Some amazing opportunities coming up for anyone interested in the social sector/education.

First an amazing former colleague is hiring – Debbie Penglis at the awesome School 21 is looking for someone (£23-27k) to help develop real world learning opportunities for students. The Programme Officer JD is below and you will have the best manager you could hope to work with.

Second the ADR Fellowship has now opened for a 7th year – an opportunity for social entrepreneurs with an interest in cross-community/inter-cultural relations as well as building great enterprises can apply for a world-class experience for 2 weeks at a global business school here:

Finally I saw this great opportunity for Management Consultants or entrepreneurs to spend 8-12 weeks in Munich with the World Food Programme’s innovation lab helping develop ideas to fight food poverty. So interesting:

21 Trust JD:

Programme Officer – School 21

Salary: 23-27k per annum

Full time, permanent contract


School 21 is an exciting new school in Stratford with a mission to reinvent how schools create amazing projects and experiences for the young people that attend each day.

The Programme Officer will be responsible for managing the day-to-day development and delivery of the real-world learning programme, and support on managing the school’s multiple stakeholders.

About the real-world learning programme

The real-world learning programme sees students spending half a day a week working on a real project for an employer. Some examples of partners and projects this year have included redesigning the children’s menu for Holiday Inn, designing a viral social media campaign for a start-up charity with Ogilvy advertising agency and planning, publicising and running a football tournament for the West Ham United Foundation.

The role

This is an exciting role for an enthusiastic, creative, personable and well-organised individual working in an innovative and influential school.

As Programme Officer, you will be integral to the delivery of the real-world learning programme, growing our network of partners and supporters, developing new programmes and managing events. Working within a small and busy team, you will be comfortable using your initiative and working with a wide variety of stakeholders from school students to Secretaries of State.

You will respond to requests from schools and partners, coordinate networks of employers, ensure delivery of project aims and evaluate the impact of our work. With your excellent organisational skills, you will be good at preparing for every eventuality, but you will also be flexible and adaptable when faced with change.

You will have a strong understanding of the education sector and be able to spot opportunities and identify risks that may accelerate or undermine progress towards our programme goals. You will be adept at juggling competing priorities and understanding the needs and motivations of the diverse range of individuals and organisations engaged in our work.

A confident and persuasive communicator, you will write resources and publicity materials, speak in public, chair meetings and promote our work across social media. As an ambassador for and School 21, you will represent the organisation at meetings and events, and use your expertise, knowledge and charm to influence others to get involved.

You will work with the Director of Real World Learning and Partnerships at School 21 to build relationships with funders and supporters, and create compelling propositions for new projects and programmes.

Key accountabilities

 Managing the day-to-day delivery of projects;

 Working with the Director of Real World Learning and Partnerships to ensure that our programmes are well-managed, effective and a positive and productive experience for all involved;

 Liaising with multiple stakeholders and coordinating their involvement in projects;

 Contributing to the development of organisational strategy and new project and programmes including undertaking scoping and feasibility planning;

 Recruiting and coordinating project partners including schools, business and supporters;

 Writing reports and case studies based on data and information collected from project evaluations and research;

 Researching and applying for funding to support existing projects and future ambitions;

 Gathering regular stakeholder feedback to help promote continuous improvement;

 Monitoring and report on project milestones;

 Representing School 21 at internal and external meetings and events;

 Managing the school’s visit programme, small conferences and training events; and

 Ensuring that interactions and activity with partners are recorded appropriately including using our contact management database.


 Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish effective working relations with internal and external colleagues and stakeholders;

 Strong written and verbal communication skill;

 Demonstrable experience of successful project management;

 Good IT skills including use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel;

 Outstanding organisation, prioritising and planning skills;

 Ability to work independently, self-motivated and work on own initiative;

 Ability to work under pressure and to work to deadlines as required;

 Ability to assimilate information quickly and to think logically;

 Reacts positively and promptly to changing situations and requirements;

 Experience of coordinating multiple tasks, projects and events with a variety of stakeholders;

 Experience of event planning, coordination and execution;

 Good understanding of the education sector (experience of working with schools is desirable).

You will love this job if…

 You enjoy working with committed people in a friendly and purposeful environment;

 You thrive in small teams and when multi-tasking and juggling competing priorities;

 You are creative and have the discipline to turn your ideas into reality;

 You can spot opportunities a mile off and have the confidence to ask for help from many different people;

 You are passionate about education and creating opportunities for young people;

 You like people and people like you!

How to apply

Please send your CV and a one-page covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to Debbie Penglis, Director of Real World Learning and Partnerships at

All applications received will be acknowledged electronically. If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please email Debbie Penglis at the email address above.

Closing date: Tuesday 9th February. Interviews to take place on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February.