About SportInspired

SportInspired is an award-winning charity that sees well-being as a fundamental human right. However, for the 4.1m children living in poverty in the UK, it is often out of reach. We passionately believe this is
unacceptable. For 11 years SportInspired has harnessed the unique power of sport to change the lives of children living in the UK’s most deprived communities. Our model is based on making being active fun and exciting for all, breaking down the genuine barriers to engagement these children face. We forge impactful partnerships with business and build sustainable community asset networks. Our mission is for all young children throughout the UK to live lives they love. 

SportInspired is on the cusp of game changing growth. In spring 2020 we will launch a new, bold 10-year plan to support every 8 to 9-year-old living in the UK’s most deprived communities by 2030. SportInspired is a team of passionate and committed doers. Our values are embodied in everything we do – from our team, to the way we work together and programmes we deliver – we are impactful,
innovative, inclusive, and fun.

Job title: Senior Programme Manager – Family focus

Role description

We’re looking for a Programme Manager who is keen to have real responsibility to deliver tangible social impact for young people in deprived communities. This is an opportunity for you to gain invaluable hands-on experience and begin building a career in a fast-paced charity. We have a proven, award-winning track record for our ability to work with some of the biggest brands out there to make innovative and exciting impact. This role has a strong focus on increasing participation in sport and physical activity by families.As the

Senior Programme Manager, you would be responsible for:

  • Managing and supporting clients
  • Building and maintaining relationships with clients
  • Day-to-day responsibility for supporting the client relationship
  • Liaising with the internal team to ensure clients’ needs are fulfilled effectively
  • Reporting to the client on the outcomes of their programmes
  • Managing programme delivery
  • Developing, delivering and monitoring the success of a pilot programme designed to engage
    the whole family in sport and physical activity
  • End-to-end responsibility for the organisation and delivery of high-quality community-based programmes, including the recruitment of primary and secondary school partners and sports clubs, and family participation in sport, sporting activities and healthier lifestyles
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with beneficiary families, schools, sports clubs and other community participants
  • Assisting the running of the multi-sport festivals
  • Delivery of the programme in primary schools: engaging primary school children and their parents and families in physical, nutritional and mental wellbeing
  • Supporting our Young Leader Manager in the delivery of training in key employability skills – leadership, communication, teamwork etc - to secondary school pupils
  • Managing a team of junior programme managers and interns to deliver programmes

About the candidate

We are looking for someone who would be a natural addition to our energetic, purpose-driven team. The ideal candidate would be a people person, with a love of building relationships, a passion for communication, an independent and innovative thinker who is passionate about delivering social change founded in a solid evidence base. This role has developmental opportunity and a clear path into senior operational and managerial roles.

We are looking for are someone with:

  • A passion for working with children and young people, as well as a passion for education and/or
  • Experience of managing the delivery of projects and events, on time, within budget, that meet (or exceed) expectations
  • Experience of managing others, providing leadership, motivation and direction
  • Experience of engaging children and adults in activities they may not naturally engage in
  • An ability to solve problems independently, keeping a cool head and working calmly under pressure
  • Understanding the big picture of what we are trying to achieve and knowing how this fits into the decisions you make
  • Sharp attention to detail and a consistent drive to deliver to a high standard
  • Driven by the challenge to build and structure your role and any related processes, balancing both the short and long-term needs of the business.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, whether dealing with our corporate clients, school teachers, sports instructors or the children and their families
  • Efficiency - ability to work to tight deadlines, and ability to independently prioritise between tasks with overlapping deadlines, while maintaining a high standard at all times
  • 1 – 5 years’ professional experience in project/event management, preferably with a focus on family engagement
  • Social innovation/enterprise or charity experience is a bonus but not required
  • An understanding of the current inactivity levels in families in the UK
  • A Bachelor’s degree (2:1 or above is preferable)
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills

Expected length of engagement and salary

£25-30k per year (depending on experience).
Fixed term contract for 2 years (very good possibility for this to become permanent with a strong
Closing date: We will commence interviews after the 2nd January however we will be able to review applications up to the 17th January.

How to apply

Please send a copy of your CV and covering letter (no longer than one side of A4) to [email protected] Unfortunately, we are unable to reply to everyone who applies, so only applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

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Equal opportunities employer

SportInspired values diversity and inclusion and strongly encourages applications from all sections of the