Programme Manager

Flexible Location
£39k – £45k (depending on experience)
16 Jun 2021
16 Jul 2021
Full Time
Organisation Type

The Nationwide Foundation is looking for someone to lead its Transforming the Private Rented Sector programme.

  • Flexible location
  • £39k – 45k (depending on experience)
  • Please submit your application by midnight on 30/06/2021. Interview date is Friday 16th July

The Nationwide Foundation is a charitable foundation, funded by, but independent of, Nationwide Building Society. The Nationwide Foundation is committed to improving the lives of people in need in the UK by funding charitable causes and influencing change.

At the heart of the Nationwide Foundation’s approach is a commitment to tackling the root causes of the social issues that lead to disadvantage, poverty, and inequality. Since 2013, its Decent Affordable Homes strategy has been supporting the Nationwide Foundation’s vision for everyone in the UK to have access to a decent home that they can afford.  

The Nationwide Foundation’s Decent Affordable Homes strategy will move into its third phase in 2021 and it is committed to this strategy until 2031.At the heart of the strategy are its three programmes

Our programmes and the change we want to see (our outcomes)

Nurturing Ideas to Change the Housing System

Ideas for protecting and creating decent, affordable homes flourish and result in changes that lead to an increased number of homes for people in need

Backing Community-Led Housing

Community-led housing delivers an increased number of homes for people in need

Transforming the Private Rented Sector

The private rented sector provides homes for people in need which are more affordable, secure, accessible and better quality

What you’ll be doing

Key accountabilities:

Lead on the development and effective delivery of the Nationwide Foundation’s Transforming the Private Rented Sector programme.

Grant management (30%)

  • Lead and co-ordinate delivery of the Transforming the Private Rented Sector (TPRS) funding programme to identify suitable recipients of funding and assess applications for funding.
  • Supporting grant-holders and manage grants in accordance with good grant-making practice.
  • Support delivery partners to develop associated monitoring and evaluation frameworks and systems
  • Deliver the highest level of good grant-making practices, value for money and a portfolio of grants that meets the Foundation’s risk appetite.

Programme management (70%)

  • Develop the programme’s theory of change and ensure robust monitoring and evaluation of the TPRS programme.
  • Identify and develop strategic relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders including voluntary and statutory bodies, think tanks, academic institutions, and service delivery organisations. Identifying and commissioning activities, research and partnerships which will deliver on the TPRS priorities
  • Develop and maintain expertise in the private rented sector to ensure external credibility and utilise this expertise to inform the Foundation’s direction and messages.
  • Act as a source of private renting policy expertise for colleagues across the organisation, proactively briefing on key policy developments.
  • In consultation with the Foundation’s Communications, Policy and Public Affairs team, influence policy and practice by sharing learning from the grant portfolio and developing the influencing plan for the TPRS programme.
  • Lead horizon scanning to identify proactive and reactive influencing opportunities, and deliver this activity, in partnership with internal and external colleagues.
  • Working closely with the Foundation’s Communications, Policy and Public Affairs team, be accountable for delivering the influencing plan and associated activities to influence policy and practice in relation to the TPRS programme. This will include:
  • Building and maintaining relationships with Nationwide contacts and external stakeholders (including government, specialists in programme area, academics, influencers, opinion formers).
  • Championing key messages to stakeholders, via suitable channels including social media, press, policy positions and direct communications to achieve the strategic outcome for the allocated programme area.
  • Arrange and host events / meetings / roundtables to convene key stakeholders to further the success of the strategic outcome for the allocated programme area at events.
  • Establishing coalitions, where appropriate.
  • With the support of the Foundation’s Communications, Policy and Public Affairs team, lead on responding to policy proposals, government consultations, drafting speaker notes and other material.

About you

The Nationwide Foundation is seeking an outstanding individual who will lead and develop its well established and successful Transforming the Private Rented Sector programme through its next phase. You will play a fundamental role in helping the Nationwide Foundation achieve its strategic ambitions by leading on the development and effective delivery of the programme so that it delivers its outcomes.  

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • A good understanding of UK housing issues, and, in particular, the issues affecting vulnerable tenants in the private rented sector
  • Significant experience of policy advocacy, campaigning and influencing techniques
  • Plenty of initiative, creativity and an eagerness to put ideas forward
  • A talent for spotting opportunities and the flair to make them come alive
  • A team player who is happy to work independently
  • An analytical thinker with experience of assessing, monitoring and evaluating work including an understanding of social outcomes.
  • Excellent relationship management skills and personal credibility to influence stakeholders across a variety of sectors, at many levels, to achieve an intended outcome
  • Excellent report writing, presentation and communication skills
  • Demonstrable commitment to social justice and passion for the Nationwide Foundation’s work and vision

Ideally you’ll also have:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the charitable sector including good grant-making practice,
  • An understanding of theory of change

We’re also interested in who you are as a person. Why? Because our membership is made up of so many different kinds of people, so we want our employees to be just as diverse. We’d love to hear about your values, and what makes you who you are

We know applying for jobs can sometimes feel like you’re sending an application into a black hole. We review each application individually. So, it’s a good idea to call out your most relevant experience on your application to give yourself the best chance.

The extras you’ll get

In this role, you will be employed by Nationwide Building Society and seconded to the Nationwide Foundation on a permanent basis. As an employee of Nationwide, you’ll benefit from Nationwide’s employment package.

There are all sorts of employee benefits available at Nationwide, including:

  • A personal pension – if you put in 7% of your salary, we’ll top up by a further 16%
  • Up to 2 days of paid volunteering a year
  • Life assurance worth 8x your salary
  • A great selection of additional benefits through our salary sacrifice scheme
  • Access to an annual performance related bonus
  • Access to training to help you develop and progress your career
  • 25 days holiday, pro rata

Your success isn’t based on how long you spend at your desk. You’ll have contracted hours, but we’re always happy to support flexible working wherever we can. That might mean working from home or different Nationwide offices or agreeing a working pattern to help you balance work and life. We will always strive to find a way that works for everyone.

Why work for us?

The Nationwide Foundation is committed to creating a culture that recognises and truly values our individual differences and identities. If you’d like to be a part of an inclusive workplace where you can be yourself, where your talents are nurtured and you feel empowered to contribute, then please apply.

What to do next

If this role is for you, please click here.  You’ll need to attach your up to date CV and answer a few quick questions for us.

We respond to everyone, so we will be in contact shortly after the closing date to let you know the outcome of your application.

The hiring manager for this role is Samantha Stewart, Head of Programmes at the Nationwide Foundation:

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