E8, London
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£26,000 per year (plus £4k London weighting)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Background

ReachOut is a mentoring charity working with children in disadvantaged communities to raise aspirations and help them grow in character and competence.

We improve self-confidence and develop Numeracy, Literacy and Communication Skills, whilst reinforcing our core values of Fairness, Self-Control, Good Judgement and Staying Power.

We do this through one-to-one mentoring with positive role models and team activities, to promote leadership, trust and responsibility.

ReachOut runs mentoring projects for young people in various schools in the afternoon and evening. Our young people are referred by schools for a variety of reasons, and many have complex needs that can affect their behaviour and self-esteem. Each project involves weekly mentoring sessions through the academic year. The sessions involve one-to-one academic & non-academic activities with volunteer mentors, group activities with mentors and young people, and extracurricular activities such as multi-sports, drama and arts and crafts.

Our Project Managers report to the Head of Delivery. They are responsible for line managing Project Officers, and through them, the delivery of projects in their region. They build and manage relationships with partner schools and ensure that all projects are delivered to the highest standard. Project Managers work closely with the Volunteer Team and Fundraising Team to maintain impactful mentoring sessions for our young people.

In 2021/22, ReachOut aims to expand our delivery and engage over 1000 young people through a mix of in-person (when safe to do so) and online mentoring programmes. Our long-term aim is to double our reach and be working with 2000 young people by 2024!

We are looking for innovative and passionate people that want to contribute to this growth whilst ensuring maximum impact on each young person.

At ReachOut, we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We aim to be an organisation that represents the young people that we mentor. We actively encourage applications from candidates from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds as these are under-represented within our organisation.

Job Description

  • Logistical planning, management and evaluation of mentoring projects in allocated schools
  • Relationship management with allocated partner schools, including communication with staff and members of the SLT to ensure effective co-ordination and running of projects
  • Recruitment and on-boarding of new partner schools
  • Manage a budget for projects within allocated schools
  • Line manage and develop Project Officers responsible for projects in your allocated schools and support the management of Project Leaders (sessional staff line managed by Project Officers) who deliver one project per week
  • Source and manage partner organisations to run non-academic activities at the projects
  • Provide cover for delivery of projects where required
  • Development of project resources, including academic and non-academic activities.
  • Support the ongoing training and development of the project team, including full-time and sessional staff.
  • Support with volunteer recruitment and training as required, for example attending recruitment events and delivering training
  • Project Managers also share management of all project-related activities, for example:
  • Recruitment and training of Project Leaders
  • Event management
  • Project resource development
  • Represent ReachOut in line with our values and mission in all stakeholder communication and at external events
  • Ensure that ReachOut policies and procedures are followed and adhered to
  • Act as a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead for the organisation
  • Carry out any other duties as required by ReachOut and to act in a manner that is in keeping with ReachOut’s values

 

Person Specification

  • Belief in ReachOut’s mission and passionate about our character building agenda
  • 2+ years of experience working with young people aged 9 to 16 with a range of needs e.g. challenging behaviour, S.E.N, low academic attainment and/or confidence
  • Understanding of the challenges and issues facing young people today
  • Understanding of the education system at KS2, 3 and 4 Level
  • Knowledge and experience of following safeguarding policies and procedures
  • 2+ years of experience of managing services and permanent full time staff
  • 2+ years of experience managing relationships with various stakeholders
  • Ability to promote services for young people to bring on board new partner schools and organisations 
  • Proficient IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office programmes
  • Leadership and teamwork skills
  • Good communicator: orally and in writing
  • Proactive approach and able to use initiative and creativity to find solutions to problems
  • Ability to adapt in unpredictable circumstances and learn from challenging situations
  • Positive, enthusiastic and adopts a “can do” mentality
  • Can work flexible hours when necessary
  • Willing to travel to various locations across the region to attend projects and events
  • Willing to travel to other regional offices on occasion and stay overnight if required

We are recruiting for two Project Managers, one based in London and one in Manchester.

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement, addressing each point of the person specification, clearly describing how your skills and experience makes you suitable for this role and provide evidence for each point.

Please include in your application the location you wish to be considered for.

The deadline for applications is Friday 25th June 2021 5pm.

Applications will be assessed as they come in and assessment centres will be held on a rolling basis. Once the position is filled the vacancy will be closed so applicants are advised to apply early.

Please note, if you are a successful candidate you will be required to undergo an enhanced criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service. ReachOut will cover the cost of the check and guide you through the process. All staff have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults. The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement, addressing each point of the person specification, clearly describing how your skills and experience makes you suitable for this role and provide evidence for each point.

Please include the location you wish to be considered for in your application

The deadline for applications is Friday 25th June 2021 5pm.

Applications will be assessed as they come in and assessment centres will be held on a rolling basis. Once the position is filled the vacancy will be closed so applicants are advised to apply early.

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Refreshed on: 17 June 2021
Closed date: 02 July 2021
Job ref: RO-PM-21
Tags: Project Management, Volunteer Management

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