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Alumni Programme Manager x 2

New year, new job?

Alumni Programme Manager x 2 (both South, within reach of London)

Job title: Alumni Programme Manager
Reports to: Programme Director (South)
Salary: £23,817 – £29,228 dependent on experience
Location: London or South East, though staff are currently home working until restrictions ease
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.

We have two Alumni Programme Manager vacancies, both working with schools and partners in the South. 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.

You will be situated in or within reach of London, allowing you to easily reach schools in the South. We are currently mainly home working, with regular face to face team working and the option to use office space as you wish. We are reviewing the charity’s requirements and it is likely that we will take a base in London and Manchester, although home-based working will remain for those who enjoy it.

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!

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through to 31 January 2022. We may bring forward the closing date if we are able to appoint to the vacancies sooner. You are therefore advised to apply early.

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Product Manager

Reports to: Business Services Director
Salary: Circa £40k per annum pro-rata, dependent on experience
Contract: 0.4 FTE (two days a week) until end March 2022 (though there may be possibility for extension)
Location: The role will be remote, though some in-person meetings may be required from time to time
Closing date: ASAP; applications will be considered on a rolling basis so you are encouraged to enquire early
How to apply: If you are interested in the role, please contact laura.underwood@futurefirst.org.uk to arrange a discussion

About the role 

We have embarked on an exciting technical project that will revolutionise the way we work with schools, students and volunteers. We believe in the power of role models, and specifically the potential of individuals to raise the motivation, confidence and life chances of students at their old school or college. Historically, this has mainly been through in-person intervention, such as workshops and career talks. However, we want to connect even more schools and young people to their alumni and other relatable role models, and we know that going digital will help us grow our reach and impact.

We have developed an existing product to create a new platform (Future First Hub) that will be used regularly by schools, volunteers and young people. We officially launched the Hub in September 2021. We wanted to create something that people want to use again and again, that facilitates the formation of an online community, and most importantly, helps young people build connections and inform themselves about the opportunities available to them.

We are looking for someone who can support us with delivering the Hub roadmap, which will take us beyond a minimum viable product to a platform that meets the needs of diverse stakeholders. The candidate will need to work closely with our internal team to scope and test features to ensure they are working as required and that the roadmap is delivered to time, budget and to a high standard. The Product Manager will also undertake user research to help shape future requirements, and will ensure all the relevant documentation is in place.

This is a brilliant opportunity to work with a small but ambitious charity and share your experience and insights to create a product that will support young people across the country.