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Career Talks Coordinator

£30,000 per year
Job description

Speakers for Schools believes that by inspiring young people to explore their ambitions (through our external speaker programme), facilitating access to high quality, 3-to-5-day experiences of the world of work, and supporting them to successfully seize employment opportunities, we can make a transformational difference to the lives of young people, their future happiness and prosperity. In doing so, we can help level the playing field into the world of work and support employers to diversify recruitment into the workplace.

This Coordinator role is key to the delivery of the Inspiration programme. Our online talks from our speakers and employer network help young people to realise their ambitions and discover the world of work. This is a new role within the Inspiration Team and will have significant influence on the overall impact and reach of the national programme.


Strategic purpose:

  • Inviting employers/speakers to take part in our Industry Spotlight online talks for our network of schools and young people as agreed with the Head of Inspiration
  • Securing commitments and driving forward participation as needed for the charity.


  • Liaising with Business Development and the wider programmes team to agree timeframes and speakers as part of the programme
  • Working with the Broadcast Coordinator to confirm dates/times as part of the online schedule of talks
  • Arranging test and briefing calls with our employer network
  • Working with our Marcomms team to highlight talks on socials
  • Highlighting to our centralised Education Team upcoming career talks



  • Hosting the Industry Spotlight online talks and working with Delivery Partners who will be technical support
  • Daily updates of records in Salesforce CRM, tracking engagement and ensuring proper data management
  • Working independently and swiftly on high-volume outreach and mobilisation within a structured programme plan to meet targets, as agreed and set by the Head of Inspiration
  • Working independently and swiftly on high-volume outreach and mobilisation within a structured programme plan to meet targets, as agreed and set by the Assistant Programme Manager.
  • Proactively manages stakeholder relationships, preventing or resolving any conflict
  • Flexibility and a willingness to collaborate and help with any tasks the team require support for.
  • Represent and work to our values as, fostering a culture of positivity, support, respect, and inclusivity, while taking personal responsibility for their attitude, performance, and development
  • Adherence to data compliance, standards, guidelines and best practices to ensure our data integrity and consistency
  • Ensure safeguarding best practice is enshrined in all organisational activity.




  • Experience of working in social mobility, education, or careers programmes.
  • Experience of coordinating stakeholder engagement to support programme outputs.
  • Experience of coordinating the delivery of social mobility, education, or careers programmes.
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to learn quickly to ensure smooth delivery process.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders
  • Enjoy being part of a team, with a ‘can-do’ attitude and flexibility to help with any tasks the team or management require support for.
  • Excel at organising own workload and enjoy driving work forward independently. Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to work to tight deadlines, manage multiple demands and deliver high quality work
  • IT literate and willingness to embrace new IT systems and technologies
  • Ability to think strategically and can change operational tactics while still meeting larger objectives.
  • Experience of working with educational establishments and familiarity of how schools and colleges operate.
  • Results-orientated with a strong focus on achieving targets despite constraints and obstacles
  • A proactive attitude with the ability to demonstrate drive, self-motivation and high levels of productivity
  • Have a high degree of confidentiality and professional etiquette, whilst upholding the Safeguarding & GDPR frameworks



  • Experience of using CRM.
  • Experience of working with employers to deliver talks/workshops
  • Effective account management skills


Speakers for Schools Values

PASSION:  We are committed to levelling the playing field for young people across the UK, creating social mobility and tackling disadvantages.

AGILITY:  We challenge our ideas of what is possible in order to better meet the needs of those we support. We are human, make mistakes, learn, evolve and adapt.

INTEGRITY:  We act with empathy and bring our authentic selves to work every day. We value and respect the talent, time and intentions of those we work with.

COLLABORATION:  We are one team with one mission and only by working together can we deliver better outcomes for young people. We support each other unconditionally and feel motivation in shared success as well as individual progress.

DIVERSITY:  We know it takes people with different ideas, strengths, identities, interests, and cultural backgrounds to make our organisation succeed. We encourage constructive debate and critical friendship.


Benefits offered at Speakers for Schools:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Morning of your birthday off
  • Pension scheme
  • 3 voluntary days per year
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption package
  • Subsidised office furniture
  • Perkbox discounts
  • £500 a year training allowance


Diversity at our core

Speakers for schools is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating discrimination.


Disability Confident Employer

Speakers for Schools are glad to be Disability Confident Employers. This means that if you have a disability and you meet the minimum criteria for the role you will be invited to interview.

Please note that in certain recruitment situations, such as a high number of applications and seasonal and high-peak times, Speakers for Schools may limit the overall number of interviews offered to both disabled people and non-disabled people.

We usually ask for a CV and covering letter to be submitted as part of the application process. However, we understand that this is not always accessible to everyone, so we welcome video and phone call applications as alternative ways to apply. For additional information or support, please contact us.


How to apply:

Please apply as soon as possible submitting your CV and a one-page covering letter which outlines your specific interest and ability to successfully fill this role, as well as your salary expectations and current notice period.

Appointees are subject to a successful DBS check, as contact with young people is likely.  

You must have the right to work in the UK to apply.

The closing date for this role is Monday 11 December at 8am

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Posted on: 17 November 2023
Closed date: 11 December 2023 at 08:00
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