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Chief Operating Officer

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Salary: £60,000
Location: London, hybrid working
Closing date: 3rd May, preliminary interviews held w/c 16th May. Final panel 27th May.
How to apply: Head to our recruitment website to find out.

If you are ambitious for young people, yourself and others, passionate about social justice, and looking for a life changing opportunity: this could be it. We are the UK’s only charity driving social change using the power of state school alumni. We believe that every state school – and every state school pupil – should have access to a thriving alumni network: role models who they can relate to, people like them who have succeeded, connections to help them see the world beyond their estates and school gates.

As our Chief Operating Officer, you will be the CEO’s right hand person responsible for all the backbone services that support the charity – HR, Finance, IT, Legal, Governance and support. You will be an experienced senior manager, comfortable with performance planning and financial management, overseeing governance and support services, and leading the delivery of our technology and digital offers.

Whatever your background and profession, you will have a breadth of experience and a style that enables you to work across the organisation, providing challenge and support, leading through influence, collaborating and role modelling good practice. We are looking for someone who can work well under pressure, enjoys complexity and a diverse workload, and can directly support the chief executive. We offer the chance to make a difference to young lives, to be part of a dedicated and determined leadership team, working in a stimulating environment where your contributions will be valued, your opinion will count, and your achievements celebrated.

We will invest in your CPD and provide space for personal growth. We have a hybrid working environment, with London meetings but generally working flexibly from home, with good holidays and rewards. We would particularly welcome applications from people with lived experience of the communities we serve. We are an equal opportunities employer committed to social justice and supporting a diverse workforce.

How to Apply: head to our recruitment website.

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Alumni Programme Manager

Although we don’t currently have any Alumni Programme Manager vacancies at the moment, we’re always keen to hear from individuals who are interested in the position. If you’d like to find out more please get in touch on info@futurefirst.org.uk.

Job title: Alumni Programme Manager
Salary: £23,817 – £29,228 dependent on experience
Annual leave: 28 days per year, increasing by one day for each year of service up to a maximum of 33 days
Benefits: Employee pension scheme, comprehensive learning and development plan, cycle to work scheme, travel card loan, flexible working, volunteer days
Contract type: Full time, permanent

If you want to support young people in schools, particularly those who are disadvantaged, then this could be the job for you. Future First is the UK charity that connects state school pupils with former students to show them a future that can be theirs. Hearing from past pupils builds resilience, confidence and gives students the motivation to study. Our new technology also gives them a network to help them.

Alumni Programme Managers are our front line workers supporting schools, volunteers and young people. You’ll be joining an amazing and friendly team, with the opportunity to have your ideas heard and grow your skills, taking on projects, specialisms and responsibilities.  You will help your schools and colleges to build and use their former student networks to support today’s pupils, with workshops and talks, as governors and fundraisers, mentors and much more. You will also reach out to new schools and businesses to raise the profile of our work, build more partnerships and grow our pool of school members.

We would particularly welcome applications from people with lived experience of the communities we serve. We are an equal opportunities employer committed to social justice and supporting a diverse workforce.

To join us, you will need: a desire to address social mobility issues; the ability to influence and win others to your way of thinking; experience of working with schools and young people, ideally through facilitating engaging activity; excellent communication skills; superb organisational skills; and an interest in working across the breadth of a small charity, including sales and business development.

In return, we offer you a supportive working environment with plenty of learning and development opportunities. You’ll work with dedicated, determined colleagues and witness the tangible difference our work makes to young people’s lives. We live by our values of social justice, collaboration, innovation and role models. If these values resonate with you, we’d love to hear from you!