Senior Recruitment Coordinator

Job Description  

Job Title: Senior Recruitment Coordinator

Purpose: The UK based Education and Employers charity aims to ensure that all young people have the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential. One of the ways we do this is via Inspiring Governance, the national, free, school governance recruitment service, funded by the Department for Education. Inspiring Governance connects highly skilled volunteers to serve on the governing boards of some of the most disadvantaged schools in England and in so doing, helps to raise educational achievement.  

School Governance represents the largest volunteering force in the Country. The postholder will provide support to the Head of School and Trust Support to assist all state funded schools and especially those needing it most to recruit governors;  i.e. Ofsted rated ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ and academy trust Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) where those academy trusts are deemed ‘high need’. You will be operating as part of a close and supportive team with other colleagues in the Inspiring Governance team and the wider charity.  

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference through working nationally with a range of schools, local authorities, mutli-academy trusts, educational professionals and highly skilled volunteers to help improve leadership in our school and academies, while at the same time developing corporate recruitment skills within a respected not-for profit organisation in a rapidly changing sector. If you are a dedicated team player equipped with good communication, administrative and IT skills, and with a passion for promoting diversity, equality and inclusion in education then we want to hear from you. 

Reports to: Head of School and Trust Support 

Location: Remotely, anywhere in England, or at our Fleet Street, London offices, to suit.  

Remuneration: Circa £25-27k – depending upon experience 

Additional Terms: 30 days paid holiday, exclusive of Statutory Holiday plus competitive pension scheme and a volunteering allowance of up to 5 days – pro rata in accordance with the length of contract. Additional family friendly benefits including enhancements to Statutory Payments. Together with remote working arrangements, coupled with the choice of operating from our City centre London offices. 

Appointment Terms: Fixed term contract – initially until March 31st, 2024  

The Role

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the Head of School and Trust Support in all aspects of school governance recruitment  across England in order to drive recruiter sign ups and engagement with Inspiring Governance: A free (at point of use) England wide online recruitment service connecting schools and academies with skilled volunteers interested in becoming governors and trustees. The service is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to help support srong leadership on governing boards. The programme has specific, and demanding Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to meet around numbers of volunteers sourced and placed, the diversity of volunteers and the number of vacancies registered by schools.  

We pride ourselves on providing a focussed and friendly service to all recruiters seeking to recruit skilled volunteers to their governing bodies. We also get huge satisfaction from knowing the impact that our volunteers can have on the leadership in our schools. We are looking for an individual who shares that pride and who, like us, wants to make a difference, and who can work to support and deliver successful partnerships with a multitude of governor recruiters. The post-holder will be organised, good at managing their own time and great at engaging with clients, as well as passionate about the importance of education and about supporting young people to reach their potential . Education and Employers is a small charity, making a big difference, working at a rapid pace to bring about change. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with strong communication skills, able to absorb key information quickly and work well with a small team in a dynamic working environment.  

Key Accountabilities: 

Support delivery of our recruiter engagement plans  

  • To help the Head of School and Trust Support to develop a national strategy to further engage with governance recruiters (i.e. schools and academies)  across all of the English regions;  
  • To coordinate and deliver aspects of the action plan associated with this strategy, making day to day contact with governance recruiters nationally such as LAs, MATs, Diocese and governance professionals (in person, by phone/email/social media etc); 
  • To help engage and support more ‘multi-recruiters’ that are able to recruit on behalf of multiple schools and academy local governing bodies/academy committees; 
  • To work closely with others in the wider Inspiring Governance team to support our collective work with governance recruiters; 
  • To help existing governance recruiters signed up to Inspiring Governance to be more effective users through the Inspiring Governance portal by supporting/delivering training and mentoring in utilising the platform, and by creating and revising user guides, media and other resources to educate, develop and engage. 

Provide enhanced support to assist schools and academies that need it the  most 

  • Give extra support to our governance recruiters in high needs schools; i.e schools either judged as requires improvement or inadequate at their last ofsted inspection, or referred to us for some other serious reason. Support these schools to access more practical governor recruitment support and templates and tips for them to get maximum return from using the Inspiring Governance recruitment service, as well as providing hands-on bespoke recruitment interventions; 
  • Analyse data and work through the Inspiring Governance dashboard to identify and respond to “bottle-knecks” in our High Needs clients’ recruitment processes that require manual intervention; 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with educational stakeholders in the national and regional landscape that will allow us to work with their existing communications channels. This could include the Education and Schools Funding Agency offices, Regional Schools Commissioners, Local Authorities, Diocesan Boards of Education and MAT governance leads amongst others; 
  • Work with national and regional partners, analysing their school performance data to ensure we can more precisely target  Requires Improvement/ Inadequate schools/ ‘high need’ academies for support. 

Develop management information and impact data for client reporting 

  • Work with the Head of School and Trust Support and the Charity’s Salesforce Manager to put in place the arrangements for us to collect data on the matches we have made for RI/ Inadequate schools for the DfE; 
  • Help conduct and analyse surveys that will allow us to gather immediate and ongoing data on our impact for recruiters; 
  • Source and suggest case studies that show our impact and reach and which appeal to both recruiters and volunteers who haven’t yet used the service; 
  • Work closely and proactively with the Charity’s schools team to identify scope for enhancing engagement around governance with schools registered on our Inspiring the Future programme;  

Other 

  • Represent the charity’s governance programmes at external events and meetings as appropriate 
  • Proactively contribute ideas and thoughts into the governance programmes team and into the wider Charity; both on recruiter support and the charity’s wider work;   
  • Other ad hoc duties as required. 

