- Are you passionate about people and the planet and looking for a job with purpose?
- Do you love young people’s creativity and believe in their potential to change the world?
- Do you want to join an award-winning social enterprise and play a key part in its small and mighty team?
We are looking for two passionate and driven “Big Ideas” Coordinators to support our wonderfully creative sustainable enterprise programme in schools. Each Coordinator will be supporting 15 schools across either a) Central and South England or b) Central England, North England, and Central Belt Scotland.
The post will be home-based with travel visiting schools and business partners. Some national travel to support events in other regions will also be required and this will be more frequent at the height of the programme (Nov – Feb and May) and will involve some overnight stays. Please indicate where you are based on your application.
Introduction to Solutions for the Planet (S4TP)
Solutions for the Planet (S4TP) connects enquiring minds from schools and businesses creating space and opportunity for young people to explore sustainability and STEM careers. As a social enterprise, S4TP delivers our award-winning Big Ideas Programme across England and Scotland. Our Big Ideas Programme is a national STEM and Enterprise programme with a focus on sustainability. It starts with Big Ideas Days held in schools, where teams of students explore sustainability issues and identify problems that they want to solve. The teams of students, aged 11-14, are mentored by staff from locally based business partner companies who facilitate them to generate their creative solutions and enter their ideas into our Big Ideas Competition. The Competition continues with Regional Finals at local universities and culminates with regional winners presenting at the National Final at the Palace of Westminster, hosted by a cross-party group of MPs.
Over the last eight years we have grown our impact from 600 to 4000 young people each year. We are looking for two individuals who will flourish and grow in the role as part of the Solutions for the Planet core team.
This is an exciting time to be joining S4TP, at a time of significant growth and development, and the candidates will require a “can-do” and “muck-in” attitude.
- Support all aspects of delivering our Big Ideas Programme (BIP) in designated schools and assist with delivery nationally across the organisation’s footprint (when required).
- Work with Big Ideas Manager to secure target number of schools, specifically managing relationships with existing school partners and retaining them for future years.
- Deliver training for teachers and business mentors.
- Manage relationships with key stakeholders including schools, teachers and mentors.
- Liaise with lead teachers to organise Big Ideas Day(s) in each school.
- Ensure there are enough mentors at each Big Ideas Day and mentoring sessions.
- Deliver/facilitate Big Ideas Days with up to 150 young people.
- Support schools to run the programme, including attending development sessions, supporting students, supporting teachers and providing resources as necessary.
- Subscribe to the Big Ideas team’s forums on our website and monitor designated schools’ activity, engage with students and facilitate their interaction with their mentor online.
- Check in regularly with mentors and teachers to support them in their involvement with the programme including hosting mentor/teacher virtual drop-in sessions.
- Manage the competition submission process - collate and shortlist all submissions.
- Organise/facilitate Competition shortlisting events
- Write feedback for each team after Shortlisting, Regional and National Final event.
- Collect evaluation of all stages of the programme and contribute to annual impact report.
- Deliver Presentation Training to National Finalist teams.
- Support the organisation of Regional and National Final events.
- Be self-reflective and contribute regular feedback to team members regarding potential to improve programme delivery, resources and stakeholder management.
- Organise end of programme debrief calls with teachers and write up any feedback.
Management, Admin and Communications
- Manage volunteers and interns in region (as required).
- Undertake own administration for the regional programme.
- Maintain office space to a professional standard.
- Report on progress at weekly meetings with colleagues and with partners as required.
- Chair/minute team meetings on a rotational basis.
- Maintain contact database of schools and business partners in region and ensure key partners are added to our newsletter mailing list.
- Engage with S4TP social media posts.
- Develop networks with regional third, public and private sector organisation and funding bodies.
- Increase knowledge of local landscape including challenges within your local area and schools: deprivation statistics, employment challenges etc.
You will also be required to support with the following areas of work across the organisation:
- Development of the regional partnership (attending update meetings, minute-taking, attending events, organising opportunities for networking/learning).
- Development of programme resources and materials as required.
- Development of ongoing learning and networking opportunities of mentors and teachers across your region.
- Communications and Public Relations across the organisation.
- Organisation and coordination of the National Final in London.
- Delivery of events in other regions as required.
To apply please email:
- A covering letter explaining your interest in the role and how you meet the criteria in the person specification (no more than 1 A4 page long)
- An up-to-date CV (no more than 2 x A4 pages long)
- A short video outlining why you want to work with Solutions for the Planet and what your superpowers are (no more than 2 minutes). We do a lot of presenting in these roles, so we are keen to see you on camera!
Email by the application deadline at 5.00pm on Friday 17th September 2021.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a telephone interview w/c 20th September 2021, followed by a second interview (possible face-to-face) w/c 27th September 2021.
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