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Widening Participation Officer (Priority Groups: Care-experienced & Estranged)

Social Mobility & Widening Participation

London, Waterloo Campus


  • Posted on: 20th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £33,114 - £37,804 per annum (This figure is based on full time hours. The salary will be reduced to a pro rata rate for 21 hours p/w), including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 039930
  • Closes: 13th February 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 aim to 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

This is an exciting opportunity for candidates looking to support care-experienced and estranged students to access university. The role supports students applying to university and will help to create a year 7 tutoring programme for children in care. This is an opportunity to grow your skills in project management, event delivery and collaboration.

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 a fixed-term contract for 12 months.

This is a part-time post (21 hours per week), but we welcome applications from candidates seeking a flexible work pattern within our 10am to 4pm service operating hours.

Key responsibilities

  • Creating and implementing a project for year 7 children in care in Southwark called We Care Mentors.
  • Upskill and train internal stakeholders about access for care-experienced and estranged students into higher education, enabling stakeholders to deliver effective support.
  • Work with internal stakeholders to review how 121 support is offered to care-experienced and estranged applicants and offer holders, working collaboratively to develop the most effective and efficient support possible
  • Oversee the UCAS verification process for care-experienced and estranged learners, improving the way we work with the Admissions Department and creating a system for verifying estranged applicants that is fit for purpose.
  • Respond to enquires from care-experienced and estranged students in the priority group mailbox.

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

  • Relevant work experience and/or education: We think a wide range of different work and educational experiences could support you to be successful in this role. Relevant work experience might include work in local authorities, charities or schools supporting young people. Relevant educational experiences might include higher education in a related discipline, professional qualifications or other training.
  • Experience working or volunteering with children or young people
  • Experience of undertaking and completing projects which require high levels of administrative and organisational skill
  • Experience overseeing budgets and undertaking financial administration
  • Ability to communicate complicated and specialist information orally and in writing to team members and programme participants
  • Ability to work with others to deliver project aims and overcome challenges
  • 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 coach or train others to undertake specific tasks and give clear direction on desired outcomes
  • Ability to gather and manipulate data so that it can be interpreted by yourself and others
  • Ability to decide own pattern of work and manage own workload and resources over a long period
  • Knowledge of the context and challenges for care-experienced and estranged students in accessing university

Desirable criteria

  • 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.kcl.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 and industries, and are committed to employing a team that has diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

Interviews are scheduled to take place on w/c 28th February.

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