£28,000 - £32,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Role description


Title:                                      Programme Diversity & Inclusion Lead (Team Manager)

Salary:                                  £28k-32k dependent on experience

Reporting line:                  Deputy Head of the Academy Ambassadors Programme  

Location:                              This is a full time, permanent role. As a result of changes made during the pandemic, all roles are currently based from home (subject to ongoing organisational review).

Benefits:                              Flexible working; company pension contribution; generous leave allowance; Cycle to Work scheme, access to central location office space (depending on location)

Process:                               Candidates are invited to submit a CV along with a cover letter, stating their suitability for the role and how they fit the key competencies, skills and experience. Successful applicants will be invited to interview, to be conducted remotely.



The Academy Ambassadors Programme (AAP) is a not-for-profit programme, funded by the Department for Education. It matches senior leaders from the corporate sector, as well as senior education sector leaders, with academy trusts seeking board members. These individuals bring high-calibre expertise in a variety of areas, including finance, legal, risk, HR, estates and audit, as well as independent challenge, scrutiny and accountability to the boards of trusts – some of which are small, single-school entities while others can comprise dozens of schools, and operate with large publically-funded budgets. Since 2013, the programme has helped to source and place over 2,000 senior leaders in governance roles across all parts of England.


The programme helps inspirational educationalists and talented business leaders work together to provide provide a better future for the next generation. It is committed to helping to improve the diversity and makeup of academy trust boards to not only more appropriately represent the communities they serve, but also to provide better balance of perspective and lived experience.


AAP is delivered by New Schools Network, a charity that is passionate about improving the quality of education in England. NSN was established in 2009. It’s purpose is to ensure that every child has an equal chance to succeed, irrespective of their background, by supporting communities to establish, run and improve schools.  


An unacceptable number of children fail to reach their potential because they lack access to an excellent education. Too often, a child’s background dictates their destination in life, entrenching inequality and impacting communities for generations to come.


New Schools Network is passionate about ending educational inequality once and for all.


We envisage a country where every child has an equal chance to succeed in life, irrespective of their background. Through our programmes, we partner with individuals, groups, trusts and business leaders to establish, run and improve pioneering and innovative schools.


New Schools Network is powered by a dynamic and enthusiastic team, united by a passion for improving life chances for children through education.



Our values are:

We take action to generate change.

We embrace innovation.

We believe in individual agency.

We celebrate diversity.

We commit to continuous improvement.



Role summary  

The Programme Diversity & Inclusion Lead (Team Manager) is a new role. The role is responsible for ensuring the programme meets its targets in increasing the diversity of applicants to the programme and ensuring that all recruitment and screening practices are inclusive, ultimately impacting on improved board diversity across academy trusts, especially those identified as ‘high need’ trusts, in England.


You will also have line management responsibility of two Recruiters and be accountable for regional delivery targets across your team (both within the DfE-funded services and NSN’s Premium paid-for services to trusts).


Key Responsibilities

The role-holder will be responsible for


  • managing the Academy Ambassadors Programme (AAP) team of recruiters to support academy trusts to recruit trustees/non-executive directors (NEDs) to their boards;
  • devising and leading on delivery of a focused D&I strategic plan, integrating actions to existing practises, championing D&I in all areas of programme activity and ensuring AAP is consistently and appropriately working to ensure fair and equitable access to governance roles;
  • ensuring Ambassadors appointed through AAP are successfully onboarded and supported during their induction and beyond;  
  • delivering their own portfolio of key regional recruitment activity;
  • operating as a key point of contact for trusts seeking paid-for ‘premium’ recruitment support, managing client accounts and coordinating with the wider team to ensure delivery of an excellent service;
  • line managing two members of staff: Recruiter and Junior Recruiter, including training and CPD opportunities, workload monitoring and performance management in contribution towards NSN and AAP objectives.


Key Skills


Candidates must be able to demonstrate strong and well developed skills in:


  • Successfully delivering a high volume of tasks to meet the needs of a large customer base
  • Coaching / mentoring colleagues
  • Leading / chairing meetings
  • Delivering presentations to internal and external stakeholders
  • Customer relationship management
  • Communication – on and offline
  • Time and diary management


Key competencies:


Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following traits and attributes:


  • Organisation / multi-tasking
  • Passion for education and/or governance
  • The desire to work collaboratively
  • Initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal communication
  • The ability to solve problems by designing creative solutions
  • The ability to ‘take others with you’ when working on projects


Expertise or experience in any of the following will be an advantage:

  • Experience working in a relevant role or organisation/s;
  • Experience of working in a recruitment or customer service role, in a coaching / line management / team leader capacity;
  • Experience of leading, or contributing towards, a successful D&I strategy within a non-profit sector organisation;
  • Experience in proactively leading, maintaining and enhancing relationships with external stakeholders of all levels.




£28,000-£32,000 dependent on experience.

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Posted on: 17 November 2021
Closed date: 15 December 2021
Tags: Project Management, Governance