Senior Schools Engagement Coordinator

Job Title: Senior Schools Engagement Coordinator  

Reports to: Head of School Programmes 

Location: Quantum House, 22 – 24 Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, EC4A 3AB  

Purpose: A fantastic opportunity to take on the role of Senior Schools Engagement Coordinator for Education and Employers on the internationally recognised Inspiring the Future programme. The Charity aims to ensure that all young people have the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential.  

This key post is part of the Schools Engagement Team with responsibility for working closely with secondary school, FE and special school teachers and leaders to support them with effectively engaging with the Inspiring the Future programme. This will include supporting delivery of funded projects aimed at these audiences and leading on delivery of the secondary school strategy 

Remuneration: £25k – £27k per annum 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.  

Appointment Terms:  Permanent role 

Closing date: 9am on Sunday 16th January 2021

 

Role description  

Reporting to the Head of Schools Programmes, the Senior Schools Engagement Coordinator (Inspiring the Future) is responsible for delivering the secondary school and colleges engagement strategy, including tracking and reporting progress against agreed KPIs. This role involves working closely with school teachers and careers leaders focusing on secondary and further education (FE) establishments in supporting access to and effective usage of Inspiring the Future and related services; developing resources and guidance to support with this; and delivering funded projects aimed at these audiences.

Working with the Head of Schools Programmes, the Senior Engagement Coordinator must understand the current employer engagement landscape for secondary and FE and be able to identify key trends and best practice, leading on developing guidance and resources that optimises usage of Inspiring the Future platform among secondary and FE colleges as well as developing new and existing relationships within this community.

Education and Employers is a small charity working at a rapid pace to bring about change. This is a demanding role requiring the successful candidate to be an agile worker, capable of absorbing key information quickly, as well as handle a voluminous work load in order to meet the high demand from schools and FE colleges keen to engage further with the Inspiring the Future service.

 

Key Accountabilities 

Delivery of the Inspiring the Future (ITF) school engagement strategy (30%) 

  1. Working with Head of Schools Programmes to design and implement an engagement plan to meet KPI’s agreed in strategy 
  2. Working with wider Inspiring the Future team to develop and implement new processes and system improvements, to support increased ITF school engagement. 
  3. Identifying need for and developing new resources and how-to guidance to support greater school engagement, including working with the wider school engagement team to ensure best practice across secondary and primary. 
  4. Tracking, monitoring and reporting back to Head of Schools Programmes on delivery against agreed targets  
  5. Using salesforce CRM to manage relationships with teachers and careers support staff, working with Salesforce Manager to develop reporting, maintaining up to date records and supporting data cleansing as needed 
  6. Contribute to the ITF evaluation approach including gathering teacher feedback, analysing results and using them to inform the strategy 

Delivering Inspiring the Future (ITF) individual school support (35%)  

  1. Providing targeted support such as emails and phone calls to schools independently utilising the programmes using a RAG (red, amber green) system to convert them to successful activities 
  2. Hosting online meetings with schools directly to provide bespoke support to create or troubleshoot activities  
  3. Answering enquiries from new teachers/schools, promoting the full range of the charity’s programmes and services and assisting them with registering for ITF  

Generating new activities on Inspiring the Future (25%)  

  1. Developing and maintaining partnerships with networks and teacher associations to support increased engagement from schools and colleges, including presenting to these networks  
  2. Working with Head of Schools Programmes and Communications Officer to ensure content for effective and regular communications about school activities, including newsletters, case studies and social media activity. 
  3. Maintaining and developing the Teacher Ambassadors cohort as a community of best practice and co-creation who are spokespeople for Primary Futures  
  4. Delivering, trialling and reflecting on new methods of school engagement to generate teacher-led usage 
  5. Maintaining a pulse on the careers space including Careers & Enterprise Company activity and ensure we are connected to current discourse  
  6. Represent the interests of Inspiring the Future with external stakeholders such as Careers Hubs, Enterprise Adviser Networks, local authority staff and other partners 

