Start date: ASAP
End date: 1 August 2020 (with the potential to extend)
Job Type: Fixed Contract (with the potential to extend)
Application Deadline: 5pm 11th November
First interviews: 14th November
Final Interviews: TBC
Overview of Speakers Trust
Too many young people lack the confidence, skills and opportunity to share their ideas. More than 40% of the young people we meet say they don’t have the confidence to speak in front of a group of peers. Our mission is to change this.
Speakers Trust amplifies young voices, by managing programmes which develop young people’s confidence & communication skills and provide opportunities to share their ideas and perspectives. We do this by delivering workshops that develop young people’s confidence and their communication skills. We then provide opportunities for young people to share their ideas and perspectives, firstly at school and then to a wider audience.
Over the last 12 months we delivered training to almost 30 thousand young people and worked directly in over 1 in every 5 state secondary schools in England.
The impact of our work improves young people’s prospects. The valuable ‘soft skills’ we develop positively contribute to self-confidence and mental well-being, help young people achieve in education, thrive in the workplace and have a greater voice in shaping the communities in which they live.
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.
Job Purpose & Key Responsibilities
We are at an exciting point in Speakers Trust’s development; we have achieved a record breaking year in our flagship programme Speak Out Challenge and expanded it across the country. We are now looking to welcome a new member to the team to help us deliver to even more young people.
The role will be an integral part of our Programmes team and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to liaise with schools and other third sector organisations across the country to coordinate communication skills workshops, and to support the organisation and delivery of events where we give young people the opportunity to share their ideas and perspectives on issues they feel are important – think TED Talks for teenagers.
We are a small team, supporting over 30,000 young people, and so all play our role in ensuring that the office runs smoothly, the website is up to date and you will be expected to do the same.
Coordination of Programmes and Events
You will be expected to:
- Promote our programmes and build connections with key stakeholders through impactful communications across all channels (including social media)
- Make contact and recruit state schools across London, Essex, Hampshire, Dorset and the Midlands to participate in “Speak Out” Challenge!
- Maintain and build school and teacher relationships;
- Liaise with schools and charities before workshop delivery;
- Liaise with trainers to match availability to workshop dates;
- Coordinate the day-to-day trainer delivery of the training programmes with support and leadership from the Programme Manager and Programme Director;
- Support the engagement of volunteers and VIPs before, during and after events.
- Follow up with schools and clients after workshop delivery;
- Assist in the assessment, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the programme;
- Support local and Head Office staff in ensuring delivery of regional events such as competitions, launches, promotional and networking events;
- Help implement quality assessment protocols as agreed with funders;
- Attend and quality check a number of regional events throughout the year.
Administration and Logistics of Programmes and Events
You will be expected to:
- Be the first port of call for workshop delivery-related enquiries;
- Work with our IT Systems to manage the workshops and events (SalesForce experience valuable but an ability to learn quickly more important)
- Collate and aggregate data and feedback, ensuring all are current;
- Ensure our trainers comply with child safeguarding procedures (with support of the full team);
- Work with the Director and the Finance Manager to take responsibility for day-to-day financial checks, invoice processes and outstanding invoices.
We are a small team and you will be expected to play your role in supporting the running of the organisation:
- Fulfil general office duties (answering the phone, taking messages, greeting new clients, etc);
- Provide support at office training events;
- Organise staff general meetings and events;
- Order and monitor office supplies and stationery;
- Monitor the printing and allocation of training manuals and publicity materials for workshops.
Knowledge and experience
We value applicants with experience or knowledge of:
- The education system;
- Experience of Sales
- Experience of building relationships with teachers;
- Teaching experience.
Qualifications and Functional Competencies
You will have:
- An outstanding level of literacy and numeracy;
- Good written and verbal communication skills (including an excellent telephone manner and the ability to engage with people at all levels and the ability to write concise, coherent and accurate reports and emails;)
- Excellent attention to detail and thorough record keeping (we deploy trainers to over 1000 workshops annually and need to ensure that we get the right person to the right place with the right materials every time);
- A high degree of personal effectiveness (Good time management skills with the ability to prioritise and work with a high level of productivity and the ability to adhere closely to deadlines and grant requirements);
- Knowledge of a range of computer software packages, including MS Office, Excel spreadsheets, (ideally SalesForce) or show the desire and ability to learn;
Other requirements are:
- An enhanced DBS check (or be willing to undergo a full check) as Speakers Trust is committed to the protection and safety of the young people we work with;
- Attended safeguarding training (or be willing to attend) as Speakers Trust is committed to the protection and safety of the young people we work with;
Personal / Behavioural Competencies
You will be able to:
- To have a high degree of personal organisation and to be attentive to detail
- Manage multiple roles concurrently, effectively;
- Take a practical approach to problem solving;
- Work effectively under pressure;
- Be open and honest in relationships with others;
- Use initiative and be a self-starter;
- Collaborative– plays to strengths and is resourceful to achieve results.
- Highly motivated to learn and achieve
- Values led with a strong interest in our mission.
- Ability to work in a changing and flexible organisation and being adaptable to learn new systems and processes.
- Ability to relate to young people and a genuine interest in their perspectives and progress.
- Willingness to work some evenings and weekends
Speakers Trust is an equal opportunities employer and we particularly encourage applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are underrepresented throughout the sector.
Please submit a CV and a Cover Letter of no more than two pages.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.