Job Opportunity: Programme Officer (UK)

Want to help scale up some of the best innovations to social problems?

Do you want to support us to scale up solutions to the world’s most pressing social needs? Interested in working in an innovative, flexible and dynamic team? We’re looking for someone to join our UK team as a Programme Officer supporting with the delivery of our flagship Scale Accelerator programme, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

The organisation

Spring Impact is an organisation with a bold social mission.

We work with social impact projects around the world that are doing truly transformative work but are frustrated that they are reaching fewer people than they could. We help these organisations develop the plans, the systems and the processes they need in order to reach many more people.

We support organisations primarily through direct consultancy with charities and social enterprises. We also run training and publish tools supporting mission-driven organisations to understand how they can scale and reach more people. We also aim to influence the sector, with a focus on trusts and foundations, to create an environment that supports mission-driven organisations with proven solutions to scale them up.

Spring Impact is a registered charity, but one that operates with bags of entrepreneurial drive. We are innovative, imaginative and highly skilled in doing a lot with a little. The team you will be joining are an exceptional bunch who have been drawn from highly successful careers in a variety of fields and who have chosen to focus their talents on scaling social impact.

The programme

Scale Accelerator is Spring Impact’s flagship programme. It provides fully-funded support to some of the most exciting mission-driven organisations in the UK, helping them to develop the strategies, plans and systems they need to reach more people and change more lives. Supported by The National Lottery Community Fund, it has the potential to make a real difference to how the UK social sector scales impact.

The role

We are looking for someone to join our dynamic and growing UK team to support the Programme Manager to coordinate and deliver the Scale Accelerator programme.

This role combines the opportunity to provide hands-on support for charities and social enterprises (helping shape and deliver the group-based element of the programme, and provide coaching support to alumni) with the chance to support and influence the wider sector in the UK (by supporting our funder advocacy work and sharing scale-related tools and learning with the wider sector).

We are looking for candidates with a passion for supporting the UK not-for-profit sector to develop. You will be confident in taking responsibility for your own work and communicating complex information, and will be driven by the opportunity to learn and develop within the role.

Full job description available here: Programme Officer_JD.

Other details

  • Salary: starting at £26,700 per annum. Salary may be negotiable dependent on previous consultancy experience
  • Fixed term (18 months)
  • Work location is London Bridge, London (Exact location TBC as the team is currently relocating to the London Bridge area)
  • Starting from February or March 2020
  • You will need existing permission to work in the UK
  • Full time, with option for part time (3 days per week plus)

Deadline and interview dates

Deadline for application: 5 pm, Tuesday 19th January 2021.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a short telephone interview, taking place on Monday 25th January 2021.

A smaller shortlist will then be invited to a final video interview, taking place on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th January 2021.

Please keep these dates free and be aware that there will be a short notification period before each interview.

Diversity

Spring Impact understands that in order to provide the best possible advice to our diverse client base across a wide range of sectors, we are strongest when our team has a variety of experience, expertise, and insights to draw from. For us, diversity isn’t merely a strategy: it’s an essential part of our organisational success. We are committed to ensuring that Spring Impact is representative of our society at large, and is an inclusive environment for all, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and socioeconomic background.

Safer Recruitment Practices for COVID-19

We know there are many challenges with recruiting staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being unable to meet candidates in person, needing to recruit new staff in a timely manner presents its own challenges.  Spring Impact have adjusted its recruitment practices to ensure the safety of candidates and our staff whilst adhering to Government guidelines.  To keep you fully updated throughout the recruitment process, we will:

However, in the event that it is possible and desirable to do this interview face to face, in order to ensure that candidates face no barriers to attending interview, Spring Impact will reimburse the train fare of anyone travelling from outside of London.

Flexible working

Because we understand that an office-based 9-to-5 will not suit everyone, staff at Spring Impact are encouraged to make use of our generous flexible working policy. Wherever possible we aim to give each person responsibility to choose when and where they work, and to find the right balance between office-based and home working. We are also happy to discuss further accommodations you may require to fulfil this role.

We are open to hearing from candidates that would prefer a part-time role, as long as the candidate is able to work at least 3 days a week.

Your career at Spring Impact

This post is fixed term for an 18-month period in line with the funding period for the Scale Accelerator programme.  Potential to transition into another position within Spring Impact upon programme completion, as fit and business need allows.

To make an application

You will need existing permission to work in the UK to apply for this role.

To make an application please submit a written application via the recruitment platform, carefully following our guidance below.

The written application should include:

  • An email / cover note, detailing:
  • Which role you are applying for
  • How you heard about the job
  • When you would be available to start
  • Whether you are interested in a part time role (if so, how many days)
  • Whether you require any reasonable adjustments in the interview process (including details)
  • Confirm that you have the right to work in the UK for at least the 18 month contract period
  • Confirm that you have a degree and which institution this was from (this is for due diligence purposes, the recruiters will not see this information)
  • A supporting statement of no more than 500 words, demonstrating:
    • Your understanding of Spring Impact’s mission and what, therefore, attracts you to the organization and to the Scale Accelerator programme in particular
    • The respects in which your skills, knowledge and experience are a good fit for the role, with specific reference to the Job Description and Person Specification

Please note: We are committed to diversity and want to reduce room for unconscious bias in our recruitment processes. Therefore, please do not submit a CV and do not include your name or university attended in your supporting statement.

We aim to keep our recruitment processes as fair and open as possible. We are therefore unable to meet with potential candidates before interview. If you have any questions about specific elements of the application process, please direct your enquiries to jobs@springimpact.org.

Please note that the job offer will be subject to references.

 

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