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Head of Portfolio Delivery and Change | The Scouts

Play a leading role in driving transformation change in this rapidly evolving organisation.

  • Location: Gilwell Park, Chingford, London (with optional hybrid working)
  • Salary: £63000- £67000 per annum, depending on experience

About us

We’re Scouts and everyone’s welcome here. All genders, races and backgrounds. Every week we give almost half a million people aged 6-25 the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life. By 2025 we will have prepared more young people with skills for life, supported by amazing leaders who deliver an inspiring programme.

We are growing, being more inclusive, shaped by young people and making a bigger impact in our communities. We now have over 102,000 girls and have started 834 sections in areas of deprivation since 2013. We believe it’s a priority to reflect the diversity of the communities we are in.

We now seek a new Head of Portfolio Delivery and Change who will support our ambitious Skills for Life strategy and portfolio of strategic programmes aims. This includes:

  • Make it easier to plan a rich activity programme using digital programme planners.
  • Launch our Squirrels Section to support Early Years children.
  • Improve the volunteer journey; making it easier to recruit and onboard new volunteers with simplified roles and responsibilities, and better support for both new and existing volunteers.
  • Make volunteer learning easier to access and more engaging; with improved training delivery and administration.
  • Improving how we manage our membership data.
  • Continue improving perception and visibility to help us attract and recruit new volunteers and new young members, by looking at how we are visible in communities at events and reviewing the uniforms for Scouts, Explorers and Adults.

This role forms a key part of this transformation, enabling our capacity to serve the current needs of our portfolio as well as preparing to plan and change for the future. You will drive and lead the development and implementation of the delivery of all of our change programmes across our portfolio of strategic programmes. A key part of your focus will ensure that the change that we introduce to our 150,000 volunteers not only includes them and engages them, but aligns with their capacity to fully adopt the change and also makes them active advocates of the transformation.

We are seeking someone with a track record in portfolio, programme and project management techniques, process and controls.

A thorough understanding of current and emergent change management theories and approaches is needed, as is strong leadership credibility with the ability to take the initiative, be assertive, persuasive and to motivate and inspire a range of audiences across a transformation portfolio. You will be experienced in development and implementation of an organisation’s overall change and transformation portfolio, ideally in a matrix type environment, reporting to multiple sponsors and stakeholders.

You will be able to demonstrate the ability to lead with strong direction, but be able to get down in the details, and rationalise systems and processes. In this role you will have the opportunity to bring your experience and best practice to build the maturity of our organisational processes around change and programme delivery, in order not only to deliver successful programmes, but to be able to measure and report our success along the way.

We want to attract leaders who are brave, curious and bold, are solution focused and forward thinking and genuinely excited by the prospect of realising our further potential. Importantly, you will be values driven with a high degree of emotional intelligence. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 27th September  2021

For further information or to arrange a confidential discussion about this role, please contact our advising consultants:

James Hunt |  james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405 444

 

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for showing an interest in working for The Scouts. Every week we give almost half a million people aged 6-25 the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life. At a time when communities are becoming more divided, we bring people together. We encourage our young people to do more, learn more and be more. We’re a worldwide movement, creating stronger communities and inspiring positive futures. We welcome talent from all backgrounds and your contribution to help even more young people succeed in life.

By 2025 we will have prepared more young people with skills for life, supported by amazing leaders who deliver an inspiring programme. We will be growing, more inclusive, shaped by young people and making a bigger impact in our communities. But in order to achieve these outcomes, we are planning a major transformation across our movement.

The Head of Portfolio Delivery and Change is an exciting and pivotal one, as you will drive and lead the development and implementation of the delivery of all of our change programmes across our portfolio of strategic programmes. A key part of your focus will ensure that the change that we introduce to our 150,000 volunteers not only includes them and engages them, but aligns with their capacity to fully adopt the change and also makes them active advocates of the transformation

We are looking for a leader who is brave, curious and bold, who can support and drive momentum in others, is solution focused and brings strong resilience. You will genuinely be excited by the prospect about bringing about widescale transformation in a national movement which is focussed on making a difference to half a million young people across the UK.

We are a secular organisation, committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all backgrounds, particularly those from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds or who are disabled.

If you think this describes you then please get in touch.

Kind regards,

Lara Burns

Chief Digital Officer (recruiting on behalf of the Chief of Staff)

About us 

We’re Scouts and everyone’s welcome here. All genders, races and backgrounds. Every week we give almost half a million people aged 6-25 the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life.

At a time when communities are becoming more divided, we bring people together. We encourage our young people to do more, learn more and be more. We’re a worldwide movement, creating stronger communities and inspiring positive futures. We welcome talent from all backgrounds and your contribution to help even more young people succeed in life.

Our strategic plan

By 2025 we will have prepared more young people with skills for life, supported by amazing leaders who deliver an inspiring programme. We will be growing, more inclusive, shaped by young people and making a bigger impact in our communities.

Society is changing. In often fragmented communities, the pressures and expectations on young people are increasing. The future is uncertain. Scouts has never been so important in helping young people prepare for the future, developing the skills they need to succeed in a changing world. Each week almost half a million young people enjoy fun, friendship and outdoor adventure. They develop a sense of optimism and strong values as well as the leadership and team working skills that are more valuable today than ever.

Our movement achieves remarkable things. We have continued to grow for 13 consecutive years. Our previous plan, ‘Scouting for All’, inspired new Groups and sections to start in an additional 834 areas of deprivation since 2013. We now help over 462,000 young people aged 6-18 (including 102,000 girls) get the best possible start in life. Our social action campaign, A Million Hands, has enabled over 200,000 young people to make a positive contribution in their local communities.

Now we want to go further. Skills for Life is a strategy that supports and empowers our volunteers who are the people that make Scouts a reality. It’s a strategy to bring communities together and contribute towards a better society. But most of all, it’s a strategy for young people. They deserve the best skills, the best support, and the best possible futures.

“I believe that Scouts empowers young people. It gives them skills to achieve the remarkable, and opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the rapidly changing world.”

Tim Kidd, UK Chief Commissioner.

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    Closing date:             By 9am, Monday 27th September  2021

    Interviews                 TBC from 4th October 2021

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