Project Officer

University College London - UCL Institute of Education - Department of Psychology and Human Development

Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative for Training (SENJIT) is a collaboration between local authorities, federations and teaching schools. SENJIT is based in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at the UCL Institute of Education.

The Project Officer will coordinate and manage activities for a new efficacy trial of our Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) school improvement and training initiative. MITA is whole school intervention focusing specifically on improving how schools make best use of Teaching Assistants (TAs) in everyday classrooms. This trial is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). For more information about the MITA project, visit

The postholder will take a key role in the organisation and delivery of this high-profile project, coordinating the day-to-day delivery of the MITA project work plan, activities/events and deliverables, and monitoring progress. You will manage and facilitate regular communications with project partners and participants, plus organise and assist at project meetings and events across the country. You will also be required to schedule activities for members of the project team, undertake day-to-day financial management and reporting, and support dissemination and promotional activities.

This post is funded and available from 01/02/2017 until 30/06/2018 in the first instance.

The postholder must be educated to GCSE level and have experience of conducting or project managing educational or social research, including managing and monitoring project resources. They will have excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, appropriate for interacting with a range of people, including school leaders and project partners; experience or knowledge and understanding of the areas in which SENJIT operates (e.g. special education needs and/or disabilities and vulnerable populations), and the current educational, social, political and economic impacts on schools and education at the national level. The postholder should be able to prove a flexible and adaptable approach to work, including the ability to work semi-autonomously and work as a part of a small IOE-based team and expanded team of professionals on the EEF MITA project. A high level of numeracy and competence in budget monitoring and maintaining financial records, including preparation of financial reports is also required, as is a proven ability to work to tight deadlines and prioritise tasks accordingly.

UCL vacancy reference: 1615085.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

For further details about this post please email Gill Brackenbury (

Closing Date: 15 December 2016.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: First week of January 2017.

Any offer of employment will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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