Birmingham, West Midlands
London, Greater London
£47,000 - £55,000 per year (depending on location and experience)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description
  • Applications Close: 9am, Friday 5th November 2021 - please note: late applications cannot be accepted.
  • Salary: £47,000 - £52,000 p.a. (plus £3,000 inner London Weighting) dependent on home location and experience
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week
  • Location: London (Tobacco Dock) or Birmingham (The Big Peg - with regular travel to London) - with option for home working when not required in the office
  • Interview date: TBC
  • Reporting to: CEO
  • Start date: 20th December 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

Overview of the role:

The Programme Director oversees delivery of The Access Project’s programme in 35 schools across 4 regions, through a team of 33 people.  They are responsible for ensuring that all 1,800 students on The Access Project receive a high quality programme. They manage and oversee all delivery metrics, as well as school relationships (including renewals) and school recruitment.  The Programme Director also sets functional KPIs and milestones, ensuring progress towards these. 

The Programme team works closely with the Impact and Strategy team, who hold responsibility for design, monitoring and evaluation of the programme, so it is essential that the Programme Director is skilled in cross-team working and excellent communication. 

As a member of the Executive team (comprising CEO and Directors), the Programme Director helps set organisational strategy, define growth targets, and contributes to cross-functional problem solving to ensure progress towards organisational goals. 

The role would suit a dynamic, skilled people leader, with proven problem solving skills and who thrives in a fast paced environment. 

Duties and responsibilities:

The Programme Director will be responsible for:

Programme delivery

  • Overseeing management of delivery to KPIs across all regions and programme models
  • Oversee effective management and renewal of existing partner schools (with associated income generation of c.£0.6m)
  • Oversee recruitment and onboarding of new schools in line with annual growth targets

Organisational strategic direction:

  • Work with Exec team and CEO to define strategic priorities
  • Define functional strategic priorities & areas for development
  • Align team around strategy, ensuring buy-in
  • Develop plans for how to extend TAP’s reach (including through expansion into new geographies)

Budgeting & annual planning:

  • Develop Programme team’s budget to deliver high level strategy goals (currently c£1.2m)
  • Develop annual objectives for Programme team, aligned with organisational strategy with input from team members
  • Define structure and capacity/resource requirements for Programme function, looking ahead to how this changes over time to ensure future-proofing

Organisational delivery and performance management:

  • Define functional KPIs for regular review at Exec level & manage to these
  • Provide critical challenge to other Directors’ performance to KPIs to identify risk areas
  • Ensure all KPIs are translated into individual objectives for team members
  • Maintain team morale

Team management & development:

  • Maintain team morale, including ensuring adequate support is provided where needed
  • Ensure all KPIs are translated into individual objectives for team members
  • Identify skills gaps/development needs and training solutions to address these
  • Oversee recruitment of Programme roles (internal & external), updating or adapting processes when necessary


  • Be accountable to the Board for performance of team, including providing effective reporting to the Board


Person Specification:


  • Excellent communication
  • Strategic thinking
  • Organisation and planning
  • People leadership, with high level emotional intelligence
  • Excellent stakeholder management
  • Ability to inspire
  • Presentations to a variety of audiences
  • Fast paced problem-solving
  • Resilience


  • Leading a geographically dispersed team
  • Budget management
  • Cross-team working
  • Delivering to challenging KPIs
  • Pitching and managing sales of programmes
  • Complex programme delivery
  • Developing others
  • Scaling operational delivery (ideally into new regions/ geographies) (desirable)
  • Experience of working with schools or in education (desirable)

Further Information

Equal Opportunities Statement

The Access Project is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds. We are working towards improvements with equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging.

Safeguarding Statement

The Access Project is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Please see our online application portal for a full job description, person specification and further information about our charity’s fantastic work and team.

More about The Access Project

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Refreshed on: 28 October 2021
Closed date: 05 November 2021
Job ref: Programme Director
Tags: Senior Management, Management

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