Location: Flexible – office is London. Frequent England wide travel required

Close Date: 07/10/19

Salary: £30,000. Pro rata to £18,000 per annum

We are seeking

Community Leisure UK are seeking an experienced, collaborative and positive colleague to join us as a Programme Manager. This new role will focus on leading a brand new, three-year, multi-partner, England wide, volunteering programme. The ‘Bridging Communities’ programme is a collaboration between NCVO, Absolutely Cultured and Community Leisure UK, supported by Sport England grant funding. This is an exciting community volunteering programme, where the Programme Manager will shape, develop and lead the programme as they see best.

About the Bridging Communities programme

We believe volunteers can be the bridge between their community and local physical activity opportunities. We believe we can create an England-wide approach f or volunteering in community leisure that will be scalable, replicable and sustainable. The approach and model are new, exciting, and can create a step change in volunteering in community services.

Various reports, thinking and now shapers of national policy have begun to embrace the notion that the voluntary sector has a critical role to play in a new civil society that is being born from austerity and the new power dynamics of globalisation and the associated improvements to individual mobility.

Our approach represents this very shift in deliverable form – a shift from the old power dynamics of ‘control by the elite’ to a new power model that respects individuality and embraces the modern lifestyle where irregularity and flexibility is seen as a strength and a critical part of the fabric of modern life.

The programme involves four partners. Absolutely Cultured, NCVO and Community Leisure UK working nationally, enabling locally led, high quality delivery through community leisure and culture trusts.

About Community Leisure UK

Community Leisure UK is a national members’ association representing leisure and culture charitable trusts and social enterprises across the UK. The association is a small, agile and values-driven organisation. The Programme Manager will be an integral part of this team and wider trust collective.

Members range from small trusts operating one or two facilities, to very large trusts operating in multiple geographical locations. The trusts play a major and distinctive role in the national delivery of vital local services and Community Leisure UK works closely with our members and many national bodies to assist this role and support best practice. Currently, Community Leisure UK has a membership of 109 trusts across the United Kingdom, who collectively operate across 3,900 public services and facilities.

Main Areas of Responsibility

We need a Programme Manager who is a connector and collaborator. Connecting the programme’s parts to develop and deliver the predefined objectives, whilst bringing people and trusts together to work collaboratively and effectively together. The responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the Bridging Communities programme including budget and Key Performance Indicators management and reporting
  • Leading, developing and managing effective partnership working between national organisations and local leisure trusts
  • Being the lead contact with Sport England ensuring the grant award obligations are met and reported on
  • Being the ambassador and public face of the programme – including presentations, leading discussions and co-delivering workshops
  • Orchestrating and overseeing the programme’s Governance Board
  • Being a conduit between trusts, partner organisations, and evaluators
  • Supporting 15 leisure trusts to engage, co-deliver and be committed to the programme’s objectives
  • Helping to identify solutions for challenges that arise during the programme – with national partners and local leisure trusts
  • Involving all Community Leisure UK members in the tools, learning and conclusions from the programme
  • Continually championing the charitable trust model in all aspects of work and engagement

The above areas of work for the Programme Manager will form a work programme that will be reviewed and updated on a monthly basis with the Chief Executive, who will be the Programme Manager’s line manager.

Skills and Qualities

We seek a Programme Manager who can:

  • Create and develop effective and conducive partnerships
  • Lead the programme management effectively and with pride
  • Utilise varied, effective and engaging communication styles
  • Demonstrate an affinity for and experience in volunteering policy and practice
  • Enthuse leisure trusts, volunteers, volunteer managers and partners about engaging in the programme
  • Work with a solution-focused mindset, finding solutions and positive ideas
  • Interest in the charity and social enterprise sectors and how they operate
  • Understanding of leisure and cultural services and their impact on delivering public benefit
  • A commitment to using factual information as the basis for communicating and influencing
  • Actively contribute to meetings and discussions
  • Travel frequently including London, Hull and across England

And that they can:

  • Manage their own workload, work flexibly and independently, with a high degree of organisation and administration capabilities
  • Take personal responsibility for the complete delivery of projects, tasks and outcomes
  • Listen to trusts and partners, and draw conclusions
  • Work well in a small team and get on readily with everybody
  • Respect other individuals; listens and takes into account different opinions, feelings and motivations; is trustworthy and acts with integrity; responds and acts constructively towards others
  • Communicate effectively verbally, in writing and through presentations
  • Completes work to a high standard and shares knowledge across the programme and partners

Point of contact for applicants: We would welcome applicants sending a Curriculum Vitae of no more than two pages. Accompanying your Curriculum Vitae, please include a supporting statement of up to two pages, explaining how you meet the Programme Manager requirements and how you would approach the role.

Please email your Curriculum Vitae and supporting statement to: cateatwater@communityleisureuk.org

Informal discussions regarding the role, programme, or partner organisations are welcomed – please email Cate Atwater to arrange a time to discuss the role: cateatwater@communityleisureuk.org