Social Innovation Programme Manager

Job title: Social Innovation Programme manager

Salary: £35,000 – £40,000 p.a. (dependent on skills), plus 25 days holidays

Location: Remote – UK based. Our offices are in East London but we welcome applicants from across the UK who do not wish to relocate – you should be willing to spend up to one day a fortnight in our London office for team and project meetings (as and when public health guidelines permit full re-opening).

Hours: Full time  (35 hrs per week) – Fixed term 9 month contract

About the Young Foundation

Connected, thriving communities are the foundation of our society. They keep us safer, happier and healthier – more resilient and able to face shared challenges. Today, the Young Foundation’s mission is to enable the development of connected, more sustainable and stronger communities across the UK. We do this through amplifying the stories and lived experiences of people in our communities; using this as a spur to drive locally-led community action and enterprise. We use what we learn across different communities to spot national patterns of need and opportunity, then work with national partners to support new ideas to tackle those shared challenges. Bringing together our own – and other people’s – work, we are building a shared body of evidence, tools, and insight about how communities are taking action on the issues that affect them.

About the role

The Young Foundation are seeking a programme manager to help support the delivery of the next BOOST accelerator programme, part of the Inclusive Economy Partnership. The Inclusive Economy Partnership brings together business, civil society and government to tackle the UK’s most pressing social and economic problems through cross-sector partnerships. We believe that partnerships are the catalyst to unleash potential and create the fairer, more inclusive society we all want. Six months ago, we convened 18 of the most exciting social innovators across the UK – with proven solutions to deep-seated social issues – to take part in the Inclusive Economy Partnership’s scale-up programme, BOOST.

By unlocking the power of partnerships, BOOST has enabled the innovators to form partnerships with over 100 new businesses, civil society organisations or government departments and leveraged over £4m in additional funding and investment.   This has resulted in the innovators scaling their services and increasing their impact so as to unleash the potential of more people and communities across the UK.

The 2021 BOOST accelerator will support 18 carefully selected organisations from across the UK who have impactful solutions to social challenges that their solutions can reach many more people in need. The organisations selected will be among the most promising social innovation and mission lead companies in the UK, and focus on supporting people across the following areas:

  • Transition to work
  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Financial inclusion and capability.

The next BOOST accelerator will help these organisations grow through connecting them with other partners who will support, invest in, or procure their solutions. In addition to these partnership connections, BOOST participants will receive mentoring and attend workshops that help their business develop.

To support the delivery of the BOOST accelerator we are looking for a skilled programme manager who will ensure this nationally significant innovation programme is well managed to time, and to budget.

How to apply

Please read the Job Description, and then complete the Application Form and return it to You can submit CV’s as separate attachment but is not a requirement for the selection process and will not be shared with the hiring managers.

We encourage all applicants to complete our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form and send alongside their application (this will not impact your application).

The closing date for applications is 11:59pm on Sunday 6th December 2020.

The selection process will include :

  • Shortlisting based on answers to skills-based questions
  • A first stage, skills and competency-based interview
  • A second stage interview with The Chief Executive and HR and two tasked-based exercises that will help demonstrate your skills relevant to the role (for final applicants)

Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Tuesday 8th December and first round interviews will take place virtually on 9TH and 10th December 2020 and second round w/c 14th December 2020.

We actively encourage people from Black and Ethnic Minority or other under-represented groups to apply for this role. You must have the right to live and work in the UK. Non­EU nationals who require a work permit in order to take up employment will not be considered.

The Young Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We regret that we will only be able to reply, and give feedback, to short-listed applicants.