London, Greater London
£28,000 - £35,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

First Give

First Give inspires young people to make a difference to the causes they care about. We do this through working in partnership with secondary schools, providing a fully resourced scheme of work that guides an entire year group of students to engage with local charities and causes and then carry out social action (fundraising, raising awareness, campaigning, volunteering etc) in support of them.

At the end of each programme, a celebratory School Final is held at each school, where teams representing each class deliver presentations about their projects. The class considered to have engaged the best with the programme secures a First Give grant of £1,000 for their chosen charity. By the end of the programme, however, the whole year group will have given back meaningfully to their local community.

First Give particularly encourages applications from candidates from minoritised groups currently underrepresented on our executive team. Particularly BAME and disabled candidates.

Programme Manager role

Programme Managers are responsible for coordinating the delivery of the First Give programme in up to 60 schools. We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic candidate to join our team of Programme Managers who support our schools to deliver the programme, engaging approximately 35,000 young people in social action for local causes.

The schools this Programme Manager will work with are based in London and across the South East of England, and as such we are seeking candidates from this geographical area. However, we are prepared to consider applications from interested candidates outside of the area.


£28-31K dependent on experience (outside of London)

£32-35K dependent on experience (inclusive of London weighting)

Contract: Full time, Permanent

Reporting to: Head of Programmes

Location: Working from home for now, with travel to schools across England and Wales occasionally once restrictions allow it. If you are based outside of London, eventually regular travel to London for team meetings will be required. If you live in London we are able to offer desk space in our office in North West London.

NB First Give is committed to the safety and welfare of children and young people. We follow Safer Recruitment Guidelines. Any offer of employment is subject to reference and DBS checks.


  • 25 days’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays. First Give closes between Christmas and New Year and this time off is given to staff gratis. You will also be able to take your birthday off
  • Pension of 5% following probation
  • Where appropriate, a work from home allowance will be provided
  • Generous training and professional development budget
  • Where appropriate a car allowance will be provided

Core responsibilities

All Programme Managers have the following as ‘core’ responsibilities, to ensure the successful delivery and management of the First Give programme in schools:

  • Manage relationships with teachers and school leaders to deliver the First Give programme
  • Manage programmes using Salesforce
  • Attend schools with a target of at least 1 meeting per school, per year
  • Renew schools onto the programme year on year
  • Recruit and manage school facilitators as appropriate
  • Provide logistic and programme support to teachers delivering the First Give programme at their school, including but not limited to:
    • an introductory Programme Call with the Lead teacher;
    • delivering a briefing to class teachers;
    • responding to queries via phone and email;
    • booking in First Give facilitated sessions
  • Collect data for monitoring (student surveys; case studies; teacher surveys)
  • Recruit one judge per School Final from the wider community
  • Attending Finals as external judge
  • Some activity to recruit new schools to the programme, including onboarding meetings

In addition to core responsibilities, Programme Managers have Additional Responsibilities which make up part of their KPIs. These Additional Responsibilities are flexibly assigned across the staff team based on the needs of the organisation and case loads. Examples of Additional Responsibility areas include Monitoring & Evaluation; Facilitator recruitment and training; Communications; Resource design; Salesforce and systems.

Person Specification


  • Passionate about young people and their potential to drive social change 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience developing strong relationships across a range of stakeholders
  • Experience managing and supporting a large case load of “client” relationships
  • Experience of working with young people in a secondary school setting
  • Superb organisation and prioritisation skills
  • Ability to project manage
  • Confident, experienced and engaging public speaker and presenter
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Excellent attention to detail and high standards
  • Proactive, independent worker able to work well alone and as part of a team


  • Understanding and/or experience of how a small, decentralised organisation operates
  • Experience of developing learning resources to achieve specified outcomes and/or programme design
  • Experience coordinating freelance staff
  • Experience planning and delivering training
  • Familiar with Salesforce
  • Experience of Monitoring & Evaluation


To apply, please complete the application form. Click on apply now to access the link.

Note that you will not be able to save progress, so we advise starting your application when you will have time to complete and submit.

Applications close Friday 9th July, and interviews will be held on Wednesday 14th July.

Preferred start date Tuesday 31st August.

More about First Give
First Give

Our goal:

We exist to support young people to make a positive difference to the causes they care about. ... Read more

Refreshed on: 30 June 2021
Closed date: 09 July 2021
Tags: Project Management, Operations

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