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Volunteer Programme Lead

NFP People
£50,000 - £60,000
Closing date
7 Dec 2023

Job Details

Volunteer Programme Lead

We are seeking a talented and experienced senior manager to lead the organisation’s contribution to the Volunteering for Health Programme.

The organisation is the official charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Position: Operations Lead (Volunteering for Health Programme)

Location: London/hybrid

Salary: £50,000 - £60,000

Hours: Full-time, 35 per week (normally 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday)

Contract: Fixed term 3.5 years

Benefits: Pension: employer contribution of 8%, 27 days holiday per annum plus UK bank holidays, HSF health plan, season ticket loan

Closing Date: 7th December 2023

Volunteering for Health is an ambitious £10m programme to support the transformation of volunteering and volunteering infrastructure in health and social care, as part of the response to the NHS Volunteering Taskforce report. The programme builds on the recommendations of this report to support systems and the NHS to build an approach that stimulates strategic and sustainable investment in volunteering. The programme is being delivered by a partnership of 3 organisations.

The Role

The purpose of the Operations Lead is to provide operational leadership and management to support the delivery of the Volunteering for Health Programme in partnership with the other 2 organisations.

A member of the executive management team, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring delivery of this ambitious and complex programme of work across the next three and a half years. You will focus on leadership and coordination of the programme and its projects specifically a multi-million pound grant programme, designing and delivering clear, time-specific KPIs and project plans, and managing and supporting relationships with key stakeholders across the charity, its programme partners and national partners.

This role will specifically oversee the financial management of this complex and multi-faceted grants process to ensure value for money and appropriate assurance and governance is in place.

You will be central to the successful execution of the Volunteering for Health Programme and will be responsible for working with and managing the external evaluation team working with the grant awardees to ensure they are delivering impact, and that best practice is being shared with a solid evidence base.

You will work collaboratively with the Programme Lead (Volunteering) with another charity together, to jointly lead the overall programme.

Key responsibilities include:


  • Work in close partnership with the corresponding strategic role at NHSCT, as well as the wider teams at both charities.
  • Management of evaluation partners
  • Establish lead and manage the operational running of the Volunteering for Health Programme including managing the governance, programme meetings and reporting of the programme.
  • Lead a multimillion-pound grant programme, from design, grant awarding through delivery to final reporting.
  • Support local and national teams in the delivery and monitoring of the programme including grants.
  • Design and deliver project plans and KPIs in line with the agreed outcomes
  • Be responsible for the programme budget
  • Manage and mitigate risks and issues associated with the programme


About You

You will have proven track record of managing large and complex programmes involving multiple stakeholders. This should include experience of planning, resourcing and tracking progress against agreed milestones and KPIs.

You will have:


  • Proven track record of delivering complex multi-stakeholder projects in VCSE or public sector.
  • Experience of operationalising grant programmes and associated evaluations.
  • Understanding of the NHS and VCSE sectors.
  • Ability to set up and manage the governance and reporting of a large multi-stakeholder grants programme.
  • Experience of managing large budgets
  • Experience of reporting and assurance through multiple governance routes.
  • Proven track record of managing multi-organisational projects
  • An ability to think creatively, challenge the status quo, and thrive in a dynamic and evolving corporate environment.


In return, you will have a supportive team, where you can shape your role and the direction of your work, and the opportunity to be involved in new, exciting and ambitious projects.

You will be asked to upload your CV and a covering letter outlining how you meet the job description and person specification, your Cover Letter should be no more than 2 sides of A4.

Other roles you may have experience of could include Programme, Programmes, Head of Programmes, Programme Lead, Programme Manager, Director of Programmes, Programmes Director, Volunteering, Volunteer, Volunteer Programme Lead, Volunteer Programme Director, Director of Volunteer Programme, Head of Volunteer Programme.

PLEASE NOTE: This role is being advertised by NFP People on behalf of the organisation.


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