About The Access Project
- Applications close: 9am, Monday 21st June 2021 (Please note that late applications cannot be accepted)
- Salary: £35,000 - £37,000 p.a. (+ Inner London Weighting, where applicable)
- Contract: Full-time, permanent
- Hours: 37.5 hours per week.
- Location: This role is London-based. However, we would consider applicants who would like to be based in our Birmingham office with regular travel to London, or would like to work remotely with regular travel to London (Once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted: home-based until that point).
- Interviews: First interviews between Wednesday 30th June and Friday 2nd July. Timing of second interviews TBC.
- Start date: ASAP
- Function: Impact Team
- Reporting to: Impact & Strategy Director
We support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access and successfully transition to top universities, through a unique combination of tuition and in-school mentoring. We work with them to make good applications, get the grades and transition to university. Our volunteers are trained and supported to be effective tutors who work with our students for an hour a week to raise their grades. In addition, a dedicated school-based staff member mentors the students so they have the knowledge and support to make strong university applications. Our results show this approach works.About the role
The Access Project (TAP) is an evidence-based, data driven intervention. Central to our programme are the ways in which we use data to ensure each of our students receives the provision they need, to learn about how we can improve our delivery and to evaluate our impact on our students' attainment and university prospects. We have developed sophisticated monitoring and evaluation systems bringing together data from a variety of sources to track students' progress (impact management) as well as ascertain their outcomes (impact evaluation). We collect data on our students' academic and socio-demographic background, their participation on TAP's programme and progress on our bespoke university readiness scales, and their academic results and university destinations. We use this data to intervene in real-time when delivery goes off-course but also to understand how TAP activities affect student outcomes and to re-design the programme year-on-year to ensure that it is as impactful as possible for our students.Duties and responsibilities
As part of the Impact Team, the Head of Programme Quality will ensure the quality of TAP's core programme design and delivery. They will make sure that TAP's delivery model can achieve its intended outcomes, that programme design is consultative and evidence-based and that the programme team - from frontline staff to management - have all the resources, training, data and systems they need to successfully deliver and improve the programme. As a senior manager, the Head of Programme Quality will lead planning processes, manage people and budgets, and represent TAP externally with senior stakeholders. Please refer to the full job description and person specification for further information about the role and its responsibilities, available on our website via the button below.Knowledge, skills and experience required:Essential
- Experience of designing and evaluating social impact programmes.
- Understanding of what effective performance management of social impact programmes looks like in practice.
- Experience of and excellent skills in effective cross-team working. An expert in facilitating meetings and pushing to decision-making and action.
- Experience of managing complex cross-organisational processes, including bringing others along with change.
- Track record of fostering trust-based relationships, having difficult conversations, and sensitively discussing performance issues.
- An experienced line manager who helps their team to deliver and develop, and builds morale and team spirit.
- Sound understanding of the principles of monitoring and evaluation (M&E); experience of developing and delivering against M&E plans, including systems development/adaptation.
- An effective influencer with senior colleagues and senior external stakeholders, including experience of confidently presenting to a variety of audiences.
- Interest in becoming a deep subject matter expert - developing networks, talking with colleagues and researching to keep up-to-date.
- Knowledge of the widening participation sector and issues affecting disadvantaged students' access to and success in higher education.
- Familiarity with academic attainment data.
- Experience of working with Salesforce CRM.
- TAP offers:
Please refer to the full job description and person specification for further information about the role and its responsibilities, available on our website via the button below.
- A great working environment!
- 25 days annual leave p.a. (pro rata) plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure.
- PerkBox Perks - offering nationwide shopping discounts, gym memberships, holidays, freebies, learning and much more.
- Employee Assistance Programme, a 24 hour helpline for staff
- Online Medical assistance - access 24/7 to a qualified GP within minutes, with referrals and prescriptions available same-day.
- Interest-free travelcard loans
- Cyclescheme loans
- Employer's pensions contributions (3%)
- CPD options
- TAP welcomes requests for flexible working arrangements