Programme Manager – Community Learning: Arts (Level 3 Lecturer)

£36981 - £40950
22 Jul 2022
07 Aug 2022
Job Ref
Resourcing Team
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern

The Adult Education Service is part of Coventry City Council.  We provide a wide range of courses for Coventry residents age 19+ and much of our provision is targeted at people with the highest levels of need. 

We offer long courses in English, maths, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), ICT/Digital and vocational subjects such as Early Years, along with provision for adults with learning disabilities.  

We also offer a very wide range of short community courses in arts, crafts, music, dance, exercise, fitness and family learning.  In addition, we run a highly supportive study programme for young people.

Our work-based learning offer includes Apprenticeships in the following subject areas: 

  • Nursery Workers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Leadership/Management; and 
  • Customer Care. 

We also provide courses for adults who are seeking work via the Council’s Job Shop. 

Our main base is at Southfields Old School, CV1 5EJ, with provision delivered at around 25 other sites within Coventry, mostly in areas of highest need.

We welcome applications from anyone who wants to make a difference to the lives of people in Coventry.  

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


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What is the job role?

Programme Manager – Community Learning: Arts  (Level 3 Lecturer)               

Maternity Cover

Starting salary: £36,981 - £40,950 (£39,957 with QTLS)

Coventry City Council’s highly successful Adult Education Service is seeking an experienced curriculum manager to develop and lead their ambitious Community Learning Arts programme and manage a team of Arts, Crafts, Music and Performance staff who deliver a wide range of courses across the city.

As a member of the Service’s Wider Leadership Team, the person appointed will further develop links with local community centres and other organisations that work with residents with highest needs in the city, ensuring Arts provision attracts an increasingly diverse range of learners.

The post holder will also strengthen links with other curriculum areas and Council teams, creating learning pathways that raise aspirations and provide progression routes to further learning opportunities or work.

In addition, the post holder will actively promote Community Learning provision and increase the service's presence on social media.

This management role may include teaching or assessing in the Arts area.

This is a maternity cover role, full time on a fixed term basis.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

Applicants must have recent, relevant team management experience within an Adult Education Community Learning setting. They should also be able to demonstrate how they have made a significant contribution to the planning, development and management of community arts programmes, ensuring quality improvement in all provision.

Applicants will also have a strong understanding of how to develop arts programmes that attract learners from diverse backgrounds and will have experience of embedding employability and life skills in Adult Education programmes to raise aspirations and make a difference to people's lives. 

In addition, the person appointed will have a working knowledge of Community Learning funding and experience of setting individual targets for learners and measuring their achievements on non-accredited provision. 

They will also have experience of managing, motivating and inspiring staff, including organising staff development, induction and performance management.

The person appointed will have the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to a range of audiences and have the skills to promote Adult Education provision using a range of methods, including social media.

You will hold a level 3 subject qualification in any of the subject areas delivered in the programme, or a Level 4 or 5 subject specification qualification in maths/numeracy or English/Literacy or equivalent. In addition, you will have a teaching qualification at level 4 and the ability and willingness to achieve a qualification at level 5, along with an English/literacy qualification and a math/numeracy qualification at level 2.

If you would like an informal conversation and/or more information about this role please contact Howard Croft (Senior Curriculum and Operations Manager) via 024 7538 1628 or

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): wc 15th August 2022

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and it was the UK City of Culture 2021. We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons as you can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Opportunity for Salary Match and Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 
  • Lifestyle savings
  • Salary Sacrifice Schemes; Car Scheme, Cycle to work and more
  • Interest free travel loans
  • Payroll giving scheme
  • Workplace parking scheme
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption Leave
  • And much more

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