Would you like to join a creative, inspiring team, that has launched a campaign to work with half a million children over the next three years?
Join the team at iOi and help us scale our community programme, Digital Heroes, which provides immersive creative digital skills workshops for children from low-income households with limited access to technology. Our mission is to increase creative thinking, digital literacy, and skills, as well as build children’s confidence and aspirations for their future. We’re expanding our programme in 2023 and are looking for a Programme Manager to lead the growth of our community workshops.
As the Programme Manager, you’ll be responsible for liaising with our growing network of community partners and developing effective support plans to achieve scaling success. You’ll be highly motivated, very well organised, and have experience of managing programmes and working with and for communities.
View the full job description and how to apply here. Please also complete our Equality & Diversity Monitoring form.
Over the next decade, the iOi will design, test and scale even more creative programmes that have the potential to empower thousands of children, especially those who are from marginalised communities. In order to achieve our mission, we need a team that is diverse, inclusive, rigorous and creative. We need people who are passionate about what we do and who are dedicated to our mission, purpose and vision.
It’s an incredibly exciting time to join us whether that be as a volunteer, work experience or when we have new roles to share. We are a dynamic charity and social enterprise with ambitions to significantly scale our impact in the next few years.
If you believe in the power of the imagination and creativity, are driven by a desire to create better life outcomes for children and are inspired by and can contribute to our vision, we would love to hear from you.
What we offer:
Investing in our team is important to us and we are ambitious about allowing our staff to grow and fulfil their potential.
We provide competitive pay and take care to benchmark across the industry.
We work hard and play hard. We offer all our team 28 days’ holiday (plus bank holidays), pro rata for part-time employees, and to ensure you feel extra special, you can take your birthday off too.
Flexible working is important to us and so we offer all team members the opportunity to work flexible hours (core hours are 10-4pm). We also consider requests for compressed working, part-time options and hybrid working.
We operate a pension scheme for all employees.
volunteer with the iOi
We would not be able to do what we do without the energy and enthusiasm of our volunteers. We are always looking for people who would like to help us. Whether that be offering support through your expertise or helping us to fundraise, we will have a fantastic and interesting role for you!
If you’re interested, all you have to do to apply is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“I have found volunteering with the Institute of Imagination a thrill. It has opened my eyes to how technology and creativity can go hand in hand in making education more exciting and more relevant to our youngsters growing up today. We don’t know what the future holds but we do know that innovation and out-of-the-box thinking must be part of it. Simple features like the mindfulness integration into each workshop or the emphasis on trial and error testing of ideas brought home to me that there is still room for fresh thinking in education today and that the potential kids have is not even half fulfilled by the current school system.”
“I love volunteering for the iOi — it’s amazing to see what the kids put in and get out of the activities – it never fails to be inspiring.”
“I easily got out much more than I put in! I gained new perspectives from children and adults alike, inspiration and ideas for my normal coding clubs and maker events, a chance to work with a very talented, creative, and friendly team, and a larger network of other passionate, skilled educators. Most importantly, I had hours of FUN witnessing great kids both imagining and applying the tools we gave them to leverage that imagination.
I also love that the iOi properly involves parents in their weekend activities. By inspiring parents alongside their kids, and increasing their confidence during (for example) my micro:bit coding/making days, I hope we’ve helped them to give more meaningful and continued support to their children at home, and perhaps to discover another shared hobby to bond over!
I would recommend everyone with a spark of imagination (that’s you!) to apply to volunteer at iOi, and all families to visit their events – they’re reliably great!”
Selene Heath“I really enjoy volunteering with iOi as it is a wonderful opportunity to share my passion for creative technology within the joyful environment that the iOi creates for young people.It has been so inspiring to see young people have the opportunity to stretch their creative problem solving skills through exploring and experimenting at the iOi workshops.The iOi team have introduced me to new IT gadgets and computer programs through my volunteering, which has given me new skills and personally has been such an interesting exploration process.Also, it’s been a joy working with like minded people who care about making technology/STEM more inclusive and accessible for all children. It’s such a big, positive step forward compared to when I was growing up.”