Young Trustees Movement Programme Manager

Salary: £35,000

Contract Terms: 35 hours per week (open to flexibility, see below) – 2 years fixed-term with a view to extending if possible


INTERVIEWS: 18 June 2019 in our Kings Cross Office, London

About us

The Social Change Agency helps build people-powered movements that change the world.

We are experts in creating social impact using communication, community organising, crowdfunding, peer networks, innovation, and systemic and organisational change. We combine tried and tested approaches with cutting edge tools and perspectives. And we offer strategic consulting, programme design and delivery, training, workshops and more. We have grown a lot over the last year, and have big ideas coming to fruition; this role is a vital part of our journey.

We have worked with a wide range of great clients including, Shelter, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, DFID, Marks and Spencers, Power to Change and more. We have co-created incredible annual events such as HouseParty and Losing Control, and we have brought innovative products to market, such as The Movement Building Canvas and Lost Voices.  

We are a BCorp business and a Living Wage Employer.

About the Young Trustees Movement

We are delighted to be working on a new initiative to grow the numbers of young trustees in England and Wales. We strongly believe more action is needed in this space and we have created a ‘Young Trustees Movement’ to catalyse change and to start breaking down the barriers faced by younger people who want to be trustees. This movement takes a systemic approach to growing the numbers of young trustees in England and Wales. Following the initial scoping and research stage funded by The Blagrave Trust, we are now looking for a Programme Manager. This person will deliver an innovative and disruptive programme to shift the status quo of charity governance and grow the number of young trustees in England and Wales.

The programme consists of four key interventions: a campaign targeted at behaviour change in charity boards, a digital hub for resources and signposting, cohort learning for wannabe young trustees, and a network of all the individuals and organisations that are ready to make this a reality. We are working on the principle of supporting, enhancing, and expanding what is working well and filling the gaps with innovative solutions. This will be a truly collaborative endeavour, lead by our sector-wide advisory board and will be championed by young people across the country.

Job overview:

The role involves setting up and managing an ambitious, multi-faceted programme. This includes campaign management, event planning, network development and management. And crucially, you’ll use your knowledge of the charity sector and governance issues to influence behaviour and attitudes towards young people’s contributions on charity boards and ultimately, transform the landscape of trusteeship in England Wales so that is more diverse, dynamic and exciting. You will be working closely with the rest of The Social Change Agency team, especially our comms, brand and web design team, throughout the project, alongside the wider eco-system of charity governance experts and young people interested in leadership.  This role would suit someone who is just as comfortable talking to an 18-year-old as they are talking to the CEO of a large charity.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Network development and management:
    • Continuously identify and build relationships with stakeholders that are interested or targeted leaders in having youth diversity on boards with the aim of working with them to understand the value that young people bring as well as a pledge to recruit young trustee(s)  
    • Support and grow a network of young trustees
  • Develop an exciting brand, website and online tools and governance resources for the Young Trustees Movement
  • Develop and deliver a behaviour change campaign. Work closely with our Principal Director to explore different business and sustainability models for the movement
  • Plan and deliver the annual Young Trustee fringe event (with assistance from the wider SCA team)
  • Be responsible for scaling our young trustees cohort learning programme
  • Relationship management with the advisory board and the programme’s funder(s)
  • Regular check-ins with the senior management team

In carrying out these duties the post holder will:

  • Work to protect the organisation’s reputation and principles
  • Treat internal and external contacts with dignity and respect and uphold the company’s equality of opportunity and dignity at work policies
  • Actively participate in appraisals, team meetings and meeting self-development needs
  • Undertake any other duties necessary to this post as reasonably required

Desirable experience & person specification

  • At least four years’ experience in network development and management, community organising, programme management, and/or campaigning
  • Working knowledge or experience of charity governance and diversity
  • Experience or knowledge of working with 18 to 26-year-olds (desirable)
  • Experience of developing and managing campaigns strategy, both on and offline
  • Event management (experience of unconference methodologies is desirable)

Leading through self-awareness

  • Self-aware, reflective and curious
  • Prepared to fail and learn quickly
  • Self-managing, committed and resilient
  • Flexible, responsive, and innovative
  • Has patience and are comfortable with people of a variety of background

Leading to achieve results

  • Sets compelling, credible objectives
  • Motivates and inspires
  • Listens for and integrates diverse perspectives
  • Confident networker, who is able to engage and influence easily and at all levels.
  • Big picture thinker who can create connection to expand impact

Act decisively

  • Speaks out and does the right thing      
  • Sets clear direction, priorities and boundaries
  • Demonstrates determination and drive
  • Feels comfortable in uncertainty and creates clarity


This role will be suitable for:

A manager with an interest in diversity on boards, governance, and the charity sector and who believes in the power of networks to change systems. Someone who is keen to make an impact in a small team, and is happy working on their own initiative with energy, enthusiasm and good humour. This is a start-up project environment: if you need tight structure, strict schedules and procedures, this role is not right for you. You’ll be organised, curious and enterprising, with well-honed people and communication skills.       

Salary: £35,000

Contract: 2-year fixed term

Location: Kings Cross, London.

Reporting to: Principal Director

Hours & Holiday:  The contract is for 35 hours per week. We have a flexible working policy and would welcome applicants looking for 4 day work week (pro rata) or well-structured job share applicants. We offer 22 days annual leave plus bank holidays, plus 2 extra volunteer days for trusteeship or other volunteer commitments.

How to Apply: If you’re ready to apply, please send us a CV and a cover letter telling us why you are interested in the role and what you think you can contribute to it. Email to

If you have any questions please email to schedule a quick chat.

Deadline for application: 17:00, 10 June 2019

Interviews: 18 June 2019 in our Kings Cross Office

Start Date: ASAP

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Social Change Agency is committed to the diversity of our team. We encourage applications from all suitability qualified people regardless of age, gender expression, sexuality, race, and ethnicity.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK independently, as we, unfortunately, are unable to provide visa sponsorship.