Home-based
B18, Birmingham
EC1A, London
£34,000 - £37,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description
  • Application Closes: Monday, 15 March 2021 (please note that late applications will not be accepted)
  • Job Location: London or Birmingham (with home working required while lockdown and/or tier restrictions are in place)
  • Start date: As soon as possible from 1 April 2021
  • Contract: Permanent, Full Time
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week. We are open to agreeing a flexible working pattern to best suit the successful applicant
  • Salary: £34,000 p.a. (plus £3,000 London weighting)
  • Reporting to: Operations Director
  • Interviews planned for: Monday, 29th and Tuesday, 30th March 2021

 

About The Access Project

The Access Project is an innovative education charity that helps bright young people from disadvantaged backgrounds gain places at top universities. Our volunteers are trained and supported to be effective tutors who work with our students for an hour a week to raise their grades. In addition, a dedicated school-based staff member mentors the students so they have the knowledge and support to make strong university applications. Our results show this approach works.

About the role

The Access Project is experiencing planned rapid growth, currently operating in London, Birmingham, the West Midlands, East Midlands and more recently expanding into Bradford, West Yorkshire. We have core staff in offices in London and Birmingham and staff in each area who are based in schools Monday-Thursday. We have a high calibre staff body and a positive, mission-oriented culture.  We are now seeking an experienced HR professional to work with our Operations Director to help us develop thoughtful processes to make the most of these assets, which will guide us through our next period of growth.  They will work closely with the Operations Team to ensure the rollout and implementation of best practice around all aspects of HR.

 

 

Duties and responsibilities

Work closely with the Operations Director to lead the delivery of a comprehensive HR service for the organisation:

Driving change

  • developing and implementing a People Strategy to underpin TAP’s strategy for growth and aspiration to be a leading employer
  • managing the development and implementation of an eHR system, integrated across functions, e.g. payroll, recruitment, etc.
  • Identifying and implementing a creative approach to people leadership, working with an evidence-base and/or piloting innovative new ways of working
  • Engaging staff across TAP in the development of our approach, ensuring their opinions and experiences are considered, valued and inform decision-making
  • Ensuring communications are regular, informative and accessible, keeping colleagues engaged and committed to working with our approach and systems
  • Fulfilling TAP’s commitment to our line managers, recognising their importance in the organisation’s success, through the delivery of their direct reports

 

Policies and procedures

  • ensuring all charity policies and procedures are up to date and in line with current employment law and GDPR.
  • ensuring line managers are up to date with any changes in policy
  • ensuring policies underpin a flexible, supportive, enabling and consistent approach to people management
  • embedding diversity & inclusion as part of our organisational culture

 

Employee relations

  • measuring employee satisfaction and identifying areas that require improvement, engaging employees in a meaningful way
  • developing the use of evidence and analysis to provide insight into the factors which create or inhibit a positive and effective working environment and put in place a programme of actions to deliver continuous improvement
  • working with colleagues to identify the skills, knowledge, capability and culture TAP needs to deliver future plans
  • implementing new talent management and wider learning programmes at all levels which align with our ambition to be a ‘learning organisation’, engaging our people to fulfil their potential, perform better and want to stay longer
  • reviewing and monitoring the charity’s approach to pay, reward/recognition and benefits to ensure we attract, recognise and retain talented paid and unpaid colleagues who are committed to TAP’s mission.
  • leading the charity’s approach to performance management, focusing on inspiring, equipping, empowering and rewarding colleagues to meet and exceed expectations working collaboratively across regions as required, ensuring all employees’ experience is consistent
  • addressing and resolving grievances and disciplinaries if they occur

 

 

Acting as a senior leader within the organisation

  • modelling the tone and behavioural expectations of The Access Project amongst staff
  • leading and inputting to significant cross-functional projects
  • representing the charity externally with senior stakeholders when required

 

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the job holder may be required to perform other duties as assigned by the Operations Director or Chief Executive Officer from time to time.

To arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact Stuart Sheldon (Operations Director) 

Person specification

Essential characteristics and experience:

  • CIPD accredited (or equivalent) qualification
  • At least 5 years’ experience as an HR generalist
  • Superb communication and project management skills
  • Ability to articulate HR priorities as part of the bigger organisational picture
  • Confidence advising managers on all aspects of people management and development
  • Demonstrable experience in facilitating changes and improvements to processes
  • Strong understanding of employment law
  • Sound understanding of data protection regulations in relation to HR practices

 

Desirable:

Experience of implementing a diversity & inclusion strategy would be beneficial.

Benefits:

  • £34,000 p.a. (plus £3,000 London weighting)
  • 3% pension contribution
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Travel card loan
  • Flexible working arrangements, particularly around working from home
  • 3 paid volunteering days per year
  • Perkbox employee assistance scheme

Safeguarding statement:

Applicants must be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

 

Disclosure of a Criminal Record
The Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 1986 does not apply to posts where there is access to children. This means that applicants for employment which involves working with children and young people must disclose any criminal record. If your application is successful, you are required to make these disclosures and consent to The Access Project verifying the accuracy of your response with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

 

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Posted on: 16 February 2021
Closed date: 16 March 2021
Tags: Senior Management, Operations