£31,000 - £36,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Causeway Education is a charity supporting young people to overcome barriers in accessing Higher Education and apprenticeships. Our mission is to ensure students have the support they need to explore options effectively, make ambitious choices and produce outstanding university, college and apprenticeship applications. 

We are looking for a dynamic and creative Programme Manager: Employer Outreach to join us on the next stage of our journey. The pandemic has made our work more urgent than ever, and we are scaling up to meet this challenge. If you share our passion for ensuring progression is not determined by privilege, then we’d love to hear from you. 

About Causeway Education

Causeway is a small, ambitious charity with national reach, supporting young people to overcome barriers in accessing higher education and apprenticeships. 

We exist to make sure that progression is not determined by privilege.  

We believe that, with the right support in exploration, choices and applications, all young people can find and realise their ambition.  

In our unequal society, some young people face far greater challenges than others in accessing Higher Education and apprenticeships. Dedicated teachers, advisors and outreach professionals work tirelessly on redressing these inequalities. We are there for all those confronting these barriers, helping to bring about: 

Expert support 

We give teachers the skills and resources they need to ensure all their students can navigate HE and apprenticeship applications effectively. 

Transformational outreach 

We help universities, charities and corporates to develop initiatives which inspire and equip participants to take their next steps. 

Outstanding applications 

We support students directly, providing impactful workshops and mentoring to help them successfully clear the hurdles of complex application processes. 

Last year we helped 10,352 students submit high quality applications. Alongside this, we gave expert support to 2,096 professionals, helping them to hone their provision so applicants are better served year after year.  We have an ambitious strategy to significantly increase our reach and impact over the next 5 years, building capacity in our education system and directly supporting students. We deliver annual applicant-facing support on behalf of a number of universities, charities and corporates, as well as innovative training and resources to teachers, outreach professionals and employers.


Purpose of the role 

As Programme Manager: Employer Outreach you will be responsible for the delivery of our key employer outreach programmes. This work is core to our mission of improving the support in place for young people to explore different options and apply successfully for apprenticeships and HE. You will manage a portfolio of employer outreach programmes supported by Programme Officers and freelance specialists. Initiatives range from one-off workshops through to insight days and work-experience weeks. 


Key responsibilities 

Programme management 

  • Oversee the delivery of our key employer outreach programme and a portfolio of smaller employer outreach projects. 

  • Manage relationships with our employer partners, ensuring they are kept up to date with progress. 

  • Establish KPIs for programmes in your portfolio and ensure these are achieved.  

  • Ensure your programmes have effective monitoring and evaluation measures in place which link to Causeway’s monitoring and evaluation framework.  

  • Liaise effectively and efficiently with staff across the organisation. 

Programme Delivery 

  • Ensure high quality design and delivery of general aspects of the programmes in your portfolio. 

  • Oversee our specialist freelancers to design and deliver more specific programme resources and activities. 

  • Oversee recruitment and/or marketing campaigns, including drafting emails and adverts and managing communications via Mailchimp and other channels 

  • Facilitate workshops for a range of audiences including students and undergraduate ambassadors, teachers and advisors, and university and employer outreach staff, alongside other members of the Programmes Team. 

Quality assurance and improvement 

  • Employ principles of effective quality assurance throughout project and programme life-cycles, to ensure learning experiences consistently meet defined quality standards and reflect our values. 

  • Lead on evaluating and continuously improving programmes in your portfolio  

  • Support and share good practice with colleagues.  

  This job description is designed to give an overall view of the role and is not a definitive list of tasks. 


Person specification 


We are more interested in what you could do than what you have already done, hence the emphasis on skills over experience. 


  • Outstanding relationship management  

  • Management of a portfolio of projects/programmes 

Skills and knowledge 

  • Demonstrable organisational skills: able to manage multiple projects both small and large 

  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines 

  • Strong interpersonal skills: able to interact with different audiences from professionals through to young people 

  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, and exceptional presentation skills 

  • Understanding of effective monitoring and evaluation 

  • Creative thinking and problem-solving: the ability to generate and implement innovative and practical solutions 

  • Strong ability to lead and motivate across the organisation 

  • Good understanding of the importance of safeguarding 

  • In possession of, or able to secure, an enhanced DBS check.  


There are a number of different paths the successful candidate may have taken to develop the skills and experience needed for this role. The following list is not intended to be exhaustive, but instead to give a sense of the range of experiences which are relevant: 

  • Personal experience of structural inequalities, or experience of supporting young people from underrepresented groups  

  • Experience of working in employer outreach 

  • Experience of university Widening Participation  

  • Experience of working in schools/colleges or of recruiting and maintaining relationships with teachers/schools  

  • Experience in a charity supporting young people 

Personal Qualities 

  • Passionate about helping young people access Higher Education and apprenticeships 

  • Committed to Causeway’s values of ensuring our work is high-quality, collaborative, practical and evidence-led 

  • Clear commitment to diversity and inclusion 

  • Flexible and adaptable to meet needs of the post 

  • A positive outlook and sense of humour 

  • Resilient, collaborative, diplomatic and emotionally intelligent 

  • Results-focused with the desire to personally deliver tangible outcomes 

  • Educated to degree level or having relevant qualifications or experience indicating the ability to apply an appropriately high level of analytical skills. 


We actively work to improve diversity in Higher Education and apprenticeships, therefore personal experience of facing related barriers, or experience of supporting young people from underrepresented groups, will be a valuable asset to the organisation.  

We are a small and friendly team. Although we work from home, we meet up at least monthly and we have established a number of ways to keep in regular contact and continue to support each other. We will go out of our way to welcome a new member of the team. 

Application Instructions

Please submit the following:

1. CV (maximum 2 sides)

2. Covering Letter

Closing date for applications is 5pm on 22nd June.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 4th July.



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Posted on: 24 May 2022
Closed date: 22 June 2022 at 17:00
Tags: Project Management

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