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Young People Programme Manager

Manchester, Greater Manchester (Hybrid)
£30,000 - £33,000 per year
Temporary (12-month fixed term contract)
Job description
  • Closing date - 31 May 2024
  • Interview date - 11 June 2024 (first stage)
  • Salary - £30-33,000 per annum (dependent on experience)
  • Contract - 12-month fixed term contract
  • Hours - Full-time, working 40-hours per week
  • Department - Public Engagement
  • Location - Aviva Studios

The Young People Programme Manager will work with the Creative Learning team at Factory International to develop, deliver and manage programmes of work with young people between the ages of 14 and 30. This role will be responsible for the delivery of key strategic partnerships with commercial brands, as well as developing new streams of work with a focus on sharing power through curatorial programme decision making, programming and youth governance.

Creative Learning develop and deliver learning programs with young people and children from Cradle to Creative (the age of 0 through to 30) with a focus on underrepresented children, young people and artists. All of our programmes have a social and emotional learning outcome and focus on improving mental health, wellbeing and resilience. Learning programmes are linked to Factory International artistic commissions with wider curatorial themes drawn out to align with social and emotional frameworks.

In the last 12 months, the team has worked with over 25,000 children and young people across Greater Manchester and the North.

Young People Programme Manager Responsibilities;

  • Develop and deliver innovative, ambitious and transformational programmes for young people with a focus on wellbeing, mental health, and social/emotional learning
  • Work with young people to develop their ideas into world class artistic productions
  • Manage key strategic relationships, advocate and widen networks for our work across sectors including commercial, creative, educational, cultural and charitable
  • Locate, recruit and manage some of the most exciting artists working locally, nationally and internationally to deliver on programmes, with a focus on artists that are underrepresented
  • Manage resources for the delivery of programmes including financial and human
  • Develop and manage sustained relationships with schools, colleges, universities, youth zones and informal education providers across Greater Manchester/North of England
  • Keep abreast of the local, national and international artistic commissions, policy and landscape for young audiences and represent FI on appropriate forums, meetings and events
  • Manage monitoring and evaluation processes from the beginning to the end of the cycle of a project embedding learning from the outset to completion
  • Contribute to Factory International’s strategies for creative learning more broadly, specifically the engagement of young people in areas of low cultural engagement.

Young People Programme Manager Person Specification;


  • Drive and imagination to create impactful, curatorial driven, youth led and person centred programmes that match the ambition of Factory International
  • Growth mindset, humility and willingness to get things wrong
  • Experience facilitating with young people, including consensus building and/or co-creation
  • Experience in programming, creative direction or curating
  • Experience in developing and delivering a range of creative projects, including experience developing programmes/projects from an idea into a reality
  • Experience of successfully managing resources including logistical, human and financial
  • Knowledge and experience of mental health and wellbeing work with young people
  • Broad knowledge and network in the creative, commercial and youth landscape
  • Ability to communicate and build trust with a diverse range of stakeholders and demonstrate excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision, organise multiple programmes of work effectively and efficiently with high levels of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Commitment to championing representation and inclusion at every level of the organisation with a knowledge of cultural competency including a broad understanding of the challenges people and communities across Manchester face
  • Willing to get take relevant statutory checks eg DBS (Factory International can support with processing and payment)


  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for a wide range of arts and cultural products
  • Knowledge and experience funding landscape for youth projects
  • Knowledge and experience working with a social and emotional learning framework
  • Facilitation experience in non-traditional education settings – Youth Zones, PRUs
  • Leadership experience within an organization and/or as a freelancer, this could be board, trustee or any type of leadership.
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Manchester International Festival View profile Company size Size: 51 - 100
Posted on: 17 May 2024
Closed date: 30 May 2024 at 23:59
Tags: Admin, Project Management, Teaching

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