Programme Manager

Programme Manager
London
Posted 6 days ago

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children from all backgrounds can fulfill their potential and make the most of their talents. The EEF was set up in 2011 by The Sutton Trust, as lead charity in partnership with Impetus Trust (now part of Impetus–The Private Equity Foundation), with a £125m founding grant from the Department for Education. The EEF and Sutton Trust are, together, the government-designated What Works Centre for improving education outcomes for school-aged children.

The EEF offers grants to a wide range of organisations (schools, local authorities, universities and charities) to test new ways of improving the educational performance of 3-18 year olds; develop their essential life skills; and prepare them for the world of work and further study. All EEF projects are set up and run as rigorous trials, allowing us to build our understanding of what works in improving outcomes for children and young people. Ensuring this growing evidence base is put to good use and has real impact in nurseries, schools, colleges and other settings is a major priority for the EEF over the next five years.

Responsibilities

Programme Managers are at the heart of the EEF’s work. They are responsible for leading and managing a wide range of activity under a number (typically 2-3) of the EEF’s themes and priority areas, from setting up and managing initial trials of projects, through to supporting the growth of the most promising interventions and project managing the production of guidance report and scale-up work.

Programme Managers are the main point of expertise within the EEF on relevant themes and areas, and build and maintain relationships with the key organisations and individuals in those fields. They advise the Trustees on which projects to fund, work with the Evaluation team to design robust, real-world trials, and manage relationships with existing grantees. They also lead the production of guidance reports and work closely with colleagues in the EEF’s Mobilisation and School Engagement team and Research Schools Network, to ensure our approach to scale-up and mobilisation draws on the lessons learned from previous work and the latest available evidence.

Grant-making

Build and maintain a pipeline of strong grant applicants

Carry out the assessment of applications, including through site visits, evidence reviews, and financial due diligence

Work closely with colleagues and external teams to design projects and evaluations

Manage relationships with funded organisations and support them throughout the project so that

the grants result in secure and useful evaluation findings

Work with other funders to design and manage funding rounds

Guidance and Reporting

Work with colleagues to ensure evaluation reports are accurate and accessible

Commission literature reviews from experts to inform our work

Work with experts to produce practical and actionable practitioner-facing guidance reports, which bring together the evidence from EEF grant-making and other sources

Leading on EEF school themes

The above areas of work are arranged around themes and you will lead on one or more themes. This may include: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Organising Your School, and/or others.

Other responsibilities

Contribute to the operational and strategic development of the EEF, including through over-arching and corporate projects

Undertake other duties which may from time to time be requested by the Chief Executive or Deputy Chief Executive

Person specification

You will be joining a small and focused team. You will be analytical, be experienced at appraising plans and people, have strong project and relationship management skills, and be committed to making a difference. You do not necessarily need established expertise in one of the EEF’s themes; but an ability to learn and establish credibility quickly is important, as is the flexibility to adapt to changing EEF priorities and new work streams.

To apply for this position you must be able to demonstrate:

An ability to analyse a project’s prospects of success and anticipate any problems it might face, taking into account the wider research and the context it will be operating in

An ability to analyse and interpret education research

Strong relationship management skills

Exceptional communication skills

A strong track record of delivery and achievement

An ability to work well in a team and a small organisation, offering a hands-on approach

An entrepreneurial, flexible and pragmatic approach, with an ability to balance a commitment to rigour with accessibility and impact

A genuine interest in the education sector and a commitment to the aims of the EEF

A willingness to travel occasionally to visit projects

Desirable skills and experience include:

Experience or understanding of the education environment, including different education settings

Understanding of programme evaluation methods

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to info@eefoundation.org.uk. Your covering letter should be no more than two sides of A4 and should outline why you are interested in this position and how you meet the criteria above, drawing on specific examples.

Job Features

Job CategoryCharity
Salary£40,000
ContractFixed term for 18 months with possible extension
Deadline5pm 28th March 2019
InterviewsEarly April

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