Schools Manager - Wales

To apply please send a CV and covering letter of no more than two A4 pages to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Wales School Manager’

About Us

School of Hard Knocks works with unemployed adults and school children at risk of exclusion to give participants the tools to improve their lives. This is principally achieved by teaching a strong set of values, attitudes, behaviours and skills. Physical activity and class-based session are combined to teach, demonstrate and impress the key messages.

Job Summary

Based in South Wales, SOHK’s Schools manager Cymru is a role that will provide excitement, challenge and a huge sense of purpose for the right candidate. Working as part of our Cymru
team, you will focus on the quality and growth of the schools programme in Wales. This will include managing the schools team through a period of growth, maintaining excellent relationships with new and existing schools and securing new partnerships year on year. You will also support the team in the delivery of the programme supporting participants to navigate challenges in their lives and help them reach goals.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with the SOHK Cymru team to execute School of Hard Knocks for Schools courses in South Wales. This involves simultaneous project management and group facilitation/coaching roles, as well as mentoring participants
  • Line management of our Schools delivery team in line with SOHK culture, values ad behaviours
  • Working with teachers and school staff, ensuring their satisfaction and working towards securing a following year’s contract
  • Selling the schools programme to new schools - ensuring SOHK has an excellent reputation within the education sector in Wales
  • Manage the monitoring and evaluation of the schools programme, report writing, admin and data input - making sure all records are accurate and timely
  • Using your creativity to drive ever-improving standards of delivery; using self and peer-review systems to improve your ability to help participants
  • Reporting on progress against targets, capturing monitoring and evaluation data and assisting the charity’s communications and fundraising teams by providing case studies, testimonials and media from courses

Essential Skills & Experience

  • Experience of managing dynamic teams during a period of growth
  • Previous successful delivery of coaching, training or schools programmes, preferably with hard-to-reach groups
  • First class communication and facilitation skills
  • Experience of impact reporting
  • Passion for sport and social inclusion
  • Excellent project management and administration skills
  • Demonstrable ability to steward partnerships or client relationships
  • Experience of using impact measurement tools to capture data and report to other stakeholders
  • The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh (desirable)
  • Full driving licence (desirable)

Person Specification

  • You will be extremely driven and passionate to deliver the charity’s objectives, in line with its values of Integrity, Excellence, Empowerment and Commitment.
  • You will set standards in your own delivery, being meticulous in your preparation and reviews.
  • You will be able to challenge people constructively.
  • You will be highly motivational, full of enthusiasm and positive energy and a great role model to those on our courses.
  • You will care passionately about the success of our beneficiaries and support them to realise their potential.
  • You will be highly organised with good attention to detail, able to not just follow process but to develop what is already in place and constantly improve delivery.
  • You will be someone who naturally sets high standards and will ensure that course targets are met and exceeded!
  • You will have a growth mindset, always ready to accept new challenges.

Salary & Benefits

  • Permanent contract with a salary of £32,000 gross per annum
  • 3% employer pension contributions
  • Generous paid leave allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays.
  • Dynamic, entrepreneurial working environment with flexible approach to working hours and locations where possible.
  • The chance to influence and become part of a growing charity with a huge future. As SOHK grows, so can your role
  • Work with some great and energised people. There is a phenomenal feeling of positivity and drive within the organisation
  • The opportunity to influence the charity’s agenda in Wales, building an outstanding team and growing our influence
  • We value our staff’s wellbeing! We have a wellbeing pack, wellbeing ambassadors, you’ll receive wellbeing supervision and, if required, will have access to an external counsellor

Application Process 

  • The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 30th July
  • Please send a CV and covering letter of no more than two A4 pages to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Wales School Manager’
  • Preferred start date is Monday 6th September
  • Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required for successful candidates and the job is dependent on suitable references


Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.