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Job id: 079508. Salary: £42,405- £49,785 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 21 November 2023. Closing date: 02 January 2024.

Business unit: Students & Education. Department: Student Careers Engagement.

Contact details: Gya Niyazi. Gya.niyazi@kcl.ac.uk

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. 

The Student Careers Engagement (SCE) Team sits within the Careers & Employability Department, supporting students at all levels across the institution, as well as alumni, to access information, advice, events, opportunities, and e-learning to aid them in their career journeys. As a team, we work specifically to address the sector-wide and institutional factors and barriers that contribute to differences in progression amongst students from disadvantaged and/or underrepresented backgrounds.  

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

We are recruiting for a passionate Student Careers Engagement Manager, to oversee the day-to-day operational activities underpinning our Student Careers Engagement strategy.  

The role holder will be responsible for the day-to-day management of various functions, and the sub-teams that perform those functions, within the SCE Team; including, but not limited to, Student Enquiries and Ambassadors, Projects (including mentoring), Marketing & Communications, and Student Voice.  

This is an exciting opportunity for colleagues who are passionate about contributing to the elimination of achievement gaps, and who wish to utilise their skills and expertise in project management and/or EDI.  

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 indefinite contract.

This is a full-time post, but we welcome applications from candidates seeking a flexible work pattern within our necessary service operating hours.

This is currently a hybrid working role with both work from home and on campus. The role will be based in our department, currently on the Strand campus.

Key responsibilities

  • Managing the work of a team of Careers Engagement Assistants, 1x Senior Projects Officer, and 1x Marketing & Communications Officer (subject to change).
  • Creating collaborative content with students, alumni, academics, and professional services colleagues to enhance student engagement with King’s Careers & Employability (KCE) services.
  • Focusing on barriers to Career success in order to support engagement and progression, through targeted intervention for students from disadvantaged or underrepresented groups.
  • Gathering, making sense of, and acting upon data and research, and on the feedback of our students, to identify gaps, needs and priority areas; including disparities between groups.
  • Working closely with other members of the broader SCE team and wider KCE department to ensure engagement-related data, statistics and research inform KCE marketing and comms activities, as well as any other attraction and engagement activities.
  • Building and managing relationships with internal and external partners, and supporting colleagues in building inclusive practice and cultures for working with students.
  • Oversee the design, delivery and evaluation of interventions, initiatives and campaigns which will champion opportunity and diversity, and deliver successful graduate outcomes for disadvantaged or underrepresented students.
  • Collaborating with wider KCE and cross-College colleagues on various initiatives; including, but not limited to, ring-fenced opportunities; Student Voice activities; and Student Advisory Board recruitment and management.

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

Please clearly address how you meet the essential criteria in your application, and where possible how you meet the desirable criteria as well.

Essential criteria

  1. Relevant work experience and/or education: We think a wide range of different work and educational experiences could support you to be successful in this role. Relevant work experience might include work in a multi-faceted environment with a range of stakeholders at various levels of seniority and/or work in an EDI related field. Relevant educational experiences might include higher education in a related discipline, professional qualifications or other training.
  2. Experience of leading on effective delivery of operational aims, through either previous line management experience, or through the experience of starting and leading a new programme or project.
  3. Experience of building relationships with and between individuals to collaborate on shared objectives.
  4. Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, and demonstrable examples of times when you have managed complex stakeholder groups.
  5. Ability to use judgement to resolve complex problems.
  6. Ability to identify and manage the objectives, performance, and development needs of others.
  7. Ability to conduct research and analysis of data, reporting on trends and findings to inform day-to-day performance and operational activities.
  8. Understanding of how the lived experience of historically underrepresented groups is affected by structural inequality.
  9. Knowledge of how to design and facilitate engagement activities.

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience of evaluating the impact of a project or programme.
  2. Understanding of how the lived experience of historically underrepresented groups is affected by structural inequality in higher education in relation to transition, attainment, careers engagement and graduate outcomes.

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:  https://jobs.kcl.ac.uk/gb/en/applying

If you are a student or alumni of King’s there are resources from  King’s Careers & Employability to support you in your application and interview.

Interviews will be held using Microsoft Teams [A1] and will consist of competency-based questions linked closely to the essential and desirable criteria mentioned here.

Although we have made improvements over the last number of years, our team is still under-represented in terms of staff from global majority ethnicities, LGBTQ+ identities, and from people with disabilities. 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 on 16/1/24, 17/1/24