Foundation Manager

Job title: Foundation Manager
Reports to:  Foundation Director
Location: 64 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EH
Department: Foundation
Contract: 12-month contract, maternity cover, commencing Nov
Salary band: £28,000 plus depending on experience 
Benefits include: To see our extensive benefits please visit the careers page on our website
Deadline: 28 October 2020.

About D&AD

D&AD is an organisation that is all about the pursuit of creative excellence within advertising and design - inspiring it, celebrating it and enabling it. A fundamental way of us achieving this is through our world class learning programmes which upskill the current and future workforce.

Whilst our remit focuses on the advertising and design industry there is a broader goal to demonstrate the positive impact that creativity can have across education, the economy and within society.

Purpose of the job

As a senior member of D&AD’s Foundation team you will play a vital role in leading the development and delivery of learning programmes that equip creative people at all stages of their education and career with the skills required to succeed.

This will involve managing the delivery and growth of existing products such as New Blood Shift; and also managing new programmes. 

Key responsibilities

  • To manage and deliver the Shift programme in London. Shift is a 3-month night school which launches the creative careers of people who do not have a university degree and is driven by the belief that diversity enables better more relevant work. Key tasks include but not restricted to:
    • Curriculum design and delivery 
    • Project planning and project management
    • Speaker / session outreach
    • Session hosting and facilitation 
    • Giving constructive feedback on creative work
    • Innovating the programme to ensure that we maximise our impact.
  • To project manage a new EU Erasmus project. This partnership project seeks to bridge the gap between education and the creative industries. Key tasks include but not restricted to:
    • Implementing and overseeing project management, ensuring the milestones are met to the required quality and budget
    • Liaising with project partners
    • Arranging and helping to facilitate events
    • Collaborating with project partners to interpret research into learning objectives and outcomes
    • Designing and creating learning materials 
  • Working with the Foundation Director, redesign and lead delivery of the New Blood Academy; the ultimate prize for winners of New Blood Awards. 
  • Supporting the New Blood awards, (an award programme for students, graduates, and aspiring creatives); specifically, by designing and producing the learning content that aligns to the Award briefs.
  • More broadly, providing the team with learning and development expertise and strategic direction – helping to shape learning curriculum. 
  • Translating D&AD’s learning curriculum into deliverable products both on and off line
  • Providing industry insight to support learning and employment programmes; specifically, those aimed at people seeking to get into the design and advertising industries.

The Foundation delivers wide ranging projects and therefore whilst the list of tasks above will provide a good insight into the job you will need to be open to other duties as opportunities arise or circumstances change. 

Key experience and skills

  • Effective project management and delivery experience
  • Proven organisational skills 
  • A good understanding of learning curriculum development
  • Experience of design and delivery of learning programmes
  • Experience of resource management
  • Experience of facilitating group discussion and/or training.
  • Experience of working in (or knowledge of) the advertising and design industry
  • Communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Proficient in the design and delivery of learning programmes and products
  • Keen interest in design & advertising
  • Capable presenter who has delivered information / pitches to a wide variety of stakeholders.


  • Basic Adobe InDesign skills
  • Appreciation of how learning is maximised through digital formats.

Due to the number of applications we receive, we regret that you will not be contacted unless you are shortlisted for an interview. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date of your application you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion. 

In order to comply with the Prevention of Illegal Working, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act, you will need to provide appropriate documentation that proves that you are eligible to work in the UK. 

D&AD is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. It is our commitment that no member of staff or job applicant will be treated less favourably on the grounds of their sex, marital or parental status, race, colour, nationality, religion, belief, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender reassignment.

Our privacy statement can be viewed on the D&AD careers page.

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