EC1M, London
£30,000-£36,000 DOE
Job description

*Please note interviews will start 2nd week of January, so please do not wait to apply*

Our charity is looking to bring on board an ambitious Schools and Colleges Manager to help manage, engage and evolve our UK wide state schools’ network. With already 1,700 schools in our network, this post is a key member of our entrepreneurial charity, helping us have fantastic links with our secondary schools and improve our delivery of services. We are looking for a highly organised, experienced and motivated team member who would be excited to drive forward the vision for our school programme as we grow. 

Responsible for a major part of the charity’s work, the Schools Manager role requires someone confident in managing strategic relationships (MATs, LAs, LEPs, unions et al), helping programmatically ensure we target interventions to those who need it the most (deprived areas; geographically under-served; struggling schools), securing educational partners and ensuring the charity’s team stays abreast of policy and issues facing our state schools. A growing part of the role will be developing and managing a feedback and impact monitoring evaluation process for our interventions.

Please note:

  • This is a senior post in our team working closely alongside our two Programme Managers and progressing strategic objectives with the CEO.
  • This is a 95% office-based role based at our office in Farringdon, London. We are not able to accept home-working or remote applications.
  • Please be sure to read about our work on our website and how we uniquely work to be sure this is a fit before applying

Responsibilities of the Role

National Network Engagement

  • Drive forward the charity's vision on how we serve all  state schools, colleges and young people and ensuring we meet our programme delivery targets through creating and implementing the annual engagement plan
  • Working with the CEO to capitalise on network development opportunities that help keep a healthy network through bringing on board new schools, strengthening school links through educational bodies or groups (MATs, Local Authorities) and raising visibility (conferences, key partnerships)
  • Working on creative engagement solutions necessary to maintain a healthy number of school applications, particularly those schools demonstrating high ‘need’
  • Providing an authoritative and capable voice to the team regarding states schools and colleges both on practicalities and policy, able to advise on how they should be working in the schools and students’ best interest
  • Working with the teams termly on national programme targeting priorities and mobilisation to reach 'coldspots'
  • Curating feedback, materials and outcomes to show off success of events and new partnerships for charity publications as needed

Partnership Management

  • Help establish and grow our new partner network of high-need schools across the country; evolving the structure, procedures and ensuring all parts of mutual agreements are met
  • Creating and managing a new student feedback process and impact monitoring system to evolve the charity's ability to track long-term impact 

Schools and College Contact Management

  • Managing database of 1,700+ school and college applications in our CRM
  • Phone calls with target school applicants as needed to help ensure active, accurate applications in the system, being sure they understand the S4S process and commitment throughout all steps of engaging with the charity
  • Answering queries, liaising with schools and addressing any needs for them to participate successfully
  • Maintaining a regular and structured approach to mass school communication, i.e. quarterly newsletters, etc. including writing copy and managing tailored audience lists for each communication working with the Communications Officer

Skills, Experience and Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years experience in company, charity or union office roles (i.e. non-school based)
  • 1-2 years experience managing exteral relationships with a large network, or managing partner communications with a high volumes of stakeholders (preferably nationally);
  • Experience working with or demonstrable familiarity with the UK state school system (11-18 yrs) or school events with an understanding of their operations and current issues related to our work (e.g. Gatsby Benchmarks);
  • Comfort and confidence with technology and proven ability in data management is a must as the use of Salesforce (CRM) is key to this role;
  • Able to demonstrate strong professional writing skills across external liaising, online content for stakeholders and senior briefs of a high-quality;
  • Programme management, project management and/or national network management a major advantage to any candidate;
  • Excellent telephone manner and professional communicator; excels at liaising with and managing relationships at all levels particularly with external offices; and
  • Highly Desired:  Some experience of impact monitoring and managing feedback processes to help develop school or youth interventions.

Personal Competencies

  • Approaches work entrepreneurially, comfortable with proactive strategic work and takes initiative to help wider results within the organisation;
  • Professional, accountable and organised in tracking of one’s output and comfortable analysing these results to guide prioritisation 
  • Able to interpret strategic needs, nuanced environemtns and comfortable with a fast-evolving enterprise environment; motivated by big-picture but able to funnel this into day-to-day processes 
  • Comfortable working independently on organisational objectives but understands when to bring in other managers and the CEO; 
  • Understands how to balance workloads and deliver multiple project strands within a programme of outreach; and
  • Happy and effective working in a small organisation with high professional standards and working collaboratively to achieve outcomes.


Please note this is not an ideal role for those candidates leaving a teaching role without prior experience in an office-based delivery role at a private company, charity or national education network (e.g. union).


To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter (max. 800 words) to our email address. Covering notes explaining suitability for the role are required for consideration.

Please note we will commence interviews and potentially hire before the closing date so we hope you will apply as soon as possible if this post is of interest.

The successful candidate must be able to take post by mid-February.


Please do not contact us about recruiting services or as third party recruiters, we are only interested in direct applications.


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Posted on: 28 December 2018
Closed date: 27 January 2019
Tags: Senior Management, Operations

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