Debate Mate is Hiring!

About Debate Mate

Debate Mate is a social business that uses debating to deliver key skills to young people in areas of high child poverty.  Focusing on developing communication, interpersonal and higher-order thinking skills, and building confidence and self-esteem, Debate Mate uses university student volunteers to deliver a range of innovative, cutting-edge educational programmes.

Debate Mate works with young people of all abilities, providing opportunities to children in some of the UK’s most challenging schools.

Based in the Brixton area, our Core Programme runs in person in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool, Wales and online across the UK. Debate Mate also operates in USA, Israel, Jamaica, Africa, Nepal and the UAE, and are a rapidly expanding organisation. 6000 young people take part in Debate Mate clubs each week, 800 university students currently mentor on Debate Mate programmes, and Debate Mate runs some of the biggest debating competitions in the UK. Debate Mate is supported by Bank of America, Deloitte, UBS, Goldman Sachs, the BBC, Comic Relief, NOW: Pensions, Slaughter and May, Simmons and Simmons, Shearman and Sterling, major hedge and investment funds, and others.

Positions Available

Debate Mate Schools (Debate Mate’s charitable arm) is looking to fill the following position:

Please pass this information on to anybody you think might be interested. The full information is included in the linked Job Description and Person Specification below.

Programme Director

Location: London or Manchester (3 days a week in the office)

Salary: £25,000

Programme Director for Education UK

Location: London (3 days a week in the office)

Salary: £25,000

Assistant Programme Director (10+ month FTC)

Location: London

Salary: £19,600 – £21,600

All posts will begin the week commencing Monday, the 28th of August 2023. To apply, please send your CV and cover letter (each should be no more than two pages in length) detailing your experience and suitability for the role to Suaad Hussain:

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday the 28th April 2023.

Interviews will take place via video conferencing the week commencing the 8th of May. There will be a second round of interviews for candidates who are successful in the first round. All candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check as per our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and our Safer Recruitment Policy. 

We are aiming to inform candidates by the 9th of June.