Edinburgh, Edinburgh (Hybrid)
London, Greater London
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£24,000 - £27,000 per year (plus £2.5k London Weighting where appropriate)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Job title:                 Programme Officer, Youth Volunteering

Location:                Remote working in the UK

Responsible to:     Head of Youth Volunteering

Salary:                     £24,000 to £27,000 (plus £2.5k London Weighting where appropriate)

Contract:                Full time, 37 hours a week

Closing Date:         Friday 11th February

Interview Date:     Tuesday 15th February


Please apply as soon as possible, submitting your CV and a one-page covering letter which outlines your specific interest and ability to successfully fill this role, as well as your salary expectations and current notice period.


Why us?

Speakers for Schools is a dynamic, swift-moving and fast-growing charity. We are on a mission to support a million young people across the UK annually by 2023. Having taken the first steps on the road to achieving this, our team has grown tenfold in the past two years. This has supported growth in our employer network from 70 to 700 leading employers and 3800% growth in the number of work experience places offered during the same period.  

We want to level the playing field, making sure that all young people can access inspirational opportunities and experiences to fuel their ambition.  

We are united and unique in our mission to transform lives by raising the aspirations of millions of young people every year. Each year, 1,500 senior leaders, celebrities and industry experts deliver a difference by sharing their story with students in schools and colleges in every corner of the UK. We connect employers such as Disney, The Bank of England, Spotify PwC and almost seven hundred others to communities to provide access to the top opportunities for all across the UK. With us, you will be part of inspiring a generation to reach higher, broaden horizons and get equal access to the top.  

To keep growing our charity and our impact, we need top talent, and we are committed to treasuring, developing and supporting them to thrive within their roles. 



Role Summary

The Programme Officer role is crucial to the support and development of our youth volunteering[CW1]  programme. Speakers for Schools have recently acquired the vInspired platform, and we are now working to reinvigorate it and the vawards as well as integrate it with other SfS’s programmes.

The Programme Officer will support all aspects of our youth volunteering programme, including programme support, strategic partner engagement and management, designing pilots and supporting new projects as required. The Programme Officer will also oversee the day to day running of our volunteering platform and awards and all associated administrative tasks, providing crucial support to young people, partners and internal colleagues.


Key Duties / Responsibilities

  • Working independently and within a structured programme plan to meet targets and objectives set by Head of Youth Volunteering
  • Developing collateral for internal and stakeholder engagement with youth volunteering and other SfS programmes
  • Ensuring consistent and accurate updating of CRM and ensuring proper data management across relevant products
  • Support the delivery of a portfolio of interventions to support young people across the UK 
  • Supporting measurement of programme impact in line with charity goals and mission 
  • Collating programme feedback to assist in development and redesign
  • Confidently discussing youth volunteering SfS and our goals aims via email communication, virtual meetings, and telephone


Key skills and experience:


  • Strong customer service skills, including an ability to communicate clearly and accessibly with young people and organisations
  • Excellent organisation and collaboration skills and ability to learn quickly to ensure smooth programme processes 
  • Outstanding problem solving and analytical skills and an ability to work within a fast-paced environment
  • Experience using Microsoft packages, including Outlook 
  • Flexibility and a willingness to get stuck in and help with any tasks the team require support for
  • Excel at organising their workload and enjoy driving work forward independently 
  • Are sociable and confident and happy building and maintaining relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders



  • Experience in programme support in volunteering or education charities 
  • Experience in administrating an app or platform and using backend CMS platforms
  • Experience in using CRM software, specifically Salesforce



Benefits offered at Speakers for Schools:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Morning of your birthday off
  • Pension scheme
  • CharlieHR perks
  • Perkbox
  • £500 a year training allowance


Diversity at our core

At Speakers for Schools, we are committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating discrimination. Our aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

We welcome applications from all, including those where employment has been affected by Covid-19 and those seeking to change careers. Diversity is at our core; join us.


How to apply:

Please submit your CV and a one-page covering letter that outlines your specific interest and ability to successfully fill this role, as well as your salary expectations and current notice period. Please note if you do not provide a covering letter, your application will not be considered.

Appointees are subject to a successful DBS check, as contact with young people is likely.

You must have the right to work in the UK to apply.


The Journey to joining Speakers for Schools:

The closing date for this role is Friday 11th February at 9 am.

Successful candidates will be invited to interview on Tuesday 15th February. Please keep this date free as alternative dates may not be possible.

Our new team member will start ASAP.

If you have not heard from us two weeks after the interview date, please presume your application has been unsuccessful.

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