Widening Participation Officer (Pre-16)

Social Mobility & Widening Participation

London, Waterloo Campus


  • Posted on: 11th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £33,114 - £37,804 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 039372
  • Closes: 23rd January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • 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.

Within the Social Mobility & Widening Participation Department we believe all young people should be able to have high expectations for their future. This means equal access to education and career opportunities. We run programmes that empower young people from under-represented backgrounds to access and succeed at university.

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

The Widening Participation Officer (Pre-16) will help plan, deliver, and evaluate our Year 7-9 flagship programme, King’s Scholars. King’s Scholars aims to support attainment in schools by teaching learning skills. The postholder will take especial responsibility for Year 8 activity. They will also deliver our parental engagement programmes. This includes The Hastings Project, which works with white working class families, and Parent Power, which uses community organising to bring parents together to campaign for educational change.

This is an exciting opportunity for colleagues looking for a career with social impact. It is a chance to build on your skills in project management, partnership management, and in communicating with different audiences.

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 as a secondment lasting until July 31st 2022.

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

Key responsibilities

The Widening Participation Officer (Pre-16) is responsible for:

  • Project managing Parent Power and The Hastings Project and working closely with our partner organisations, Citizens UK and Eggtooth, to deliver these programmes
  • Planning and delivering the King’s Scholars Year 8 programme, including Design A University and Spring Up summer schools
  • Collaborating with the Pre-16 Programmes team and partner schools to run King’s Scholars
  • Evaluating King’s Scholars, Parent Power, and The Hastings Project and adapting the programmes based on data and feedback
  • Managing the budgets for King’s Scholars, The Hastings Project, and Parent Power
  • Leading and supervising teams of staff and student ambassadors to run events and workshops

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

  • Experience working or volunteering with children and/or young people
  • Experience of undertaking and completing projects which require high levels of administrative and organisational skill
  • Ability to communicate complicated and specialist information orally and in writing to team members and programme participants
  • Ability to use initiative and creativity to resolve problems, define clear outcomes for improvement and set out how progress and success will be measured
  • Ability to decide own pattern of work and manage own workload and resources over a long period
  • Ability to gather and manipulate data so that it can be interpreted by yourself and others
  • Ability to work with others to deliver project aims and overcome challenges
  • Ability to coach or train others on how to undertake specific tasks and give clear direction on desired outcomes

Desirable criteria

  • Educated to degree or foundation degree level
  • Experience overseeing budgets and undertaking financial administration
  • Understanding of the widening participation agenda and/or the role of higher education in social mobility

Further Information

Your application should clearly set out how you meet the essential criteria as this is how we shortlist applications. Learn more about how we recruit, including tips on writing your application and supporting statement on our website: https://jobs.ac.uk/gb/en/applying.

Interviews will be held using Microsoft Teams and will consist of competency-based questions linked closely to the essential and desirable criteria mentioned here.

Although we have made improvements over the last number of years, our team is still under-represented in terms of staff from global majority ethnicities, LGBTQ+ identities, and from people with disabilities. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities, communities and industries, and are committed to employing a team that has diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

Interviews are scheduled to take place on Friday 28th January.

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