Programme Director *REMOTE*

  • Location:

    United Kingdom

  • Sector:

    Charity, Community, Social and Personal services

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £47,000 to £50,000 pro rata

  • Contact:

    Verena Hefti

  • Contact email:

  • Published:

    14 days ago

  • Expiry date:


  • Startdate:


  • Client:

    Leaders Plus

  • Hours per day:


  • Work preference:


  • Days per week:

    3, Flexible

Job purpose

This is an exciting opportunity to take a high impact and well tested learning and development programme and take it to scale in a start up environment.

Your role is to grow the number of applicants to the award winning Leaders Plus Fellowship Programme and oversee the delivery of a high impact Fellowship programme to support parents to continue to progress their career whilst enjoying their young families. 


The Leaders Plus Fellowship programme has grown organically whereby individuals heard about us via word of mouth, have then applied to the join the programme and then convinced their employers to fund their places on the programme. The next step in our strategy to have a more structured sales process, develop more employer partnerships and partnerships with parent or gender networks and find organisations to part sponsor places on the programme.  We are very lucky to have many of our mentors and Fellows who are fantastic advocates so the Programme Director will take a more structured approach of working with our advocates. You will lead on this sales, business development and partner engagement process. You will also oversee the delivery of a high quality high impact programme for our Fellows which could include you deciding who meets the criteria for our programme , overseeing the project management of the programme supported by a Programme Officer.

Our team

Currently, the staff in the organisation consists of a CEO & Founder, a Programme Officer who works 2.5 days per week and leads on the logistics and project management of the programme plus a Communications Coordinator on 2.5 per week who carries out  all of our communications. The CEO is about to go on maternity leave and while she is on maternity leave, you will be leading the organisation. When she returns, you will continue to run a high quality, growing Fellowship programme and the CEO will spend her time developing additional products and/or looking at international growth. While the CEO is on maternity leave, you will also line manage the Programme Officer and the Communications Coordinator who both work 2.5 days per week. We work in a start up environment so we are looking for someone to join us who thrives in that fast changing, ambitious environment. 

You can find a detailed overview on our website on as well as an impact evaluation here.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Sales and partnership development management

  • You will communicate with key stakeholders in employers to sell places on the Leaders Plus Fellowship programme and develop strong partnerships.

  • You will build relationships with new employers and partners to grow the Fellowship programme. 

  • You will develop relationships with gender networks and parent networks with a view to share the Fellowship via their channels.

  • You will develop part funding partnerships where organisations subsidise spaces on the programme .

  • You will work with our advocates to share the programme with potential applicants.

  • Supported by the rest of the team, you will lead the efforts to attract a growing number of Fellows who are passionate about their career progression and have young children. 

  • You will develop relationships with key senior stakeholders, corporate partners and our senior leader mentors. 

  • Ensuring a high impact online Leaders Plus Fellowship programme where Fellows have a high impact experience. 

  • You will oversee the delivery of the Leaders Plus Fellowship programme, including oversight of the work which the Programme Officer does, identifying any risks and issues.

  • You will ensure high quality by overseeing the deployment of trainers, where necessary offer feedback to trainers to ensure our programme remains world class quality. 

  • You will be accountable for ensuring our larger events are world class and you may chair some of those events while the CEO is on maternity leave (between 30 and 60 attendees)

  • You will oversee the communication with the Fellows to ensure they have the right information at the right time.

  • You will contribute to a culture of community engagement to support Fellows to become an active community of change makers

Possible but not essential: if you are an excellent facilitator, you may also be facilitating (online) workshops that are part of the Fellowship programme.

Line management:

  • You will line manage the Programme Officer and the Communications Coordinator. 

  • You will report to the CEO who will be on maternity leave for at least the first six months when you are in the role, possibly longer.

As this is a small but growing start up social enterprise, the successful candidate will have a can do attitude and support the social enterprise in whatever way is needed. 

Please do apply even if you don‘t fulfil all criteria – some of our strongest applications in the past have been from surprise candidates!

Selection criteria

  • We are looking for a belief in the vision of Leaders Plus and a passion for taking the Social Enterprise to the next level of impact and scale. 

Essential skills

  • Good at selling verbally and proven track record in business development and sales

  • Project management/risk management  in the context of a high impact learning and development programme.

  • Ability to chair events where needed

  • Ability to thrive in a start up environment

  • Ability to prioritise your time and workload

Desirable skills, but not essential:

  • Experienced facilitator

  • General Leaders Plus core competencies:

  • Commitment to the Leaders Plus vision and alignment with the Leaders Plus principles. 

  • Courage

  • Integrity

  • Results orientation

  • Inclusion

  • Striving for excellence

  • Activating leadership in others

  • Resourcefulness

  • Continuous learning

  • Resilience

If you have any questions, either email or arrange a quick chat here.


  • Salary: £47’000 - £50’000 pro rata

  • 3 days per week, ideally over 4 days but flexible

  • Dates: application deadline 25 November, start date: January, the earlier the better.

  • Location: remote, although access to London office can be offered. Open to flexible working.

Application: with cover letter and CV sent to, outlining how you fulfil the selection criteria. Please state in your application if there are any interview times you can’t do.

Diversity: the position is open to all interested candidates regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability or family circumstances etc. It goes without saying that men and women are welcome and you don’t have to have children to apply.