Bristol, Bristol City
Manchester, Greater Manchester
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Nottingham, Nottingham
£23,000 per year (£24,000 if based in London)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

upReach is an award-winning social mobility charity supporting less-advantaged students to secure graduate jobs in sectors including Consulting, Government & Public Sector, Law and Technology. We deliver a comprehensive programme of professional development to over 2,000 students, working in close partnership with leading employers such as Civil Service, Deloitte, FactSet, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey and Slaughter and May.

upReach is recruiting for our unique Future Charity Leaders Programme (FCLP). This opportunity would suit individuals who have a passion for social mobility and are looking to gain exposure to various aspects of charity management while working with young people who are exploring their career options. We would welcome applications from those with experience in the corporate world who are looking for a career change, recent graduates, and those graduating in 2021. 



Key Information

upReach’s Future Charity Leaders Programme is a unique 2.5 year programme combining delivery work supporting our Associates (4 days per week), with exposure to key aspects of charity management (1 day per week).


Programme Coordinators work directly with students, partner employers and universities to deliver our core programmes of support across all career sectors. 


Role: Programme Coordinator, FCLP

Location: Bristol, London, Manchester, Newcastle, or Nottingham  

Hours: 40 hours per week, 9am - 6pm 

Start date: January 2022, with a few spaces available for an immediate start

Duration: Permanent 

Reporting to: Programme Manager

Salary: £23,000 per annum (£24,000 if based in London)

Application Deadline:  5pm Thursday 30th September 2021

About the Role & The Programme

upReach’s Future Charity Leaders Programme (FCLP) is a 2.5 year programme combining delivery work supporting our Associates (4 days per week) with exposure to a range of aspects of charity management (1 day per week). The programme is designed either for high-calibre graduates from any university, academic subject and background, or for those with experience in the corporate world who are looking for a career change and experience in the charity sector. 


The programme works on a rotational basis, providing individuals with six months experience in up to five of the below areas of charity management:

  1. Alumni Programme

  2. Branding, Design & Marketing

  3. Employer Partnerships

  4. Development Events & Projects 

  5. External Affairs 

  6. Finance & Operations

  7. Fundraising & Development

  8. HR & Governance

  9. Safeguarding & Associate Welfare 

  10. Impact Measurement & Reporting

  11. Social Media & Communication

  12. Tech Project Management

  13. University Partnerships

  14. Volunteer Management


In addition to the charity management rotations, an FCLP Programme Coordinator will be responsible for delivering personalised employment-­focused support to a cohort of approximately 80 Associates, helping transform their lives by giving them the necessary skills to secure a top job. During a typical week, you should expect to be working with undergraduates and supporting the charity in a key area of its operations. 


Core delivery responsibilities for an FCLP Programme Coordinator will include: 


  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with Associates, supporting them to achieve their career goals

  • Developing and delivering professional development­-focused support

  • Individual and small group work with Associates 

  • Supporting Associates when applying to undergraduate positions and graduate jobs 

  • Developing sector and/or employability skill knowledge while building resources to support all Associates

  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with university and employer partners

  • Planning and delivering events and workshops with partners


Person Specification 

This position would be suited to individuals who are committed to upReach’s mission and are interested in learning about, and gaining experience in, charity management. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about social-mobility and believe that background should not be a barrier to graduate employment. 


Essential Skills/Experience:


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

  2. Strong organisational and time management skills with a keen eye for detail and the ability to manage a varied workload  

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

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

  5. Self-motivation and an ability to work in a small team as well as independently

  6. Excellent communication skills and strong written English

  7. Ability to engage and communicate confidently with undergraduates, corporate volunteers (mentors) and employers via phone, email, and in person

*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. Knowledge of the graduate labour market in the UK and experience supporting individuals through an application process 

  2. Strong negotiation skills and experience in roles requiring influence 

  3. Experience with public speaking or leading workshops

  4. Experience working in one or more of the career sectors that upReach support Associates applying to


Values & Competencies

upReach upholds the following values:

  • Perseverance

  • Integrity

  • Advocacy

  • Aspiration

  • Proactivity 


We are looking for candidates to display the following competencies during the application stages:

  • Problem solving and decision making

  • Planning and organising

  • Collaboration

  • Passion and motivation

  • Communication skills

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Posted on: 02 September 2021
Closed date: 07 October 2021
Tags: Project Management

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