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Senior Widening Participation Officer

London School of Economics and Political Science - Widening Participation - Academic Registrar’s Division

Location: London
Salary: £40,229 to £48,456 per annum (inclusive with potential to progress to £52,095 pa inclusive of London allowance)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 5th June 2024
Closes: 30th June 2024

LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university

Salary from £40,229 to £48,456 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £52,095 pa inclusive of London allowance

This post is permanent and is being offered as 1 FTE (5 days per week)

LSE is the world’s leading social sciences institution, established for the betterment of society. The School is committed to widening access to and participation in higher education and ‘developing LSE for everyone’ is a key objective of the LSE 2030 strategy.

The Widening Participation Team, based in the Academic Registrar’s Division, leads our efforts to widen access to LSE for UK Undergraduate students from under-represented groups and supports the attainment and progression to HE for hundreds of young people each year. The team, comprising 13 staff, leads on the delivery of key elements of the School’s outreach and widening access strategy, including exciting new projects in our Access and Participation Plan.

We are seeking a Senior Widening Participation Officer to lead the delivery and management of key pre-entry WP programmes, including two Pathways to Professions programmes in partnership with the Sutton Trust. For more information about the activity currently delivered by the Widening Participation Team see www.lse.ac.uk/wideningparticipation

Reporting to the Deputy Head of Widening Participation (Programme Operations), the post-holder will:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the School’s outreach and widening access priorities, as outlined in the LSE Access and Participation Plan and LSE 2030 strategy
  • Develop, manage and evaluate a range of outreach and widening participation programmes for young people and to widen access to LSE and other selective HEIs
  • Line manage up to three Widening Participation Co-ordinators and other staff involved in the delivery of projects and activities within the team

The successful candidate should have:

  • Excellent knowledge of UK secondary and higher education and key issues in widening participation
  • An ability to work effectively and build strong relationships with people at all levels including academics, current students, pupils, parents/carers and teachers.
  • Experience of managing the delivery of complex projects for young people on time and to budget, especially when delivered in collaboration with internal and external partners
  • Experience of coaching and managing staff and contributing to wider team management

This position will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check with childrens’ barred list. Any offer of employment made is conditional on receipt of a satisfactory DBS check.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave, hybrid working, and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.

To apply for this post, please go to www.jobs.lse.ac.uk. If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email Alice King, Deputy Head of Widening Participation via A.M.King1@lse.ac.uk   

The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 30th June 2024 (23:59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Interview dates to be arranged for week commencing 15th July 2024

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