Person specification: 

Skills/ Knowledge/ Expertise 

Essential  

  • Confident, with good sales skills and the ability to manage client relationships – ability to engage confidently and sensitively with schools/colleges and partners at a range of levels of seniority up to and including senior leadership level; 
  • Experience in successfully delivering projects – ability to organise and report back to ensure delivery against agreed KPIs; 
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills including close attention to detail and effective time management;   
  • An articulate and confident communicator who is influential, and effective in presenting a concept both face to face and on the phone; 
  • Good level of education, demonstrating capability in producing written content to a high standard. 
  • Comfortable and confident in gathering and analysing data, and recommending courses of action from their findings; 
  • Demonstrable experience of managing a diverse workload; being able to prioritise work and working under pressure;  
  • Good working knowledge and practical application of Microsoft office tools; 
  • Ability to ocassionally attend meetings and events in other locations, including the Charity’s London office. 

Desirable 

  • A passion for supporting young people in realising their potential through placing skilled volunteers as governors in schools; 
  • Experience of working in recruitment and/or recruiting volunteers; 
  • Experience of working in education and an understanding of the English school’s system; 
  • Experience of client relationships management databases in particular Salesforce; 
  • Experience and/or knowledge of governance within an education context; willingness to become a governor desirable; 
  • Understanding of risk management and data protection. 

Personal Attributes 

  • A good client facing manner and good communication skills, both written and verbal;  
  • Self-motivated and relentless in pursuing goals, having an entrepreneurial and enterprising approach to their work;  
  • A confidence and aptitude in using online tools; such as presentation software, databases and social media; 
  • A “doer” with the ability to pro-actively anticipate requirements and act to provide workable solutions to these; 
  • Team Player: working collaboratively and flexibly with other colleagues to achieve outcomes and is keen to add value to the Charity’s culture and ethos; 
  • Able to undertake some occasional work in the evenings and at weekends; 
  • Able to travel in England although this would be very occasional.  

Application process   

The Education and Employers Charity values having its current diverse workforce.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals from all backgrounds. 

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 4th July. Successfully shortlisted candidates will be notified within that week. Interviews will take place over the 12th and 13th July online. 

Please send a CV and Covering letter setting out your interest in and suitability for the role to jobs@educationandemployers.org   

Applications will only be accepted from those with the right to work in the UK with a valid passport/visa 

Please note we will only consider applications with BOTH A CV AND A COVERING LETTER 

Applications from recruitment agencies will not be considered under any circumstances. 

About the wider Education and Employers Charity 

Education and Employersis an independent UK based charity launched in 2009 with the vision of “providing children and young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential”. It aims to achieve this by working with schools, employers, the national bodies that represent them and a wide range of other partners including the government and third sector organisations. The charity also works with partners internationally – more details here. 

The charity runsInspiring Governance the national, free governor recruitment service launched in 2016. Funded by the Department for Education (DfE) this much needed service aims to get highly skilled volunteers to serve as governors and trustees in some of the most disadvantaged schools in England and in so doing help raise educational achievement. So far we’ve placed well over 5000 volunteers onto governing boards across the Country, with over 30% of these in the last year coming from diverse cultural backgrounds, and over 40% of our volunteers appointed this year being under the age of 36.   

The charity also runs Inspiring the Future, a free service which uses innovative match-making technology to connect volunteers with state schools and colleges, quickly, simply and at scale. Schools can very easily search a massive database of willing volunteers, filter against a wide range of criteria – e.g. subject, sector, career route and send them a message. It enables young people, wherever they live, whichever school they attend, the opportunity to meet people from a wide range of backgrounds doing jobs from across the whole world of work. 

Tens of thousands of people have already volunteered in the UK – people from all levels: apprentices to CEOs and all sectors: apps designers to zoologists and over 80% of English secondary schools have registered. People can volunteer from an hour a year in a local primary or secondary school to chat informally about their job and career route, take part in career speed networking session, give careers insights, provide mock interviews or feedback on CVs through to serving as a governor or trustee.  There is also the opportunity to link up with schools for workplace visits, job shadowing and mentoring. 

Inspiring the Future operates on a technology platform kindly developed in partnership with Deloitte, Salesforce and Ordnance Survey. It allows the charity to run national campaigns such as Inspiring Women and others focused on specific geographic areas or economic sectors such as engineering, science, health and arts and culture. The campaigns have secured high profile support across government, business and teacher associations and ongoing corporate partnerships including our lead corporate partner Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 

In partnership with the National Association of Head Teachers the charity has developed a version for primary schools called Primary Futures and over 4,500 primaries have already signed up. To see a short clip on how it works please click here.  All campaigns run through Inspiring the Future share a common objective: to broaden young people’s horizons, raise their aspirations and show them the range of opportunities and careers routes e.g. apprenticeships and university open to them. Over 1.8 million interactions between young people and volunteers from the world of work have already taken place. 

Since the Charity’s launch it has sought to understand what difference employer engagement in education makes to young people and the economy. It works with academics and researchers from around the world and its own research is regularly cited by government and international organisations like the OECD.