Deputy Head of Programmes

Job Title: Deputy Head of Programmes

Reports to: Head of Programmes

Responsible for: Programmes Team and Portfolio

Salary range: £36,000-£38,000

Hours: 37.5

Contract level: Permanent

Background to Blueprint for All:

At Blueprint for All we believe in a future 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. This is our blueprint to set the foundations for a more inclusive society to grow.

Our high impact programmes work with disadvantaged young people and communities, providing tangible opportunities and support that enables them to thrive, whilst driving systemic change in organisations and society.

Blueprint for All Programmes:

Our programmes span three main areas:

Building 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

Supporting 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.

Enriching 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.

Organisation Strategy:

Strategic Theme 1: Support Higher Numbers of Under-Represented and Disadvantaged Young People

We will work with young people from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds, aged 13 to 30, to inspire and enable them to succeed in their choice of education and career.

Strategic Theme 2: Work Closely with Community Groups

We will work with community groups to empower and sustain their ability to thrive and create better working and living environments for disadvantaged and under-represented people.

Strategic Theme 3: Influence Societal Change and Social Policy

We will help organisations to create more inclusive cultures, through the way they work and the services they provide, in order to achieve lasting social impact. We will seek to influence policy makers to drive systemic change.

Strategic Theme 4: Establish National Reach for Our Programmes and Our Purpose

We will work across the four UK Nations and implement locally relevant programmes to support under-represented and disadvantaged young people. Blueprint for All will become known as a result of its reach and impact.

Strategic Theme 5: Develop Sustainable Relationships with Sponsors and Partners

We will nurture and develop viable and engaging relationships with all of our sponsors and partners. We will communicate regularly, supportively, and relevantly.

Strategic Theme 6: Challenge Ourselves to Be the Best Charity that We Can Be

We will adhere to good governance practices and organise ourselves and the way we work to demonstrate best in class operating disciplines and outcomes. We will develop our internal capability and increase resource capacity.

The main purpose of this post is:

  • Leadership of the programmes team, line managing programme managers and directing, developing, motivating, and supporting the full team
  • Leadership of the full portfolio of programmes, ensuring objectives and intended impact is met
  • Jointly responsible for the strategic development, fundraising, communications (including social media), planning, management, and delivery of programmes in line with Blueprint for All objectives
  • Secure, maintain and grow funding for the portfolio of programmes and programmes staff
  • Ensure implementation of strategic objectives related directly to programmes
  • Manage and monitor the budgets for programmes and staff, streamline processes, performance management and reporting to Head of Programmes.
  • Liaise with the Head of Programmes and team on relevant fundraising and marketing initiatives
  • Oversee on-going programme design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Develop and maintain key relationships with funders, stakeholders, and partners
  • Represent Blueprint for All and support events delivered externally

Main Duties:

  • Leadership of programme delivery, ensuring all projects are delivered on time and on budget
  • Lead the strategic development and sustainability of programmes
  • Line management of programmes management team providing leadership, motivation, and development for the full programmes team.
  • Delivering all contracts in line with grant agreements, ensuring that all monitoring and evaluation is compliant with grant/funder requirements and that reporting is of a high standard to ensure future support from funders
  • Secure funding for programmes from a mixed portfolio of income generation including grants, statutory funding, corporate sponsorship, and individual donations
  • Maintaining Blueprint for All’s internal and external monitoring and evaluation systems, which allow for adequate reporting and impact sharing to the Chief Executive, Board of Trustees, funders, and other bodies as appropriate
  • Communicating Blueprint for All’s mission, values and aims to external and internal stakeholders, including volunteers, partners, funders and, if applicable, the press
  • Promoting and representing the charity, acting as an ambassador at external events and meetings, ensuring Blueprint for All communicates its messages effectively
  • Any other duties that may be reasonably required relevant to the post
  • This post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Person specification

The post holder will need to be able to demonstrate the competencies listed to a high level and want to use these to the full in their work.

  • Department leadership
  • Leadership & Management
  • Communication
  • Relationship management
  • Monitoring & evaluation
  • Negotiation
  • Financial Management
  • Understanding of the needs of underrepresented groups in employability, community, and wider societal settings
  • Problem solving
  • Leading multiple work streams
  • Strategic thinker
  • Fundraising and partnerships



  • Experience of strategic planning of programmes, programme development and delivery
  • Demonstrable experience of programme delivery preferably in the voluntary sector, including youth and/or community-led programmes
  • Experience of managing projects with multiple partners and stakeholders
  • Experience of leading and line managing teams to meet project outputs and outcomes
  • Monitoring, evaluating, and assessing impact of projects, and reporting to external and internal stakeholders
  • Grant management and compliance
  • Partnership working with the voluntary, statutory, corporate and education sectors
  • Relationship building with a range of stakeholders – corporates, other charities, educational institutions, local authorities
  • Managing budgets and financial reporting
  • The ability to multitask and to meet deadlines
  • Experience of working with funders, education sector, local government and grassroot community groups.

Knowledge skills:


  • Leading and managing teams and programme management
  • Securing funds from trusts and foundations, statutory organisations and/or other sources
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal with the ability to influence across all levels
  • An understanding of the issues that young people and communities from marginalised and underrepresented backgrounds face, and of policies and practices addressing these issues
  • Successfully contributing to income generation strategies, Trusts and Foundations, strategic alliances
  • Budgeting and financial planning
  • Motivational leadership qualities with ability to produce the best out of teams and young people


  • IT and digital media skills
  • Experience with comms, corporate partnerships and with growing a team and portfolio of work
  • Event management including community events

Additional job requirements / Personal qualities

  • Willingness to work flexibly, e.g., outside of normal working hours
  • Practical problem solver, able to quickly adapt to the needs of a growing charity

To apply, send your CV and Cover Letter to by 10th December,