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Aberdeenshire & Shetland Programme Manager

  • Full time
  • £32,000 – £37,000
  • Aberdeenshire
  • Closing 26th August 2022

  • Advertised from 17th August 2022
  • Permanent


Are you searching for a position with purpose? A role to make a real difference? Where your time can be transformational?

Join an award-winning charity and passionate team dedicated to ensuring the country’s most vulnerable young people are defined by their talent and never their circumstances. Our in-school mentoring has profound impacts on mentees in their confidence, wellbeing, achievement and post-school progression. MCR Mentors make and experience a life changing difference.

At MCR, our driving force is simple – that young people who are in, or on the edges of the care system, will have the same educational outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as any other young person.

In 2021 MCR were winners of a prestigious UK Centre for Social Justice Award CSJ award. The CSJ produced this film about MCR young person Emily and her mentor Elaine.

Watch Emily's Story

MCR Pathways supports over 3,000 young people from across the country. These are really exciting times and we are looking for an additional (and exceptional) Programme Manager to help lead our programme and manage our school-based Coordinators across a group of schools in Aberdeenshire and Shetland. You will need to have a driving licence and access to a car as there will be frequent travel to Aberdeenshire schools. There will also be occasional travel to Shetland.

The role is an interesting and varied one. As part of our Education & Schools team, you will jointly lead the regional team of school Pathways Coordinators and be supported by our Mentor Services, Marketing and Digital teams.

You’ll need to be relentlessly driven to ensure that all care-experienced young people and those experiencing disadvantage in the region are supported to find, grow and use their individual talents and that their education, employment choices and life chances outcomes are maximised. You’ll have experience of managing a team, be highly organised and ambitious to ensure all the young people involved have the opportunity to access the Young Talent programme.

Read the Person Specification

Application notes

Closing Date: Friday 26 August 2022 at 5pm

Interviews: week beginning 5 September 2022

To apply, please visit our website and complete the application form in 500 words or fewer, making clear reference to the points covered within the Programme Manager Job Description & Person Specification, attaching your CV.

Please note, the role will be subject to a PVG check and two satisfactory references, one of which must be from your current or most recent employer.

MCR Pathways subscribes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) regarding disclosure & barring.

MCR Pathways is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This role is subject to a PVG check. Applications to process PVGs will only be submitted once the successful candidate has accepted the offer of a position. For further information, visit:

MCR Pathways is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.