Schools Project Manager

Global Action Plan

£30,000 - £38,000 pa

Paid • Full or Part Time • Permanent [email protected] 02038177636 Clair McCowlen

Reference: EJSPM

Sectors: sustainability, environmental education, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Monday, 14th June 2021   1 day left

We are looking for an inspiring and driven project manager to oversee the growth of our national school action programme to help young people call for and create a more sustainable future.

You will love being in the middle of the action and ready for a variety of challenges, such as:

  • Working with our Youth team to design exciting new youth action projects – all the way from the initial creative idea to full project plans and final impact reports
  • Spotting and forging key partnerships – whether NGOs, local authorities, influencers or businesses - to support schools to take more ambitious action on the climate and ecological emergency.
  • Designing and managing exciting events to bring young people together with business and political decision makers to share their calls for wider system change.


The successful candidate will lead on the following three areas:

Project design

  • Planning youth projects and events from initial concept – budgets, resourcing plans, project plans, risk registers, RASCIs and beyond – everything that makes projects run smoothly.
  • Setting up projects – agreeing deliverables and contracts with funders, kick off meetings, assigning roles and briefing people, setting up projects on internal systems (salesforce/mission control).

Project management

  • Managing complex youth action projects involving multiple partners, making sure we deliver, measure and communicate outcomes on time and to budget.
  • Developing a supportive team ethos that helps everyone to play to their strengths and deliver their objectives in line with the plan.

Stakeholder Management

  • Reporting to GAP Management Team and Funders - managing risks and flagging issues quickly, spotting and sharing opportunities for greater impact.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with funders, networks (i.e. teacher channels), influencers (i.e. educator unions) and partner organisations that support our work.

Key skills and experience

You will be a collaborative, driven and organised individual with a track record of managing projects tackling environmental or social issues.


  1. Good understanding of the intersecting causes, issues and solutions of climate change and passion to address them
  2. Proven ability in managing projects and achieving ambitions to budget, and timeline.
  3. Experience working in dynamic, fast paced and creative environments, adapting projects to changing demands
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  5. Experience managing teams
  6. Experience developing and managing partnerships or projects with coalitions


  1. Training / advanced skills in project management, Excel and use of CRM systems such as salesforce
  2. Experience managing digital events / workshops
  3. Youth engagement / teaching experience
  4. Experience designing youth action programmes
  5. Business development experience, exploring opportunities for new projects/project extensions with existing clients and development of projects with new ones

You will report to the Head of Youth and Schools and be working in our lovely team of 10 to build and deliver against our education strategy. There will be the opportunity for line management responsibilities as the team grows. 

GAP is committed to ensuring diversity in our team and for all of our roles. We particularly welcome applications from groups that are under represented in the sustainability sector.

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