Nottingham, Nottingham
£26,500 - £33,500 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

upReach is an award-winning charity working to create equal opportunities for students across the UK. We help university students from less-advantaged backgrounds achieve their career potential by providing an intensive programme of support that addresses socio-economic barriers to graduate employment.

We are seeking to hire a Programme and Partnerships Manager to work across our programmes in the East Midlands. This is an exciting opportunity to directly contribute to the growth of the charity by managing multiple partnership relationships, delivering our strategy for growth in the East Midlands and leading a team of Programme Coordinators to recruit and support Associates (the undergraduates we support) who are located in the region.


Key Information

Programme and Partnerships Manager: This individual will play a pivotal role in delivering and growing our programmes supporting Associates from the East Midlands. As part of our Delivery team, they will manage our Associate Support Programmes within the East Midlands (including attraction of students in the region) and look to develop new partnerships to broaden Associate opportunities in the region. 

They will manage a team of Programme Coordinators providing support to Associates located in the Midlands, and will also work directly with Associates themselves. They will work alongside the broader delivery leadership team to devise and deliver plans for upReach’s general Associate recruitment, programme delivery and team management. They will also work closely with the Head of Employer Partnerships and University Partnerships Manager on strategies to expand our partnerships within the region, and ensure that all partnerships within the East Midlands are managed effectively to encourage Associate opportunities in the region. 


Role: Programme and Partnerships Manager 

Location: Nottingham

Hours: Full-time 40 hours per week, 9am - 6pm. 

Start date: Beginning of January 2022

Salary: £26,500 to £33,500 pro rata per annum (based on experience)

Application deadline: 9am on Friday 3rd December

Early applications are encouraged, and we may appoint before the deadline.


Person Specification 


This position would be suited to individuals who are committed to upReach’s mission and have an understanding of, and empathy with, the challenges facing those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.


To be successful you should have at least 2-3 years experience working in programme delivery, stakeholder management and leading small teams. You should be able to demonstrate a proven track record in building, developing and owning effective long-term relationships with new and existing partners, and in managing stakeholder relationships at all levels of seniority. The ideal candidate will be proactive, resilient and used to managing competing priorities within a varied workload. They should be flexible and willing to perform varying duties depending on the shifting needs of the charity.  


Essential Skills/Experience:

  1. Experience working in a fast-paced environment and working independently to find solutions to problems.

  2. Ability to engage and flex communication style confidently with a variety of stakeholders, such as beneficiaries, upReach partners and all levels of employees across the organisation. 

  3. Experience working directly with key stakeholders to manage and grow a relationship and/or partnership.

  4. Excellent influencing, facilitation and communication skills (both oral and written) and be comfortable preparing and presenting reports and proposals to senior management and external stakeholders.  

  5. Line management or team leadership experience.

  6. Strong programme management and problem solving skills, in addition to superb organisational skills to manage a varied workload.  

  7. Self-motivation and an ability to work in a small team as well as independently, with a creative and a proactive attitude.

  8. At least a Grade ‘B’ in Maths and English GCSE (if you have extenuating circumstances, let us know)*

  9. University degree (2:1 or higher)* in any discipline, or equivalent experience.

* The nature of the role requires a high standard of Maths and English, and the ability to quickly review a large amount of information and identify and communicate key themes clearly. Applicants may demonstrate this through the academic qualifications shown above and/or other relevant experience. As our beneficiaries are all undergraduates, a good understanding of the university experience is essential, although it is not necessary that this was acquired through personally gaining a degree.


Desirable Skills/Experience:

  1. Experience identifying and pitching to potential partners

  2. Experience delivering all aspects of a programme end to end, from design to reporting and evaluation.

  3. Experience in marketing a programme or campaign.

  4. Familiarity with G Suite and Zoom video conferencing software.

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Posted on: 11 November 2021
Closed date: 03 December 2021
Tags: Management, Project Management

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