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Work Experience Development Manager

Durham University

Location: Durham
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 25th November 2021
Closes: 21st December 2021
Job Ref: 21001010

When appointing to this role the University must ensure that it meets any applicable immigration requirements, including salary thresholds which are applicable to some visas.

The Department and role purpose: 

Careers & Enterprise sits within the Education Division, which is headed by the Pro Vice Chancellor for Education, and is part of the University’s developmental approach to ensuring effective student engagement, achievement and positive progression.

The Careers & Enterprise (C&E) Centre is a dynamic and developing team, operating across the university through subject departments, colleges, societies and industry facing initiatives to support the development and progression needs of students.  It aims to help them meet the challenges and opportunities of the constantly developing employment market, and become the leaders and innovators of the near future.

The Work Experience Development Manager is part of an integrated team, working in partnership with staff across the institution to support the strategic and operational development of extra-curricular work experience opportunities, activities and services. The post holder is responsible for building strong relationships with employers and contributing to the skills development and employability of Durham students and graduates.

Essential Criteria

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to deliver reports and presentations for a variety of audiences.
  • Proven IT and broader digital literacy skills, including use of Microsoft Office, social media platforms and data analysis.
  • Familiarity with work experience provision and associated policies and protocols including quality, risk management, work based learning and health and safety.
  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent experience)
  • Continuing professional development required to maintain professional recognition
  • Professional practitioner with knowledge and expertise used to contribute to the delivery and development of work experience opportunities, services, events and activities within the organisation.
  • Experience of implementing policy and procedures and involvement with future changes for a service area.
  • Knowledge and experience of ensuring compliance with regulatory and organisational policy and guidelines.
  • Experience of providing specialist advice and guidance to a range of customers (including students and employers) and colleagues, including more senior colleagues.
  • Experience of being able to network effectively and develop strong and productive working relationships, to influence perceptions of the University.
  • Ability to contribute to planning at operational level. Experience of project management with the ability to set goals, prioritise and respond positively to change.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of delivering student-facing activities (e.g. workshops, presentations, one to one support) in a Higher Education context.
  • Proven experience, knowledge and understanding of the graduate labour market and employer engagement in work experience opportunities and related activity.
  • Proven experience of establishing effective external and internal stakeholder relationships in the context of student recruitment and work experience activity.
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