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Programme Manager (Public Sector & Social Innovation)

From our flagship research programme Design Economy, to visionary projects with Sport England and the NHS, the Design Council is at the centre of the UK's design conversation.

Our current programmes cover infrastructure and placemaking, public sector & social innovation, and business innovation.

We are now looking for a talented Programme Manager to run a number of our Public Sector & Social Innovation projects.  You will work with local authorities, charities and foundations to build the capabilities of public servants and communities to design social interventions that improve outcomes for people and the planet.

We undertake these projects with strategic intent, using design as a force for change. Our portfolio of projects applies systemic design to help address specific challenges facing different communities and share the insights and impacts created to influence a national audience to use design more. To achieve that impact, you’ll be able to plan and deliver projects drawing on our network of over 400 Design Council Experts with extensive specialist design skills into your projects.

Across our diverse portfolio there are many different projects. One might involve using design tools and methods in a particular area, for example to reduce inequalities in physical activity. Another could be delivering programmes to enhance design capability across and within national and local government. Another can focus on helping to scale a movement of community groups with design skills to transform their work.

Perhaps you have a background in social innovation or at a design agency with a desire to use your skills in new ways. This is a hugely exciting opportunity to use these skills to help our clients to use design thinking in new and transformational ways.

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  • Salary: £30,000-£40,000
  • Reporting to: Programme Lead
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Closing date: 12 August 2022