Director of Programmes
Just Like Us, the LGBT+ charity for young people, is recruiting a Director of Programmes to join this award winning startup's team. Your primary responsibilities will be leading our Ambassador and School Diversity Week programmes as we scale our operations. You'll capitalise on our year one successes: tens of thousands of young people empowered, hundreds of schools engaged, recognition from the Prime Minister, and widespread media coverage.
We're looking for the kind of person who's always asking how we can do better, who sees opportunities in unlikely places, and who cares about details because they see the bigger picture. If you're excited about shaping your role, growing a team, and empowering LGBT+ young people, get in touch.
About Just Like Us
Just Like Us (JLU) is the LGBT+ charity for young people working for a world where LGBT+ young people live awesome lives.
Our mission is to empower young people to be the champions of LGBT+ equality at school and work. To do that, we run two programmes:
- Ambassador Programme: we partner with employers to train LGBT+ students to give talks and workshops in schools that use their own stories to champion LGBT+ equality and challenge prejudice
- School Diversity Week: our annual initiative empowers teachers and pupils across the country to tackle homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying by organising activities that celebrate LGBT+ equality in education
Like every startup, we've thought hard about our values. We believe that a charity must be dynamic, constantly adapting to focus on what works; that challenging prejudice takes courage; and that empowering young people is the surest way to change the world.
Our ways of working are based on startup best practices: a commitment to user centred design, learning quickly from pilot initiatives and measuring our impact so that we know we're making a difference.
Seed-funding in 2016 empowered us to work with 16,000 pupils through our Ambassador Programme and involve a further 250,000 school students and teachers in School Diversity Week 2017. We've been featured in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Attitude, Pink News, the BBC and ITV. To find out more about our work and impact, explore our website and youtube channel.
We're looking for a candidate with the potential to lead and shape JLU's programmes through its startup phase and beyond. You'll be:
- committed to our mission and vision for LGBT+ young people (Essential)
- inspiring when you communicate about our work (Essential)
- able to build and maintain productive relationships with different stakeholders (Essential)
- resilient in the face of the challenge of motivating already busy school staff and university students to engage with our work (Essential)
- creative in shaping our interventions to have maximum impact (Essential)
- entrepreneurial in identifying new opportunities (Essential)
- evidence led in assessing and improving our effectiveness
- empathetic in understanding the needs and motivations of our stakeholders and designing interventions that meet their needs (Essential)
- highly organised and able to multi-task (Essential)
- capable of taking on leadership roles (Essential)
- welcoming feedback on how we can do better (Essential)
- experienced in education, outreach and/or project management (Desirable)
Our Director of Programmes will be responsible for:
- leading the recruitment, training and ongoing management of our LGBT+ student ambassadors
- developing further opportunities to engage and support our ambassadors, e.g. launching our BAME, LB women and trans* networks
- overseeing and improving our Ambassador Mentoring Programme
- leading the recruitment and ongoing support for schools on our programmes
- coordinating and supporting ambassador visits to schools around university hubs
- assisting the development of follow-up educational resources and support for schools
- managing our Teacher Advisory Group and integrating their work into our resources
- creating case studies and using qualitative and quantitative evaluation for our impact assessment
- collaborating with the CEO and Directors to define our strategic priorities and prepare JLU for growth
- deputising for the CEO and representing JLU at events
- assisting the CEO with other tasks and activities required for our efficient operation
How to apply
Applicants must send a CV and cover letter by 6 October. The cover letter should answer:
- Why are you interested in becoming the Director of Programmes?
- What qualities will you bring to the role?
- What are the key challenges you'll face?
JLU will invite successful applicants to a telephone interview with the CEO and a member of the leadership team. Final round interviews will take place in London with the CEO and trustees.