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We are recruiting! 13th June 2017

Project Officer

This is a challenging and exciting position, with varied responsibilities for someone looking to work with young people and have a real impact on their academic and career success. Generating Genius is a small, growing organisation; we need someone with a positive, can do attitude and an ability and work with a high degree of independence to achieve their objectives. As part of a small team you will have your own objectives but will be expected to contribute to all areas of the organisation. The combination of responsibilities means this is a great opportunity for someone looking to further their career in the youth /charity sector, who also has a keen interest in media and communications.

The successful candidate will manage our STEM careers related provision for year 12 & 13 cohorts, developing strong relationships with students and the corporate supporters involved in the delivery of the programme. They will also take the lead of the development of an alumni programme – working with our existing database and preparing a programme of events for those who will become alumni in the next year. Both of these projects require exemplary relationship building skills and savvy use of technology to communicate with young people.

As part of a small team, in addition to project delivery responsibilities, the post holder will be expected to contribute to the effective running of GG as an organisation. In this case we are seeking someone to develop and deliver our brand and communications strategy – particularly online.  On this basis the candidate will be an exemplary communicator able to share the GG story with confidence and passion, both in oral and written form. They will be adept at understanding their audience – from school students and alumni through to senior industry figures and providing the necessary narrative to enthuse them about GG.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the effective delivery and marketing of one of our core programmes for older students, run in partnership with corporate supporters.
    • Liaise with students, schools and companies to set up work placements
    • Build strong relationships with those corporates to maintain / increase their support
    • Ensure effective evaluation of the programme and share it’s impact with our stakeholders and the wider community.
    • Create a community of the companies supporting the programme to share best practices and leverage continued support.
  • Lead on the creation and delivery of an alumni programme, which will keep in touch with students as they move into higher education and careers.
    • Keep in frequent contact with alumni so we know their destinations and the support they need
    • Make effective use of technology to create digital communities & networks between alumni, and between alumni & employers.
    • Plan and deliver alumni events throughout the year
  • Take a lead role in developing the GG brand and communications with stakeholders –  particularly young people.
    • Ensure participants understand GG and feel part of the GG community and able to contribute actively to GG’s programme development
    • Update the website, make effective use of social media and email software like MailChimp to communicate with different stakeholders
    • Keep up to date with emerging news and trends in widening participation, fair access, education and STEM employability fields and ensure GG responds when appropriate.
    • Collate and make effective use of information about about our work including evaluation and feedback reports, creating case studies and sharing our success with supporters and potential donors.
  • Along with the rest of the team, ensure the effective running of the Generating Genius office and quality project delivery by contributing to the timely completion of general administration.

Experience and education

  • Proven track record of project / event coordination, particularly those managing multiple stakeholders. Experience in managing corporate / charity projects preferred.
  • Experience working with 14 – 19 year olds is preferred.
  • Understanding of the education system in the UK including  the widening participation and diversity agenda. Experience in these fields is preferred.
  • Confident with IT especially Google Apps, WordPress, MailChimp and social media platforms (lots of professional experience is not necessary, but general IT literacy  along with a keen personal interest and commitment to learn is important)
  • Genuine interest in advancing STEM education and a passion for promoting careers in STEM. Any experience in this field is highly desirable.

Person Specification

  • Highly organised with an ability to prioritise multiple projects and deliver to deadline.
  • Self starter with initiative, able to work independently.
  • Confident, professional manner.
  • Ability to build effective relationships with a variety of people.
  • Media ‘savvy’ with an understanding of digital platforms.
  • Excellent team player, willing to be flexible and contribute to all aspects of Generating Genius’ work.
  • Dedicated to our mission, with a belief in the value of investing in young people.

Reports to: Project Manager
Location: Generating Genius @ Coram, 41 Brunswick Square WC1N 1AZ
Hours: Full time; 37.5 hours per week (some evenings & weekends required)
Salary: £28,000
Start Date: Late July / early August – some flexibility.

****As we work with young people and you will have access to sensitive data the successful candidate will require an Enhanced DBS check