London, Greater London
£21,588 - £25,398 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description
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We are currently recruiting a Programme Coordinator to work within our Network Development team. The role would be supporting principally with the delivery of our networks (Trust Leaders Network and Regional Headteacher Networks). As a matrix organisation, there are opportunities to work across teams and support delivery of our full suite of programmes and networks.



About Challenge Partners

Who we are: Challenge Partners is a practitioner-led education charity that enables collaboration between schools to enhance the life chances of all children, especially the most disadvantaged.


How we do it: The Challenge Partners central team works closely with school leaders and other education professionals to facilitate a variety of programmes and services for schools in our partnership. We ensure the knowledge and skills of the best in our network are available to everyone, reducing the variability in education provision whilst improving the performance of all schools, leaders, and pupils in the partnership.


Our team: There are currently just over 20 people in our growing team. We are dedicated to working hard for our schools whilst enjoying what we do and who we work with. You will be working in a friendly and dynamic group with backgrounds in education, the wider social enterprise and charity sector, and the corporate world. The majority of roles are school-facing, and team members work closely with leaders in our schools to generate and refine ideas and create maximum value for the network.


To find out more about the Network of Excellence, Trust Leaders Network and our Regional Headteacher Networks please visit our website. 



Job Purpose:

To support the delivery of our network for trust leaders and our regional networks for headteachers. These enable knowledge exchange and support leaders to strengthen capacities to lead and grow healthy organisations and drive trust and school improvement. This position requires a self-motivated, organised, detail-focused and personable individual to work as part of our team.



Key responsibilities:

  • Support delivery of the networks, including scheduling meeting dates, liaising with network facilitators, providing zoom support for online meetings and other supporting activities  
  • Respond to email and phone queries relating to Regional Headteacher Networks or the Trust Leaders Network in a timely and professional manner
  • Manage associated network communications as appropriate
  • Coordinate and schedule meetings with external stakeholders
  • Maintain agreed relationships with network stakeholders. As directed, maintain relationships with advisory group, customers, service providers and other stakeholders and resolve all queries and operational issues, escalating as appropriate
  • Maintain and update network information as required, including our salesforce CRM system, website and marketing materials
  • Other tasks commensurate with the role as appropriate such as support for the Partnerships, Network Development or other teams, according to organisational need



Person Specification:

Specific skills and attitudes we are looking for in an applicant are as follows:


●      Excellent relationship management skills and a friendly, personable demeanor

●      Positivity and optimism

●      Outstanding attention to detail, and pride in your work

●      High computer literacy, with experience of using Microsoft Office packages, particularly Excel and Powerpoint

●      Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to deal with people diplomatically and appropriately, building rapport with those at varying levels of seniority

●      Ability to prioritise effectively to meet competing demands, through excellent organisation and time management

●      The ability to work well under pressure and to deadlines

●      A willingness to learn and give and receive feedback

●      A passion for education, and a desire to make a difference



Personal Characteristics:

Our team is very important to us, and we are looking for someone who shares our key values:

●      Excellence- we are always looking for ways to improve because we are determined to achieve the best for every child, teacher and leader.

●      Equity- we treat each other fairly, with trust, care and respect. We seek the best for every child, and know that those who have the least, need our combined expertise the most.

●      Courageous leadership- we speak up and take responsibility for all children, making sure that we do not harm others in doing our best for our own schools

●      Challenge- We expect the best of ourselves and each other, and value challenge which helps us improve

●      Collaboration- We listen to, share with and learn from each other, developing our practice together so that every child benefits from our combined wisdom and creativity

●      Innovation- We use and generate research, we innovate with discipline and evaluate intelligently in pursuit of better outcomes for all children, especially the most disadvantaged.



Salary and benefits of working for Challenge Partners


●      Salary £21,588-£25,398, dependent on experience

●      25 days of paid holiday per year, plus 8 additional days of bank holiday (pro rata)

●      An employer contributed pension - we match up to 5% of your own contribution

●      Private healthcare

●      Flexible working hours

●      A school based office in South Bermondsey

●      This role is not suitable for remote working only and attendance at events in the UK is required

●      A supportive and friendly team

●      A chance to make a real difference to educational outcomes

●      The opportunity to progress and develop skills in a dynamic and fast-growing team

●      The opportunity to interact with the children at our school (including weekly reading)

Please note that we will disregard your application if we do not receive a CV and role-specific cover letter.

Appointment will be dependent on receipt of satisfactory references and completing a DBS check.

Start Date: As soon as possible

Please note that the recruitment of this role will take place on rolling bases.


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Refreshed on: 27 October 2021
Closed date: 11 November 2021
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