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Project Coordinator - Student Events

STEM Learning Ltd

Basis: Permanent, Full-time (37 hours per week) 

This is an exciting opportunity to join a nationally recognised and successful organisation delivering strategic and operational impact across the UK’s STEM (including computing) education and industry landscape.

STEM Learning’s ability to reach and engage schools and teachers, along with our ability to prove the impact of our support, has increased considerably – its status is unrivalled in the sector. By leveraging this unrivalled expertise, STEM Learning has diversified its funding portfolio across a multitude of programmes to support achievement of this vision, aiming for continued growth in the next 5-10 years. Notable areas of ambitious growth within the scope of this role include the expansion of our support for the teaching of computing and digital skills, complementing the support provided by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE).

Reporting to the Gender Inclusion Lead this role is critical to ensuring more students and especially girls have an increased awareness of careers and further study in computing related fields and choose to study computer science at GCSE, A level, degree and beyond. 

The Role 

The Project Coordinator – Student Events will, through effective project management and by working with teams across and beyond the organisation, ensure that the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) delivers a comprehensive programme of student events. The NCCE’s student events offer caters primarily to key stages 3, 4 and 5. Student events are vital to helping the NCCE achieve its aims to:  

  • increase the digital pipeline through qualifications to employment through increased uptake of Computer Science GCSE, A level and computer science degrees
  • improve computing skills/knowledge among young people entering higher education and employment, including increased attainment at GCSE and A level Computer Science
  • improve pupil engagement with and attitudes towards computing to increase the number of girls choosing computer science at GCSE, A level and degree level. 

The Project Coordinator – Student Events will fulfil the following functions:   

  • Coordination of the NCCE’s student events offer – including events delivered by the Computing Hub network and a central offer – to produce a termly/annual calendar of student events.
  • Support and promote collaboration between STEM Learning and external stakeholders such as industry and Higher education Institutions to host and deliver events.
  • Drive efficiencies through working closely with the STEM Ambassador team to ensure computing ambassadors are embedded in student events. Work closely with the Computing Programme Manager to develop the forward strategy for Computing Ambassadors to inform termly planning processes and play a key role in generating engagement in the Computing Ambassador STEM Community Group.
  • Collaborate with the marketing and communications team to ensure student events achieve a suitable level of publicity and visibility such as through PR, general communications and website presence.
  • Development and continuous improvement of processes, guidance and documentation for student events, especially to ensure that statutory requirements are met regarding data, consent and safeguarding of event participants.
  • Contribute to monthly reporting to ensure that the requirements to the programme funder are met. Conduct ad hoc analysis of data to inform planning.
  • Utilise feedback for monitoring and improvement purposes, including identifying opportunities to showcase the impact of student events.  
  • Effective matrix management and coordination of external partners in line with programme requirements. This includes working closely with a variety of teams across STEM Learning and external partners, including those within the National STEM Learning Network.
  • Being responsive and proactive in identifying risks and opportunities, working with relevant colleagues to agree appropriate mitigations and remediation actions to support effective operational delivery.
  • Provide broad programme support to I Belong and Computing Clustersand organising annual Celebration events. 

Our Ideal Candidate 

Candidates will demonstrate our values: Sustainable – Innovative – Proactive 

Education: Honours degree or equivalent plus relevant professional experience and qualifications.

Desired experience: 

  • Demonstrable experience in a leadership and/or project management role including management of staff and customer relationship management.
  • A successful and demonstrable track record in managing projects/events in a relevant environment to include end-end scoping, content development and evaluation.
  • An understanding of the English education system and in particular careers education.
  • Experience of data management and analysis, including its use to support business planning and reporting.   

Competencies: 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including writing and delivering presentations, experience of writing concise, complex reports and other documents for internal and external use.
  • Ability to adapt written and oral communication to a range of audiences. 
  • A proven ability to interact effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including the ability to influence others. 
  • An ability to work at pace to achieve tight deadlines and on own initiative.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills  

Personal Qualities: Solution focussed. Ability to think analytically and practically. Ability to prioritise conflicting demands and work to strict deadlines. Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team. Confident communicator.

Other: The role holder will be required to undertake some UK travel and occasional overnight stays. Flexibility of working hours will be required to meet the demands of the role at key times.

To see the full details of this exciting role, please take a look at the full Role Profile 

About Us

Supported by – and in partnership with – Government, learned bodies, charitable trusts and employers, STEM Learning is the largest provider of STEM education and careers support in the UK. It is world class at translating research, scientific expertise and pedagogical knowledge into practice at scale to:

  • develop and support the expertise of teachers and school and college leaders
  • inspire groups and communities
  • engage employers and industry. 

Our Benefits

  • 30 days holidays plus bank holidays
  • Access to a fantastic pension scheme, where the employer contributes a maximum of 15% salary
  • Access to a salary sacrifice and staff benefits scheme including cycle to work scheme; health cash back plans; free eye tests; discounted vouchers
  • A comprehensive employee assistance programme 

Next Steps 

To Apply 

Please submit:

  • Your up-to-date CV, including your full postal address, email and contact telephone number.
  • A covering letter (no more than the equivalent of 2 sides of A4) explaining your interest in the role and where you saw it advertised.
  • Contact details of two referees, including your current/most recent employer (please note, references will not be approached without your permission). 

There is no closing date for applications as we intend to review on a rolling basis. Early applications are therefore highly recommended.

Location: York
Salary: £34,000 to £38,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 1st December 2023
Expires: 30th January 2024
   
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