Forward Institute

Program Coordinator

We are looking for an exceptional Programme Coordinator to support the logistics of our Fellowship Programme and help provide our 120 participants each year with a high quality, impactful experience.

It is an exciting and rare opportunity to work with senior leaders from a number of organisations in the public, private and social sectors.

Leaders on the Fellowship Programme explore the nature of responsible leadership and practical approaches for tackling complex organisational change. Relationships are everything; you'll have a real interest in delivering a programme that engenders a strong sense of community amongst the Fellows. You will be able to think imaginatively about how we deliver content in virtual, hybrid and face-to-face environments. We are a non profit organisation and so our Programme team must think creatively and resourcefully,

The role will involve:

  • > Working alongside our Fellowship Programme Managers to help event organisation, including coordinating venue bookings, making catering arrangements, setting up rooms, printing handouts and arranging travel for team and speakers
  • > Driving proactive written and verbal communication with participants, editing biographies, short essays and reports, proofing communication, and sending follow up emails
  • > Coordinating the printing of collateral for events
  • > Handling programme registrations, last minute cancellations, queries and questions
  • > Reviewing and using feedback to drive improvements in our programmes
  • > Booking in check in calls with participants
  • > Improving the efficiency of our programme processes
  • > Supporting the wider team with any ad hoc projects

We don’t expect the person we hire to have ALL the following but hopefully this gives you a sense of what would enable you to thrive in this role and in our team:


  • > You are interested in how people learn
  • > You’re a natural relationship builder; you love talking to people and building genuine relationships
  • > You’re a good communicator and are comfortable working with senior leaders.
  • > You enjoy event management, enjoy being creative and have a strong eye for design- both for layout and using rooms, venues and spaces
  • > You have a keen interest in our partner organisations, have a curiosity to learn about them and what makes them unique
  • > You have experience working in or with large organisations or in a high growth startup. It would be a bonus if you have an understanding of leadership programmes or you have experience in partnerships or sales
  • > You have strong attention to detail, and are happy working both independently and in collaboration with others on the team
  • > You are strategic and can think on your feet, with strong organisational skills that help you manage and achieve competing priorities
  • > You are passionate about what we are trying to do and you see this as an opportunity to align your values and purpose with a successful social enterprise with big ambitions
  • > You have an aversion to jargon and have the ability to focus on what really matters


  • > Are optimistic, bring warmth and good humour to work, have a strong collaborative work ethic and bring positive intent to every situation
  • > Are fascinated by different organisations and sectors – and would appreciate the responsibility of having access to some of the UK’s most influential institutions
  • > Have a curious mind and are always open to the insights and perspectives of others
  • > Love the idea of working somewhere people share your values and are fully focused on making a
  • meaningful impact on the world
  • > Would enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, are happy to work without a big support structure around you, and would like to grow with a small but ambitious organisation as it develops over time



Salary: £22-29k, based on seniority and experience.

Type: It is envisaged that this will be a full-time role.

Start date: To start as soon as possible.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive team, as we believe that diverse teams are the most impactful.


  • > An intense but fun working environment. We’re a rapidly growing, high energy and ambitious team
  • who love our work and making a big impact.
  • > The opportunity to shape the activity of a high profile initiative, and to work closely with a wide range of leading thinkers
  • > Working for an organisation where we take our values and purpose seriously, and work hard to practice what we ‘preach’
  • > Join a talented, dynamic and diverse team with lots of opportunities to learn. We’ll surround you with smart and driven people who have a vested interest in your development.
  • > All our team have access to world-class development opportunities and an amazing range of speakers – from senior leaders like Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller (former Director General of MI5) to entrepreneurs like Sir Tim Smit (Founder of the Eden Project) to thought leaders like June Sarpong (Head of Creative Diversity at the BBC)
  • > Private health insurance with Vitality (which also provides discounted gym membership)
  • > Pension allowance (5% employer contribution)
  • > A book allowance to build the Forward Institute library
  • > Generous holiday allowance – and a progressive approach to flexible working


  • We’ve just moved to a brand new office in Holborn, within easy walking distance of a number of over- and underground stations. We expect the team to split their work between the office and home.

Please apply by sending your CV and Covering letter answering the following two questions:

  1. What is it that you are passionate about and what makes you a great fit for the Forward Institute?
  2. Why you are interested in this specific role? And working with us?

> The deadline for submissions is 9am on Monday 17th January 2022

> First round interviews will take place the week of 24th January and second round interviews the week of 31st January. Please state if you envisage this being a problem.

> You will need to hold any relevant Visas/Work Permits