Job Description Learning Manager
The Learning Manager is one of the six members of the Discover senior management team. She/he is
responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of Discover’s Community & Education programme.
She/he reports to the Chief Executive, as does the Finance Director, General Manager, Head of
Development and Marketing and Communications Manager.
Responsible to: Chief Executive
Responsible for: Education Officer, freelance artists, volunteers and temporary staff engaged to deliver
education and community projects.
Main Purpose of Position
The Learning Manager is responsible for the vision, development, management and monitoring of the
Discover’s learning programmes, including the design and implementation of the school and family
programmes at the Story Centre and the formal and informal learning programmes that take place in
schools, early years and community settings. The post holder represents Discover on external learning,
community and literacy forums.
Education & Community Programme
Strategically plan and oversee delivery of Discover’s Education programme including play and
learning throughout the story centre.
Design schools sessions for the Story Trail and Exhibitions and train Story Builders to deliver
Work with the Chief Executive and Finance Director to set and manage all budgets.
Oversee Discover’s Children’s Forum and all participation/consultation projects.
Recruit and manage Story Builders, freelance artists, writers and all staff involved in projects.
Work with the operations department to ensure Exhibitions and the Story Trail schools
programmes have clear learning outcomes linked to curriculum objectivities.
Oversee recruitment for education projects.
Work with the Chief Executive to identify potential contacts within the fields of arts, literature and
education, to develop new partnerships.
Identify and design new projects in line with Discover’s Business Plan and Government
Strategically develop the Education and Community Programme and prepare funding proposals
with the Head of Development.
Project manage the production of workshop outcomes, working with designers, editors, printers,
venues and other partners to produce the highest quality end product (ranging from book
production to newspaper printing, online content and live performance).
Manage the work of the Education Officer to ensure that the day-to-day administration of the
department runs smoothly.
Manage holidays, working hours and appraisals for all members of the C & E team.
Observe schools sessions to provide feedback and continuing professional development to Story
Teachers and Schools
Liaise with teachers and education staff to develop projects in primary schools and early years
settings particularly in Newham and neighbouring east London boroughs.
Monitor and develop the schools sessions and learning resources to ensure they are of a
consistent high standard and link to appropriate curriculum areas.
Develop training programmes for teachers and people who work with young people.
Ensure accurate and timely information about the Community and Education Programme is
provided to other Managers for fundraising and marketing purposes.
Monitoring and evaluation
Monitor and evaluate all education and community projects with participants, staff, partner
organisations and external evaluators including ensuring projects are monitored and achieve
agreed outcomes and targets.
Collate appropriate statistics and write reports for funders and supporters.
Liaise with the Marketing Manager to ensure that community groups receive regular and
accurate information about Discover.
Maintain, develop and disseminate information to Discover staff to raise awareness of access
Implement training for permanent, freelance, and volunteer staff where appropriate.
Share a responsibility with all staff at Discover to ensure that all programmes are as inclusive as
To be the designated staff member with responsibility for child protection
To ensure all staff and freelance artists have the appropriate CRB checks.
Take the lead on child protection issues within the organisation, including updating and
implementing the child protection policy and ensuring all staff have appropriate training.
Act as a spokesperson for Discover’s work at conferences on steering groups, and through
written articles; promoting the charity’s work through effective advocacy at individual, local and
Act as a senior member of staff and head of department, attending meetings and, where
necessary, representing Discover at functions within and outside the building.
To work with the whole Discover team to ensure the successful development of Discover.
Taking on any other duties as mutually agreed with the Chief Executive.
Please note, this job description is a guide to the nature of the work required of the Learning Manager. It
is not wholly comprehensive or restrictive and may be reviewed with the post holder and the Chief
Executive as required.
Learning Manager Personal Specification
You will be a specialist in arts education with a passion for improving low literacy levels particularly
among children from diverse backgrounds, and with educational, managerial and administrative
experience. You will recognise creativity in everyone and as a skilled collaborator have experience of
managing and co-ordinating education projects. You will combine creative ideas with strong project
The successful candidate will have;
At least three years’ experience of managing community and education programmes within an
arts education environment
Experience of developing exciting and innovative projects with children
Experience of managing and recruiting freelance artists
A strong track record of designing and delivering literacy/literature based programmes in primary
Knowledge and enthusiasm for children’s literature and literacy
A strong track record in successful budget management
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
A minimum of two year’s experience of managing staff
An ability to think strategically and establish partnerships between different agencies
Knowledge and understanding of the principles and practical workings of early years settings and
Ability to write clear concise reports
Understanding of and commitment to the principles and practices of valuing diversity and equal
Experience and enjoyment of working in a team
Ability and willingness to work outside of normal office hours when required
An ability to represent Discover at all times in a calm and positive manner
Experience of designing and delivering training programmes.
Experience of working within a diverse environment.
Understanding and knowledge of Child Protection – including managing Criminal Record Bureau
Experience of evaluating own work and of working with independent evaluators to measure the
impact of education work
Knowledge of, or experience with hands-on exhibitions for children.
Knowledge and understanding of family learning.
An understanding and commitment to consulting with children.
Type of Contract
This post is offered on a permanent contract which is subject to a three months probationary period. The
post holder will be required to undertake an Enhanced CRB Disclosure.
This post is offered on a full-time contract working 40 hours per week – Monday to Friday. Evening and
weekends will be required for which time off in lieu will be given.
Discover’s premises are fully accessible.
Holidays 25 days plus bank holidays.
Closing date 5pm Friday 14 September
First Interviews Thursday 20 of September
Second Interviews pm Tuesday 25 September