Higher Education Officer

Royal Town Planning Institute

The Royal Town Planning Institute champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. Using our expertise and research we bring evidence and thought leadership to shape planning policies and thinking, putting the profession at the heart of society's big debates. We set the standards of planning education and professional behaviour that give planners, wherever they work in the world, a unique ability to meet complex economic, social and environmental challenges. 

We are the only body in the UK that confers Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification sought after by employers in both private and public sectors. We support our members – 23,000 worldwide - throughout their careers, offering them a wide of range of opportunities to learn and share ideas and skills.

The RTPI works in partnership with universities to develop and accredit planning qualifications which allow graduating students to progress towards Chartered Membership of the RTPI. This is a great opportunity to inspire students to pursue planning as a study route and career choice, and to work with Universities and RTPI Members in their professional career development and life long learning.

In this role, you will work as part of the Careers, Education and Professional Development team, providing guidance and support to Universities delivering accredited town planning degrees, leading the assessment of proposals for new courses and managing the quality assurance processes across the UK, Ireland and an expanding international base. You will be advising students and creating new resources to promote planning as a career and deliver the RTPI Careers Strategy including being responsible for the development and implementation of our award winning Future Planners Bursary scheme. You will be working with the RTPI’s National Directors and English Regions, and University academics worldwide.

You will be educated to degree level or have equivalent work experience and have a good understanding of UK higher education systems. Strong communication and advocacy skills, project management, and the ability to build relationships and engage with key stakeholders in and outside the organisation are of prime importance for this role, as is an interest in the built environment. You will be a confident researcher with effective written skills and a first class presenter. Experience of working in a professional institute, certifying body or university and experience of supervising volunteers would be an advantage.

RTPI has a positive, supportive and inclusive work environment that actively operates a policy of helping its employees at all levels to achieve professional growth. We seek to foster a collaborative and respectful work environment that works to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

To apply, please visit our vacancies page at www.rtpi.org.uk/jobs where you can submit a CV and covering letter.

Interview Date: Wednesday 2 November 2016

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