University Access Officer (West Midlands Region)
Applications Deadline: Thursday, 28th March (9am)
Start date: TBC – end of April / beginning of May
Starting salary of: £21,000, rising by £1,000 after 6 months and £1,000 after 12 months, subject to performance
Contract: Full-time, permanent
- Monday to Thursday: two days in school in Moseley; two days in school in Wood Green
- Friday: The Access Project’s West Midlands Office: Impact Hub, Walker Building, 58 Oxford Street, Birmingham, B5 5NR [occasional travel to London office during working hours also required]
Academic requirements: University degree
Interview date: Wednesday 3rd April
About The Access Project
The Access Project is a groundbreaking charity that helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds win places at top universities. This is an issue that matters: at present the most affluent young people are 7 times more likely to attend a highly selective university than their less privileged peers. Unsurprisingly this is a significant factor in the decline in social mobility in the UK in recent years, and we are working to fix it.
The main way we address this issue is by helping students from less affluent backgrounds to achieve better grades: we match our students with a volunteer graduate who tutors them for an hour a week. We also have a team of talented University Access Officers who work directly in schools to deliver university support that enables our students to progress to competitive universities.
The Access Project is a regional organisation, working with schools in London and the Midlands.
The Access Project is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and will expect the University Access Officer to share this commitment.
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. They may also take responsibility for managing senior stakeholders at our corporate partners.
Successful candidates 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:
Coordinating The Access Project’s programme in our partner schools
- Building and maintaining relationships with staff and students to drive awareness of and enthusiasm for the programme.
- Working with school staff to ensure their cooperation and timely completion of activities contributing to the smooth running of the programme.
Managing and improving one-to-one tutorials
The University Access Officers:
- Recruit students to the programme and match them with volunteer tutors.
- Proactively support both students and tutors.
- Use the schools’ existing reporting on students’ academic and pastoral progress to monitor the impact of tutorials, and intervene as appropriate.
- Use The Access Project’s additional reporting lines to manage the tutorials. This often includes liaising directly with students, teachers and tutors.
Delivering The Access Project’s programme of university support activities at the school
- Delivering intensive one-to-one support to all Access Project students, and assessing their progress towards being able to make successful university applications.
- Delivering group activities such as workshops and assemblies (e.g. around subject choice guidance).
- Building strong relationships with students to support them on their journey through GCSEs, A Levels and university applications.
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 central 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.
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 for 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.
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.
If you require further information, please contact The Access Project on 020 3960 6592
To Apply - please submit your application by providing answers to the questions on the application form on the following page. These test areas of the person specification. CVs cannot be accepted.
The Access Project’s mission
We work with high-potential students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition to help them gain access to selective universities.
The Access Project is an education charity that works with schools in which 30% or more of pupils are on free school meals (50% or more of students receive pupil premium), to pair graduate volunteers with disadvantaged students for weekly one-to-one tutoring and an intensive programme preparing students for university applications.
The programme combats educational inequality and improves social mobility by raising students’ grades and supporting them to understand the pathway to a top university.
The Access Project has a network of over 1200 volunteer tutors and works with more than 1200 students in 28 schools in London and in the Midlands.
The Access Project’s values
Guidance for candidates applying for a job with The Access Project. Please read this carefully BEFORE you start to fill in the application form.General
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.
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
PLEASE IGNORE THE NOTICE ON THE FOLLOWING PAGE AS LinkedIn Resumes CANNOT be accepted. We can only accept applications that have fully responded to the questions in the application form. Thank you for your understanding.