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

We are excited to be recruiting a Programme Officer to join The Scholars Programme. In our ‘Join The Club’ strategy we have set out our ambition for university access, focusing on the two goals: working with more pupils than ever before and extending our support across the student journey; this will only be successfully delivered by working together with our key stakeholders. The Programme Officer role is essential to delivery of high-quality school placements working collaboratively with our PhD Tutors and school partners. The role will be key to continuing to deliver The Scholars Programme to more pupils in our next strategy.

This role will manage a cluster of placements, working with teachers and university widening participation staff to arrange programme logistics, and managing a team of PhD tutors to design and deliver their courses in schools. To manage their placements, Programme Officers will deliver aspects of our provision directly (e.g. PhD tutor training, university trips) and will support PhD tutors to deliver others (e.g. course design, tutorials). They will build and maintain excellent relationships with teachers and tutors and will oversee the sign-up process for schools they work with to run future Scholars Programme placements. They will coordinate all programme activities with schools including overseeing data collection to help track pupil outcomes and progress. This role will involve a mix of weeks that are mainly desk based and weeks that involve travel across the UK. The role requires a driven and dynamic team player, with successful experience of school teaching, academia or programme management. They will be positive and pro-active, with a commitment to delivering excellent standards. They will champion the charity’s values and embody them in interactions with colleagues and partners. They will be comfortable building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and managing logistics through our online CRM system.
This is a great opportunity to join the The Brilliant Club team, as we become the UK’s largest university access movement. We are looking forward to meeting great candidates who are excited to join us as we help more young people progress to university and thrive when they get there. 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.

Role Specific Knowledge and Skills

  • Essential – Knowledge of educational interventions, including impact management 
  • Essential – Knowledge of the school and university sectors, including the university access agenda
  • Desirable – Teaching skills, including delivering training to adults
  • Desirable – Stakeholder management skills that include selling programmes to school leaders

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 programme
  • Desirable – Experience of managing education programmes, including design or delivery
  • Desirable – Demonstrable experience in university access 


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/resource  
  • 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
Posted on: 27 October 2021
Closed date: 15 November 2021
Tags: Project Management, Teaching

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