Birmingham, West Midlands
£40,000 - £55,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Birmingham and Solihull Active Communities

Job Title:

Programme Lead


£40,000 - £55,000

Responsible to:

Programme Director


Birmingham with travel across Birmingham and Solihull

Hours of Work:

36 ½ hours per week. Flexible working will be required



This post is hosted by The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) on behalf of the Birmingham and Solihull Active Communities.


The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is a new, independent social enterprise and a registered Community Benefit Society, which works with some of the poorest communities in Birmingham and beyond to improve people’s health and wellbeing through physical activity. It delivers services on behalf of Birmingham City Council and was previously known as the Birmingham Wellbeing Service.

Its mission is to:

Use physical activity, guided by innovation, collaboration and insight, to do the collaborating and development required to create stronger and more resilient communities.

Background to Local Delivery Pilots in Birmingham and Solihull

Birmingham City Council in partnership with Solihull MBC tendered to become a Sport England Local Delivery Pilot area. In December 2017 we were informed that our proposal, Active Communities, had been successfully chosen as one of twelve pilot areas across England.  TAWS will act as the accountable body for the programme. The post holder will be accountable to Local Delivery Pilot Programme Board.

Local Delivery Pilots are a strategic investment by Sport England, which aim to understand how we can best help people get active in their communities improving their health, wellbeing and resilience. 

Our Vision Statement for the Birmingham and Solihull Local Delivery Pilot Programme is:

 Tackling inactivity, through innovation, collaboration and insight, to do the social knitting, enabling citizens, communities and neighbourhoods to become integrated, resilient and thriving.

We have identified below, four outcomes, which we believe reflect the step changes required to bringing about our vision/transformational statement and make a difference through this Sport England Pilot.

Outcome 1

The “unusual suspects” living in seldom heard communities and places, who do not traditionally access physical activity, report improved health and quality of life.

Outcome 2

Through activity, co-creation and facilitation, citizens will have a sense of place and belonging, resulting in invigorated, strong and resilient communities.

Outcome 3

Sport England and our stakeholders have clearer insight into the impact and effectiveness of a whole system approach to tackling inactivity with citizens, community and place, through integrated data collection and analysis of past, current and future programmes.

Outcome 4

Through vision, leadership and co-creation, Birmingham and Solihull have an effective, dynamic and responsive, whole systems approach to provoking physical activity, integrating with strategic policy decisions; the physical environment; organisations; institutions; citizens, communities and place.


Local Delivery Pilots are a high-profile Sport England programme operating across the health, wellbeing and physical activity economy of Birmingham and Solihull.

Role Description:

The lead for the entire programme you will be specifically be responsible for overall management of the programme. You will specifically take the lead on relationship management with influential stakeholder in the whole system approach. This will include managing complex and potentially challenging external relationships with Sport England as the funder, partners, politicians and stakeholders. You will also support local relationship management being undertaken within Local Community Action Networks (LCAN), workpackages and through the governance and evaluation of the programme.  They will work closely with Sport England, TAWS and all key partners, ensuring that all the other elements of the project are pulling together to achieve the overall agreed outcomes. The Programme Lead will be the lead officer for Core Group and Sponsors Group and they will work closely with TAWS CEO and DCEO who has the role of the Programme Director (Senior Responsible Officer) accountable officers for the delivery of the project. The Programme Lead will line manage the Operational Lead, the Workstream Lead, the Learning and Innovation Lead, and the LCAN Lead. They will ensure that there is a clear plan around stakeholder involvement. With direction from the SRO, they will be ultimately responsible for the delivery of the programme. This role will work closely with the evaluation leads locally and nationally, and will have direct call on the insight function within TAWS.

You will be a highly skilled programme manager used to working through complex interrelated delivery streams, complex relationships, complex resource management and monitoring delivery against programme outcomes. You will be creative yet understand the complexity of managing a diverse range of projects within a multi-million-pound programme.

Main duties of the role

 1.          To lead and oversee the development and implementation of the vision, strategy and outcomes of the Active Communities Local Delivery Pilots across Birmingham and Solihull acting as the main contact and liaison point for the programme and its appointed officers at Sport England.

2.          To line manage Operations Lead, LCAN Lead, Workpackage Lead, Learning and Innovation Lead. To include, sickness, leave, Well Being, setting workloads and targets, performance management and offering advice, guidance and support as necessary to enable them to fulfil their role/s.

3.          Strategic planning and relationship managing the strategic relationship with funders, politicians, partners and stakeholders including expectation management, strategic alignment, conflict/tension management. Effective engagement and expectation management necessary to keep partners and the wider stakeholders secure in their investment in the project.

4.          Lead the use and delivery of a robust programme structure including functioning governance, processes, programme and project management.

5.          Lead the creation of an environment where productive and trusting relationships with citizens, communities and key stakeholders develop. Role to keep key partners included and as updated as they need to be to ensure a cohesive network of matrix delivery and a functioning core group.

6.          Work with the Programme Sponsor Board and Core Group to establish and follow the governance and reporting cycle which will underpin the governance of the programme. Lead the governance process including risk management and preparation and delivery of reports for the Sponsor Board and Core Group drawing on the wider team enabling leaders to make informed decisions about the direction of the programme.

7.          Control budgets including procurement (in accordance with The Public Contracts Regulations 2006), financial reconciliation, budget profiling, major financial change requests, proper use of lottery funds in-keeping with the spirit of use of the funding, lead on preparation of conversion proposals in-conjunction with workstreams, programme oversight of financial process. Lead on providing required assurance and resource governance to the SRO and Core Group to review and plan work streams, outcomes, priorities and associated budgets.

8.          Influence and draw upon the insight and evaluation workstream of the programme in order to build an effective test and learn, fail fast programme culture.  Use learning to seize on opportunities to share best practice, upscale activities and connect programme into wider strategic alignment opportunities to help achieve post programme legacy and sustainability. To use the insight and evaluation effectively to reassure and report programme progress, risks and mitigation to funders, partners and stakeholders.

9.          Produce reports, carry out presentations and undertake administrative duties in connection with the post.

10.       Carry out all other duties as maybe reasonably assigned from time to time and with the level of this Job Description.

11.       Support and adopt the mission, aim and values of TAWS, throughout your work and behaviours.

12.       To take responsibility for your own personal and professional development, including responding constructively to internal management performance processes.

Experience and Knowledge

All criteria are essential, and your application will be assessed on all points detailed below.

1.          Experience of leading large, complex and collaborative programmes.

2.          Strong interpersonal skills and presentational skills across a range of mediums shown to challenge and influence.

3.          Experience of applying emotional Intelligence and finding ways to progress in high pressure situations and managing challenging relationships working with peers, managing staff and developing partnership with stakeholders, communities and citizens.

4.          Evidence of an ability to be decisive and a willingness to take informed and calculated decisions. Bringing a considered and informed view at both a strategic and operational level to ensure the programme outcomes have the best opportunity to be achieved.

5.          Experience managing large and complex resources with required governance, process and assurance to minimise risk including financial and reputational risk to Active Communities and TAWS.

6.          Evidence of using insight and evaluation as a critical feedback loop supporting strategic and operational programme adaptation and delivery of outcomes.

7.          Understanding of models of community development that promote health, wellbeing, community and individual resilience and acumen in transitioning from a funded test and learn model into a sustainable business model.

8.          Demonstrate empathy and understanding with the citizens and communities who access our services.

9.          Evidence of a commitment to ongoing personal development and training.

10.       Digitally literate and familiar with a range of software packages including utilising social media.






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Refreshed on: 23 December 2019
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