Project Manager

You are ready to be scrappy, resourceful, admit when you do not know the answer, and go and find it. You want to shake the tree, rather than look for the lowest hanging fruit.

You want to work at F4S because you realised how school was so disconnected from the real world. You believe that there is a better way to make kids excited about their future and help them enjoy and fulfilling productive lives.

You believe that schools can use technology to change what they do from the inside-out. You have exciting ideas to bring to the table to help us see things differently and do better. I look forward to working with you.

About the Role

Founders4Schools is an award-winning EdTech charity dedicated to improving the life prospects of students aged 6-24 years. We connect young people with professionals and community leaders, with the aim of improving their future employment prospect and closing the skills gap that holds back economic growth.

Our proprietary technology platform enables educators to invite business leaders and other professionals to meet their students and share their stories. Since 2013, Founders4Schools has helped open the eyes of over 250,000 young people to the opportunities that are out there.

What are we looking for:

We are seeking an enthusiastic Project Manager to lead our Maths4Girls pilot project which aims to improve the confidence and participation of 11 - 14 year old London school girls and will run from July 2019 - January 2020. The project will potentially run for another 3 years after the pilot phase.

During the pilot phase, Founders4Schools and 100 Women in Finance will implement a partnership project in London boroughs, which aims to inspire and encourage girls ages 11-14 to continue and excel in Maths. The Project Manager will lead the activities with 100 Women In Finance members who will volunteer as role models for girls in school. As a result, the Maths4Girls project will aim to improve young women’s life chances and broaden their career options in business, finance, STEM and the many other fields that require maths as a language.

The Project Managers will be responsible for managing the 6 month pilot, ensuring that activities are delivered on time, within budget and with maximum impact. The Maths4Girls Project Manager should possess outstanding organizational and leadership skills, coupled with an ability to understand the wider picture and aims of the project and the organisation.

Apart from being experienced in project management methodologies, candidates should also be commercially-minded professionals who have a knowledge of industry best practice, with good knowledge of gender and education approaches, of work promoting girls and women in STEM (science technology engineering and maths) and importantly, of Edtech innovation. In addition, as leaders, it is imperative that they promote in their staff a culture of teamwork, collaboration and success.

On successful completion of the pilot, there will be an opportunity to move to managing the rollout of the full project, with a budget around £200k.

In the role you will be expected to:

  • Managing all aspects of the pilot project: outcome, timetable, budget & resources.
  • Being responsible for all aspects of a project from the design stage through to completion and reporting on activities and impact.
  • Writing up project documentation.
  • Creating a working environment that allows everyone to work to the best of their abilities.
  • Submitting regular progress reports to stakeholders and senior managers in a timely manner.
  • Setting the standards and methodology to be used in a project.
  • Ensuring that all relevant processes are followed on projects.
  • Administering the allocation of jobs and budgets on a project.
  • Managing project personnel to achieve project objectives.
  • Maintaining the project risks register.
  • Oversee the independent monitoring and evaluation of the project.
  • Negotiating with all stakeholders.
  • Driving cross-functional project teams (internal & external).
  • Agreeing on project objectives and ensuring that the highest quality standards are met.

Key skills required (essential)

  • Knowledge of project management practice, documents and plans.
  • Good facilitation and analytical skills.
  • Ability to deliver results on time, on budget, and to the very highest standards.
  • Ability to quickly gain the technical, behavioural and contextual elements of a project.
  • Running large and small scale projects.
  • Project reporting.
  • Stakeholder management.
  • Good IT skills, including project management tool e.g. Asana.

Key skills preferred

  • Experience of teaching maths to 11 to 14 year-old would be an advantage
  • Knowledge and experience of gender and education approaches, of work promoting girls and women in STEM (science technology engineering and maths).
  • Knowledge and experience of Edtech innovation
  • Ability to prepare volunteer learning and workshop materials
  • Ability to deliver workshops and motivate volunteers to take part in the project
  • Develop marketing materials to recruit volunteers utilising social media channels and promote the project within London schools
  • Support delivery of Maths4Girls encounters by volunteers in London schools

Personal skills that are required (essential)

  • Strong drive and resilience.
  • Action and result oriented.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with people at all levels.
  • A willingness to see things through to the end.
  • A team player who is comfortable working with other professionals.
  • Ability to influence people at all levels.
  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Being an inspirational leader who is able to demonstrate enthusiasm, passion.
  • Willingness to take on project ownership and accountability.

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