When school gates close for the summer, what do kids face? For some, it’s a world of interesting holidays, activities, sports, visits and fun. For others without enriching summertime opportunities, the long breaks can lead to serious academic consequences—and learning losses that are never caught up.
In the UK this could affect around 3 million young people who come from low income families.
Futureversity is a charity based in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets whose mission is to improve social mobility by enhancing the career prospects of 14 to 16 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds.
We do this by providing free courses designed to fill the ‘Education Blind Spot’ of empty summers which create multiple, negative effects for many young people. We are fortunate to have very significant engagement of corporate volunteers and a strong Business Education links.
Our flagship programme, Vacation Education programme, runs during the summer holidays where young disadvantaged people are at most risk and aim to support and grow their well-being and self-confidence.
And it works! 66% of the participants in the 2015 programme achieved 5 A* to C grades at GCSE compared to 17% of their peer group who did not participate. In 2017 we had 250 participants from schools in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Lambeth, Islington, Hackney, Greenwich, Hillingdon and Waltham Forest an increase of 100% from the year before.
Who we are looking for and what you will be doing
Over the last three years we have established a successful organisation with an engaged board of Trustees, sound financial planning, management and governance and a highly motivated staff of four talented professionals.
Futureversity is now poised to move to the next stage in its development, in the UK and globally. Our vision is to deliver a wide range of courses and online programmes based on making young people aware of and helping them develop six core capabilities for life and work.
And we are looking for a driven individual to lead the organisation forward and make this happen.
The role as Director will be to concentrate on outward facing activities that will grow the number of participating young people, schools, corporations and volunteers and deliver the associated funding by motivating beneficiaries and prospective supporters.
You will be the ambassador for the charity providing the public face for campaigns and build relationships with stakeholders in education, politics, the media and business to advance the organisation’s aims.
You will also be responsible for the organisation’s administration and financial management and work closely with the Board of Trustees to shape the organisation’s long-term strategy, budget and business plan and ensure it complies with the law and regulations.
You will lead and motivate the organisation’s staff and volunteers to keep the focus on achieving the organisation’s mission and reach our goals.
We offer very flexible working terms and are prepared to consider a number of options around this for the candidate who can demonstrate the closest fit with our requirements.
Who you are
A driven individual who is passionate and target oriented and seeking an opportunity to enhance their career development.
You are eager and ready to quickly get up speed with the situations of beneficiaries and the nature of our service provision and aims. You want to hit the ground running!
You bring strong management or executive level experience gained in the public, private or voluntary sector.
Proven influencing and negotiation skills are a must as is policy development experience. In addition, it would be helpful if you have knowledge of current education and career learning policy and experience of building links between business and education.
You will also have an understanding and direct experience of fundraising, impact analysis and in particular possess strong marketing skills with social media expertise. A key element of the role will be your ability to develop and manage online learning and so demonstrable knowledge in this area would be welcome.
You have the personal drive, passion and energy to motivate staff and volunteers and have the experience to be the public and private face of the organisation all with the aim to promote Futureversity’s aims.
Building relationships with a variety of people, from beneficiaries and staff members to senior corporate executives and decision makers in schools, comes natural to you.
And operationally, you have the experience to set and operate a budget, attract and develop talented people and develop social enterprise activities that provide a surplus for the organisation.
A degree is expected but will not be the deciding factor.
We’d love to hear from you.
Please send your CV to: Michele McKendry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't worry if you don't tick all the boxes - we'd still love to hear from you if you think you've got what it takes to drive Futureversity forward.
Deadline for CVs to to be emailed to Michele McKendry: email@example.com is 12 a.m (midnight) Friday 27th October.
Interviews will take place on Wednesday 8th November 2017.
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