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Job id: 074789. Salary: £36,532 - £41,299 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 14 September 2023. Closing date: 08 October 2023.

Business unit: Students & Education. Department: Employer Engagement.

Contact details: Melissa Ingleton, Head of Work-based Learning.

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Professional & Support Services.

Job Description

About Us

The King’s community is dedicated to the service of society. King’s Strategic Vision 2029 sets out our vision for the future, shaped around five priority areas: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; and an international community that services the world. Our ambitious Education Strategy sets out the actions that we must take to transform how we teach, how and where our students learn and how we support them during their time with us.

We pride ourselves on being the trusted partner of choice in sourcing and developing talent for organisations around the world. King’s Careers & Employability seeks to enable and empower students, recent alumni, and researchers from all disciplines and walks of life, to gain the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to effectively navigate their lives and careers after university and achieve lifelong success. Our Work-based Learning unit brings together our King’s Internships and Global Placements teams, supporting students and employers to undertake meaningful work experiences across a range of provision, developing innovative partnerships and opportunities for key student demographics.

We are part of the Students & Education Directorate, a collection of wide-ranging professional services in place to support King’s students and their education. As a directorate we manage the student lifecycle from application to graduation and beyond, to ensure a coherent and seamless student experience and effective administrative processes, working closely with King’s faculties to do so.

About the Role

This maternity cover role will be fixed term until December 2024.

The Work-related Learning Adviser (Insights) will develop and lead our Insights programming – this will include arranging physical business ‘treks’ and work shadowing, alongside virtual work simulations for undergraduate final year students and PhD candidates. You’ll grow and continuously improve our scheme, cultivating new opportunities with employers and contributing to King’s Strategy 2026 as well as the University’s wider employability aspirations.

Working collaboratively with colleagues, external partners, and our ambitious students across King’s, you’ll facilitate and curate opportunities and deliver careers education resources and activities, broker partnerships with external partners to enhance the student experience, and equip students with the right knowledge, attributes, skills and experience to help them succeed in a challenging graduate labour market. In doing so, you’ll be expected to increase student participation, support further inclusive practices in our delivery, and be responsible for engaging with other Employer Engagement teams.

This is an exciting opportunity for candidates looking to innovate our work-based learning provision, and who wish to utilise their skills and expertise in project management, innovation, digital learning and partnership. This is an opportunity to grow your skills in learning pedagogy and project management, within a careers and education setting.

We encourage applications from candidates who have experience from both within and outside of the Higher Education sector where they can demonstrate the skills needed to succeed in this role.

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 12 months

This is a full-time   post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Designing, overseeing and delivering a year long programme of different work related learning activities, such as business ‘treks’, workshops and digital work-based learning experiences. 
  • Developing relationships with a pool of employers, offering consultancy and guidance to develop opportunities and ensure the appropriate procedures and processes have been checked and followed in line with wider King’s processes. 
  • Promoting and implementing our inclusive recruitment practices with external stakeholders, who will exchange knowledge and insights into the labour market to support the University’s ambitions in meaningful work experience.
  • Collaborating with colleagues across the Work-based Learning unit, and the wider King’s Careers & Employability department, to deliver engagement with students supporting them identify meaningful work opportunities through drop-ins, workshops and digital learning.
  • Maintaining accurate records on our content management system (and other related systems), including tracking of opportunities, employer leads, relevant agreements and outcomes for students against graduate outcomes and careers registration data.
  • Liaising with students in a professional and timely manner, providing relevant information and producing reports and recommendations efficiently and effectively for stakeholders and senior managers.
  • Participating in regular meetings with team members and other forums as appropriate keeping abreast of current and future developments in the graduate labour market (including recruitment practices, attraction and engagement strategies), sharing knowledge with senior managers and colleagues.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria

We think a wide range of different work and educational experiences could support you to be successful in this role.  

  1. Relevant work experience might include work in Graduate Recruitment, Marketing, Project Management or Higher Education Careers Services.  
  2. Relevant educational experiences might include higher education in a related discipline, professional qualifications or other training in work-based or work-related learning. 
  3. Designing, delivering and managing delivery of activities to support students in identifying suitable work-based learning opportunities. 
  4. Building relationships with employers, internal staff and suppliers, offering advice and guidance to develop opportunities and ensure the appropriate procedures and processes have been followed. 
  5. Clear and precise communication of straightforward and more specialised information through email, handbooks, web-editing, etc. 
  6. Ability to establish and proactively build professional working relationships with external and internal stakeholders including academic and professional services staff to supervise, review and evaluate improvement of our portfolio. 
  7. Sound knowledge of the MS Office suite and maintaining accurate records in our careers service management system (CSMS), including tracking of opportunities, employer leads, relevant agreements and outcomes for students against graduate outcomes and careers registration data. 
  8. Ability to work to a budget and ensure spending is accurately documented. 
  9. Knowledge of programme design, impact measurements and review, and identifying trends and growth areas  
  10. Knowledge and understanding of the issues relevant to employability development and/or work-based learning at undergraduate (or equivalent) level.
  11. Developing and implementing inclusive recruitment practices with external stakeholders alongside building labour market intelligence.

Desirable criteria

  1. A qualification in work-related learning or education pedagogy e.g. PGCert in HE/Learning & Teaching 
  2. Training in managing health, safety and welfare of student placements and/or safeguarding, supporting international students or work placement management      
  3. Proficiency in data analysis, recruitment practices, Moodle and/or client management platforms 

Further information

Please submit a personal statement when applying for this vacancy, clearly setting out how you meet the essential criteria, as this is how we shortlist applications. Learn more about how we recruit, including tips on writing your application and supporting statement on our website:   

Interviews will be held using Microsoft Teams and will consist of competency-based questions linked closely to the essential and desirable criteria mentioned here.

We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries, and are committed to employing a team that has diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

Interviews are scheduled to take place in Mid-October 2023