Graduate Administrator

3 days left

Debate Chamber
02 Feb 2017
02 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Debate Chamber is a small education company running non-exam oriented academic Summer Schools for students aged 11-18. The subjects we cover include Philosophy, Politics, Economics, International Relations, History, Classical Civilisations, History of Art, English Literature, Law, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Medicine and Dentistry. You can see details of what we do here -

Here are a few reasons to get involved:

Learning for its own sake. We’re a little different to other tutoring companies, in that we don’t coach students to pass their school exams, or finesse their interview technique. Instead, our events focus on building on students intellectual curiosity and desire to explore academic material in a more sophisticated way than is often available to them at school. We encourage students to explore material more independently, pursuing their own interests and questions, rather than trying to second guess the desires of an examiner, interviewer or teacher.

Our courses tend to attract very bright young people, mostly UK students, who are motivated and enthusiastic about their subjects, and who welcome an academic challenge. The material we teach is undergraduate level wherever possible and we generally have 12-16 students per class. Classroom discussions are good-natured, lively and genuinely interesting.

Education companies tend to come and go quite quickly, but we have been running academic events for more than 10 years now, and have expanded every year, largely through the power of word-of-mouth and by gaining the confidence of schools and teachers.

What is the job?

We are looking to take on one or two full time general assistants in the office. As is the case for most most small organisations this means a diverse range of tasks! Where the focus of the role will be will depend partly on the strengths and interests of the successful candidate, but here are the key tasks:

  • Administration of student bookings and queries by phone and email.
  • Event management in terms of the practical aspects of delivering Summer Schools - booking rooms, liaising with tutors, making sure all everything needed for courses is in the right place at the right time.
  • Booking rooms and arranging meetings etc on behalf of senior staff
  • Managing registration, dealing with queries and problems, sorting out students who are late / lost etc.
  • Classroom assistance, helping with group work, supporting students who might need extra attention, helping with classroom management for the younger students and supervising younger students at breaks and lunchtime.

The right candidate:


  • A minimum 2.1 degree in an academic subject
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • A strong work ethic, and a responsible and reliable attitude
  • A willingness to be flexible and to pitch in with whatever needs doing
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Effective time management and ability to multitask
  • An ability to grasp a wide range of unfamiliar academic material quickly and effectively
  • Good common sense, and a imaginative approach to problem solving
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Basic computer literacy including use of macs and office
  • Very flexible on hours in the summer months when our events are actually ongoing.


  • Experience of working with students aged 11-18, especially in a teaching role
  • Experience of customer service roles
  • Experience of adminstrative roles

Although previous relevant experience would be a positive, I am less interested in your past work history than in your interests, abilities and character - the right person will be able to pick things up quickly.

Other details:

Our normal office is on Bishopsgate (just near to Liverpool Street station), although we move to our summer office in Bloomsbury for July and August.

Hours are generally 9-5, with a good degree of flexibility, but during the summer months we often work much longer days - while the Summer Schools are actually being delivered the job is much more demanding, and during termtime it tends to be quieter. Flexibility and a willingness to put in the hours over the summer is absolutely essential (although being well prepared goes a long way on this front).

The salary will be £25,000 - £28,000 depending on qualifications and experience.

Although the initial contract is temporary, the post may well be extended into a permanent position.

Please note that applications without a cover letter written for this position in particular will not be considered.

If you have any questions then please do get in touch!