Senior Programmes Manager

Job Description

Job Title: Senior Programmes Manager

Reports to: Head of Programmes

Salary level: £31,000- £33,000

Hours: 35 hours per week

Contract level: 1-year fixed term (with an opportunity for extension)

Blueprint for All Programmes

Our programmes span three main areas:

Careers: We work with schools, universities, community groups and employers to inspire and enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, aged 13-30 to pursue the career of their choice. From career advice to support gaining skills, qualifications and the critical foundations required to ensure professional success, we aid young people on their journey to a fulfilling and successful career.

Communities: We run programmes that support community groups working with people from BAME backgrounds to maximise their impact and make positive changes for local people.

Our BME Network supports over 120 small voluntary and community groups, and our Community Leadership Academy provides learning and development tailored to the needs of small and micro charities that are led by or serve people from BAME backgrounds. In partnership with other national and local charities, our Love Sex Life project challenges inequalities in access to and provision of sexual health services for BAME communities in Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham.

Society: We are working to create a society where talent is respected and nurtured irrespective of where it comes from, where organisations recognise and realise the benefits of a diverse workforce, and where our communities can come together and thrive. All our work is designed not only to support our beneficiaries, but to drive systemic change in organisations and society as a whole.

Our programmes are diverse and growing aligned with the needs of the breadth of our beneficiaries, partners, funders, and organisational strategic aims. This role is a key role to creatively and confidently manage the existing programme strands and new programmes and projects that we have.

Purpose of this post is

The role of the Senior Programmes Manager will be to plan, develop and manage a cross-strand range of programmes with an initial focus on community and society programmes. This role will co-deputise for the Head of Programmes and line and matrix manage some of the programmes delivery team. Blueprint for All’s programmes, at time of appointment, are in a very exciting phase of diversification and growth. This post has a special focus on managing our existing Lewisham BME Network, our landmark partnership LoveSexLife programme alongside other exciting programmes and projects. The Senior Programmes Manager will be responsive to programmes growth and diversification, implementing the co-developing the programmes strategy with the Head of Programmes; they will also, manage key programmes partner and stakeholder relationships, produce funding bids and proposals, and oversee programme evaluations and continuous improvement.

Main Duties (subject to update with organisational and funder priorities)

Outputs: to manage programmes to achieve all outcomes and outputs.

Data management: to manage delivery partner, beneficiary, volunteer etc contact data on the S Drive/SharePoint and CRM system.

Strategy: to hold the communities area strategy and feed into and develop cross-programme strategy with other programme manager(s) as guided by the Head of programmes and the rest of organisational management.

Work Record: to ensure records of programme working are retained for posterity.

Continuous improvement: to analyse programme data and work to suggest continuous improvement for each programme and project in your portfolio to the Head of programmes, and act upon approved suggestions.

Line management: to line manage any officer(s) or assistants that are assigned to you.

Reporting: to complete internal and external reports for your portfolio of work and arrange feed in from delivery members of the team.

Fundraising: to grow the funding and funding pipeline for programmes by completing funding applications and submitting.

Media and Comms etc: to manage the external communications of your portfolio of work.

Relationship Management: to hold key relationships with partners and other key programmes stakeholders.

Evaluation: to develop high quality evaluations.

Programme Delivery and Admin: to deliver aspects of programmes and projects and manage programme admin and logistics associated.

*this list is non-exhaustive and is subject to updates following funding or organisation priority changes.

General Matters

  • Keep abreast of developments, changes and best practice in the fields related to our community programmes and projects and our other programme strands.
  • Knowledge of programme management where beneficiaries are BAME and/or underprivileged.
  • Undertake any other duties which may arise from time to time, commensurate with the scope of the post and within the capabilities of the post holder.
  • This post is subject to a Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check.

Knowledge and Role Requirement

  • Experience delivering community programmes and with BAME communities.
  • Knowledge and/or experience of community issues specifically in Lewisham, Lambeth, Southwark, and Croydon.
  • Line management experience.
  • Ability to perform all main duties outlined above.
  • Strong communication skills both written and oral.
  • Programme management experience.
  • Line management experience.
  • IT skills including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of programmes and continuous improvement.

Additional Job Requirements

  • Willingness and ability to work outside of normal office hours.
  • Willingness to work flexibly in response to changing organisational requirements.


Normally based at the Blueprint for All office, Deptford. (Working from home when government and organisation guidance requires)

Diversity policy

Blueprint for All is keen to encourage applications from people from all backgrounds including race, disability, gender, faith, and sexual orientation.

The post will be subject to a DBS check.

Please email your CV and a covering letter of no longer than two pages demonstrating your suitability for this role to FAO: Head of Programmes

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, and a successful candidate will be appointed if found ahead of the advertised deadline, so we encourage you to apply early.