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School Engagement Manager

London, Greater London (On-site)
£38,500 per year
Contract (12 months)
Job description

Job Title: School Engagement Manager
Reporting to: Director of Transformations
Hours/days: Full-time 40 hours per week (will consider part-time & flexible working)
Location: Flexible / hybrid with a minimum of one day per week in the Brixton office. The role will involve travel to various locations in London, and some travel to Yorkshire/South West, so would therefore not suit fully remote working.


Who we are
Chefs in Schools is a young, ambitious charity that’s rapidly growing. Our mission is to improve kids' health, through improving school food & food education. We focus our efforts in areas of high socio-economic deprivation, where more than a third of children are entitled to free school meals, and diet-related disease is driving further inequality.

We support and train school kitchen teams to serve the best, freshest and tastiest food possible, alongside meaningful food education. We share learning and resources, aiming to inspire and enable others to follow our lead.

We’re backed by some of the biggest names in food and have ambitious targets to ensure every child has access to incredible school food and food education, setting them up for life with the skills and knowledge to feed themselves well.


About you and the role
The purpose of this role is to foster engagement between our charity and schools and kitchen teams seeking support to improve their school food. This is a significant and important role for our rapidly scaling charity, ensuring effective communication and engagement with schools, academies and stakeholders to maximise our impact.

You will be supported by our Director of Transformations, and work closely with our Senior Programme Managers, and the Director of Partnerships and Impact.

Your role will be critical to the successful delivery of both our core programmes which are delivered across England. This role will be primarily focused in London, but will include supporting the engagement of schools in locations across the UK as we develop new hubs. You will be joining a dynamic and growing charity who are passionate about delivering exceptional training, skill sharing, expertise and know-how to advance the quality of food preparation, food service and food education in schools.

You will have an understanding of the context that we operate in, education and food sectors. You will have strong people skills, and the ability to build relationships and manage effective partnerships with external organisations.

The responsibilities, skills and experience listed below are intended to give you an idea of what we need for this role. If you don’t meet every requirement but feel you would be able to work with us to deliver the majority of them, we urge you to apply anyway. We are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, and for us the most important ‘experience’ is passion for our mission. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

We want to get to know you at the interview and understand we can do this best if you’re at ease. We’re an inclusive employer and are passionate about creating a welcoming working environment for everyone. We’re continually updating our DEI policy and have a neurodiversity champion. If you need adjustments to the interview process please let us know.

As we work with children and young people, an offer of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and DBS clearance, in line with our safeguarding policy.

Key responsibilities:
● To work with the Director of Transformations to develop and execute a school engagement plan, in line with our scaling strategy and current funded programmes.
● Work closely with the Director of Transformations, Director of Impact and Partnerships and the Senior Programme Managers to assess and propose suitable programmes of support for schools, multi-academy trusts and caterers interested
in our School Chef Educator Programme and School by School interventions.
● Lead meetings with Senior Leadership of prospective participating schools and academies, supported by our Senior Programme Managers where appropriate.
● Work with our Senior Programme Managers to identify suitable schools and participants for our funded training programmes, ensuring a high uptake of available places on our funded training programmes.
● Maintain accurate data records and ensure our contacts database is up to date with relevant school, participant, partner and engagement information.
● Build relationships with academy trusts and other strategic educational and youth organisations to market our programmes and champion our work around school food.
● Work with the Senior Programme Managers to build upon our current onboarding and customer journey for schools and training participants, developing and improving this for future schools and cohorts.
● Act as a collaborator and key influencer amongst colleagues to develop approaches and engagement resources that will facilitate a stronger rapport with schools.
● Working with the Director of Partnerships and Impact, effectively and efficiently handle new enquiries, manage the sales pipeline, outreach campaigns and support the onboarding process for schools and participants.

Skills & experience:
● You have interest and belief in our mission, to improve child health through improving food and food education in schools
● You are an excellent writer and communicator with strong presentation and facilitation skills
● You have experience of maintaining and building business relationships with a wide range of audiences from individual schools to large academy chains, through to partner delivery organisations and local government departments
● You are confident liaising with decision makers at all levels 
● You have experience of CRM software, and of building a strong sales pipeline and proactively securing business development opportunities
● You have the ability to listen, understand and interpret customer requirements
● You demonstrate self-motivation, flexibility and the ability to adapt to an ever-changing, growing organisation
● You have stakeholder and partnership management experience
● You have experience marketing programmes to schools
● You are a proactive, confident communicator with an excellent understanding of the education sector, and the key developments and approaches that will resonate with schools looking to develop their staff and transform their food offer
● You are personable and display the natural ability and passion to speak to school leaders and build meaningful relationships that help them achieve their goals 
● You are well organised with experience of managing a diverse workload with multiple work streams
● A good understanding of the UK educational system is desirable

You would be joining a friendly, supportive team who work hard, but believe in a healthy work / life balance. We seek a diverse range of perspectives, skills, experience and knowledge. Joining a small, collaborative team means you’ll be able to contribute to, and draw on, a variety of projects and strategic insights.

We offer 33 days (pro-rata for part time positions) of holiday per year, including bank holidays, a Cycle to Work scheme, hybrid working, free access to the CODE app for discounted restaurants & hospitality venues, enhanced parental leave. We are committed to developing our team and will support you with relevant training opportunities including
£250 towards elective training and development of your choice. We also offer Bupa Dental Insurance, Income Protection Insurance, as well as access to the AIG Smart Health Platform which offers health benefits including free rapid access
online GP appointments, free counselling and wellbeing support.  

Application process
In line with our commitment to ensuring a fair and unbiased recruitment process, we will invite candidates to interview based on their answers to a series of questions related to their day-to-day job. Please follow the Apply Now link to answer the questions and submit your application.

We recommend that you develop your answers offline and copy them in when you’re ready to ensure you don’t lose your work if interrupted.

Your answers will go through our sifting process: all answers will be anonymised, randomised and then reviewed by a panel of reviewers. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online 30-mins interview to take place on Wednesday 19th June.

Successful candidates will be invited to an in-person 2nd interview to be held at at our office in Brixton, London, for which you will be asked to complete a short, 15-min task. The interview overall will take a maximum of one hour.

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Refreshed on: 03 June 2024
Closing date: 14 June 2024 at 12:00
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