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Senior Project Officer

Student Careers Engagement

London, Strand Campus


  • Posted on: 23rd Dec 2021
  • Salary: £33,114 - £37,804 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 039089
  • Closes: 16th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

About Us

The King’s community is dedicated to the service of society. King’s Strategic Vision 2029 sets out our vision for the future, shaped around five priority areas: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; and an international community that services the world. Our ambitious Education Strategy sets out the actions that we must take to transform how we teach, how and where our students learn and how we support them during their time with us.

King’s Careers & Employability (KC&E) facilitates excellent career management and employability services supporting our students and alumni, enabling them to develop effective career skills and build a platform for future success.

The Student Careers Engagement (SCE) Team in the department supports students at all levels across the institution, as well as alumni, to access information, advice, events, opportunities, and e-learning, to aid them in their career journeys. As a team, we work specifically to address the sector-wide and institutional factors and barriers that contribute to differences in progression amongst students from underrepresented backgrounds.

We are part of the wider Students & Education Directorate, a collection of wide-ranging professional services in place to support King’s students and their education. As a directorate we manage the student lifecycle from application to graduation and beyond, to ensure a coherent and seamless student experience and effective administrative processes, working closely with King’s faculties to do so.

About the Role

We are recruiting for a Project Officer to coordinate project activity across King’s Careers & Employability. The role holder will be responsible for implementing new initiatives such as a central Careers Mentoring scheme, as well as other small projects or areas of work, including student voice and student feedback activities.

The role holder will work closely with students who have a lived experience of historical underrepresentation in Higher Education, to empower them to get the most out of their Careers Education and Employability journey throughout their time at King’s and beyond.

They will oversee and facilitate various projects that underpin the work of the SCE team which will include managing a network of student and alumni ambassadors, partners and mentors, to further enhance the student experience. This is an exciting new role that will be pivotal in driving the newly established Student Careers Engagement Strategy.

This is an exciting opportunity for candidates looking to work closely with staff and students and who wish to utilise their skills and expertise in working with people, project management and using data to drive change.

We encourage applications from candidates who have experience from both within and outside of the Higher Education sector where they can demonstrate the skills needed to succeed in this role.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract.

This is a full-time post, but we welcome applications from candidates seeking a flexible work pattern within our necessary service operating hours.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

Key responsibilities

  • Facilitating a broad portfolio of projects focusing on student engagement, student feedback, systems and data.
  • Planning and developing a Careers Mentoring programme. Leading on the recruitment and training of mentors, mentees, volunteers, advisory board members, partners, co-collaborators, and co-creators.
  • Overseeing ongoing projects such as the Careers Student Advisory Board and projects related to our Feedback Plan.
  • Gathering, making sense of, and acting upon the feedback of our students, to identify gaps, needs and priority areas. Working closely with the team to gather and analyse data and research, for the purpose of evaluating and adjusting programme plans as necessary.
  • Building and managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders, supporting colleagues in building inclusive practice and cultures for working with students. Collaborating with wider KC&E and cross-College colleagues on various initiatives including mentoring and co-creation activities.
  • Planning, organising, and coordinating activities such as training, workshops, ‘lunch and learns’, mixers, and other events, to enhance and underpin collaborative working and co-creation.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

• Confident communicator, able to work well with people from all levels.

• Experience of building relationships with and between individuals to collaborate on shared objectives.

• Ability to analyse and review qualitative and quantitative data, interpret findings, and communicate information to colleagues.

• Understanding of how the lived experience of historically underrepresented groups is affected by structural inequality.

• Experience of implementing and maintaining administrative processes and procedures.

• The ability to work to tight deadlines with conflicting priorities.

• Knowledge of how to design and facilitate small-scale events / projects / engagement activities.

Desirable criteria

• Experience of evaluating the impact of a project or programme.

• Experience of managing a programme or project.

• Experience of formal mentoring programmes as a mentor and/or mentee.

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