Birmingham, West Midlands
Cardiff, Cardiff
Leeds, West Yorkshire
London, Greater London
£30,829 per year (plus £2,000 London weighting if applicable)
Contract, 12-month fixed term contract, Full-time
Job description

The Opportunity

We are excited to be recruiting a Communities and Special Projects Officer to join our Communities team. You’ll work with your team to deliver the goals set out in Join the Club, our ambitious strategy for 2021-2026.  

As part of our new strategy, we want to better connect with, listen to and mobilise the communities we work with. This role will play an integral part in building our parent, alumni and PhD communities, You will help to scale our ground-breaking Parent Power projects, supporting with the development of local communities and creation of a national parent network. You will listen to and work with our programme alumni to improve The Brilliant Club’s activity by leading on the operational delivery of our Experience Experts Panel. Our PhD community already includes thousands of tutors, and you will harness their power by working closely with the Head of Communities to develop our PhD Changemakers scheme. You will also work with our Student Success and Academic Development team to support the delivery of access and student success projects which sit outside the charity’s core programmes - TSP, BTP and RIS.

The Brilliant Club exists to increase the number of pupils from underrepresented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. We think it is important that our charity reflects the lived experience of our beneficiaries, and we want to be an organisation where employees from any background can thrive. We particularly welcome applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans including non-binary (LGBTQ+) candidates, and candidates from low income families. These groups are currently underrepresented at The Brilliant Club and we are committed to increasing representation and diversity at the charity.

Person Specification 

Time and Resource Management

  • Excellent organisational skills, with an ability to prioritise and manage time effectively
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to identify opportunities to save time/resources
  • Manages projects, with appropriate levels of time and resource input

External Stakeholder Knowledge and Management

• Confidence handling enquiries from external stakeholders and adapting approach to meet different needs

• Actively shares useful information about stakeholders with internal colleagues at all levels


  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Confidence presenting and delivering teaching to a range of audiences including school-aged children and adults

Initiative and Problem Solving

  • Proactivity in seeking to enhance processes and identifying emerging risks
  • Ability to spot inefficiencies in systems and suggest or implement improvements
  • Responds quickly to solve problems, seeking input from relevant internal stakeholders

Developing Self and Others

  • Self-reflective and committed to own professional development
  • Committed to the development of others

Role Specific Knowledge and Skills

  • Essential – Capable of adapting quickly to new systems and interfaces
  • Essential – Able to take a relational approach when working with others
  • Desirable – Knowledge of community organising tools, including relational 1-1s and storytelling
  • Desirable - Confident in using digital systems for delivery.

Role specific Experience and Qualifications

  • Essential – Qualified teacher (QTS or above) or academic research experience (PhD or above) or substantial experience of delivering a university access or community programme
  • Desirable – Two year’s professional experience
  • Desirable – One year’s experience of managing education programmes incl. design and delivery
  • Desirable – Demonstrable experience in university access
Posted on: 25 November 2021
Closed date: 08 December 2021
Tags: Admin, Teaching

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