We are looking for a Programme Coordinator who will help us deliver and grow our Digital Surgeries programme and is passionate about helping young people to engage in politics and get their voices heard.
ABOUT THE POLITICS PROJECT
We specialise in digital democracy; supporting teachers, students and politicians to use digital tools to learn, teach and engage in politics, ensuring young people receive an outstanding political education.
Our flagship programme, Digital Surgeries, connects young people with politicians and peers through digital platforms, giving young people a chance to ask questions and engage with their political representatives. The programme builds strong relationships and a shared understanding of issues. We have delivered over 170 Digital Surgeries, working with a network of over 150 schools and 200 politicians and peers. Previous participants include Sir Keir Starmer MP, Ben Bradley MP and Wera Hobhouse MP.
Over the last 18 months we have extended our work with various thematic versions of Digital Surgeries, supported by a range of partners including the Parliamentary Education Service, the Welsh Government, the University of Exeter, the People’s History Museum, the University of Cambridge and UCL.
With its proven effectiveness and potential for scale, The Politics Project wants Digital Surgeries to fundamentally change the way that young people and politicians interact across the UK. In a time of deep division and fundamental change in British politics, help us to rebuild trust in politics and give young people a voice.
ABOUT THE ROLE
Working with the Programme Manager, the post holder would support the delivery and growth of Digital Surgeries. This is a fast-paced role in a small but growing team. Due to COVID-19 we have seen an increase in demand for our digital approach and anticipate significant growth in the next 12 months.
The post holder will:
Provide on-line, and occasional in-school, support for teachers delivering Digital Surgeries.
Manage and keep up to date the database, producing reports when required. They will also assist with monitoring and evaluation.
Recruit and support local, regional and national politicians.
Recruit and support schools and teachers across the UK.
Provide administrative support for the Digital Surgeries programme and other The Politics Project programmes and activities.
Develop content for The Politics Project’s social media accounts.
The job is based on a 12-month contract (including a 3-month probation period) and is based in our office in central London, although will be remote during the Covid-19 crisis. The hours of work are 37.5 hrs per week. Occasional travel to elsewhere in the UK and working unsocial hours in evenings and at weekends may be required.
25 days’ holiday plus Bank Holidays.
Friendly and inclusive environment.
Professional development opportunities, to upskill and train you.
The opportunity to make a real difference to young people’s lives, helping them to develop the skills and knowledge they need to give them a voice in their society and shape their communities.
You will have a passion for democratic engagement and will use that passion to support the delivery and growth of the Digital Surgeries programme and The Politics Project.
You will be a self-starter, comfortable setting their own pace of work and managing their deadlines with only some supervision. You can form good relationships with a range of people from different backgrounds and perspectives. You can negotiate, persuade, problem solve and be flexible to meet stakeholder needs.
You will be comfortable working with video conferencing technology and other forms of digital communication.
Above all, you have outstanding organisational and administrative skills, with the ability to work under pressure and identify priorities. You will effectively deliver against set targets to agreed deadlines.
In accordance with our Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures, this position requires an enhanced DBS check that we will provide.
Skills & Experience:
Excellent time management and administrative skills
Self-motivated and resilient – able to solve problems and perform under pressure
Able to build relationships and communicate effectively.
IT literate. In particular, you can use video conference software and Microsoft and Google office software.
A passion for youth democratic engagement, education and politics.
Basic project management, planning, administrative and organisational skills experience.
Experience of running professional social media accounts
Ability to use digital tools such as iMovie, Photoshop and Squarespace
Previous experience of working with children and young people.
Familiar with the education system and knowledge of the UK school system.
To apply please submit a CV and the answer the following questions via Charity Job (word limit 200 words per question):
- What do you think makes a good Programme Coordinator?
- What experience do you have to make you a good fit for this role?
- Why is youth engagement in politics important?
The closing date is 5pm on Wednesday 2nd December 2020.
Inital interviews planned for 10th December 2020.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.