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Project Leader (STEM Ambassador Hubs Programme)

The Project Leader will be required to plan and then lead the delivery of the new contract from STEM Learning in order to meet the performance targets of the project.

The targets will be focused on measuring the impact of the STEM Ambassadors’ Programme in terms of its effect on student achievement and the broadening of young peoples’ engagement with both formal and informal STEM learning.

The Project Leader will coordinate and contribute to the development of new relationships with businesses, professional associations and providers of informal STEM learning in the region and strengthen existing relationships with current stakeholders.

The Project Leader will be responsible for the delivery of the STEM Hub programme and services across the region. They will work collaboratively with the Institute’s STEM Education Lead and sub-regional staff to devise and plan the delivery of generic Hub activities to ensure that these are accessible across the region. Additionally, the Project Manager will support sub-regional staff to respond to local demand and needs and to capitalise on opportunities specific to their areas within the region.

The Project Manager will have the support of the University of Worcester STEM Education Lead Tutor and will report to the Associate Head of the Institute of Education.

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.

Closing date: Monday 19 Mar 2018

Reference number: IE1805 - 3558

Job details

Job details

Salary
Band 6: £25,728 - £31,604
Hours
Full Time – 37 hours per week on a flexitime basis. Applications will be considered from those who would commit to a minimum of 30 hours a week over 4 days
Start
As soon as possible
Duration
Until 31st March 2020
Responsible to
Associate Head of the Institute of Education
Responsible for
STEM Area Leaders and Administrator
Interview date
To be confirmed

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Background

Background

We strive to be an outstanding university at which to be both a student and a member of staff. We have a national reputation as a very friendly community, where both staff and students feel genuinely valued and empowered to make a meaningful contribution. We are one of the fastest growing universities in the UK. We are now a community of over 10,000 students and 1,000 staff members, drawn from over 60 countries and a wide variety of disciplines; we are a major employer in the region.

We are committed to offering our staff the creative combination of challenge, opportunity and support which is needed to grow personally and professionally. Having the best people work at the University is central to the University’s on-going and future success. We offer you a comprehensive induction, extensive staff development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including generous holiday allowance, pension scheme and access to excellent facilities. Staff can also access the University’s wide array of sports, educational and leisure facilities.

The University of Worcester is the current contract holder for the STEM Ambassador Hub for the Local Authority areas of Birmingham; Solihull; Sandwell; Dudley; Walsall; Wolverhampton; Coventry; Warwickshire; Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We will be working with STEM Learning Ltd and in collaboration with a wide range of partners—across formal and informal education settings, and beyond—to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to understand fully the opportunities and possibilities available to them through pursuing and achieving their STEM subjects.

The Hub has a particular focus on supporting and developing volunteer STEM Ambassadors, collaborating closely with local employers to support STEM Ambassadors and related activities and working with an increasing variety of local STEM partners (including Science Centres, Museums, CREST Local Coordinators & Link Schemes, and youth groups) to mobilise and further develop the ways in which volunteers are used.

Due to staff changes, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a committed, enthusiastic and experienced project leader with an understanding of the STEM landscape across the West Midlands to lead on the successful delivery of the project along with managing a team of STEM Ambassador Area Leaders. This post is key to the successful delivery of our vision for the STEM Ambassador Hub programme across the region.

 

Main duties

Main duties

1. To plan and lead the delivery of the STEM Ambassadors programme across the region, ensuring effective organisation and implementation of the project at sub-regional level.

2. To monitor the projects achievements in relation to the agreed performance targets as set by STEM Learning. Identify any areas at risk of missing targets and supporting the Area Leader responsible and plan action where necessary.

3. To evaluate and monitor the impact of the programme, write reports and impact studies, drawing on data and information from across the sub-regions as part of impact assessment to show quarterly target achievement. To share any requested information to STEM Learning.

4. To have the overall management responsibility for the team of STEM Area Leaders, ensuring the provision of appropriate professional development opportunities (such as disseminating training packages received direct from STEM Learning) to facilitate target achievement.

5. To have overall management responsibility of the STEM Administrator, ensuring the administrative tasks associated with STEM Ambassador management are carried out to an agreed timeline and in a consistent manner.

6. To provide inspirational leadership for the project team, motivating and supporting team members to achieve challenging targets when under pressure and providing guidance where necessary.

7. To hold regular meetings with staff from the sub-regional areas to maintain a 'light touch' monitoring of their work, e.g. attending sub-regional events, team meetings and by verbal updates from staff to expand on the data recorded on the STEM Ambassador database.

8. To work analytically and strategically to meet the challenges of the project and respond creatively to opportunities which arise.

9. To represent the STEM team to strategic partners and to build relationships with partners in industry, education, local businesses, Science Learning Partners (SLP's) and others to enhance the programme through collaborative working.

10. To be responsible for the brand of the HUB by ensuring their digital and print marketing presence conforms to all the guidelines and requirements of STEM Learning and of the University of Worcester.

11. To plan and execute communications and marketing strategies to promote the project including the effective use of social media, and preparation of publicity materials.

12. To lead on the regional response to the adoption of the new digital platform.

13. To represent the Hub either with, or in lieu of, the STEM Education Lead at National and other major STEM events.

14. To develop and deliver STEM Ambassador training.

15. To develop and deliver Teacher CPD to increase school and teacher engagement with the STEM engagement.

16. To be a member of the UW Institute of Education Workforce Group.

17. To undertake additional responsibilities from time to time as commensurate with the grade of the post.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

 

Person specification

Person specification

 

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.


Essential Criteria

1. Educated to first degree or equivalent standard

2. Excellent all-round communication skills, including the ability to communicate confidently and effectively with a range of audiences, including senior managers, students, national both orally and in writing.

3. Experience of planning and executing a communications strategy across appropriate channels including social media.

4. Ability to negotiate and develop partnerships with businesses, educational establishments and third sector organisations (such as scouts, youth clubs and museums. ) and the ability to build on a wide range of existing partnerships.

5. A proven track record in project delivery with experience of successfully achieving externally set objectives within a tight timeframe.

6. Good knowledge and understanding of STEM education, schools/colleges, employers, and other organisations and awareness of STEM skills sectors within the region.

7. Experience of monitoring targets, and planning and executing appropriate actions to remedy any slippage, including supporting colleagues to take appropriate action.

8. Ability to lead a team, to motivate and achieve challenging targets under pressure.

9. Experience of line management.

10. Experience of budget management.

11. Ability to work under pressure, managing conflicting priorities and meeting strict deadlines.

12. Professional, Enthusiastic and self-motivated.

 

Desirable Criteria

1. Ability to use a variety of, mainly Microsoft, software, including Word, Outlook, Access and Excel.

2. Full clean driving licence and willingness to travel throughout the project area.

3. Able and willing to work flexibly including some evenings and weekends.

4. Experienced in volunteer management.

Disclosure: This employment is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Candidates will be required to declare any criminal convictions, cautions or bind-overs, including any that would be regarded as spent under the Act in other circumstances. If you are selected for appointment you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service for a Criminal Records Check/Barred List Check


Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration .

Visit www.naric.org.uk/visasandnationality  for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

 

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