Programme Coordinator (Yorkshire & Scotland)

Solutions for the Planet Ltd

West Yorkshire or Glasgow
£22,500 pa

Paid • Full or Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.solutionsfortheplanet.co.uk jen@solutionsfortheplanet.co.uk 07912228068 Jen Baughan

Sectors: environmental education, sustainability

Closing date: Tuesday, 21st August 2018   Closes today


  • Do you love young people's creativity and believe in their potential to change the world?
  • Do you want to inspire the next generation to develop their critical thinking, problem solving, research and team work skills?
  • Are you passionate about people and the planet and looking for a job with purpose?
  • Do you want to join a small award winning social enterprise and play a key part in helping it grow?

If you answered yes to those four questions read on... 

This advertisement seeks to replace a full time Programme Coordinator previously based in West Yorkshire but whose work remit was recently extended to support newly launched activity in Scotland. The arrangements made for the appointment need to cover work in both areas and could be a single appointment (based in West Yorkshire) or a job share (with one base in Glasgow/Edinburgh and one in West Yorkshire). We anticipate that there will be scope for incremental increases in hours in line with further expansion in these areas in the foreseeable future.

Please indicated on application which of these options you would prefer.

The posts will be home-based with travel across the region visiting schools and business partners. Some national travel to support events in other regions will also be required and this will be more frequent at the height of the programme (Nov – Feb) and will involve an overnight stay.

Introduction to Solutions for the Planet (S4TP)

S4TP is a multi award winning social enterprise which runs the Big Ideas programme, an annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), enterprise and sustainability programme involving teams of 11-14 year olds, from participating schools. These young people are supported by business mentors to develop big ideas to solve big global problems, using a project-based learning methodlogy. Teams then compete in our Big Ideas National Competition, developing their Big Ideas as either school/community projects; small businesses or social enterprises; or initiatives taken on by our business partners.

Following eight successful years delivering the programme in Yorkshire, the new Board of Directors decided to begin expanding the programme nationally in 2013. In September 2014 we launched the programme in the West Midlands and in September 2015 in the South East. In 2017 we expanded our West Midlands region to cover Birmingham, our Yorkshire region to cover the North of England and Scotland, our South East region to cover Portsmouth.

We are looking for an individual who can flourish in the role alongside the evolution of the organisation. The post-holder will need to be comfortable with remote management (by the CEO) and working without day-to-day supervision and be comfortable with local and national travel.

This is an exciting time to be joining Solutions for the Planet at a time of significant growth and development and will require a “can-do” and “muck-in” attitude.

Our Vision: A generation of young people ready and able to respond to 21st century sustainability challenges in innovative and enterprising ways.

Our Values:

  1. Sustainability
  2. Responsibility
  3. Communication
  4. Creativity and Innovation
  5. Partnership and Collaboration

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Works internally with: 2x Regional Coordinators, interns and volunteers as recruited

Works externally with: Business partners, schools/teachers, young people (aged 11-14) and other local stakeholders

Role responsibilities:

Programme delivery

  • Support all aspects of annual programme cycle within schools across the region (eight in Yorkshire and up to five in Scotland) and assist with delivery Nationally across the organisations footprint
  • Secure target number of schools to participate in the programme, in your region
  • Support regional partners to promote mentoring opportunities within their business
  • Organise and deliver training for teachers and business mentors
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders including schools, teachers and mentors
  • Maintain regular contact business partners within regions, this will include providing regular updates on personel involved in mentoring and school progress.
  • Maintain regular contact with schools and provide flexible ongoing support to teachers and students involved within the programme.
  • Liaise with lead teachers to organise Big ideas Day(s) in each school
  • Ensure there are enough mentors at each Big Ideas Day and mentoring sessions
  • Facilitate Big Ideas Days with up to 150 young people
  • Support schools with running the programme after the Big Ideas Days, including attending mentoring sessions, supporting students with Big Ideas and providing resources as necessary
  • Organise and chair the regional Shortlisting Panel (1st stage judging) and regional final events including identifying venue and suitable judges for the panel
  • Manage the competition submission process - collate and shortlist all submissions
  • Write and collate all feedback for each team after shortlisting, regional and national finals
  • Secure local university partners to host the regional-final event(s)
  • Undertake monitoring and evaluation of all stages of the programme in your region and write annual report for your region
  • Be self-reflective and contribute regular feedback to team members regarding potential to improve programme deliver, resources and stakeholder management

Management, Admin and Communications

  • Manage volunteers and interns in region (as required)
  • Undertake own administration for the regional programme
  • Maintain office space to a professional standard
  • Report on progress at quarterly meetings with colleagues and partners
  • Maintain contact database of schools and business partners in region and ensure key partners are added to mailing list

Regional Development

  • Develop networks with local / regional third, public and private sector organisations
  • Identify local funding opportunities and make recommendations to grant writer in the team
  • Increase knowledge of local landscape including challenges within your local area and schools: depriveity statistics, employment challenges etc.

