Location: Remote or based at our head office in Cambridge, UK
Salary: £46,000 – £52,000 p.a. full-time equivalent, dependent on experience
Basis: permanent; full-time, part-time or flexible
Eligibility: you must be eligible to work in the UK
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based educational charity working to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. We want more people to be able to harness digital technologies for work, to solve the problems that matter to them, and to express themselves creatively.
Established in 2008 and first known for our product — the wildly successful Raspberry Pi computer — the Foundation has developed education programmes and products that are helping millions of people learn new knowledge and skills. Through CoderDojo and Code Club, we support the world’s largest network of free computing clubs for young people. Tens of thousands of educators have taken our online courses, and millions of people use our free online learning resources.
We are at the forefront of the global movement to help young people learn about computing and digital making.
The Foundation supports two networks of free coding clubs for young people: Code Club, which is primarily an after-school programme, and CoderDojo, which is primarily a community-based programme. The programmes are complementary and together form the world’s largest network of free computing clubs, reaching hundreds of thousands of young people each week, supported by an incredible community of tens of thousands of volunteers and educators in over 100 countries.
Founded in 2012, Code Club is one of the largest after-school programmes in the UK and Ireland. Reporting to the Director of Clubs, the Head of Code Club will be responsible for all aspects of the development and growth of the Code Club programme, from designing the learning experience to recruiting, supporting, and sustaining a large community of volunteers. You will lead a highly skilled team and collaborate with colleagues who create learning resources and digital platforms that are used by club leaders and learners all over the world.
You will be an accomplished manager and leader who has experience of developing educational volunteer-led or community programmes, ideally on a national or international scale. You will have been involved in designing or running non-formal learning experiences for young people, ideally involving some element of digital skills. You don’t need to be an expert in computing or digital making, but you do need to bring a passion for our mission and a willingness to learn.
Like all in-person activities, Code Club has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions that have been put in place to limit its spread. We are working hard to support clubs to run online activities while in-person meetings aren’t possible, and we are preparing for a return to safe in-person club activities as restrictions are lifted. In a world where digital skills are even more important and where so many young people have missed out on opportunities to learn them, Code Club has a critical role to play.
This is an exceptional opportunity to join one of the most exciting non-profit organisations to emerge in the last decade. You’ll be joining an extraordinary team that cares about its mission, the quality of our work, and each other.
We strive to make the Foundation a place where talented people from all backgrounds can do the best work of their careers. We have a flexible and collaborative approach to all aspects of our work. If you’re the right person for the job, we will make it work for you.
- Build, lead, and manage a highly skilled team, providing them with the clarity and support to enable them to do the best work of their careers.
- Define and develop the Code Club brand, based on a deep understanding of the community of volunteers, educators, and young people that we support.
- Define and develop the Code Club learning experience, ensuring that it is evidence-based, relevant, and built on a deep understanding of the needs of young people and volunteers/educators.
- Work closely with colleagues producing learning resources and online platforms to ensure that they address the community's needs and support meaningful learning.
- Lead the development and growth of Code Club in the UK and Ireland, supporting existing clubs to continue running, and welcoming new clubs. Work closely with colleagues responsible for the growth of Code Club outside of the UK and Ireland to grow the movement overall.
- Ensure that Code Clubs are safe, accessible, and inclusive for all young people.
- Develop and implement strategies to ensure that Code Club particularly benefits young people who experience educational disadvantage.
- Collaborate with colleagues responsible for the Foundation’s other club programme, CoderDojo, sharing learning and infrastructure where appropriate.
- Support fundraising efforts, including working with the Foundation’s Partnerships and Fundraising team to develop and sustain relationships with funding partners.
- Monitor and evaluate the impact of our work, reporting to internal and external stakeholders.
- Represent the Foundation and our work to external audiences, including through writing blogs, giving talks, and running workshops and other activities.
Experience and personal attributes
- A commitment to the mission and values of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
- Experience of working as a manager and leader, including managing remote teams, and the ability to build diverse teams and support them to do genuinely great work with a focus on impact.
- Experience of developing and supporting educational volunteer-led or community programmes in school settings, ideally on a national or international scale.
- Experience of designing or running non-formal learning experiences for young people, ideally involving digital skills, computing, or digital making. Previous engagement with Code Club would be a significant advantage.
- A track record of building successful partnerships, ideally on a national scale.
- Experience of working with digital teams to design digital products that respond to the needs of users.
- Good data and analytical skills, and the ability to use data effectively to improve what we do.
- Excellent communication skills. You should feel comfortable presenting to different audiences and be able to write clearly.
In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a range of benefits for all of our colleagues, including:
- 25 days’ annual leave
- Generous company pension scheme with 8% employer and 4% employee contributions
- Life assurance and long-term illness insurance policy
- Investment in professional development and learning
- Flexible work hours as needed, to fit around childcare or other commitments
- Generous family leave policy
- Cycle-to-work scheme and season ticket loan policy
- Regular organisation-wide maker days to improve your digital making skills
- Monthly all-staff meetings and socials
- Fresh fruit, tea, coffee, drinks in all our offices
Timetable for applications
Closing date: 9 March 2021, 17:00 GMT
Shortlisting call with hiring manager: 15/16 March 2021
First-round interview: 19/22 March 2021
Second-round interview: 25/26 March 2021
We are currently expecting all interviews to take place online.
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