SE1, London

£30,000 - £35,000 per annum + pension, generous holiday allowance and flexible working.


About the organisation

Yes Futures is a multi award-winning charity, established in 2012 and run by experienced qualified teachers. Our vision is a future where all y... Read more

Job Description

Head of Programmes, Yes Futures

Yes Futures is a multi-award winning charity, established in 2012. Our successful programmes have made a proven difference to the lives of over 1000 young people, and we are rapidly expanding to more schools across the country.

Thanks to this growth, we are now looking for a Head of Programmes to lead our programme delivery and expansion from spring 2019.

As Head of Programmes, you will maintain oversight of all programme delivery across our two regions, manage our talented team of Programme Leads, and lead our ambitious growth strategy to new schools and more young people.

This is a unique opportunity to have an incredible impact at this exciting stage in the charity’s growth.

You will have significant ownership over your work, enabling you to thrive and grow your talents in a supportive, collaborative environment.


About the Role

As Head of Programmes, you will have a clear passion for the Yes Futures vision.

You will be an outgoing, confident professional who loves working with young people and adults from a wide range of backgrounds. As well as being excellent at managing and motivating others, you will also possess outstanding organisational skills and a keen eye for detail.

The core purpose of the Head of Programmes role is to manage all programme delivery, including making ongoing improvements to programme design as we grow and scale our programmes to more schools.

You will work directly alongside the Chief Executive and be an integral link between our Head Office and our regional Programme Lead team.

The Head of Programmes is responsible for managing the Programme Lead team who work regionally (in home-based roles). Whilst the majority of your role will be based in our Head Office, you will support some elements of programme delivery. As such, you will need to be willing to travel to our partner schools and locations and have proven experience of leading groups of young people.

One key element of the Head of Programmes role is to act as Trip Leader on our Into the Wild residential weekends. You will need to be comfortable in leading large groups of over 100 young people through key transition points, setting routines and managing behavioural expectations, and running reflective debriefs with the adult Coaching team.

You will also be responsible for leading on a number of key strategic goals, including:

  • maintaining the quality and impact of the Yes Futures programmes as we grow,
  • developing our Ambassador offer as a way of staying in touch with previous students,
  • launching a new strategy to improve our recruitment and retention of volunteer Coaches.


About Yes Futures

Our vision is a future where all young people are confident, resilient and lead fulfilling lives.

We are achieving this vision through our award-winning personal development programmes, which empower 8-18 year olds to fulfil their potential. Our Finding Futures programme (for primary school students) and Rising Futures programme (for secondary school students) enable students to develop four key foundational skills: Confidence, Resilience, Communication and Self-Awareness.

The programmes involve a range of extra-curricular experiences: including visits to workplaces, community action challenges, an outdoor residential trip, as well as regular in-school Coaching sessions.

The experiences allow the young people to challenge themselves and achieve new successes in new environments, which in turn helps them to realise their full potential and raise their ambitions. As well as three trip experiences, each student receives personalised, valuable support from a Yes Futures Coach, who works with them to continually recognise their achievements and reflect on their areas for further development. Both the number and variety of sessions allows for the Coach and student to build a trusting relationship whilst focusing on tangible targets for continued personal development.

Ultimately, we aim to create a cultural shift in education: where non-academic skills are developed with the same focus as academic skills, enabling students to be successful both at school and beyond.


Why should you apply for this role?

Yes Futures is a small, rapidly growing charity. By joining us at this critical stage in our development you will have a significant impact on our growth and future success.

As Head of Programmes you will:

  • Help us to make a difference to thousands of young people;
  • Thrive in a role with a high degree of responsibility and flexibility;
  • Have ownership over many aspects of the charity’s operations, with tangible results;
  • Enjoy working with other like-minded people;
  • Enhance your skills through regular professional development opportunities.

If you are enthusiastic, ambitious and open to challenging yourself by applying your talents to a dynamic, young charity… we need you!


How to apply

You can download a more detailed Role Description and the Application Form from the 'Join Our Team' page of our website (see address below).

Please note in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 to apply for a position with Yes Futures, you must eligible to work and live in the UK.

Deadline for applications: Friday 1st February 2019 at midnight. We look forward to hearing from you!