Want to level the playing field in the South West? We are a social mobility organisation, working towards a day where no young person’s background determines their future.
As an award-winning, fast-growing social enterprise our mission is to support young people from disadvantaged communities to identify and fulfil their potential. Working in partnership with schools, we deliver academic tutoring/coaching programmes that improve a pupil’s grades, confidence and independence so they can win places at top universities and high level apprenticeships.
Having turned six years old in February 2020, we’re at an exciting stage of growth and have ambitious plans to scale our impact and reach. Currently working across London, West Midlands, South West, we are looking to thoughtfully scale our aca- demic programmes into hard to reach deprivation areas. Over the next 3 years, we are aiming to support over 10,000 young people.
The South West has been one of our key emerging hubs. Since 2015, we have developed partnerships and relationships across the region with schools, universities and collaborators. We are now looking for a leader to realise the region’s full potential. We need an outgoing self-starter to drive our work in the South West (Exeter, Plymouth, Bristol and surrounding areas) forward, making it a financially sustainable hub that delivers real social impact.
As the public face of the organisation, you will be responsible for partnership development, profile raising and managing our programmes from volunteer recruitment all the way through to evaluation. This is an “in-at-the-deep-end” role, you will work independently across the region and you will flourish in a small dynamic team with real influence in decision making.
Key Areas of Responsibility
Growing the South West as a sustainable region:
- Generating new school leads and securing programmes
- Generating income outside of school programmes.
- Growing a strong and supportive network of schools, Multi Academy Trusts, universities, corporate partners and others.
- Feeding into key discussions on organisational direction and collaboration on various organisational workstreams (impact, sales, programmes).
Overseeing our tutoring programmes in the region from start to finish:
- Acting as the regional safeguarding lead (training provided)
- Meeting weekly KPI’s on attendance and quality management of sessions
Create a thriving community of social mobility advocates among university students:
- Recruiting volunteer tutors for the programmes
- Retaining volunteers term by term
- Training volunteers in tutoring/coaching and our pedagogy
Oversee multiple in-school and online programmes (university student led and peer led across the South West)
- Setting the timelines for the start and end of programmes
- Communicating with school staff weekly to provide feedback
- Visiting schools to oversee quality
- Managing and running online sessions
Programme Design and Delivery
- Contributing to the design of current workshops and creating new workshop when needed
- Running in-school workshops for groups of pupils (KS3-5) and facilitating university trips at the start and end of the programme.
Managing partnerships with South West universities:
- Maintaining regular contact with relevant staff members in outreach and/or volunteering teams at each university
- Managing room bookings for events at university campuses. Line managing a team of Head Coaches • Delivering training for Head Coaches in the South West
- Holding 1-1 appraisals to monitor performance and set actions
Embodying our values (humility, high expectations, service, responsibility and resilience) and demonstrating commitment to our mission.
Essential characteristics and experience:
- Passion for social mobility: we have big aims and are looking for those who share our desire to make education fairer in the UK.
- Relationship building and facilitating: this a public-facing role so you will love communicating our mission to a wide range of stakeholders (schools, universities, businesses) and bring people with you.
- Organisation: working in a fast paced young organisation you’ll be able to work between different workstreams.
- Independence: this role requires you to work independently/alone in the office and/or from home frequently where you will need to manage your own workload.
- Resourcefulness: we’re a small, dedicated team - you must be a self-starter prepared for practical roles with lots of responsibility. A willingness to stay solution-focused with last minute challenges is a must!
- Young People: experience in a school or youth organisation as a facilitator.
- Flexibility: the role will occassionally involve working evenings and weekends.
- Full, clean driving licence: the role will involve substantial travel across the region visiting our partners across Exeter, Plymouth and Bristol so you will need to have access to a car and be able and willing to drive your own vehicle across the South West.
- 2-3 years frontline experience working in a school or social sector for example as a teacher or workshop facilitator.
- Experience of partnership development in the social or public sectors.
- Knowledge of programme design, pedagogy or coaching.