 


  • Salary for the role is £13,500 per year (£15,500 in London).
  • Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter to the person from the region in which you wish to work to:

[email protected] West Midlands

[email protected] North West

[email protected] London and Surrey


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