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Diversity Project Officer

University of Birmingham - Academic Services

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £31,396 to £33,966 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 14th February 2024
Closes: 28th February 2024
Job Ref: 54815

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,396 to £33,966, with potential progression once in post to £38,205

Closes: 28th February 2024 

The post holder will be responsible for delivering a bespoke programme of student engagement and support activities for our Birmingham Scholar students and students who are under-represented at the University. This will include organising and delivering interventions that will address various aspects of social mobility, equality, diversity and inclusion, and employability gaps. The post holder will monitor engagement of our Birmingham Scholars with careers activity and evaluate the impact of interventions.

The Birmingham Scholar programme is an initiative to provide bespoke support and development for Pathways to Birmingham students, Care Experienced students, Realising Opportunities students and Sanctuary Scholarship students. Birmingham Scholar aims to provide fair and equitable access to the University resulting in a diverse and well qualified student population, and equality of opportunity for all our students to achieve their full academic potential and to successfully realise their post-University ambitions.

Main duties:

  • Be a main contact for and provide careers advice to students supported by the Birmingham Scholar programme
  • Be a point of reference for Careers Network on issues related to Equality Diversity and Inclusion, widening access, social mobility and student support
  • Design and deliver information sessions and workshops to students and recent graduates on a variety of careers and skills related topics
  • Organise and deliver employability projects, with the support of colleagues and employers
  • Monitor engagement and evaluate effectiveness of programmes and events aimed at underrepresented groups
  • Supervise the work of the EDI Student Ambassador

Person Specification

  • An Honours Degree 
  • Relevant experience of providing a student support service, or experience in an advice and guidance role is required
  • A vocational qualification such as an NVQ level 3 in Advice and Guidance is an advantage
  • A genuine interest in, understanding of, and commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)
  • Proven ability to empathise, and relate to the lived experience of students from diverse backgrounds and who are underrepresented in Higher Education; ability to address issues of inequality and disadvantage in a proactive way
  • Understanding of higher education and the issues impacting on the student experience, student employability, and graduate recruitment
  • Excellent presentation, communication skills and proven experience of developing and delivering employability information and training sessions to a variety of audiences
  • Relevant experience in supporting clients in being professionally ready to enter the workplace
  • Experience of initiating projects, organising events, and evaluating impact of these activities
  • Proven digital skills and confident user of social media
  • Ability to work independently, manage own work programme, meet competing deadlines, and adapt quickly to different working contexts and projects

Informal enquires can be made to Jenna Woodman, j.s.woodman@bham.ac.uk.

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the above ‘Apply’ button.

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