Year Here is a platform for young professionals who want to build smart responses to social problems. Over one year our Fellows learn from, and design with, people at the frontline of inequality – in care homes, homeless hostels and youth services across London – and go on to found some of the most promising social impact startups in the country.
Since launching at 10 Downing Street in 2013, we’ve worked with 114 aspiring social entrepreneurs and launched award-winning social ventures like Settle, Birdsong and Chatterbox.
We’re a deeply committed team of 5 surrounded by a faculty of 70 social innovation experts – the great and the good of Britain’s social impact world. We care about being first-rate professionals, learning with restless vigour and having fun along the way. We are looking for an
About the role
- As our Programme Manager, you’ll be nurturing the most promising early career professionals in the UK towards entrepreneurship that genuinely makes a difference.
- This role sits at the heart of our Fellows’ learning experiences – you’ll be there at every step of the journey. You’ll work 1:1 with the Fellows to help each and every one flourish, graft behind the scenes to make sure we pull off each programme component without a hitch, and produce events that inspire the cohort to do their best work.
- Working closely with our Head of Programme and Partnerships, you’ll think through how to bring our curriculum to life in a way that is meaningful and truly transformative for our Fellows.
- We are open to this role being filled on a full-time or part-time basis (0.6–1.0 FTE).
Your responsibilities will be to:
- Be present at most learning sessions – either facilitating yourself or supporting one of our 70-strong faculty.
- You’ll regularly facilitate our cohorts of 15-20 aspiring social entrepreneurs. You’ll also bring continuity to our Fellows’ learning experience, making connections between curriculum content and the real world application that the course demands.
- Every week, meet 1:1 with Fellows to guide them through their journey.
- You will coach our Fellows through the programme – making sure they have a real impact, learn lots and take tangible steps towards the career they want. You’ll dive deep into each Fellow’s individual experience to help them consider how they respond to the many challenges that the course throws up.
- Manage the moving parts of the course to create a seamless experience.
- You’ll be in the lead in producing Year Here – from sourcing imaginative venues across London to getting learning materials to the right place at the right time. You'll make facilitation a breeze for our faculty and they’ll love working with us as a result.
- Be the first port of call for our Fellows.
- Much of the guidance and encouragement of our Fellows will come from you – whether that’s in-person during a Fireside Friday session or in a quick message on Slack. You’ll be the font of knowledge that Fellows turn to in a moment of uncertainty.
- Produce a series of magical events throughout the year.
- Our events – from the high octane Crowdbacker to the intimate Off The Record and the exploratory WildCamp – are often the highlights of our year. You’ll produce them, thinking carefully about how to make each one slick, surprising and memorable.
- Maintain the behind-the-scenes systems and databases that make the programme feel like a well-oiled machine.
- We’re a small team but your mastery of our systems should make the Fellows feel like their time with us is managed effortlessly. We want learning to continue beyond each session, so you’ll make sure our online learning resources are brilliantly intuitive.
- You’re a bold and creative facilitator
- You may have taught before – or perhaps you’ve worked in adult education, theatre or organizational development. Regardless, you’ve been in front of a group people many times before and you can lead discussions, chair meetings and impart ideas with ease. You’re developing a toolkit of facilitation methods – and are hungry to pick up more.
- You’re a diligent, confident project manager
- You’ve managed projects, events or programmes before. Budgets and gantt charts are familiar territory for you.
- You love producing extraordinary events and experiences
- Whether it’s dinner parties at home or professional networking events, you’ve run events before. You enjoy thinking through your guests’ experiences from start to finish – and you never miss an opportunity to delight people.
- You’re a sensitive and thoughtful relationship-builder
- You may not have coached people before but you have the raw skills – and you know that deep, non-judgemental listening is the foundation of all good relationships.
- You’re insatiably curious about how people learn and grow
- Personal development is something that you’re actively engaged in yourself and you love to read around the topic, listen to podcasts and watch talks. You get a thrill from opening others’ minds and helping them achieve their own goals.
- You care passionately about social issues.
- Your friends have probably all heard your views on social problems like the housing crisis, elderly isolation and social immobility – and you’re always up to date with current affairs.
- You’re not afraid of working hard in pursuit of a big vision.
- £26,000 to £29,000, depending on experience
- Gorgeous, open plan office in Hackney, a stone’s throw from London Fields, Regent’s Canal and Broadway Market.
- Scope to take real ownership in a fast-growing startup
- Access to tonnes of events and training sessions delivered by some of the leading lights of the social innovation world.
- A strong commitment to personal and professional development – with a £500 annual training budget.
- Up to 3% contribution to your pension
- 25 days paid annual leave per year
Send us an email with the subject line “[Your Name] / Programme Manager Application” telling us a bit about yourself, explaining why you want this job and, in 100 words, telling us about the most powerful learning experience you’ve ever had. Either attach your CV or link us to a comprehensive LinkedIn profile.
Send your application to email@example.com and address it to Michael Simpson, Head of Programme and Partnerships.
The closing date for the role is midday Sunday 22nd October.
There is a 4-stage selection process:
1. Submission of CV and cover letter as detailed above.
2. An initial call (20 mins, week commencing 23rd October)
3. A first round interview and test (2 hours, w/c 30th October)
4. A final round interview (90 mins, w/c 6th November)
We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities and people with disabilities.
Who we are
Year Here is a postgraduate course in social innovation based in London. Unlike a traditional Master's degree, Year Here is immersive and action-oriented. Our Fellows try their hand at building creative responses to social problems, supported by industry mentoring and a rigorous social innovation curriculum.
Year Here Fellows have collectively volunteered 70,000 hours in frontline services – including homeless shelters, care leavers' services and pupil referral units – and launched 18 new social ventures backed by Nesta, The Observer, Ashoka, UnLtd, Bethnal Green Ventures and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
These ventures include:
- Birdsong - a fashion brand selling clothes handcrafted by women’s groups – from elderly knitters to migrant seamstresses – with a ‘no sweatshops, no photoshop’ ethos
- Fat Macy’s - a roving restaurant that trains homeless Londoners to run supper clubs, with profits helping them raise a deposit for their first flat
- Cracked It - a training programme for young people who are involved in gangs to fix cracked iPhones, as an entrepreneurial route away from gang crime
Year Here is a social enterprise; meaning that we are a company that exists to bring about positive change in society rather than to maximise shareholder profits.
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