Social Action Manager (programme manager)

Greater London, Bucks & Berks, Surrey, West Midlands, Yorkshire, Manchester & Lancashire
£20,000 - £22,000 pro rata (3 month contract)
13 Mar 2019
13 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Gain unique management experience and make a real difference in your community. Flexible paid roles throughout June to September with NCS.

Salary: £22,000 pro rata (3 month contract)

Location: Greater London, Bucks & Berks, Surrey, West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire.


About the role

Join The Challenge, the UK's longest-standing provider of National Citizen Service, and help us ensure the smooth running of our youth and community programme.

The Social Action Manager works on-site on the NCS programme, inspiring and supporting teams of young people as they design and deliver a series of meaningful social action projects in their local community. Line-managing a team of seasonal staff and overseeing the wellbeing of up to 84 young people, you will also coordinate the day-to-day delivery of the programme.


Other responsibilities include:

  • Making logistical adjustments to activities, and helping to adapt sessions for young people with inclusion needs.
  • Conducting risk assessments and giving daily briefings to seasonal staff.
  • Supporting the delivery of the 'showcase' - a performance for parents to see their children's progress on NCS.
  • Encouraging young people to complete and 'graduate' from the NCS programme.


Person specification

  • Experience of managing large-scale events or projects
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Experience of working with young people
  • Experience of designing and managing campaigns or social action projects.
  • Excellent relationship management skills
  • Line management experience.


This fixed-term role is perfect for experienced project managers with a background in fundraising, social action or campaigning, with the confidence and energy to engage and inspire large groups of people.

The Challenge is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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