Closing date: Monday 24 July 2023
Location: London ECR3 6EN / Hybrid
Salary: £35,000 p.a.
Contract: Fixed term until 31/12/2024
Interview date: Tuesday 1 August
Job Title: Project Lead
Reports to: Services Director
FTE: Full time 37 hours per week – Fixed term contract until 31/12/24
Salary: £35,000 per annum
Are you interested in working for an organisation making a real difference to the lives of young blind and partially sighted people?
Here at the Royal Society for Blind Children we believe that every blind young person should have the chance to live life without limits. Our values of Trust, Energy, Ambition, and Motivation underpin everything we do, and by giving young people the essential skills to take control of their life, they can unleash their true potential.
We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Project Lead who will work alongside the services department to lead our range of projects and ensure that they have the maximum impact on the lives of blind and partially sighted children, young people and their families. We would like to have someone with the drive to keep projects on track and to support when they need a push to succeed.
The main purpose of this role is to:
- Project manage and have oversight of RSBC’s range of projects, ensuring all projects meet their targets, objectives and contractual requirements, and effective monitoring is carried out.
- Identifying projects where progress is not on track and developing plans that can bring them back on track alongside the wider team.
- Working collaboratively with the services management team and wider RSBC management team to ensure that continuous improvement and knowledge sharing from project learning is embedded in everyday practice.
The ideal candidate will have significant experience of leading a wide range of projects, and experience of working within the charity sector would be an advantage. You will likely have a project management qualification or demonstrable relevant experience. We are looking for someone who can work collaboratively within the Services Department to ensure our projects have the most impact and therefore the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships, and a strong teamwork ethic are vital for this post.
In return we offer a competitive range of benefits including a generous annual leave allowance of 27 days (rising to 28 days after 3 years’ service) + bank holidays, Employee Assistance Programme, Perkbox, flexible working opportunities, 3% contribution towards pension, and season ticket loan. We are a welcoming, diverse and inclusive workforce and are a Disability Confident Employer. We also hold the Investors in People Silver Award.
For further details on the role, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.
Please apply by emailing your CV and a supporting statement which details how you meet the requirements of the role and person spec to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: Monday 24th July, 9am
Interview: Tuesday 1st August
There may be a 2nd interview if required
To apply you will need to have the right to work in the UK
The Society is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Therefore, all posts are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check from the Disclosure and Barring Service and 2 satisfactory professional references. Registered Charity No.307892
- Working closely with the services department as a whole to lead our range of projects, and ensure that they positively impact the lives of blind and partially sighted children, young people and their families, as well as meeting RSBC’s contractual requirements within those projects.
- Use data and evaluation from the projects to help inform the development of further RSBC services projects and be instrumental to that development.
Key Tasks and Main Duties:
You will be responsible for:
- Project management and oversight, ensuring all projects meet their targets and objectives, and effective monitoring is carried out. Working with the Partnerships and Engagement Manager to ensure data for reporting is accurate and available.
- Working with Services Managers to ensure project budgets are managed effectively.
- Identifying projects where progress is not on track and developing plans that can bring them back on track.
- Continuously improving and innovating services, ensuring that children, young people and family’s voices are at the heart of that development through project outcomes.
- Ensuring that the evaluation and monitoring of projects are developed with robust quality standards, with external agencies where appropriate, and that progress is effectively tracked.
- Working with the Marketing and Communications teams to ensure our marketing approach for projects, including social media, website and marketing materials, helps increase reach and engagement of those projects.
- Establishing and maintaining excellent relationships internally and externally with partners, with the support of the Partnerships & Engagement Manager.
- Contributing to the development and implementation of organisational strategy and departmental plans, as well as new projects
- Working collaboratively with the services management team and wider RSBC management team to ensure that knowledge sharing is embedded in everyday practice
- Prepare monthly reports relating to projects that will support the Services team’s understanding and monitoring of progress
- Ensure that safeguarding and welfare of children, young people and their families is at the heart of all project work
- Ensuring equality and diversity principles are embedded in delivery or projects
This Job description cannot be considered to be exhaustive and other duties not included above may arise from time to time. On the understanding that such duties are commensurate with the purpose of the job and have been identified as such by the post holder’s line manager and advised to the post holder, then such additional duties shall form part of the requirements of this post.
Project Management Qualification or demonstrable relevant experience
Skills and Experience
- Experience of managing a range of large and complex projects.
- Knowledge or experience of projects that support children, young people and families or people with disabilities
- Experience of developing projects based on feedback, insight, monitoring
- An ability to learn quickly and apply expertise effectively across a diverse range of projects
- Proven track record of meeting project targets and maximising outcomes and impact
- Commitment to the inclusion and participation of disabled people in a variety of settings
- Experience of managing underperforming projects, and turning those around to achieve a successful outcome
- Experience of working in an agile way that supports effective project delivery
- An understanding of safeguarding children, young people and families
- Experience of managing project budgets effectively
- Proven track record of influencing, negotiating and decision-making skills and being able to communicate effectively with impact at all levels
- Excellent administration, presentation and IT skills; ideally with experience in using CRM databases and Microsoft packages that will support effective programme management
- An ability to work both independently and as part of a wider team; an innovative and pro-active approach to problem solving
- Excellent organisational and time management skills with an ability to manage competing work priorities and meet strict deadlines
- Experience of working within the charity sector
- An understanding of the issues affecting blind and partially sighted or disabled children and their families
For further information about this vacancy and details of how to apply, please visit the Royal Society for Blind Children website: https://www.rsbc.org.uk/work-for-us/