Westminster, Greater London
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£30,000 - £35,000 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

We are looking for an experienced Programme Manager to oversee the delivery of our flagship Digital Surgeries programme. Come and help us to achieve our mission of ensuring that every young person can have a voice on issues that matter to them.

About The Politics Project

The Politics Project supports young people to use their voice by providing them with outstanding democratic education. We specialise in digital democracy, supporting young people, teachers and politicians to use digital tools to learn, teach and engage in politics.

Through our Digital Surgeries programme, we support politicians to engage with young people using digital platforms to build strong relationships and a shared understanding of issues. We have delivered over 160 Digital Surgeries, working with a network of over 150 politicians and 100 schools. We work with a wide range of politicians across parties, from local councillors to MPs and government ministers, including Sir Keir Starmer MP, Ben Bradley MP, Caroline Lucas MP and Mayor Andy Burnham.

Over the last 18 months we have extended this work to support a range of partners, including the Parliamentary Education Service, the University of Exeter, the People’s History Museum, the University of Cambridge and UCL, to run thematic versions of the programme with schools across the UK. This has included looking at the work of the House of Lords, Gender and Identity, the Peterloo Massacre and climate change.

We are also working with parliamentary staff to develop a version of the Digital Surgeries programme that allows young people to use digital platforms to provide evidence to parliamentary select committee inquiries, putting young people’s voices at the heart of national policy debates.

Visit our website for more information about our work.


About the Role

In this role you will oversee the delivery of our flagship Digital Surgeries programme, managing the expansion and delivery of this rapidly growing programme. Due to Covid-19 we have seen an increase in demand for our digital approach and anticipate significant growth in the upcoming year. In this role we are looking for someone to guide this growth, making the most of opportunities that arise and ensuring that progress is tracked and Digital Surgeries are delivered to a high quality.

You will engage regularly with politicians and teachers, strengthening relationships with our existing partners while also identifying opportunities and developing strategies to build new ones.

You will manage a team of one or two programme coordinators who will lead day-to-day delivery.

There will also be opportunities for learning and development. Depending on your needs, this could include support on areas of programme management where you would like to strengthen your skills, or on subject knowledge on politics, the education sector or one of the thematic programme topics mentioned above.

This will be a fast-paced role in a small but growing, friendly team. There will be significant opportunities to shape the growth of our flagship programme and the broader direction of the organisation.


Key responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the planning and delivery of the Digital Surgeries programme.
  • Supporting in the development and delivery of a range of thematic versions of the programme including on climate change, elections and parliamentary select committees. 
  • Building, tracking and implementing robust programme management systems.
  • Managing relationships with over 100 teachers and 150 politicians from across the UK.
  • Recruiting teachers and politicians to take part in the programme.
  • Line management of one or two Programme Coordinators.


Personal Specification



·       Programme Management experience.

·       Ability to build and manage relationships.

·       Strong ability to manage multiple priorities.

·       Excellent time management and organisational skills.

·       Ability to solve problems and perform under pressure.


·       Experience of database management

·       Confident working with technology such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

·       Experience of managing a team.

·       Ability to conduct monitoring and evaluation of work and produce written reports.

·       Knowledge/understanding of the education sector.

The job is based on a 12-month contract (including a 3-month probation period) and is primarily based in our office in Central London or our office in Central Manchester. Initially work will be remote due to the Covid-19 crisis. Occasional travel to elsewhere in the UK may be required.

The hours of work are 37.5 hrs per week. Holiday entitlement will be 25 days pro rata (exclusive of Bank Holidays).

In accordance with our Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures, this position requires an enhanced DBS check that we will provide.


How to apply

To apply please submit answers to the following questions along with your CV by 4pm on Monday 4th August. Each answer should be no more than 250 words.


What relevant experience do you have for this role?
What do you think makes a good Programme Manager?
How do you manage multiple priorities?
We deliver a range of thematic versions of the Digital Surgeries programme – what do you think our next thematic version of the programme should be and why?

Please contact the Director of The Politics Project, Harriet Andrews, if you have any questions. 


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Posted on: 06 July 2020
Closed date: 04 August 2020
Tags: Project Management, Operations

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