The College of Podiatry
Job Title: Outreach Officer
Reports to: Strategic Interventions in Health Education Disciplines (SIHED) Programme Manager
Hours of work: 3.5 days per week - Home based – in London or the Home Counties. Must be able to travel extensively across England with a particular focus on the South-East, London and East of England.
Duration: Fixed term contract until the end of December 2020
Salary: £30,450 pro rata
We’re looking for a talented Outreach Officer to work on an exciting programme which aims to inspire the next generation of students for specialist health careers.
The Strategic Interventions in Health Education Disciplines (SIHED) programme, funded by the Office for Students (OFS), is a multi-year funded programme delivering a range of interventions to inspire the next generation of healthcare specialists. The Outreach Officer will develop and deliver effective outreach activities to help raise awareness of allied health professionals focussing on Prosthetics and Orthotics (2.5 days per week), and Podiatry (1 day per week).
To be considered for this role it is essential that you have a strong track record of delivering targeted outreach activities alongside solid experience of working within a healthcare, higher education or charity environment. The successful candidate will have strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to positively engage with stakeholders and partners. This role is ideally suited to someone who is keen to be part of an innovative programme that will have a significant impact on the student experience studying for healthcare roles, and supporting recruitment to smaller healthcare professions.
This role will be based remotely but you must be able to access the South-East, London and East of England on a regular basis, as well as other areas within England. You will be employed by The College of Podiatry which is the leading professional organisation, trade union and accrediting body for podiatrists in the UK. It sets academic and clinical standards, and promotes research, education and public awareness of foot and lower limb health.
- Develop, plan and deliver a programme of outreach activities to raise awareness of Prosthetics and Orthotics, and Podiatry as a great career choice, and signpost to relevant course providers. This will include delivering presentations and running workshops at schools, as well as speaking to students, teachers and parents at large-scale careers events.
- Develop and manage a professional network to support ongoing outreach work with key stakeholders including the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists, the University of Salford and The College of Podiatry. This will feed into the legacy of the project and ensure that the work completed is sustainable past the end of the project.
- Deliver on-going training, development and support of network members to maximise the impact of the outreach programme.
- Working with the programme team and wider External Affairs directorate, support the development of marketing and communications materials such as case studies, videos and other digital content including social media activity to support all elements of the outreach programme.
- Build relationships with key stakeholders including a range of staff within schools, colleges and university departments and practitioners within the discipline.
- Liaise with course providers to monitor the impact of the outreach programme and develop strategies to continually improve programme outcomes.
- Work closely with other outreach officers, the programme manager and the sponsor (OFS) within the Strategic Interventions in Health Education Disciplines programme, to contribute to its development, monitoring and evaluation and to assist with its implementation and delivery.
- Interrogate, interpret and report on data relating to recruitment activities to inform the strategy and review plans, and to analyse this recruitment data in order to monitor the effectiveness of relationships, activities and materials.
- Evaluate and report on effectiveness of outreach activities, including sharing lessons learnt and good practice with other outreach officers within the programme, the programme manager, the programme board and OFS.
- Support with creating resources for the legacy of the project, and disseminating key findings.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Educated to a degree level, or significant equivalent professional experience.
- Excellent communication skills – written and verbal, with the ability to tailor communications appropriately to the target audience.
- Significant public speaking experience, including at events and conferences, for a variety of audiences such professional networks, school age students, teachers and parent groups.
- Strong networking and influencing skills, with an ability to leverage networks to achieve success.
- Demonstrable experience of developing marketing and communications materials including print materials, digital content and social media content.
- An understanding of health and safety, equality and diversity, child protection and/or safeguarding policies.
- Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
- Ability to plan, multi-task and manage time effectively.
- Ability to work independently, exercise judgement and make decisions that will have an impact on others.
- Excellent IT skills, including the use of databases and Microsoft Office including PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook.
- Willingness and ability to travel extensively across England.
- Ability and willingness to work evening and weekends as required by volunteer networks and careers events.
- Driver’s licence and access to car.
- Knowledge of the higher education sector and the issues and complexities of student recruitment.
- Knowledge of allied health professions.
- Knowledge of the regulations for student finance.
- Experience of developing and delivering communications plans.
- Travelling extensively to deliver presentations and outreach activity will be required, and will entail excellent time management skills.
- Working in a fast paced environment, delivering to tight deadlines.
- Managing a significant workload, and ensuring that work is prioritised effectively.
How to apply
If you would like to apply for this position, you must provide the following:
- An up-to-date CV
- A Supporting Statement (no more than 2 x A4 pages). Please address the Knowledge, Skills and Experience criteria and explain why you are interested in the role.
Please note we will not accept CVs without a supporting statement.
The closing date for applications is Sunday 8th December at mid-night.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.