Countryside Discovery Residential Manager

The Country Trust


Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 01245608363 Jill Attenborough

Sectors: environmental education, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 17th June 2018  


Self employed

This role is being offered with the Countryside Discovery Residential Coordinator role

You’ll be leading a small team of self-motivated individuals currently based in Suffolk, Norfolk and Lancashire/Yorkshire who are passionate about bringing the working countryside alive for children from disadvantaged and urban backgrounds through countryside residential visits. You’ll be organising and supporting our Norfolk residentials yourself as our Norfolk Coordinator and so will have first-hand understanding of the programme. The Country Trust is looking for a self-motivated and well-organised individual, a positive and creative team leader who can manage a high quality and safe programme, and help to shape its future as well.

How to apply

For all recruitment information please go to our vacancies page on our website:

Please note we do not accept CVs without a completed application form

Closing date: Midnight June 17th 2018
Interviews on June 25th 2018

If you have any queries contact 01245 608363 

We look forward to receiving your application


Location: Homebased administration but travel required to our residential locations (Suffolk, Norfolk, Yorkshire currently) and for Senior Leadership Team meetings, usually in London. This may well require occasional overnight stays.

Reports to: CEO

Main purpose of the role:

To lead the Country Trust Countryside Discovery Residential programme ensuring safe, sustainable, successful, high quality, consistent but creative delivery.

Reason for the role: Our current Manager has taken on another, larger role within The Country Trust.

Background to the role: We raise funds to enable us to provide 25% grants to schools from deprived areas of inner London, to enable them to undertake residential visits to the Norfolk and Suffolk countryside, and to the Yorkshire Dales for children from Keighley and Bradford which we plan and organise. Each of our residentials operates in a slightly different way for historical reasons, with The Country Trust team taking more or less of a lead over the three to 5 days of each visit. Some schools have been enjoying our residentials for over 20 years.

Scale of contract: Average 1 day per week, but may be made up of periods of activity throughout the week, time to be claimed as spent, with a 4 days per month cap, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Remuneration: £180/day plus expenses for mileage (currently 45p/mile) and a monthly allowance for administration of £10.

Terms: Self-employed, contract until end of July 2019 with the likelihood of renewal. Performance will be reviewed regularly in the early stages of the contract.

Additional requirements: The role requires a car driver with their own reliable car with business insurance cover. You will require a computer with an up to date operating system (compatible with Windows 10 and Office 365), and internet access of sufficient quality (Business ideally), and personal IT proficiency (including a working knowledge of Word and Excel) that ensures you can function as part of the Country Trust team including Skype (for Business) conference calls. You will be required to travel to occasional team and staff meetings. The Country Trust will provide you with an email address but you will be responsible for providing a contact telephone number.


The Country Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This is to be achieved through effective recruitment and retention of competent, motivated staff members and volunteers who are suited to, and competent in their roles. All eligible post holders are subject to a satisfactory enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service.


We use Office365, including Skype and the full suite of Office programmes.

The Ideal Candidate:

You will have considerable experience (min. 3 years) of successfully organising/delivering programmes (ideally including residential) for primary age children, and you’ll probably have led a small team to successful delivery as well. You will have a real love of food, farming and the countryside and a good knowledge of how schools work, their priorities and their changing needs. You will have a proven interest in outdoor learning and its beneficial impact on children’s wellbeing, personal, social and educational development. We are looking for a self-motivated, extremely well-organised individual with excellent administrative skills, who can both trouble shoot for team members and think strategically about the programme’s future. You’ll be a skilled people person, able to manage a geographically dispersed, confident and experienced team. You will have had some responsibility for health and safety and safeguarding planning in past roles and will have a real focus on both safety and quality of experience. Your clear thinking will help you to work successfully with others to ensure our processes and systems are streamlined and effective.

In return, you will have a flexible, primarily term time work pattern* and a job with great potential to transform children’s lives.

*NB: In our experience this role will not enable you to undertake a school run before starting work.



To lead the Country Trust Countryside Discovery Residential programme ensuring safe, sustainable, successful, high quality, consistent but creative delivery.


  • Managing and developing those who deliver residentials to reach their potential, maintaining a sense of ‘team’.
  • Managing the resourcing of delivery, flagging up when we are approaching coordinator capacity.
  • Supporting the recruitment and training of new staff, and the development of existing staff who may step forward to deliver Residentials alongside other CT programmes
  • Being available as a trouble shooter for the team.


  • Taking responsibility for ensuring all our Residentials are consistently high quality and in line with our outcomes
  • Managing and continuing to develop the evaluation of the Residential programme so that we can talk about our impact in a way that attracts future funders and participants, and ensures our offer remains relevant and high impact. This includes collating data and producing an annual evaluation report
  • Working with H and S lead to ensure our Residentials meet our Health and Safety, legal liability and safeguarding standards.


