Part-time Programme Assistant wanted

Part-time Programme Assistant
Area of specialisation: Environment, Mental Health, Inclusion, Grants, Youth Council and/or

About OT
Ormiston Trust is a national charity that aims to improve the life-chances of children and young
people so they can fulfill their potential and lead happy and productive adult lives. Through
Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), we sponsor 45 academies in England to educate over 30,000
pupils, and through Ormiston Families, we work with children and families in need in the East of
England region.

We are currently looking for Programme Assistants. The successful applicant will play an
important role in delivering Ormiston Trust’s work to improve the life chances of young people.
The primary focus of the position is to support the Programme team in its work with partnering
schools, organisations, charities, and local communities to encourage, design, and implement
youth-led social action programmes across England. The roles and responsibilities of this position
are closely aligned with tasks related to a 2-million-pound grant that promotes youth social action
in schools.

As a Programme Assistant, your main role will be:

  1. To support the development of the specific specialisation area by drafting evidence
    papers, reviewing funding applications, identifying potential partners and funders and
  2. To collaborate with other team members by pro-actively reaching out to
    them and providing them with the help they need in developing their specialisation areas
  3. To collaborate with Programme Specialists, Programme Officers and Programme
    Coordinators on additional tasks when need be. To communicate with others on main
    findings and share best practices.

We are looking for candidates interested in at least one and ideally more, of the six following
specialization areas:

Environment – Promoting opportunities that inform students about the environment while
allowing them to experience it with a focus on informing on the environmental crisis and climate

Mental Health – Promoting opportunities that assists youth in ensuring good mental health –
particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact this may have had on the wellbeing
of young people across England and the UK.

Inclusion – Ensuring that our social impact projects are inclusive and attract a diverse breadth of
students by actively fighting discrimination in the educational system.

Grants – Helping to review grant requests sent to Ormiston Trust by evaluating projects based
on our established criteria in order to decide which projects will be implemented and providing
feedback to allow projects to grow.

Youth Council – Ensuring that our Youth Council acts as representative body that providing staff
and trustees with a deeper understanding of the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the
youth by including young people’s perspectives in its planning/decision-making processes.

Communication – Raising awareness about Ormiston Trust and our initiatives online by helping
us develop our communication strategy and grow our online presence on various social media
pages through content creation.

Who we are looking for
We are seeking to hire new Programme Assistants with relevant experiences in one or more of
the specialisation areas mentioned below. Our ideal candidate is currently pursuing a Bachelor
or Master’s degree and will also ideally have some experience in project management and
research to join us on a part-time, flexible basis.

Essential skills & attributes

  • Educated to degree level
  • Relevant prior experience and understanding relating to the chosen specialisation
  • Interest and passion for working to improve the lives of Ormiston young people
  • Commitment to OT’s values
  • Ability to work independently and flexibly
  • Ability to take initiative and think innovatively
  • Effective communicator and team worker
  • Excellent grasp of written and verbal English
  • Good time management skills
  • IT literacy – proficient user of Office software, especially Excel
Desirable skills
  • Experience with grant giving or applications/bid-writing
  • Project development and/or project management experience
  • Understanding and awareness of UK educational system
  • Prior experience working in the charity and voluntary sector


Time requirement: This role will require 10 hours per week (minimum) over a one-month trial
period. If the trial period is successful, the contract might be extended based on the company’s
need. While we are flexible, ideally we would like applicants to commit to having regular hours
they commit to either on Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday.

Location: Remote working
Pay: £12 per hour

How to apply
Please send a copy of updated CV and cover letter outlining your availability and describing why
you would be interested in working at OT, which specialization area are you interested in and
how you meet the person specification to Lisa Marrache, Programme Officer at
[email protected] and Gabriella Ribeiro, Programme Officer at
[email protected]

Applicants are not restricted to a single area of specialisation – we invite expressions of interest
for areas which you are most interested in within your cover letter.
Application deadline: May 20th 2021
Candidates must be legally entitled to work in the UK

James is the Chief Executive officer of Ormiston Trust. He has worked as an organisation advisor in the private, public and voluntary sectors, helping organisations to grow sustainably over the medium to long term. He has helped charities for over 20 years in the fields of strategic development, partnership setup, programme and project delivery.

