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