You will also be required to support with the following areas of work across the organisation:

  • Development of the regional partnership (attending update meetings, minute-taking, attending events, organising opportunities for networking/learning)
  • Development of programme resources and materials as required
  • Development of ongoing learning and networking opportunities of mentors and teachers across your region
  • Support Communications and Public Relations across the organisation
  • Organisation and coordination of the national final in London
  • Assist delivery of events in other regions as required

Person Specification 

Skills & Knowledge 

Essential

  1. Ability to work with young people (aged 11-14) and confident speaking/ delivering information to groups of young people
  2. An understanding of the current STEM skills shortage in the UK labour market and low STEM subject uptake in UK high schools
  3. Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  4. Ability to work with a wide range of external and internal stakeholders
  5. Excellent planning and organisational skills
  6. Ability to manage own workload, multiple priorities and work to tight deadlines
  7. Ability to deal with complexity and manage uncertainty
  8. Demonstrates a can-do attitude, willing to go the extra mile
  9. Ability to organise and manage events 

Desirable

  1. Education/Youth Development Sector
  2. Energy, utility and construction sector
  3. Experience of working within UK high schools/ understanding of ciriculm
  4. Analytical or Evaluative experience
  5. Ability to explain STEM concepts (global warming, ozone depletion, coal/oil/gas extraction) to lay-audineces

Qualifications:

Essential 

  1. Educated to a minimum of Advanced Higher level (Scotland)
  2. Educated to a minimum of A-Levels or equivalent (England)

Desirable

  1. Degree in STEM, Education, Business or Sustainability

Competencies and Behaviours: 

Essential

  1. Solutions-orientated - Ability to work on own initiative to find creative solutions to problems
  2. Flexible – ability to work some early mornings/evenings occasionally to support events and programme activities and travel across the UK support team in other regions
  3. Team Player - Ability to work both independently and as part of a team and support other team members during busy times which may include tasks beyond your own job description
  4. Passionate – committed to supporting young people’s education and sustainable development
  5. Adaptable and responsive to emerging needs and priorities
  6. Uses initiative to achieve agreed goals
  7. Ability to travel across the region and attend meetings/events throughout the UK, with overnight stays
  8. Professional and personable
  9. Demonstrable commitment to lifelong learning and continuous professional development
  10. Satisfactory DBS check
  11. A proven track record of commitment to fairness and equal opportunity
  12. A growth mindset

Experience of: 

Essential

  1. Using Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), file management.
  2. Coordinating and delivering projects
  3. Facilitating training or educational activities with diverse audiences (e.g. businesses, teachers and pupils)
  4. Developing and maintaining networks and partnerships for business development
  5. Relationship management and working with multiple partners to deliver agreed objectives 

Desirable

  1. Supporting people to design and develop innovative/new projects, enterprises or campaigns
  2. Developing new ways of working in a small organisation/team
  3. Working with or in the energy, utility or construction sectors (or other STEM / green economy industries)
  4. Working in or with the education/youth development sector
  5. Planning and delivering STEM-educational activities for non-scientific audiences

Employment Terms:

Salary: £22,500 per annum (pro rata if applicable)

Start date: Beginning September 2018 (or as soon as possible)

Contract: 12 months

To apply please email:

  1. A covering letter explaining your interest for the role and how you meet the criteria in the person specification (no more than 2 A4 pages long)
  2. An up-to-date CV (no more than 2 A4 pages long)

Email these to Jen.baughan@solutionsfortheplanet.co.uk by the application deadline at 5.00pm (noon) on Tuesday 21st August 2018.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a telephone interview on Thursday 23rd or Friday 24th August, followed by a face-to-face interview during the w/c Tuesday 28th August 2018 in Glasgow (Scotland post) and Leeds (Yorkshire post).


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