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Programme Administrator

Co-Founders is a programme that runs across 10 months of the year centred on bringing together people with ideas and ambition to create start-ups that could change the world. As a Programme Administrator you will play an integral role in supporting the programme team in the administrative and logistical aspects of the programme.  In addition, you will bring your creative capabilities to play in the production of materials to support programme delivery and take responsibility for building the Co-Founders community through the delivery of mid-scale programme and alumni events.  This is an exciting role suitable for candidates with a creative outlook, impeccable attention to detail and organisational and time-management skills, who thrive on variety in their day-to-day.


Key Information

  • Contract – full time, permanent
  • Salary up to £25,000 depending on qualifications/experience
  • Based at the Innovation Centre, Queen’s Road, Belfast (hybrid working arrangement available)
  • Reporting to the Programme Manager
  • Closing Friday 4th November C.O.B

Benefits of working at Catalyst

Competitive Benefits Package
Private medical insurance for you and your dependents
Generous pension contribution
Generous life assurance policy
Enhanced parental leave packages
Free open access to company organised events
Free parking onsite



  • Support the programme recruitment activities, including event organisation.
  • Plan and support recruitment event activity, including contacting guest speakers.
  • Participate in the shortlisting of programme candidates and interviews.


  • Plan and support a range of events throughout the programme year, including alumni event activity.
  • Recording projected costs, budget tracking for event + submitting procurement/POs to finance.
  • Creation of event brief to meet programme manager’s aims and objectives, setting up task board on Monday.com with timeline.
  • Liaising with venue/catering for event planning, stage lighting/music set-up and marketing/suppliers for merch.
  • Liaising with staff volunteers to assign tasks, creation of staff role briefs and run of show outline for venue.
  • Liaising with teams/speakers to cover run of show, timings and to collect needed assets.
  • Collating RSVPs/dietary requirements for venue.
  • Set up of RSVP forms on Monday.com / liaising with Marketing if on Eventbrite

Core/Cofo+ Programme

  • Attend and support the delivery of the Hot House, Core Workshops, Pitch Evening and Co-Founders+.
    • Creation of weekly update graphics for slack.
    • Reviewing slide decs/documents to align with brand guidelines.
    • Design of programme schedule/handbook PDFs to meet brand guidelines + keeping these updated.
    • Creating team summary docs to share externally with judges/mentors.
    • Taking minutes and recording updates in Monday.com in interviews/progress reviews/coaching calls.
    • Management of Co-Founders mailbox, sending all outward facing emails to cohort and handling follow-up on document and information collation.
  • Maintaining filing system where issue is resolved and flag/categorise where relevant to a particular person.
    • Team support in ad hoc tasks e.g. slide deck formatting, writing copy for recruitment, completing detail in Monday.com boards.
    • Providing document support where needed e.g. for excel.
    • Co-ordinate the logistics for the programme including booking rooms, catering, and online meeting organisation.
      • Zoom meeting set-ups and break-out room management, recording attendance.
      • Set up of MS Bookings for team sessions (i.e. progress reviews, INI clinics, coaching)
      • Organisation of catering and set-up for in-person hosted activities.
      • Collating RSVPs/dietary requirements.
      • Any other reasonable duties within the remit of the role.

Essential Criteria

  • Experience of working in a fast-paced business environment in an administrative support role
  • Events management experience
  • Self-motivated and able to work on own initiative
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proven team player
  • Exceptional time management and organisation skills
  • Ability to prioritise multiple demands and meet strict deadlines
  • Strong aptitude in Adobe/creative suite programmes, Canva, or other document design software, with evidence or examples
  • Proficient in all MS Office packages, particularly PowerPoint and Excel
  • Passionate about building community and supporting budding entrepreneurs

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in the use of project management platform Monday.com
  • Previous experience working with building communities

Special Requirements

  • Proof of right to work in the UK
  • One evening per week and occasional working outside of normal office hours for programme delivery including circa two weekends of the year

More info about Catalyst

  • About Catalyst

    Catalyst is an independent, not for profit organisation. We work for the greater good to build a connected innovation community in an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout Northern Ireland.

    ​​The epicentre of Northern Ireland’s tech sector, we provide everything that innovators and entrepreneurs need to reach higher and succeed faster – a home, business support, connected networks and much more besides.

    ​We invest, pro bono, all surplus profits from our property portfolio into nurturing a community-led innovation ecosystem that supports over 900 start-ups, entrepreneurs, and innovators so they can grow, scale and flourish.

  • Diversity and Inclusion at Catalyst

    Diversity and inclusion aren’t boxes to tick on a CSR list. At Catalyst, they’re part of our DNA, lived, breathed, seen, and heard across our community, projects, and co-working spaces.

    ​We not only want to foster and empower a culture of innovation, but also an environment where people can be their true, authentic self and thrive, and we’re proud to be recognised by the Diversity Charter for achieving Bronze status, which is the first step as we progress to Gold.

    As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit based solely on the individual’s ability to perform the role, and that’s allowed us to create an inclusive workplace which celebrates the diversity of our teams and community.

  • Working at Catalyst

    Catalyst is Northern Ireland’s most exciting employer. With a strong purpose of creating world class innovation communities in Northern Ireland, this is a workplace brimming with ambition to create social, cultural, and economic advantage.

  • Our Values


    We approach everything with a straightforward, open and honest attitude. Every new challenge requires a brave, smart, and flexible way of thinking and we put integrity at the heart of every decision. Our strong moral code intuitively understands what doing the right thing means in every situation.


    We love what we do. We are committed to our members and partners, ready to go above and beyond for the future we are building together. This is the ‘Catalyst Way’. We sharpen our senses, take calculated risks together and work hard for a brighter future.


    Be ambitious and dare to be different. We are the catalyst that connects entrepreneurs and businesses to an eco-system and community that transforms ideas and innovation into real-world reality with global impact.

Have a question?

Contact Emma at emma.green@wearecatalyst.org

Emma Green

Emma Green

HR Officer

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