Programme Officer, Wales and South West of England

Recruiter
The Brilliant Club
Location
United Kingdom
Salary
£28,764
Posted
05 Oct 2017
Closes
05 Nov 2017
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Job Title: Programme Officer, Wales and South West of England, The Scholars Programme

Hours – 09:00 to 17.30 Monday to Friday, with 10 hrs per week flexible working. Some evenings and weekends required

Benefits – 30 days holiday plus bank holidays, employer contribution to pension, flexible working, interest-free season ticket loan, professional development day allowance + budget

Start Date – December 2017 (Flexible)

The Organisation

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning and independently evaluated charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds who progress to highly-selective universities. We do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its expertise with state schools. We recruit, train and place PhD researchers to work with state schools: either part-time as tutors through The Scholars Programme or full-time as classroom teachers through Researchers in Schools (RIS). In 2016/17, The Brilliant Club worked with 500 state schools and 10,000 pupils across the UK, making it the largest university access initiative for 11-18 year olds.

The Opportunity

The Scholars Programme is excited to be recruiting a Programme Officer in Cardiff. The Brilliant Club has recently launched its new strategy, The Path to Outcomes, in which we have committed to delivering consistent and reliable outcomes for our pupils. This includes a pledge to support 6,500 pupils from under-represented backgrounds to progress to highly-selective universities by 2021.

As a member of The Scholars Programme Team, this role will play an important part in delivering this strategy, managing programme delivery in their region. They will manage a cluster of placements, working with teachers and university widening participation staff to arrange programme logistics, and managing a team of PhD tutors to design and deliver their courses in schools.

The role requires a driven and dynamic team player, with significant experience of success in school teaching, academia or programme management. To manage their placements, they will deliver aspects of our provision directly (e.g. PhD tutor training, university trips) and will support PhD tutors to deliver others (e.g. course design, in-school tutorials).

The successful candidate will champion the charity’s values and embody them in interactions with colleagues and partners. They will be comfortable in building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and managing logistics through our online CRM system. They will co-ordinate programme activities, track progress and deliver results. They will be positive and pro-active, with a commitment to delivering excellent standards.

We think this is a great opportunity to join The Scholars Programme at a time when the charity is expanding its provision across the UK and growing its capacity to deliver outcomes for pupils. We look forward to receiving applications from candidates who meet the job requirements and who are committed to the charity’s mission.

Person Specification

  • Essential – Two years’ professional experience
  • Essential – One year’s experience of managing education programmes, incl. design or delivery
  • Essential – Qualified teacher (QTS or above) or academic research experience (PhD or above)
  • Desirable – Previous experience of line-management
  • Desirable – Demonstrable experience in university access

Role Specific Knowledge and Skills

  • Essential – Knowledge of educational interventions, including impact management
  • Essential – Knowledge of the school and university sectors, including the university access agenda
  • Essential – Teaching skills, including delivering training to adults
  • Desirable – Business development and sales skills, including selling programmes to school leaders

Key Areas of Responsibility

The following areas of responsibility are the core of the role. However, the role is flexible and will vary according to the needs of the team, and the background and experience of the successful applicant.

Programme

  • Manage the PhD Tutor placement process, including a cluster of ~30 placements per term
  • Manage the process of organising and delivering trips at highly-selective universities
  • Manage relationships with schools and support relationships with universities
  • This includes: liaising with stakeholders, tracking data, impact reports, challenge resolution

Recruitment

  • Support the attraction of PhD tutors, including recruitment events and assessing applications
  • Support the planning and delivery of assessment centres, including interviews and selection

Training

  • Support the design, logistics and delivery of training and on-going support for our PhD tutors
  • This includes: delivering training sessions, supporting course handbook design, Training Weekends

Wider Support

  • Support The Scholars Programme’s wider activities, e.g. data collection and reporting
  • Support The Brilliant Club’s wider activities as a university access charity, e.g. Annual Conference

Core Competencies

  • Clearly and concisely communicates information, including workload, deadlines and delegation.
  • Is a confident, professional presenter of ideas, documents and programmes to a range of audiences.
  • Uses working knowledge of processes to identify efficiencies, e.g. reducing cost, saving time.
  • Looks for opportunities to add value to partners, including ways to be efficient and cost effective.
  • Upholds high standards, delivering agreed outcomes and communicating changes as required.
  • Takes charge of their performance and development, accepting and acting on feedback.
  • Contributes to team dynamic in ways that build morale and cohesion, e.g. participating in meetings.
  • Manages work through appropriate structures, involving the right people in a clear and timely manner
  • Excellent relationship management skills, engaging key stakeholders and understanding their needs

To Apply – Please email a CV and a one page-covering letter via the button below/ Please note that we will not consider applications that do not refer to this post.

Deadline - The deadline for applications is 10am on Wednesday 11th October.

Interviews - First round Monday 16th October, second round Tuesday 24th October.

Further Details - Please visit our website or call Anna Aleksandrowicz on 0207 939 1961.