Poppy is the Youth Engagement and Partnership Officer at Ormiston Trust, responsible for coordinating our team of Young Advisors and developing effective working relationships with external organisations. She is currently studying ‘Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development’ at Warwick University and previously worked as Board Advisor for a non-profit youth-focused organisation in Croydon. She has experience in activism work – attending COP26 with environmental education company Force of Nature and had been a member of the UK Youth Parliament for many years, speaking on environmental issues in the House of Commons for its ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign.

Tom heads up Comms and Youth Engagement here at Ormiston Trust. His role focuses mainly on helping run the Youth Advisory Council, as well as heading up our social media accounts and planning events. His creative roots lie in journalism, music and theatre as well as horticulture and creative producing, having been involved in a variety of workshops and projects. Tom is passionate about the environment and politics and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Birmingham in International Relations.

Fiona is the Grants Assistant at Ormiston Trust and in her role she supports the Grants team. Previously, she worked in the City for 10 years, firstly as a dealer on the floor of the London Stock Exchange and then as an equity salestrader.  

Samia is a business and ICT Teacher with over 20 years of leadership experience in Education, working with leaders from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5. Her experience has ranged from working as an Acting Head Teacher to a Deputy for an Education Trust. Some of the key highlights from her education career have included building schools and setting up education provisions, including a teaching school, and winning several National awards. Samia is passionate about ensuring the young people in her care have the best possible experience and has always led by example by sending her own children to the schools she has been a part of.

Ray leads the youth engagement, partnerships and fundraising work streams at Ormiston Trust, in particular having strategic oversight of how we as an organisation can embed the voices of our young people in everything we do, and how we can work with partner organisations to maximise shared outcomes and opportunities.

His background is in community project development and funding, having worked with charities, schools, and local authorities in East Anglia to develop a plethora of projects including primary-secondary school transition, award-winning youth amateur theatre, social prescribing in rural GP practices, and youth commissioning boards, for which he was recognised as a Prime Minister’s Point of Light.

Ray is a global health and medicine graduate, alongside his work at Ormiston, he is a hospital doctor and public health academic. He is also an #iWill Ambassador and national #iWill Partnership Board member.

Anne is Finance Manager at Ormiston Trust and has worked for Ormiston Trust for over 30 years, overseeing the property portfolio and asset management. She combines her work at the Trust with voluntary community work and has raised thousands of pounds to enhance leisure and education opportunities for young people in disadvantaged communities. 

Karlene is Finance Manager at Ormiston Trust and has been handling the Financial Management of Ormiston Trust since 2014. Her background is in Financial Services with 20 years working in the industry and she has a passion for systems, processes and spreadsheets to enable good finance management. 

Aneela is the Head of Education at Ormiston Trust. Prior to joining Ormiston Trust, she was Head of Professional Development and School Improvement at Beaconhouse Group, overseeing the professional development of over 8000 teachers and implementing systems for school improvement across 200 international schools, in the Southeast region. Prior to this, she worked at Universities in the UAE, where she taught on the Bachelor of Education and Diploma programmes, and previous to this she was a Lead Advisor for Nord Anglia Education services, working with head teachers and principals to raise educational standards across schools in Abu Dhabi.

Melissa is a Programme Management Officer at Ormiston Trust. In her role she supports the #WeWill programme management, and works closely with the monitoring & evaluation, social action toolkit & skills, and youth engagement teams. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Development at the University of Sussex, and her postgraduate degree in Global Health and Development at UCL. Over the last eight years, she has dedicated much of her time to working with non-profit organisations in the UK, Nigeria, China, and Tanzania.