Deliverables for funded projects (10%) 

  1. Leading on delivery of school facing ITF funded projects, including but not limited to grant funded projects to support specific cohorts of young people and schools: designing and implementing delivery plans, understanding the key targets of these projects and delivering to KPIs 

Other 

  1. Attending occasional school career events to support the running of special events and to undertake brand ambassadorial activities events, as well as hosting occasional virtual career events 
  2. Providing general support to the schools team on school engagement, events coordination, enquiries management, project delivery as needed 
  3. Other ad hoc tasks to support the team as needed 

 

Person specification 

Skills/ Knowledge/ Expertise 

Essential  

  • Experience in successful relationship management – ability to engage confidently and sensitively with schools/colleges and at a range of levels of seniority up to and including headteacher level 
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills including close attention to detail and effective time management   
  • Persuasive and confident communicator who is influential, and effective in presenting a concept both face to face and on the phone and online 
  • Good level of education, demonstrating capability in producing written content to a high standard.  
  • Comfort and confidence in working with data to inform actions  
  • 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 

Desirable 

  • Understanding of the schools sector and motivations and challenges for teachers, careers leaders and school leaders 
  • Understanding of careers education and the provider landscape   
  • Passion for supporting young people in realising their potential through harnessing skilled volunteers to engage in education 
  • Experience of marketing to schools  
  • Experience of working with a school or FEetting 
  • Experience of delivering directly to children or young people in a volunteer or work capacity  
  • Experience of client relationships management (CRM) databases in particular Salesforce 
  • Experience of working to deliver targets  
  • Experience of working in a small team 
  • Experience of working with volunteers  
  • Understanding of safeguarding, risk management and data protection. 

Personal Attributes  

  • Problem-solver –relishes a challenge and figuring out solutions  
  • Analytical – reflective about what works (and what doesn’t)  
  • Flexible – responsive to changing operational context and new opportunities 
  • Comfort and confidence in working with a variety of audiences 
  • Having an entrepreneurial and enterprising approach to their work.  
  • A “doer”- ability to anticipate requirements and act to provide workable solutions 
  • Creative and solutions orientated, perceiving processes as the means rather than the end and as an aid to effective delivery 
  • Influencer – demonstrates personal ‘presence’ and gains the confidence of others through temperament, capability and calibre  
  • Demonstrates sensitivity and possesses the ability to manage effectively the organisational tensions that sometimes develop between all stakeholders involved in the organisation and delivery of the event.   
  • Team Player: working collaboratively and flexibly to achieve outcomes and is keen to add value to the organisation’s culture and ethos 
  • Able to undertake some occasional work in the evenings and at weekends  
  • Able to travel in the UK if required  

 

Application process 

The Education and Employers charity values having a diverse workforce.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. We offer a range of inclusive employment and family friendly policies as well as flexible working arrangements in order to support staff from different backgrounds.  

The closing date for applications is 9am on Sunday 16th January 2021.  

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

Please note we will only consider applications with both a CV and covering letter and applications will only be accepted from those with the right to work in the UK with a valid passport/visa.  

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

The Charity is fully committed to safeguarding those in our care. We plan our recruitment processes to ensure effective timelines for any required vetting processes such as enhanced DBS, qualification, reference and identity checks. The Charity also ensures that each staff member is appropriately trained for their duties with a comprehensive induction process on commencement.  

 

About the 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 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. 

Nearly 65,000 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. 

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. 

The charity runsInspiring Governance the free governor recruitment and support service. This Department for Education funded service aims to get highly skilled volunteers to serve as governors in some of the most disadvantaged schools in England and in so doing help raise educational achievement. 

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. The research, which has informed and influenced a range of government policies, shows that employer engagement helps improve social mobility, reduces the likelihood of young people becoming NEET (not in education, employment of training), increases the amount they earn in adult life, helps them make better informed career choices and leads to improvements in educational attainment.