Programme Manager/ Assistant Director

As we enter the next phase of our development, we are seeking an enterprising and delivery-focussed producer with strong entertainment sector knowledge to develop content, deliver events and ensure the organisation meets its ambitious goals and objectives.

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  • Posted: 23 Jan 2023

Programme Manager/Assistant Director

Closing date: 13th February 2023

Salary: £50,000 Full-time equivalent

Contract type: Part-time (4 days a week), 2 years fixed term

Location: London

Flexible working available.


Following its spin out from the Wellcome Trust in 2021, OKRE brings together the entertainment industry, research and lived experience to catalyse content that challenges our perceptions. Alongside the OKRE Network and Fund, our programme of successful cross-sector events includes the OKRE Summit and OKRE Development Rooms.

As we enter the next phase of our development, we are seeking an enterprising and delivery-focussed producer with strong entertainment sector knowledge to develop content, deliver events and ensure the organisation meets its ambitious goals and objectives.

The successful candidate will be a key member of the senior team, implementing the overall business strategy,programming and delivering OKRE’s content and events. This includes the flagship OKRE Summit, OKRE podcasts and workshops.




  • Work with the Director and senior stakeholders to develop and deliver strategic OKRE content to achieve OKRE’s charitable mission and business objectives
  • Plan, curate and deliver our annual flagship event, the OKRE Summit
  • Produce a year-round programme supporting OKRE’s goals, especially with respect to the OKRE Fund and OKRE Network. This would include podcasts, workshops and fundraising events, identifying and securing speakers and contributors as necessary
  • Grow the OKRE Network as an effective community, working with the Communications team
  • Work with Director to identify and develop major partnerships
  • Ensure insights and learnings are captured and help drive OKRE’s organisational development through high quality evidence, data and reporting.
  • Support development of the OKRE Fund, including assessment of applications as part of funding committees
  • Ensure high standards of record keeping, documentation and data management
  • Be a brand ambassador and spokesperson, able to communicate key messages, including deputising for the Director when needed
  • Line manage team members including freelancers and contractors
  • Other duties as reasonably required by the role

Essential requirements


  • Experience of working to an editorial brief and track record of delivering across a range of content/events
  • Knowledge and interest in the wider entertainment sector including TV, film, games and social media
  • Experience developing and running projects from strategy to delivery
  • Ability to build and nurture connections with diverse stakeholders, including at different levels of seniority
  • A proactive and creative approach to problem-solving
  • Excellent budget management skills
  • Contributor and talent management
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent networking skills

About you


  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Passion for entertainment industry and its potential to bring about social change
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, growth mindset, and collaborative nature
  • Calm and creative approach to problem-solving
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Used to working to strict deadlines and on own initiative
  • Excited about nurturing communities across entertainment and other sectors


About OKRE


OKRE is a charity connecting the entertainment industry with academic researchers and personal lived experience to spark exciting new projects and tackle misperceptions. We launched in 2021 as a successful spin-out of Wellcome’s long-running Broadcast, Film & Games. Our team helped develop and fund BAFTA-winning video games and Oscar-nominated films, and supported Emmy award-winning screenwriters. We are a catalyst for creative content.

Our work is broken down into two broad strands:


  • The OKRE Network – We manage a network including game developers, screenwriters, television producers, film directors, charitable foundations, funders, academics, universities and research institutions. Through the network members make connections across sectors and industries, leading to exciting projects and insights.
  • OKRE run on and offline events to boost the network and encourage collaboration across sectors. Our flagship event is the OKRE Summit which brings together content creators from across film, television, games, podcasting and social media with charities. You can read more about the OKRE Summit 2022 here:


  • The OKRE Fund – The Fund is the venture arm of OKRE’s work, providing early-stage funding to imaginative and collaborative projects across research and entertainment. OKRE Funded projects currently in development include dramas, comedies and games.

Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of everything we do.  We are committed to creating an environment where all employees, workers and job applicants can thrive.  We work to make our recruitment processes as inclusive as possible.  If you would like us to make adjustments during the application process, please contact us.  We expect our team to treat others on their merits and challenge any form of direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation, or sexual, racial or any other type of harassment.