Full-time (annualised hours)
£40,000 per annum
Interview Date
Closing Date

Cumberland Lodge seeks to appoint a Programme Manager to head-up its Programme team and help develop and ensure the effective delivery of its conferences, consultations, webinars, student-focused programmes and other activities that aim to inform policy and practice on pressing societal issues around social cohesion.

This is a key role within the organisation, and we seek to appoint an outstanding candidate to join us at an exciting time as prepare to celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2022 and develop new areas of work in relation to the societal impact of climate change and to social mobility.

Person specification

We are seeking to appoint an energetic team player who will thrive in a creative and egalitarian work environment and who has proven ability to manage a small department and to plan and deliver events.

It is essential that the Programme Manager shares our commitment to promoting social progress through discussion and dialogue; is intellectually curious; and has the agility, flexibility, and initiative to respond to opportunities, and to adapt to, and lead, change.

The role also requires a graduate or postgraduate level of education, excellent administrative and IT skills, the ability to work both collaboratively and under direction, and the confidence and personal presence to take on a role that involves public-speaking, webcasting, and interacting with students, senior academics, and high-profile people in public life.

The successful candidate must be willing to work flexibly, including weekends (every 6-8 weeks) and occasional evenings.

Salary: £40,000 per annum

Pension: Standard Life contributory pension (currently 5% contributions to support 5% personal contributions, with the option to increase personal contributions over and above 5%)

Additional benefits: 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, annualised hours, and health insurance and death in service benefit after a probation period.

Job description

The Programme Manager is head of the team which delivers a wide range of events that form the Programme, the direction of which is determined by the charity’s Board of Trustees.

The postholder will manage the work of a Programme Officer (responsible for helping to develop and delivering our policy-focused events, and hosting many of our Dialogue & Debate webinars), Programme Administrator (responsible for the administration of our student-focused work, including the Cumberland Lodge Scholarships), and a Digital Communications Officer, and work very closely with our Head of Communications. Cumberland Lodge Scholars (including the Amy Buller PhD Scholar based at Royal Holloway, University of London) also contribute to the work of the Department, as do several freelance Research Associates who work with us on specific projects.

In addition, the Programme Manager oversees the content of programmes devised and delivered by visiting university groups, including the St Catherine’s discussions sessions we deliver to student groups, which are facilitated by Programme team members and our Amy Buller PhD Scholar.

The specific tasks of the Programme Manager are as follows:

  • Work with the Chief Executive to help develop the Programme in line with strategic direction set by the Board, and ensure its effective delivery
  • As head of department, lead and manage the Programme team and oversee the development of staff in their roles, including arranging appropriate training
  • Represent the Programme Department at Senior Management Team meetings and liaise with colleagues in other departments to ensure the smooth running of events
  • Attend Programme discussions at Board meetings, and present reports and proposals for future work
  • Plan the timing and logistics of Programme events and share in their delivery, with the Programme Officer, Programme Administrator and Digital Communications Officer, to ensure that workloads are fairly and evenly spread, as well as liaising with our Front of House team to ensure that Programme events fit well with the organisation's wider calendar
  • Participate in the delivery of events, e.g., chairing conference sessions or breakout group discussions, and hosting podcasts and Dialogue & Debate webinars
  • Lead on the recruitment of Cumberland Lodge Scholars, Amy Buller PhD Scholar and Research Associates
  • Be responsible for the preparation and monitoring of the departmental budget
  • Ensure that the influence and effectiveness of all Programme activity is monitored and evaluated, and prepare impact reports for the Board, Head of Communications and for fundraising purposes
  • Liaise with group leaders from visiting university departments over content of weekend study retreats
  • Lead on devising material for St Catharine’s Sessions for visiting student groups
  • Liaise closely with the Head of Communications on the communication and promotion of Programme activities and key outputs (reports, briefing documents, recordings, podcasts, blog posts, etc.)
  • Act as a weekend Duty Officer (normally six weekends p.a.) including delivering St Catharine’s Sessions, and give welcome talks and tours
  • Carry out all such other activities as may from time to time be reasonably required.

How to apply

If you have the skills and experience to meet the criteria in the Person Specification above, and to carry out all of the responsibilities outlined in the Job Description, we look forward to hearing from you.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant and welcoming team of staff, trustees,  scholars and volunteers, who are committed to offering excellent hospitality and to creating an inclusive environment for creative thinking and dialogue, and to build on all that has been achieved over the past 74 years.

You will need access to a vehicle, as Cumberland Lodge is located remotely in Windsor Great Park without easy access by public transport.

To apply for the role of Programme Manager of Cumberland Lodge, please send a CV and a covering letter of no more than two sides of A4, explaining why you wish to apply and how you meet the criteria, to: Melissa Galvan (HR Officer & Executive Assistant) at: mgalvan@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk

Applications without a covering letter will not be considered. The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Wednesday 11 August 2021.

The full application pack can be downloaded from this page.