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Programme Manager

We are looking to grow our small Footwork team with the appointment of a full-time Programme Manager. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the delivery and ongoing development of the People and Place Programme, work alongside the enterprising local social innovators the charity supports and develop partnerships with People and Place Mentors and the wider sector with whom the innovators will engage.


  • Title: People and Place Programme Manager 

  • Hours: Full time, 9.00am – 6.00pm (including 1-hour lunch break). Some home working can be accommodated, in agreement with the CEO

  • Salary: £30-35k per year, depending on experience

  • Location: Footwork’s office, Clerkenwell, London

  • Reporting to: CEO

  • Benefits: 25 days annual leave excluding bank holidays  

  • Pension: We provide a NEST pension with employer contributions, and the employee’s right to opt out

Application dates

Applications close at midnight on Monday 15th January 2024, with first stage interviews w/c 22nd January and second stage interviews w/c 29th January.

Role start date

ASAP thereafter.

Introduction to Footwork


Our role as a charity is to provide funding and support to people who have the ideas and the drive to help their local communities to thrive. Through our programme People & Place, we give these ‘local social innovators’ practical help to overcome the barriers that stand in their way and to make useful connections in their community and with decision makers. 


We learn a great deal from the valuable local knowledge and experience of the people we work alongside and support. Individually their bold ideas demonstrate how resilient places are best created, while together they provide powerful evidence that - when properly supported - local innovation is very effective in changing places for the better. 


Armed with this strong evidence of community-led placemaking, we at Footwork then share it with local and national partners, so that together we can create fairer, more collaborative ways of working.

About the People and Place Programme


People and Place is Footwork’s name for the programme of funding and support we give local social innovators to turn their  ideas into lasting, positive change in their communities. The programme focuses specifically on working with innovators who have direct experience of a local problem and have identified a way to tackle it. They already have the vision and determination to turn this idea into action and are looking for the support to take the next steps with their project.


Our grants give local social innovators the time and the headspace to step back from the day to day delivery of their work, while our programme of support connects innovators with one another and a range of expert mentors. The programme consists of three component parts:

  • 1-1 support - An opportunity for the innovators to work with an expert mentor through a series of workshops/conversations/exchanges/resource development that helps innovators overcome an area of strategic, organisational challenge

  • Learn from others - A series of face-to-face Place Visits and online sessions that enable innovators to meet and connect with others on the programme, learn about their models of community placemaking, support one another, offer advice and share challenges

  • Find your collaborators - Footwork works directly with the innovator cohort to help them build a better understanding of the wider system in which they are operating, building partnerships with people who can help them overcome barriers and achieve their goals 

In 2023, Footwork supported ten individuals or groups - from Leeds to Cardiff and London - each addressing a pressing local issue with an innovative solution. Following a competitive application process we have recently identified our ten 2024 innovators whose inspiring stories and projects can be read about here.

Overview of the role


We are looking to grow our small Footwork team with the appointment of a People and Place Programme Manager. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the delivery and ongoing development of the People and Place programme, work alongside the enterprising local social innovators the charity supports and develop partnerships with People and Place Mentors and the wider sector with whom the innovators will engage.

What you’ll be doing in a little more detail:


  • Communication: managing the day to day delivery of the People and Place Programme including being a first point of contact for the innovators, mentors and partners

  • 1-1 support: leading and overseeing the management of the programme of 1-1 support that innovators receive from their mentors

  • Cohort development: planning and leading key events including the online cohort meet-ups and face-to-face Place Visits

  • Building collaborations: Together with Footwork’s CEO, building partnerships across community placemaking, the built environment and social sectors, to share knowledge and work more effectively together

  • Impact: working alongside Footwork’s in-house Researcher to support the development and delivery of the People and Place evaluation process

  • People and Place 2025: developing and delivering People and Place 2025 including: promoting the programme; creating key materials; leading the application process; overseeing the decision making process (with support from the selection assessment panel); driving ongoing programme development and delivery 

  • Finances: managing the People and Place budget 

  • Footwork wide support: like any early-stage organisation we all chip in to help other team members and the organisation as  a whole, your responsibilities in this area might include: 

    • additional administrative duties such as taking minutes and support with diary management

    • monitoring and managing our comms channels

    • attendance at Footwork Insight Group meetings 

    • representing the organisation at external events

All About You


Essential competencies:

We are looking for someone who is, first and foremost, excited and inspired by our work at Footwork and who has an enthusiasm and interest in the social role of placemaking.


We are keen for a wide range of individuals to apply for this role in terms of professional experience or background and are happy to consider those without direct work experience of every element of the responsibilities outlined above. We are looking for potential and the willingness to learn and grow with us!

There are, however, a number of essential qualities we are looking for:


  • Outstanding communication skills with the ability to collaborate with a wide variety of innovators, mentors, partners, stakeholders and hold key relationships for the organisation

  • Ability to work in partnership across a small team and collaborate with others, establishing positive and productive working relationships

  • Proven project management skills with the ability to lead the programme on a day-to-day basis, alongside developing our future plans, processes, policies and procedures

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, work to deadlines and respond well to pressure

  • Ability to think laterally, be solutions focused and creative 

  • Ability to work independently and take the initiative

  • Fluency in spoken and written English

Application Process

Please contact us at with your CV and a cover letter (2 pages maximum) explaining your interest in the role and what makes you suitable.


Please also supply 2 referees (name, org, contact). We will be in touch shortly after receipt of this information to arrange a first stage interview (this will be in-person at Footwork’s office in Central London) or to notify you that you’ve been unsuccessful. 


Applications close at midnight on Monday 15th January 2024


Receipt of applications will be acknowledged.

Diversity & Inclusion


We seek proactively to share our employment and volunteer opportunities with individuals, organisations and networks that share our commitment to build a culturally diverse workforce. We positively encourage applications from underrepresented groups and consider candidates who are suitably qualified and eligible regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Any queries?


Thank you for your interest in the People and Place Programme Manager role at Footwork Trust.

If you have any queries, or questions about this opportunity please contact Naomi Rubbra, Footwork’s CEO at to arrange an informal conversation.

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