Programme Manager

Programme Manager

InnovateHer are looking for a full time Programme Manager to drive us forward at an exciting stage of our growth. This is an opportunity for an individual who shares our values to get involved with developing the direction of a innovative social enterprise, working closely with young women to improve their prospects and raise their aspirations.

This is a full time role with options to work remotely. We don’t work a strict 9 – 5 as we respect that everyone prefers to work differently and that the role can sometimes require out of hours working, so general flexibility is required and offered by us. We value collaboration and would like our staff to work together whenever possible but we also offer remote working. We will give you autonomy – we trust you to manage your workload and get things done. As the company is small and currently growing, you must be comfortable working independently too.


We are on a mission : To get girls ready for the tech industry and the industry ready for girls.

We run three strands of activity to help us achieve this – our award winning school programme, our industry membership network and campaigning to raise awareness on a national level.

Only 19% of tech roles are female in the North West, and just 20% of computing science pupils are female in the UK. The idea that particular jobs or interests are for girls and others are for boys is false. We created InnovateHer to address this; it is a national movement dedicated to giving girls aged 12-16 the self-belief and skills needed to pursue a career in technology. We use industry role models, events and schools-based programmes to reverse gender inequality, improve digital skills and invest in the future of our young people.

Our programmes teach essential digital skills, but they also connect girls with new passions, raise their employment prospects and enhance their chances of a more fulfilling life and career.Because we believe that everyone, regardless of background or identity, should have the freedom and opportunity to pursue any future they choose. Find out more here.

The industry membership offer has been created based on our personal experiences of working closely with digital and technology organisations. It covers aspects of talent and recruitment, creating inclusive cultures, and sharing of best practice. Not only does our membership network directly support the educational programme we deliver, but it showcases the innovative organisations in the UK who already recognise the need for equality and diversity in the sector. Find out more here.

Over the next year our ambition is to build our network across the North West. We have recently expanded into Manchester and have 27 schools-based programmes confirmed in the next year in the region. To help us fulfil this growing demand for our services, we are seeking to grow our core team.

To find out more, visit the our story page.

What you’ll do:

  • Carry out visits to schools to deliver assemblies and spark initial interest, coordinate the activities of the school-based programmes and promote the InnovateHer mission.
  • Coordinate the InnovateHer programme within schools, to ensure the programme is run effectively with high quality outcomes.
  • Source experienced industry lead tutors and supporting volunteers to deliver the programme in each school, hold training sessions with them, and manage the relationship throughout the programme and beyond.
  • Evaluate the programme and measure the impact of our activities, reporting to all our key stakeholders. This involves collecting data and managing records in line with GDPR regulations.
  • Recruit new schools. This will involve keeping up to date records, and includes developing ongoing relationships with a number of schools.
  • Support the development of new resources, processes, tools and initiatives, to help us continuously improve the programme content and how it is delivered.
  • Help to build the InnovateHer network across the North West, including our alumni ambassador programme.
  • Assist the marketing function with creation of content for communications with schools, mentors and other stakeholders.

What you’ll bring:

  • A passion for equality and a commitment to helping improve the gender balance within the tech (and more broadly STEM) sectors.
  • Strong organisational skills with an ability to prioritise effectively while working on a variety of tasks. Project Management expertise would be beneficial as multiple programmes will be delivered at different stages.
  • A resilient attitude that sees setbacks as a chance to learn and thrives in challenging situations. The ability to keep calm under pressure.
  • Lots of motivation and the ability to work equally well independently, or as part of a team.
  • Experience of coordinating a team to deliver a specific output.
  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience working within a project management role or similar programme management role, either in the Digital technology sector or in education.
  • Teaching experience would be beneficial, or an understanding of how to deliver training effectively in a variety of settings.
  • Knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) sectors would be advantageous, bringing an understanding of what opportunities are available and what challenges the sector currently faces.
  • An enthusiasm for our mission; communicating the benefits of our programme and why it is needed to schools, to potential partners and grant funders is key.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to motivate and enthuse both adults and young people.
  • Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to grow networks.
  • Competence in using digital tools, particularly to help with team collaboration and remote working.
  • A growth mindset and a real appetite to learn and share knowledge.

It would be useful if you also have:

  • A pre-existing network of people who work in digital and / or education related businesses within Greater Manchester.
  • Experience working in the education sector, or with teachers and schools.
  • Experience of working within a small business and/or third sector organisation.
  • Experience of managing a team of volunteers.
  • An ability to create engaging educational resources that are suitable for young people in schools.
  • The ability to write content like blog posts and newsletters and adapt your style to suit the medium, audience and message.
  • Data management and analysis skills to help gather and interpret feedback for our evaluations.
  • A full current DBS check; but we can arrange one.


Based in Manchester city centre at the Federation Building, 2 Federation Street.

Regular travel is required to areas within Greater Manchester. Occasional travel to our head office in Liverpool and more broadly within the North West region will also be required. If you have your own transport it would be beneficial.

What we offer:

This is a full time role 37.5 hours a week. The salary is within the range £24-26k per annum, dependent on your experience.

What else you’ll get from us:

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to be an integral part of our rapidly growing social enterprise. We promise you a vibrant, inspiring and positive working environment with supportive co-workers and plenty of opportunities to grow and develop as the business grows.

This is a mid level role at the company, which comes with public profile and responsibility. You’ll be a key part of the decision making from the start, and the role will provide you the creative freedom to really shape how InnovateHer grows.

Other benefits include;

  • Flexible working hours and the option to work from home / remotely
  • 28 days annual leave, birthdays off, plus full office shut down at Christmas
  • The option to join a contribution pension scheme with NEST
  • Access to our feminist book library!
  • A supportive team environment
  • The chance to be part of something which has a real and lasting impact on young people’s lives
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Integration into a thriving community network of businesses and innovators in the Federation Building, where you’ll be based.

InnovateHer is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We are operating a blind recruitment practice at stage one, which means we do not require your name or gender at this stage.


Deadline for applications: By Midnight 28th April 2019

First interview (over the phone): 7th May 2019

Second interview (in person): 13th May 2019

Notification of decision: 17th May 2019

We anticipate that the successful candidate would start between the 3rd of June and 1st of July 2019.

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