Programme Manager (closed)

Title: Programme Manager

Accountable to: Head of Programmes / Head of Programmes - Strategy

Salary: £40k

Location: London, with some travel

Contract: Full time, fixed term for 18 months with possible extension

Deadline: Tuesday 5 November 2019 (17:00)

About the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

The EEF is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement by improving the outcomes of 3-18 year-olds, particularly those facing disadvantage. Find out more here.


Programme Managers are at the heart of the EEF’s work. They are responsible for leading and managing a wide range of activity under a number (typically 2-3) of the EEF’s 'Big Picture' themes and priority areas, from setting up and managing initial trials of projects, through to supporting the growth of the most promising interventions and project managing guidance reports and scale-up work.

Programme Managers are the main point of expertise within the EEF on relevant themes and areas, and build and maintain relationships with the key organisations and individuals in those fields. They advise the Trustees on which projects to fund, work with the Evaluation Team to design robust, real-world trials, and manage relationships with existing grantees. 

They also lead the production of guidance reports and work closely with colleagues in the EEF’s Dissemination and Impact team and Research Schools Network, to ensure our approach to scale-up and mobilisation draws on the lessons learned from previous work and the latest available evidence.


  • Build and maintain a pipeline of strong grant applicants
  • Carry out the assessment of applications, including through site visits, evidence reviews, and financial due diligence
  • Work closely with colleagues and external teams to design projects and evaluations
  • Manage relationships with funded organisations and support them throughout the project so that the grants result in secure and useful evaluation findings
  • Work with other funders to design and manage funding rounds

Guidance and Reporting

  • Work with colleagues to ensure evaluation reports are accurate and accessible
  • Commission literature reviews from experts to inform our work
  • Work with experts to produce practical and actionable practitioner-facing guidance reports, which bring together the evidence from EEF grant-making and other sources

Leading on EEF school themes

  • The above areas of work are arranged around themes and you will lead on one or more themes. This may include: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Organising Your School, and/or others.

Other responsibilities

  • Contribute to the operational and strategic development of the EEF, including through over-arching and corporate projects
  • Undertake other duties which may from time to time be requested by the Chief Executive or Deputy Chief Executive

Person specification

You will be joining a small and focused team. You will be analytical, be experienced at appraising plans and people, have strong project and relationship management skills, and be committed to making a difference. You do not necessarily need established expertise in one of the EEF’s themes; but an ability to learn and establish credibility quickly is important, as is the flexibility to adapt to changing EEF priorities and new work streams.

To apply for this position you must be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to analyse a project’s prospects of success and anticipate any problems it might face, taking into account the wider research and the context it will be operating in
  • An ability to analyse and interpret education research
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • A strong track record of delivery and achievement
  • An ability to work well in a team and a small organisation,offering a hands-on approach
  • An entrepreneurial, flexible and pragmatic approach, with an ability to balance a commitment to rigour with accessibilityand impact
  • A genuine interest in the education sector and a commitment to the aims of the EEF
  • A willingness to travel occasionally to visit projects

Desirable skills and experience include:

  • Experience or understanding of the education environment, including different education settings
  • Understanding of programme evaluation methods

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks:

This post, due to its nature, duties and responsibilities, will be subject to a check by the DBS. The level of check which will apply shall be an “Enhanced” level check.

Working at the EEF:

The EEF is committed to creating a diverse environment and ensuring that all qualified applicants receive equal consideration for employment. We are committed to fair and inclusive recruitment practices (and are open to job shares, secondments, part-time and flexible working schedules). 

We regret that we are unable to sponsor visas for applicants from outside of the EEA.

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to Your covering letter should be no more than two sides of A4 and should outline why you are interested in this position and how you meet the criteria above, drawing on specific examples.

Recruitment timetable

Applications openTuesday 15 October
Applications close17:00 on Tuesday 5 November
Shortlisted interviews (First Round)Week commencing 18 November
Shortlisted interviews (Second Round)Week commencing 25 November

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