Programme Coordinator Day-to-day responsibility for assisting with or managing a number of the Prince’s Foundation’s existing education programmes


Job title: Programme Coordinator

The role: The Prince’s Foundation offers a broad range of innovative and inspiring education programmes, from traditional arts and heritage craft skills, to architecture and design, science, engineering, horticulture, wellbeing and hospitality. Programmes take place within and beyond the charity’s sites, both nationally and internationally.

Reporting to the Built Environment Education Manager, the Programme Coordinator will have dayto-day responsibility for assisting with or managing a number of the Prince’s Foundation’s existing education programmes, with a particular focus on the administration of our building craft training programmes, including, (but not exclusively) our Building Craft Programme, Building Arts Programme and Summer School.

Additionally, the post will assist in the development and implementation of short courses and projects related to built environment education programmes both at the Dumfries House Estate and across the UK. The post holder will also be responsible for coordinating/administering our relationship with qualifications authorities for our vocational qualifications across the education programmes.

Key tasks:

As one of the principal administrators of our built environment education programmes, specific duties in this role will include:

  • Support the Built Environment Education Manager in the administration of the Prince’s Foundation’s building craft and built environment education programmes.
  • Support in the coordination of external tutors/consultants utilised in the delivery of education programmes
  • Work closely with the Built Environment Education manager to ensure the successful delivery of our two key craft training programmes, a responsibility which will include:
  • Administer the programmes by recruiting students from across the UK, coordinating and arranging registration and answering any queries applicants may have.
  • With the support of the Built Environment Education Manager, serve as the first point of contact for students on the respective programmes, taking timely action to resolve any concerns or queries that may arise.
  • Assist the Built Environment Education Manager in the writing of internal and external reports.
  • Coordinating assessment processes, maintaining high levels of quality assurance, including course evaluation feedback.
  • Lead in the organisation of industry placements and associated accommodation for students on the programme.
  • Serve as the principal point of contact and administrator for the qualification authorities associated with our vocational education programmes.
  • Under the supervision of the Built Environment Education Manager, take responsibility for the administration and coordination of short courses and workshops as opportunities arise.
  • Work closely with the wider education department to support activity across the foundation as required.
  • Support grant fundraising by acquiring data, evidence and other information as required.
  • Work with internal/external media teams to promote traditional craft and raise awareness of ongoing activities
  • Undertake such other tasks and responsibilities as the Built Environment Education Manager and the education department may reasonably require from time to time.

Person specification:

The essential skills, knowledge and experience required are:

  • Relevant degree level qualification or equivalent experience
  • Understanding of and support for the ethos and principles underlying the Prince’s Foundation.
  • Strong administrative and project support experience.
  • Knowledge of the educational environment and pathways for progression within the sector is desirable.
  • Experience in the administration of educational and/or apprenticeship programmes is desirable.
  • Ability to work proactively and flexibly under pressure and to achieve set objectives.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills.
  • Proven ability to work effectively on own initiative and with minimal supervision.
  • The ability to communicate efficiently and clearly in spoken and written language with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • PC/Mac literate and ability to create high quality presentations. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software (PowerPoint, Excel and Word), Windows XP, Adobe InDesign.
  • Competencies necessary for the role include; strategic thinking, teamwork, performance management, budget management, working to deadlines, organisational and leadership qualities, research and writing skills and influencing skills.

The location: The post is based at the Prince’s Foundation, Dumfries House Estate, Cumnock, Scotland KA18 2NJ

Reports to: Built Environment Education Manager

Salary: £24,000 - £26,000 (depending on experience)

Hours: Full-time 37.5 hours (Monday – Friday, 9 – 5pm, occasional evening and weekend working may be required)

How to Apply: Please complete the application form (which can be downloaded here and send with your resume/cv and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the position. Email to:education@dumfries-house.org.uk Please put your name and position applied for in the subject header.

Alternatively post your application to: Michael Goodger, Dumfries House, Cumnock, East Ayrshire, KA18 2NJ

Deadline for applications: The deadline for applications is Monday 13th April 2020; applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview which will take place at Dumfries House, Cumnock, week commencing 20th April 2020. For further information or to discuss the role in more detail please contact: Michael Goodger, Built Environment Education Manager, e. michael.goodger@princes-foundation.org, t. +44(0)1290 425 230