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Programme Manager, School of Public Policy

Contract Type
from £34,736 to £42,019 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £45,212 pa inclusive
Expiry Date
The new LSE School of Public Policy, launching in September 2018, aims to equip students with the skills and ideas to transform people and societies.

Job Description

Institute of Public Affairs

Programme Manager, School of Public Policy

Salary from £34,736 to £42,019 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £45,212 pa inclusive.

New appointments to LSE are usually made at the lower end of this scale.



The School of Public Policy will be an international community where ideas and practice meet, creating professionals with the ability to analyse, understand and resolve the challenges of contemporary governance.


The School of Public policy will supersede the extant LSE Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) and when first established will carry forward the IPA’s current postgraduate degree programmes. As part of agreed institutional growth, plans are in development for an additional one-year full-time postgraduate degree from September 2019.


We are now seeking a full-time and permanent Programme Manager to manage the day-to-day running of one of the degree programmes in the School of Public Policy’s portfolio:


  • The Master of Public Administration (MPA) (full time, two years)
  • The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) and Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP), which operate in tandem (part time, two years)
  • From September 2019, the Master of Public Policy (MPP), (full time, one year)


To cover an internal secondment up to the end of February 2019, the post-holder will in the first instance specifically have responsibility for the management of the EMPA and EMPP degrees. After February 2019 the post-holder will be responsible for one of the graduate degrees of the School of Public Policy to be determined at that time.


The EMPA and EMPP are part-time degree programmes for mid-career professionals seeking to advance in the field of public policy and administration. The EMPA is open-enrolment, while the EMPP is a closed-entry degree for senior levels of the UK Civil Service. The two degrees share some teaching components and both are taught in intensive week-long and weekend blocks that allow working professionals to combine their careers with world-class education.


The Programme Manager plays a pivotal role in the smooth and efficient running of the degree programme, working closely with the degree programme’s Academic Director(s) and the SPP Manager. The Programme Manager’s performance in role directly impacts the quality of the student experience: s/he is responsible for detailed planning of complex programme logistics, daily contact with students and their queries, liaison with academic faculty regarding learning and grading, interaction with LSE’s central services to deliver a seamless student experience.


This is an exciting opportunity for a professional and effective academic administrator to join a world-class university in a department with ambitious plans for growth and development.


Candidates for this post should have exceptional skills in the organising, planning and delivery of multiple concurrent activities with excellent attention to detail. Candidates will need to demonstrate experience of working under pressure, initiative, effective team-working and professionalism. It is a key requirement to resolve problems in timely fashion, recognising both customer service towards students and faculty, and LSE’s regulatory requirements.


The ability to develop specialist expertise in order to provide accurate and timely advice is essential, as are excellent communication skills, both written and oral. The post requires outstanding levels of accuracy, attention to detail and the ability to contribute to an outstanding student experience. Tact, discretion, and confidentiality are essential. For the period of covering the secondment, an understanding of the ethos and nature of executive degrees would be advantageous, as well as experience of event management.


We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.


For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.


For an informal discussion of this role, please contact Paul Sullivan, the Institute Manager, using in the first instance.


If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email Paul Sullivan at


The closing date for receipt of applications is 04 March 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.