University Access Officer - Part-time (London)
- Applications close: Monday 10th December 2018 (9am)
- Start date: Monday 14th January 2019
- Salary:Starting salary of £21,000 (plus £2,000 London weighting) Pro Rata. Rising by £1,000 after 6 months and £1,000 after 12 months subject to performance Pro rata
- Job Location: London
- Contract: Permanent. Part-time (3 days per week), with potential to become full-time in August 2019
- Annual Leave: 25 days p.a., plus additional leave over office shut-down between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
- Benefits: Employee pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, travel card loan, flexible working arrangements, particularly around working from home
- Interview date: Thursday 13th December 2018
About the role
University Access Officers manage the day-to-day running of the programme in The Access Project’s partner schools. They work closely with students, staff at all levels, tutors, and with the rest of The Access Project’s team to ensure that the delivery of the programme is optimised. They enjoy a significant degree of autonomy.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on the ‘front line’ of addressing educational disadvantage, as well as benefiting from opportunities to become involved in the wider work of The Access Project as it continues to expand.
This is a challenging role, which is well-suited to resilient individuals looking to pursue a career in education and/or the social enterprise/charity sectors.
Duties and responsibilities of our University Access Officers:
1) Coordinating The Access Project’s programme in one of our partner schools
i) Building and maintaining relationships with staff and students to drive awareness of and enthusiasm for the programme.
ii) Working with school staff to ensure their cooperation and timely completion of activities contributing to the smooth running of the programme.
2) Managing and improving one-to-one tutorials
i) The University Access Officer will:
(1) Recruit students to the programme and match them with volunteer tutors.
(2) Proactively support both students and tutors.
(3) Use the school’s existing reporting on students’ academic and pastoral progress to monitor the impact of tutorials, and intervene as appropriate.
(4) Use The Access Project’s additional reporting lines to manage the tutorials. This often includes liaising directly with students, teachers and tutors.
3) Delivering The Access Project’s programme of university support activities at the school
i) Delivering intensive one-to-one support to all Access Project students, and assessing their progress towards being able to make successful university applications.
ii) Delivering group activities such as workshops and assemblies (e.g. around subject choice guidance).
iii) Building strong relationships with students to support them on their journey through GCSEs, A Levels and university applications.
4) Reporting to the schools and The Access Project
The University Access Officers are based in our partner schools but they spend 1 day each week in The Access Project’s London office undertaking training and feeding into internal projects to improve the quality of delivery of the programme.
The University Access Officers are line managed by The Access Project. Each school also nominates a Programme Supervisor, who focuses on the performance of their particular in-school programme.
5) Any other responsibilities reasonably deemed necessary by the Access Project’s Programme Managers or Director.
We are seeking applications from individuals who are:
- Able to communicate with impact at all levels. The role involves building relationships with staff, students and tutors on a one-to-one basis, and also presenting information to/running workshops with groups of students and teachers: the University Access Officer will need to be professional, articulate and credible in a range of situations.
- Able to manage projects and administration. The role has a complex and varied workload, involving autonomous working and teamworking, and managing tasks over different periods of time. The University Access Officer will also need to be able to maintain accurate and up-to-date records.
- Able to lead and manage change. The University Access Officer will be the key representative of the programme in school, and will need enthusiasm and vision to make this a success.
- Passionate about educational disadvantage. This is a demanding role which requires University Access Officers to be committed to our mission and values (see below) and motivated by and engaged with the work of The Access Project and our partner schools.
- Resilient and adaptable. The University Access Officer will need to adapt to a fast-moving environment in school, and react to challenges and requests from students, staff and tutors.
- Able to work some Saturdays. The University Access Officers run training sessions for our volunteer tutors and many of these take place on Saturdays. The University Access Officers are compensated for their time through an additional holiday allowance. There are some periods of the year where no Saturday working is required.
- Knowledge/experience of working and/or volunteering in schools or the education sector.
Please note, as a minimum requirement, applicants will:
- Be able to commit to the duration of the 2-year programme
- Have a university degree
- Have the right to work in the UK
University Access Officers can terminate their employment by giving written notice at least two months before the end of term in the autumn and spring terms, and at least three months before the end of the summer term. We highlight this as it is a standard notice period in schools but more unusual in the charity sector.
"The Access Project is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and will expect the all volunteers and staff to share this commitment."
Applicants must be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and will expect the all volunteers and staff to share this commitment.
Disclosure of a Criminal Record
The Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 1986 does not apply to posts where there is access to children. This means that applicants for employment which involves working with children and young people must disclose any criminal record. If your application is successful, you are required to make these disclosures and consent to The Access Project verifying the accuracy of your response with the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Complete this section fully. All successful applicants will be required to produce documentary evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK*. Verification of identity is required before confirmation of appointment.
Present or most recent employment
It is important to give full information, including the organisation you work in, or most recent employment if not currently working, full dates, address and explanation of any gaps in employment.
All appointments are subject to verification of employment and suitability of the candidate for the post applied for. We reserve the right to approach any previous employer for a reference and to verify their identity, but will request your permission before doing so. If you have experience of working with children please include this as one of your references.
Ensure that you put in full dates, names addresses and your job title. Be careful not to leave any unexplained gaps. Details of part time and relevant voluntary work should also be entered.
Education, Qualifications and Training
- Ensure you give all the information requested, including dates, establishment where you studied and make clear the level of any examinations e.g. GCSE, GCE 'O' Level or 'A' Level or equivalents etc. and the grades you obtained. Also include here any skills training you have had. You will be required to produce original documentary evidence of any qualifications relevant to the job, and these will be detailed on the person specification.
- Proof of qualification is required before the appointment is confirmed.
If you require further information, please see our website via the link below or contact The Access Project on 020 3960 6592.
- Flexible working options
- Generous annual leave entitlement: 25 days plus Bank Holidays, including Christmas-New Year closure.
- Professional Development: we are committed to developing our staff and help to provide professional development courses to complement and enhance your employment with us.
- Cyclescheme: This is a tax exemption scheme which allows employees to purchase cycles and safety equipment as a tax-free benefit, saving on average about half the cost.
- Travelcard Loans: For permanent staff who have passed their probation period, to help cover the cost of travel, with repayment options up to 12 month instalments per year.
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Please direct any queries to our email via: [email protected]
For further information about The Access Project, please see our website via: www.theaccessproject.org.uk