London, Greater London
£40,914 per year pro rata
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Do you have the drive and coordination skills to lead programmes that have a positive impact on global peace and the lives of others? 

UWC is a global movement that strives for global peace and sustainability. Through our 18 schools across four continents we provide an educational experience like no other for tomorrow’s changemakers, irrespective of their background or financial means. 

Supported by 155 mostly volunteer-led national committees, and a vast array of complex stakeholders and partners, our programmes provide multiple paths through which those who dare to dream can explore the UWC experience. This takes coordination, organisation and dedication. That’s where the role of Senior Officer, Programmes, comes in. Is that person you?

Steer the programmes and support the people that prompt a more peaceful and sustainable world

Job Title: Senior Officer, Programmes [Maternity Cover]

Basis of Appointment: Full Time (38.5 hours)

Contract Length: 10 months

Reports to: Head of Programmes

Location: London

Salary:  £40,914 pro rata

Changing the world takes passion, dedication and diligence...

Isn’t it time that your passion and skills be channelled towards a career and community that genuinely changes lives?

If you...

  • want to transform your own life by transforming the lives of others

  • crave a career that creates opportunity for others

  • desire to make dreams come true for those who never thought it possible

  • know that education is the foundation from which we can change the world

  • believe that today’s young people can transform tomorrow

  • strive for world peace and global sustainability

  • dare to dream

...then a career with UWC could be the change you need. 

UWC is a global family of schools with a powerful difference. With a shared goal of working towards global peace and sustainability, we bring together young people from around the world to study in one of our 18 schools on four continents. There they don’t just learn how to be great at passing exams. They learn how to communicate across cultural boundaries. They develop the skills to be a changemaker. They design and engage in initiatives that transform their lives and the lives of those around them for the better. And they stay a “UWC-er” for life, becoming part of a global community of over 60,000 changemakers transforming the lives of others. 

Working with us will inspire and challenge you

Driving a mission to make the UWC experience available to tomorrow’s changemakers, irrespective of their background, beliefs and economic means demands colleagues with passion and dedication, and a talent for transformation. Our students go on to become leaders in politics, NGOs, social enterprises, community movements, charities, and business. For life, they remain dedicated to the UWC mission and many of them remain in close contact with us, their school, and their peers.  

Supporting a community of students, staff and volunteers who dare to dream isn’t an easy task. We thrive through the diligent co-ordination and dedication of:

  • 155 mostly volunteer-led national committees who represent the UWC movement around the world. While we are one movement, our national committees each serve their own unique cultural context. Collectively they support the movement by identifying and selecting future students, supporting fundraising activity and awarding financial aid. 

  • Stakeholders and partners in a range of like-minded organisations.

  • A core staff - currently based in London, but also expanding to Berlin - within the UWC International Office who are responsible for advancing UWC globally, supporting the national committees, the schools and colleges, maintaining engagement with alumni and stakeholders, and driving core programmes and initiatives. 

  • 18 schools and colleges in four continents, each with their own highly diverse community of students working in a challenging and life-changing environment and often living far away from home. 

  • Over 60,000 alumni advocating for the UWC movement and individually working in their own way to change the lives of others. 

  • External consultants and other suppliers involved in the delivery of programmes and initiatives. 

With multiple programmes that change lives could you be the Senior Officer to help us manage them?

Working to an ambitious goal such as ours takes strong organisational skills. Multiple work-streams and programmes exist to support our mission in different ways:

  • The national committees give UWC a local presence in 155 countries. 

  • The Global Selection Programme, introduced in 2018, provides an admissions pathway into UWC schools for suitable students who don’t require financial aid. 

  • Short courses lasting one-to-three weeks are offered around the world in the Summer and Winter months, providing a taste of the UWC experience for all young people who aspire to have a positive impact on the world.  

Those programmes can only flourish with the support, guidance and leadership of dedicated staff who manage the policies, processes and people involved in our programmes. That’s where you come in. 

We’re seeking a new Senior Officer, Programmes, to:

  • Innovate and inspire the future development of and improvements to our International Programmes

  • Build the capacity of our national committees by:

    • Developing systems and processes to support their operational activity

    • Manage the national committee fund

    • Support the opening of national committee hub offices across the globe

  • Support our schools, our national committees and our International Office colleagues with our application, admissions and offers systems and policies

  • Design ways to help streamline our management and implementation of UWC International Programmes

  • Develop and review our policies and processes for national committees, schools and short courses

  • Offer support and guidance for the short course and summer programmes

  • Identify new opportunities for UWC or respond to concerns relating to existing programmes.

  • Deputise for the Head of Programmes

This means that on a day-to-day basis you will:

  • Manage the operational activity relating to key International Programmes, including the Global Selection Programme, the National Committee Fund, and our international short courses and summer programmes

  • Support all application, admissions and offers activity irrespective of the application route the student takes

  • Work with the Head of Programmes and a number of global committees and working groups that co-ordinate and guide International Programmes activity, including acting as secretary to select committees

  • Review policies and processes

  • Line manage two Programme Coordinators, and manage the work of consultants commissioned to work on behalf of UWC International, ensuring work is delivered on time and to the required standards and budgets

  • Manage the department’s budget, supporting of the Head of Programmes

  • Help welcome others into the UWC family of schools and national committees, ensuring that they familiarise themselves with relevant policies and processes, especially those relating to recruitment and admissions of students

  • Advance the provision of support within schools relating to specific needs, from safeguarding to mental health and wellbeing.

As this is an exciting role that works globally and drives new activity, you’ll also be expected to travel - including overseas travel - approximately six times per year and support new initiatives and programmes that may be developed in future. 

Your knowledge, experience and determination

To achieve all of the above, you will ideally have:

  • A drive to work in a transformative environment and a willingness to travel

  • Experience of coordinating multiple stakeholders - including volunteers - in a complex environment, dispersed around the world and often working to conflicting deadlines

  • The tact and cultural sensitivity needed to work in a global environment

  • Excellent line management skills and experience, able to act as a major team-player in your own team and with other teams, or to work independently

  • Strong communication skills, including negotiation and influencing skills, and the ability to reach consensus between different stakeholders. This role also requires an excellent ability to communicate well with those for whom English is not their first language

  • Outstanding attention to detail, coupled with the ability to think analytically and to produce reports and detailed notes

  • Knowledge and experience of producing and implement policies and processes, and bringing others on board with these through the development and delivery of training sessions

  • Experience of working within the UWC system or with similar organisations. 

Applications Process and Deadline

  • Please send your CV of maximum 3 pages with a covering letter that relates your experience to the requirements of the role to the email below. Please indicate how you have heard about this role.

  • In your application, please also provide the name, roles and contact details of two referees. We will not contact them without letting you know. Applicants who applied for this role recently, do not need to apply again.

  • Deadline for application: 12 noon Monday 24 Feb  

  • Interviews will take place during the week commencing 2 March 2020

  • Second interviews during the week commencing 9 March 2020

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