Programme Manager - Leadership
Home-Based or London, Office Based

Vacancy Reference: SLOT-002814

Location: Home-Based or London, Office Based

Closing Date: 28/05/2023

Salary: £69,202 (excl. L.W) or £73,132 (incl. L.W)

Employment Type: Fixed term or secondment considered, full-time

Department: Improvement Directorate, LGA

Hours Per Week: 35

Fixed term 12-months contract

​​​​​​​About us

The Local Government Association (LGA) is the national membership body for local authorities. We work on behalf of our member councils to support, promote and improve local government.  

We are a politically led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils to help them deliver local solutions to national problems.  

We also provide councils with the tools and resources to respond to challenges present and emerging, and support improvement across the sector. 

About the role 

We are looking for a committed Programme Manager to lead a small team of advisers in commissioning and delivering a cutting-edge programme of leadership development to councillors and officers at all levels of local government. The Leadership Team provide a range of training and development opportunities and leadership support to councillors and officers at all stages of their careers. In the coming year we will be focussing on new ways to attract new talent to the sector, developing the pipeline of future political and managerial leaders and working with partners to develop a new curriculum and programme that nurtures those in the most senior roles, so that they can lead their organisations to success  – the leadership offer is a core part of the LGA’s Sector Support programme for councils. 

You will be someone who relishes the challenges presented to them and has a solid track record of creative thinking and leading teams to success. In this role you will lead and manage a small team who manage flagship projects such as the LGA’s Be a Councillor campaign, support for disabled councillors, councillor mentoring and community leadership support and training for councillors. Working closely with the Head of Leadership, you will take ownership of new, high-profile programmes that help shape the LGA’s leadership development offer for senior officers and look for opportunities to enhance and diversify our well-established suite of leadership offers.  

About you ​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​With a thorough understanding of the environment in which local and central government operate, you will be able to demonstrate that you can forge positive internal and external relationships with a range of stakeholders including chief executives, external partners and politicians to ensure that our leadership offer meets the needs of council officers and members. You will understand the challenges that local leaders face, the skills and capabilities required to thrive in local government and an ability to adapt content to a range of learning styles.  

You will have excellent organisational skills, the ability to deliver under pressure, be politically sensitive, and have the ability to exercise appropriate discretion and judgement on issues of significance and importance, particularly when dealing with politicians and officials.   

You will also have strong analytical skills and experience of evaluating the impact of projects with a particular focus on continuous improvement and sharing of best practice. Happy to take the initiative and comfortable working as part of a team or alone, you will have developed your own collaborative working and leadership qualities.   

A background or experience in leadership development is not essential, but you should be skilled at managing, overseeing and leading large-scale programmes with a range of stakeholders and understand the nuances of working in a political environment.  

You will be committed to and have a strong track record of continuous improvement with respect to equality, diversity and inclusion.  

You must have the right to work in the UK, the LGA are unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be requested at the interview stage. 

To apply

If you would like to be considered for the role, please complete the online form and include a supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria of the role before the closing date.

We use anonymous recruitment, which is the practice of hiding candidates’ identities. This process involves removing any identifying information from candidates’ applications which includes names. We are unable to remove candidate’s names from their CV’s. If you wish to remain anonymous, we ask that you take your name off your CV before submitting.

Closing Date:         5pm, Sunday 28 May
Interview Date:     Week commencing 05 June, the interview will be held in-person

At the LGA we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. The LGA are proud to be awarded a “Disability Confident Leader”.  If you are require  an reasonable adjustment, which is a change to the format or conditions of the recruitment process to accommodate any disability-related needs you may have. Please contact us via ​​​​​​

Our benefits

  • LGA annual leave entitlement is 29 days, rising to 30 days after three years’ service and to 33 days after five years’ service, plus all UK public holidays (pro rata for fixed term and part time contracts).*
  • Flexible & agile working – office-based staff are required to work in the LGA’s London office one day per week as a minimum, subject to business need and this may vary significantly between different roles and from week to week.
  • Future development – face-to-face and virtual courses are scheduled in line with developmental goals
  • The LGA offers 24/7 access to a free, confidential employee assistance programme managed by Health Assured. This service is also available for Dependants.
  • Family friendly policies

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For more of LGA’s benefits and working with us, please view our webpage

Our values & behaviours 

    Our Values and Behaviours are there to give us an understanding of who we are as an organisation and who we want to be. They are a framework to help us understand:

    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​how we work with each other 
    • how we work with our members and stakeholders
    • ​​​​​​​our expectations for ourselves and each other 

    ​​​​Our values are:

    Inclusive - We ensure that our work is inclusive of all voices. 

    Ambitious - We are ambitious for councils and their communities and are committed to striving for excellence in all that we do to support our colleagues, our membership and the sector to deliver the best possible outcomes.

    Collaborative - We bring together the expertise and skills needed, working as one team.


    This vacancy is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.