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Astro Pi Programme Manager
 
Title: Astro Pi Programme Manager
Category: Training / Instruction
Job type: Permanent
Job status: Full Time
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Description:
Location: Cambridge, UK

Salary: £35,500 – £40,000 p.a. full-time equivalent, dependent on experience

Basis: permanent; full-time

About us

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based educational charity that works to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. We want more people to be able to harness digital technologies for work, to solve problems that matter to them, and to express themselves creatively.

Established in 2008 and first known for our product — the wildly successful Raspberry Pi computer — the Foundation has developed educational content and programmes that are helping millions of people learn new skills.

In October 2015 we merged with Code Club, followed in May 2017 by a second merger with the CoderDojo Foundation. Together we now represent one of the largest sustained global efforts to help young people learn about computing and digital making. You can read more about our mission, values, and goals in our 2018–2020 strategy.

The role

The European Astro Pi Challenge is an ESA Education project run in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It offers young people the amazing opportunity to conduct

scientific investigations in space, by writing computer programs that run on Raspberry

Pi computers on board the International Space Station. The programme was created as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission in 2014, with thousands of young people taking part each year from over 20 different countries.

The Astro Pi Programme Manager is responsible for leading on the programmatic and technical aspects of the European Astro Pi Challenge, as well as for supporting the operation of the Astro Pi computers aboard the ISS.

We strive to make the Foundation a place where talented people who care about our

mission can do the best work of their careers. We have a flexible and collaborative approach to all aspects of our work. If you’re the right person for the job, we’ll make it work for you and you can be confident that you’ll be working with an exceptional team.

Main responsibilities

Manage the relationship with ESA

Act as the main point of contact for European Space Agency, conducting negotiations around budget, contracts, and programme communications Attend regular meetings online and in person with ESA, covering technical and administrative running of the programme Manage the European Astro Pi Challenge

Manage the programme’s finances, ensuring key operations are completed within budget Ensure programme learning objectives are met by performing regular analysis of user journeys and evaluating impact on participants Manage and regularly update the Astro Pi website and in-house administrative systems to ensure efficient running of the programme Work with cross-organisational teams to coordinate communication plans to ensure the programme is being promoted throughout all networks Ensure Astro Pi is well-represented at key events, and attend events where appropriate Technical programme management

Manage the influx of technical requests from external collaborators, and ensure they are responded to within a timely manner Collaborate with internal Astro Pi team to ensure technical tasks such as code preparation, OS improvements, and extra-operational support are completed Oversee the elimination and judging processes of the Challenge Experience and personal attributes

Significant experience of managing large-scale educational programmes, particularly those in partnership with other organisations Evidence of your great relationship management skills Significant experience of developing and delivering communications plans, including delivering events Significant experience of developing, managing and refining complex administrative systems, ideally using G Suite products Writing and editing skills to produce content for learning resources, marketing materials, and social media Demonstrable experience of developing and negotiating project finances and managing budget control Degree level education Demonstrable experience of writing excellent copy for a wide variety of audiences Strong computing knowledge, including coding skills using languages such as Python and an understanding of computer programs Demonstrable experience of working in partnerships with large, bureaucratic organisations that have complex decision making processes organisation, such as large space agencies Demonstrable experience of working on computing education programmes aimed at young people Benefits

In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a range of benefits for all of our colleagues, including:

25 days’ annual leave Generous company pension scheme with 8% employer and 4% employee contributions Life assurance and long-term illness insurance policy Investment in professional development and learning Flexible work hours as needed, to fit around childcare or other commitments Generous family leave policy Cycle-to-work scheme and season ticket loan policy Regular organisation-wide maker days to improve your digital making skills Monthly all-staff meetings and socials Fresh fruit, tea, coffee, drinks in all our offices Timetable for applications

Closing date: 8 April 2019
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