  • Working with the Office Manager, Finance Manager, Residential providers and schools to review and develop our communication and our administration so that it is efficient and effective.
  • Leading the involvement of the Residential team in ensuring that we have accessible, accurate, ‘live’ data on Sharepoint, on schools, visits, staff activity, volunteers etc
  • Keeping abreast of the operating environment to ensure we are safe, cost effective, comply with all relevant legislation, maintain our USP and are aware of others in the sector, recommending how we might work together if appropriate.
  • Reporting accurately and in a timely fashion to the CEO, and providing information where required for trustees and funders, taking ownership of agreed Key Performance Indicators (currently number of children attending Residentials).


  • Working with the Finance Manager and Office Manager to:
    • ensure prompt, accurate invoicing can take place through the provision of timely, accurate data and robust communication with schools.
    • ensure we maintain an accurate and relevant costed model for Residentials, alerting them in a timely fashion to any changes.
    • ensure an accurate Residential budget (in line with available resources) and programme/capacity plan is in place at the start of the financial year and the academic year
  • Working with the CEO and Finance Manager to help to develop sustainable growth in the Residential programme.
  • Working with the Fundraising Manager and the CEO to support funding applications and reports to funders.


  • Working strategically with the CEO and colleagues to develop the Residential programme balancing making the most of possibilities with a consistent, high quality and fully funded approach.
  • Looking for strong partnerships which would increase our capacity to deliver whilst maintaining or improving quality.


Working with the CEO and Communications lead to ensure

  • The CT brand is clear throughout the Residential programme
  • All Residential schools are encouraged and enabled to act as advocates, and understand all that the CT can offer.
  • We have up to date, accurate and engaging resources to promote Residentials.
  • Residentials are integrated into the CT and all staff can act as advocates
  • We produce an annual evaluation report, including engaging and ‘on message’ case studies, statistics and facts .
  • We achieve some media coverage of our programme each year.

Senior Leadership Team

  • As a CT Senior Manager contributing to the development of the organisation as a whole.
  • Supporting SLT colleagues with recruitment or staff development where it makes sense geographically
  • Taking responsibility for projects or areas of work as agreed.

Person specification:

  • DBS (enhanced)
  • Excellent organisational ability – persistent, calm and determined
  • Excellent communicator and skilled at both leadership and collaborative working
  • Skilled at relationship development – experienced at communicating successfully with teachers and support staff. Able, if required, to present engagingly to teachers, parents and children.
  • Experience of working with primary age children and teachers to share knowledge, ignite curiosity and broaden horizons.
  • Natural authority, alert and adaptable
  • Skilled at facilitating and mentoring others to share their expertise and enthusiasm.
  • A love of food, farming and the countryside and a good understanding of our sector.
  • Knowledgeable about the countryside
  • Familiar with educational organisation (eg key stages) and the national curriculum able to discuss with learning objectives and learning resources with teaching staff.
  • Competent with Risk Assessments and able to help farmers, activity providers and teachers to prepare risk assessments for visits, and able to prepare, and manage dynamically, risk assessments for activities that are CT led.
  • Computer literate, at ease with cloud storage, sharing documents, basic excel data entry, contributing to a forum etc.
  • Self motivated and able to work alone but also to contribute to a nationally dispersed team.
  • Well organised, good record keeping and administration
  • Able to collate and analyse qualitative and quantitative data/information.
  • Strong written skills across a range of media - able to write engaging, accurate and thoughtful reports or engage our audiences through The CT’s social media channels.

Background to the Country Trust

The Country Trust

The Country Trust is a small, national educational charity, founded in 1978, and dedicated to bringing alive the working countryside for children least able to access it. We aim to share knowledge, ignite curiosity and broaden the horizons of disadvantaged children. 75% of the UK’s land area is farmed, but the majority of us live in towns and cities, disconnected from the people and the land that sustains us. We bring communities together who would otherwise never meet, helping each to understand their importance to the other.

Our operating context

We focus on primary schools with a greater than average percentage of children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) – the national average is 24.9% using the Ever6 measure - as well as schools providing for children with SEN/D. By the time they start school, children from the poorest families and therefore eligible for FSM, have already fallen behind in language and personal development, and are twice as likely to be obese, and to have Special Educational Needs. Much of our work is repeat business, with some schools having worked with us for a decade or more. However, we are also seeing growing demand as schools expand to absorb the sharp rise in the primary age population and/or come together into Multi Academy Trusts.

We operate throughout England and in N Wales, working with around 25,000 children annually from primary schools in urban areas of high deprivation such as Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham and London. Our work has three connected strands; Farm visits, Residential trips and yearlong Food Discovery projects.

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