- Job role
- Education support
- Working pattern
- Full time
40 hours/week, 52 weeks, 25 days’ annual leave
Requests for flexible working will be considered
- Contract type
- £32,000 - £38,000 dependent on prior experience
Manager, Growth - Position Summary
The Reach Foundation is at an early stage in terms of scaling our work beyond Feltham (where we developed our Cradle to Career model). There is strong potential to grow our impact and to learn more about what it will take to provide all children with access to cradle to career support. We are now looking to hire a Manager, Growth to support us in managing current programmes and developing systems and processes to manage further growth. The role will involve significant variety and will suit someone who enjoys a start-up environment and who is keen to grow with the organisation.
About the Reach Foundation
At Reach, we envision a world where all children and young people enjoy lives of choice and opportunity. This means:
- Achieving well academically
- Being safe and well supported
- Being healthy (physically, mentally and emotionally)
- Having strong relationships and social networks
- For too many children growing up in under served communities, this is not what life is like.
The current system is unlikely to help.
What we do:
We work in partnership with schools to support them to develop models of ‘cradle to career’ support - grounded in great schools - for the children and young people who need it most.
We develop the leadership capacity required for cradle to career models to succeed and spread across the system.
Through our work in Feltham, we have learned that great schools are necessary but not sufficient if we are to enable all children to thrive. Each community in which we work is unique so the specific design of cradle to career models differs from place to place. But we believe the following elements are fundamental to successful cradle to career support and run through everything we do:
- a recognition of the importance of early years
- strong, long-lasting relationships with children, families and the community
- an ‘all-through’ approach to school with a broad, balanced, rigorous, well-sequenced, backwards planned curriculum
- prioritising developing great teachers and leaders
- a relentless pursuit of excellence
- openness and an inclination towards partnership and collaboration
- leaders with an expansive view of what schools can achieve in and with their community
The Manager, Growth role
The Reach Foundation is at an early stage in terms of scaling our work beyond Feltham. In the last year, our small growth team has worked in partnership to design and launch:
- a series of virtual ‘short courses’ on core elements of Reach’s model
- SW100 – a new school leadership development programme for Devon and Cornwall
- joinedUp – a cross sector leadership programme for school leaders, youth workers and social workers
- the Coaching Collective – a course to introduce instructional coaching into schools
- an all-through schools network
- cradle to career partnerships with six schools/ MATs
There is strong potential to further grow our work and to learn about what it will take to provide all children with access to cradle to career support.
We want to remain small and flexible as a team. All current team members enjoy being involved directly with designing and delivering our programmes and in building partnerships to enable further growth. We are all happy mucking in to get stuff done.
The Manager, Growth will be responsible for developing systems that enable us to stay flexible and efficient by:
- setting up processes to manage work;
- communicating with programme participants and partners;
- researching and developing plans for our growth;
- helping to track impact;
- tracking our spending
We are looking for someone who is deeply committed to our mission and who would enjoy being in a start-up organisation and would like to grow with the organisation.
There will be significant variety in the Manager, Growth role. The sorts of things they will take responsibility for (these are all real things the team has done in the last few months) are:
- developing efficient processes to prepare us for growth.
- research/ thinking/ analysis to inform decisions (eg. looking into where we might try to set-up a new programme);
- use Google sites to create participant websites and share resources with programme participants;
- develop our database of contacts;
- create an overall delivery plan for the team and lead team planning meetings;
- develop plans to enable us to capture the impact of our work
- create budgets and track our spending as a team
- identify and book venues for programmes
Skills and experience required;
- we would expect candidates to have at least three years of work experience
- highly organised and able to juggle multiple pieces of work
- flexible and enjoys turning their hand to anything
- experience in a school or MAT would be useful, as would experience as a management consultant or similar
- strong written communication skills and comfortable with design of presentations
- strong interpersonal skills enabling relationship-building with a range of external and internal stakeholders.
- competent in Microsoft Office (with strong Excel and Teams experience), Outlook, Skype, Zoom.
- excellent planning and organisational skills including programme planning, costing, prioritisation, and time management.
- very strong commitment to improving the life chances of children growing up in under served communities
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- School type
- Free School, ages 4 to 18
- Education phase
- Primary, Middle, Secondary, 16-19
- School size
- 894 pupils enrolled
- Age range
- 4 to 18
About Reach Academy Feltham
Reach Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
In order to meet this responsibility all candidates will be subjected to a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants. This process is outlined below. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if further detail is required.
Disclosure This post is classified as having substantial access to children, and appointment is subject to an enhanced police check of previous criminal convictions (DBS). Applicants are required, before appointment, to disclose any conviction, caution or binding over including ‘spent convictions’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020). Non-disclosure may lead to termination of
employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar individuals from employment – this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred. The amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020) provides that when applying for certain jobs and activities, certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected'. This means that they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.
Candidates will be subject to an in-depth, in-person interview and assessment, along with a telephone interview in some circumstances. At each stage of the process candidates will be asked to address any discrepancies, anomalies or gaps in their application form or arising from information gained at the previous stage of the recruitment process.
References from the previous and current employers will be taken up for shortlisted candidates, before interview, and where necessary employers may be contacted to gather further information or address any discrepancies, anomalies or gaps in the reference provided.
All new staff will be subject to a probation period (which may, in certain circumstances, be
extended). The probation period is a trial period, to enable the assessment of an employee’s suitability for the job for which they have been employed. It provides Reach Academy with the opportunity to monitor and review the performance of new staff in relation to various areas, but also in terms of their commitment to safeguarding and relationships with pupils.
Reach Academy is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and will monitor the recruitment process rigorously to ensure fair access and opportunity for all. Reach Academy is committed to ensuring our workforce is reflective of our diverse student population and is therefore committed to increasing representation of staff of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds across all roles and at all
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