The Director of Programmes will be joining Career Ready at an exciting time following the launch of our recent strategy 2021-2024. You will be instrumental in growing our work with students, schools, and employers across the UK.

This is a senior role, which will directly contribute to the success and sustainability of our organisation and increase our impact on students’ career success.

The role combines programme design, delivery and partnership working with schools, employers, funders and leadership of a national network of Regional Managers. It is an opportunity to combine expertise in education and employer engagement with a passion for supporting young people.

Reflecting the senior nature of this role the salary will be between £60,000 and £65,000.

About the role 

The Director of Programmes is a pivotal role within our Senior Management Team, working with all departments across the organisation and key partners externally. Reporting to the CEO, you will be responsible for all aspects of the Career Ready programme – design & delivery– and help shape policy and strategy.

You will directly manage the Lead Regional Managers and lead the wider Regional Manager network. You will represent the organisation at national forums and events. There will be frequent interactions with teachers and employers. This is a job for a strategic thinker and a people person.

The role is full-time, based in our London offices and will involve travel throughout the UK.

Please note – whilst the role is advertised as being based in our offices situated in London, Career Ready is currently operating as a hybrid-working organisation and will remain flexible in the future.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure that Career Ready develops and delivers employability programmes of the highest quality in terms of content, presentation, and execution.
  • Lead the Regional Manager network to deliver the organisation’s strategy and targets
  • Manage and develop the capability and profile of the Lead Regional Managers
  • Build a profile as the leading expert in our field, engaging with external stakeholders
  • Work with the Communication and Data teams, to develop a culture of impact across the charity which effectively measures the outcomes of Career Ready’s work.
  • Develop the competence of school careers leaders, volunteers and Career Ready staff in programme knowledge and delivery
  • Evolve programme resources in line with changing needs and competing demands in the curriculum
  • Work to align the activity of the charity to areas of relevant public policy
  • Work with the Communications team and Regional Manager team to design, update and publish handbooks, guidance and supporting materials
  • Work with the SMT in developing the organisation’s strategy
  • Contribute and report to the trustees and sub committees on progress against key strategic objectives.  
  • Develop and sustain strong relationships with key partners including employer supporters, delivery partners and funders.
  • Work closely with the central enabling functions to ensure continuous improvement in all processes, for volunteers, mentors, schools and employer supporters
  • Play an active role in in developing funding opportunities and proposals
  • Operate within agreed budgets

Person Specification

Knowledge

  • Design and delivery methods of social impact programmes
  • Understanding of employer CSR & ESG goals and reporting mechanisms
  • National curriculum and inspection frameworks
  • Understanding of the current and proposed policy in education, employability, apprenticeships, social mobility and skills
  • Teaching and learning strategies for 11 – 18 year olds.

Skills & Attributes

  • Intelligent, imaginative approach to programme development
  • Entrepreneurial with the ability to follow through and achieve results
  • Able to communicate effectively in a wide variety of situations, including delivering training and formal speaking engagements to large audiences
  • Skilled negotiator, internally and externally
  • Able to rise above the detail and take a strategic perspective
  • Target driven but able to balance financial and non-financial objectives
  • Able to operate corporately as a senior member of staff
  • Consultative and supportive management style

Experience

  • Minimum three years in a senior education or educational programme development role.  Experience could have been gained in schools, FE colleges, government agencies or not-for-profit organisations, but the successful applicant must be able to gain credibility with senior managers in a variety of educational institutions.
  • Proven success in building and maintaining key relationships
  • Strategic management experience, preferably in a UK-wide organisation
  • Experience of managing people and change in a high profile organisation
  • Experience of designing and developing programme materials

Personal Values

  • Commitment  to the development of young people
  • An ambassador for the values of the charity
  • Able to work within a diverse organisation

Salary & Benefits

  • £60,000-65,000 per annum, depending on experience.
  • Plus 6% contribution to personal pension plan, subject to 3% employee contribution
  • Annual leave: 25 days per annum plus bank/public holidays. The Charity is also closed between Christmas and New Year and there are an additional 2 days of leave available in August.
  • Interest-free season ticket or bicycle purchase loans (or Cycle To Work Scheme).
  • Access to both our Reward Gateway Portal and an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Annual Work Anniversary Gift Voucher

Appointment will be subject to a 3 month probation period during which time the contract may be terminated with one week’s notice.

An enhanced criminal record (DBS) check will be required for the role.

Application

If you are interested in the role then please submit a CV and a covering letter to trefor.wilkinson@careerready.org.uk stating why you believe you are suitable for the role, giving details of your current salary.

The closing date for applications is  midnight on Sunday 6 February and interviews will take place in week commencing 14 February 2022.