Programme Manager

Programme Manager

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  • Sector:

    Operations, Admin & Support, Projects & Programmes, General

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  • Salary:

    £38k per year

  • Contact :

    Harriet Mountain

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  • Contact phone:

    020 7820 7328

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  • Published:

    about 2 years ago

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Harris Hill are delighted to be working with Theodora Children's Charity to help recruit a new Programme Manager to manage their Giggle Doctor's programme.

About Theodora Children's Charity
Theodora Children's Charity is a truly inspirational and pioneering charity which successfully works to improve children's experience of being in hospital.

Forming part of an international family with its origins in Switzerland. Over the past 25 years they have made a positive impact on over half a million children and their families in the UK and 3 million children internationally and improving children's experience of being in hospital through visits from professional performers, called Giggle Doctors.

Their Giggle Doctors increase opportunities for play, reduce distress and anxiety and give children back an element of control. They achieve this through improvised play which puts the child at the centre of the interaction and through the use of music, magic, storytelling, comedy and mime.

The Role
Reporting directly to the Chief Executive you will be responsible for leading and developing their hugely successful and impactful Giggle Doctor programme, building a strong and supportive relationship with the Giggle Doctor team, whilst working closely with partner hospitals, hospices and specialist children's centres.

You will be a strong team player, be self-motivated, with the ability to manage your own workload and be committed to improving the lives of sick and disabled children through their Programme.

In return you will have the opportunity to be an integral part of a unique charity bringing fun and laughter to thousands of children every year.

Key Responsibilities:
-Proactively work and engage with the Giggle Doctors to deliver and develop the Programme
-Manage the delivery of the programme, taking responsibility for the monitoring, recording and reporting on programme performance.
-Maintain and monitor the feedback on Giggle Doctor visits producing impact reports on the number of visits held, challenges and opportunities.
-Undertake periodic visits and reviews with Giggle Doctors and partners to develop a pipeline of qualitative and quantitively data for impact measurement.
-Directly manage Programme budgets to support organisational budget and income targets.
-Support the fundraising team through the creation of case studies and compelling cases for support to retain existing donors and help identify new funders.
-Build relationships with existing partners, donors and parents to strengthen their connection to our charity.
-Provide comprehensive programme reports to support income generation bids and Trustee reporting.
-Actively contribute to the development of impact measurement procedures and reporting.

Skills and Experience required:
-In depth knowledge and experience of programme development, scheduling, delivery and impact measurement.
-Established track record of leading a large, diverse virtual team across multiple sites.
-Experience of developing and managing external stakeholder partnerships.
-Proven ability to plan ahead, manage multiple priorities and organise own workload.
-Experience of working collaboratively with internal and external contacts to deliver a successful programme.
-Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with Giggle Doctors, partners, charity team and supporters.
-Excellent written, oral communication and budgetary skills.
-Ability to contribute to annual strategy and budget setting, with management thereafter
-Ideally an Understanding of the UK charity sector and experience of fundraising/income generation