Head of Strategic Programmes – The Jewish Leadership Council

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Head of Strategic Programmes – The Jewish Leadership Council

Contract Type



Full or part time


NW London




£55,000-£65,000 FTE depending on experience

Closing date

Friday 19th April 2024

Hours: Full time but we will consider candidates looking to work more flexibly (minimum four days per week).

The JLC is recruiting for a Head of Strategic Programmes. This is a permanent role that will initially lead our Forge the Future strategy implementation, working with both the JLC team and external implementation groups. This is a vital role in a fast paced environment taking ownership of a core programme shaping the future of the Jewish Community in the UK. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer with regular communication with CEO and Chair of Trustees.

About Forge the Future

Forge the Future is a strategy for the UK Jewish Community post 7th October. Its goal is to ensure that the UK Jewish community continues to thrive, to contribute to British society, and to live in safety and harmony, in the face of unprecedented challenge. The strategy builds on the many areas where the community is succeeding and has identified where there may be gaps, so that additional funding and support can be directed appropriately. It recognises the excellence of our current “peacetime” communal architecture which now needs to develop in order to meet the current deep challenges of the day.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Leading the delivery of the Forge the Future community strategy.
  • Building an implementation plan for the strategy including a monitoring and evaluation framework (e.g. targets, KPIs etc).
  • Participating in multiple implementation working groups and supporting the chairs with administration as required.
  • Monitoring progress against evaluation framework and monitoring deadlines.
  • Identifying where working groups overlap and ensuring cross collaboration happens where needed.
  • Reporting quarterly on progress for each working group to the JLC and donors.
  • Ensuring all working groups are communicated with effectively.
  • Identifying and working with organisations who will deliver actions.
  • Identifying blockers and communicating them with the steering group for discussion.
  • Managing the JLC Community Plan email account.
  • Maintaining all data in a secure and organised manner within the database, including working group membership, mailing lists etc.
  • Collating and evaluating offers of support from volunteers and others.
  • Developing and collating content where needed.
  • Preparing relevant briefings for staff and other stakeholders.
  • Lead on future JLC strategic projects.

Person Specification

We are looking for an exceptional individual to lead this strategy for the JLC and wider Jewish community. The desired candidate will be an excellent communicator who is able to update relevant stakeholders appropriately. They will be able to multitask and keep track of the different Forge the Future working groups taking place throughout the project.

They will be a problem solver who can take initiative and see a project through from conception to delivery and evaluation. They will have good relationship building skills, enabling them to connect with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders. The candidate should be willing to get stuck in a deliver on a wide range of tasks juggling priorities where required.

Essential Qualities

  • Passion for the JLC’s mission and purpose.
  • Programme management skills.
  • Demonstrable experience in working with and leading multiple stakeholders.
  • Experience working independently and in a team.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to represent the organisation in the various working groups.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation techniques and frameworks.
  • Experience of using all Microsoft 365 office suite

Desirable Qualities

  • Knowledge of the UK Jewish community and its infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of the Third Sector and key areas of challenge and development
  • Programme or Project Management qualification.

For more information and to be personally recommended for the role, please contact melissa@theworkavenue.org.uk

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