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We’re hiring a Programme Manager!

We are currently recruiting for a Programme Manager to coordinate on the delivery of Smallwood’s Gendered Poverty Learning Programme, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. This is a 3-year c.500k programme of learning activities, network support and wrap around capacity building for women-led organisations funded by Smallwood.

You will be joining us at an exciting time in our 135-year history. In the past 2-3 years we have received and continue to receive substantial funding to complement the income from our available investments. This is a new role with scope to help Smallwood shift power to the women and communities it serves and to identify programmes that work in tackling gendered poverty.

Applicants must hold knowledge of economic inequality and how gender, race, disability, age and other factors intersect to compound this experience.

  • This position involves the following broad responsibilities:
  • Shifting power and co-production with specialist women’s organisations
  • Promoting learning with those closest to the problem of financial hardship
  • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting against Programme outcomes
  • Managing budgets across different workstreams

If you wish to apply for the position of Programme Manager, please submit your CV and covering letter as per our guidance by midnight on 21st April 2023. Virtual interviews will take place w/c 24th April 2023.

Support with your application

We will be holding a Question-and-Answer session for those of you who would like to talk with us before applying for the role. This will take place on 11th April between 12 noon and 3pm. The Head of Programmes and our HR representative will be meeting with you. Please email emmacrump@smallwoodtrust.org.uk if you are interested in this and tell us what time you would like to meet with us.

In addition, Smallwood Trust have partnered with Radical Recruit to make the recruitment process for this role as equitable and accessible as possible. Radical Recruit support people who have had some kind of adverse life experience or set of circumstances that makes finding work more difficult, such as:

  • Being sole parent to children under 18 years
  • Having had contact with the criminal justice system
  • Being care-experienced
  • Being a care giver
  • Having experienced domestic violence or abuse
  • Being an armed forces veteran
  • Being in recovery for any kind of addiction
  • Having experience of homelessness or are currently homeless
  • Having refugee status
  • Having been a victim of modern-day slavery
  • Being long-term unemployed (12 months or more)

Or those who have an underrepresented protected characteristic under the law, such as:

  • Belonging to an ethnic minority group
  • Being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Being aged between 18 and 30 years or over 50 years
  • Having a disability (including being neurodivergent)
  • Having English as second language

Radical Recruit are available to offer application support to applicants from the above groups. This service includes:

To help you consider your candidacy, booking a private and confidential chat with Radical about your suitability for the role and having an honest conversation about the strength of your application. Please email holly@radicalrecruit.co.uk to book a call.

If you do choose to apply, helping you to shape your application by providing a free CV review as a critical friend, as well as support with your questions submission.

And finally, helping you to have the conversation about what reasonable adjustments might look like for you if you are a candidate with a disability and/or discussing any flexible working requirements that you might like to explore with Smallwood.

The closing date for support with your application is Friday, 14th April. Please reach out to Holly Chapman at Radical Recruit before this close date for support.

Please download the role specification to find out more.


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