Job Description

Workwhile and IPPR are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community, and from applicants with a range of professional and lived experiences. We value the creativity and range of perspectives that a diverse team can provide.

Head of Programmes and Impact
£55,000 p.a. (pro rata for the duration of the contract)
Fixed term contract to 31 December 2024, with the potential for extension
Full time 37.5 hours per week
Requests for part-time or flexible working arrangements are welcomed

Workwhile is an innovative not-for-profit initiative, with a mission to create a more equitable world of work. We work with employers to create more good work, and to ensure everyone can access it – from creating high-quality apprenticeships to boosting line management quality. We’re incubated by IPPR, a charity working towards a fairer, greener, and more prosperous society – and we’re on an exciting journey towards becoming an independent charity over the next 12 months.

We are seeking a talented Head of Programmes and Impact, to oversee the delivery of Workwhile’s programme portfolio. You’ll work collaboratively across our team to ensure rigour and focus in our delivery work, making sure that our capacity and resources are managed to deliver the best possible impact and taking a lead on the monitoring and evaluation of our work. You’ll also work closely with Workwhile’s director to develop new programmes of work and secure the funding we need to deliver them, bringing ambition and an entrepreneurial approach to this work.

To achieve this, you’ll be a skilled communicator and influencer, able to lead continuous improvement across a talented team, and to work successfully with external stakeholders at a senior level. You’ll be motivated by delivering impact, including by supporting others to do a great job, and through the right systems and processes. With experience of successful project management and delivery and an aptitude for both, you’ll enjoy a varied workload.

This is a unique chance to contribute your expertise to an exciting early-stage not-for-profit, and to work with a talented and committed team. We bring a wide range of previous experience and diverse backgrounds to the team, and we’re all committed to diversity, inclusion and social mobility.

As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

For an informal chat to find out more about the job and Workwhile, contact Anna Ambrose, Workwhile’s Director, on 07966 666456 /

Before applying, please click on the document below to read the information pack that includes the job description and person specification. Or email quoting the job title. Or ref: HPI/May

Please provide a CV with a maximum 2-page personal statement. The statement should address, under separate headings, each of the attributes in the person specification. The CV and statement should be combined into one PDF document and returned to In order to complete your application please also complete IPPR’s diversity monitoring form

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9am on Monday 10th June 2024

Interviews will be held w/c 17th June 2024