EC1A, London
London, Greater London
£27,000 - £30,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description
  • Application close: Monday, 16th August (9am BST) – please note late applications will not be accepted
  • Salary  £27,000 (+ £3,000 Inner London weighting, where applicable)
  • Contract type: Full time, permanent
  • Hours: 9:00am-5:30pm, Mon-Fri
  • Interview date: Monday 23rd August (TBC)
  • Start date: ASAP
  • Job Location: Weekly meetings in London schools, with flexibility to work from London office and home on other days
  • Reporting to: Deputy Programme Director
  • Start date: ASAP

About The Access Project - The Access Project works with bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition to help them gain access to top universities. Why do we do this? Because at present just 1 in 50 young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds gets into a top university compared to 1 in 4 of their most advantaged peers. Unless this improves, we are unlikely to see any significant improvements in social mobility in the UK.

As a charity we run a programme with 1,700 young people aged 14-18 across 35 schools. We recruit and train graduate volunteers to be exceptional tutors who work with our students for an hour a week to raise their grades. In addition, a dedicated school-based staff member mentors our students so they have the knowledge and support to make strong university applications. Our results show this approach works. Our students perform better than their peers academically, and independent analysis by UCAS has shown that students on our programme are four times as likely to get into a top university than another student with the same academic track record and background who has not had our support. As a charity our ambition is to reach more young people whilst maintaining this exceptionally high impact.

The Access Project currently works in London, the East and West Midlands and Bradford. We have a growing team working in schools and in our regional offices. Our funding comes from a range of sources including schools, businesses, major donors and grant-making trusts. We know that there are many bright disadvantaged young people outside of our current geographies who have the talent to go on to top universities – but aren’t able to fulfil this potential. Our long-term ambition is to grow to national reach.

About the role - The Access Project is at an exciting stage in its development. Having initially developed and grown in London, we have successfully established our programme in the West Midlands (in a mixture of Birmingham and Black Country schools) over the last four years and launched in the East Midlands in September 2017 where we work with four schools.  This year we launched our programmes in Bradford where we work with 2 schools.

The London Programme Manager position will oversee delivery of the programme in up to 13 London schools through up to 8 University Access Officers. Working closely with the Deputy Programme Director and the rest of the Programme Management team, this role is accountable for delivery of KPIs, school relationship management and University Access Officer line management.  This role will involve travelling to The Access Project’s partner schools in London on a weekly basis. 

The Access Project is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and will expect the London Programme Manager to share this commitment.

Duties and responsibilities

The Programme Manager will be responsible for:

University Access Officer (UAO) line management. This will include:

  • Overseeing, guiding and supporting UAOs’ programme delivery
  • Holding accountability for programme KPIs and UAO performance
  • Overseeing UAO morale and professional development
  • Conducting weekly line management meetings, at University Access Officers’ schools in London
  • Conducting formal quarterly, mid-year and year-end reviews
  • Co-chairing weekly programme team meetings (with the other London Programme Managers) on Fridays
  • Recruitment and training of additional UAOs as the programme grows
  • Delivering elements of the annual induction process and other training opportunities for UAOs
  • Working with Senior University Access Officers on strategies to improve programme delivery
  • Ensuring and promoting Programme Team morale.

Stakeholder relationship management. This will include:

  • Building relationships with Headteachers, school Senior Leadership Team members and other key in-school staff to ensure the programme is well received and any potential problems are resolved
  • Guiding UAOs’ business relationship management, building working relationships with our business stakeholders
  • Overseeing termly stakeholder management meetings in each school
  • Compiling reports for schools and conducting contract renewal meetings

Programme quality assurance. This will include:

  • Managing to key programme indicators (e.g. student attendance at tutorials)
  • Reviewing programme (impact and delivery) during monthly meetings with the Impact team, Programme & Volunteering Director, Deputy Programme Director and other Programme Managers
  • Attending weekly videoconference meetings with the Programme & Volunteering Director, Deputy Programme Director and other Programme Managers to monitor and review delivery across all schools
  • Overseeing termly Delivery Review Meetings with all University Access Officers in order to understand and create strategies to overcome any barriers to programme delivery

Project management of discrete projects. This will include:

  • Identifying areas for improvement in programme delivery and managing projects to ensure programme delivery is optimised
  • Collaborating with the other Programme Managers to ensure all ad-hoc tasks related to programme delivery are looked after
  • Acting as the main liaison for another team within TAP to ensure all cross-team projects or requests for information are managed effectively

Management of the organisation. This will include:

  • Embodying the charity’s values and demonstrating commitment to the mission in order to effectively lead and motivate the wider team

Person specification

Essential characteristics and experience:

  • Experience of line management, preferably within the education or charity sector
  • Experience of complex programme delivery and management
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Innovative, strategic thinker, able to resolve complex problems
  • Proven, exceptional relationship-building skills, with colleagues and externally
  • Commitment to the cause, mission statement and aims of The Access Project

Desirable experience:

  • Experience of managing a team based in different locations.
  • Experience of the English secondary schools sector, either working within a school or a direct delivery organisation working with schools
  • Experience of working with the UK university sector, including knowledge of the UCAS process
  • Experience of working with businesses

Please see our online application portal for a full job description, person specification and further information about our charity’s fantastic work and team.

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Refreshed on: 07 August 2021
Closed date: 16 August 2021
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