Network Improvement Lead

Location: York

Salary: £36,000 - £40,000

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

    STEM Learning’s vision is a world-leading STEM education for all young people across the UK. To achieve this, the National STEM Learning Centre and wider network provides a range of support which includes subject-specific professional development for teachers and other educators, quality assured resources, STEM Ambassadors programme, and a suite of enhancement and enrichment activities.

    The purpose of this role is to provide high-quality programme and project management to a range of cross cutting priorities to maintain STEM Learning as the leading provider of STEM education support across the UK (and beyond).

    The Role

    The role of the Network Improvement Lead is to provide the highest standard of project and programme management and expertise across several business priorities through provision of CPD, resources, on-line and physical networking and communities and partnerships with a wide range of organisations and individuals.

    This role is instrumental in ensuring that the National STEM Learning Network is able to continue to provide world-leading CPD to STEM educators and exceed the expectations of funders and other stakeholders.

    The Network Improvement Lead will work to:

    • Coordinate and provide oversight of programme level evaluation, working closely with the Evaluation team. Support internal and external dissemination of impact, evaluation data and best practice to inform future activity.
    • Manage partnership governance arrangements across our programme and education structures ensure an effective and efficient service is provided to internal and external stakeholders.
    • Support the network to continuously improve through:
      • The coordination and management of communication and engagement activity – both online and face-to-face at a national level - Ensure STEM Learning communicates and consults with its Network Partners with one integrated voice that represents all our educational priorities and operational needs across separate programmes.
      • Adopting a data-led approach to ensure all network partners are well informed of relevant trends, issues and opportunities at a national and regional level - Ensuring appropriate data collection, management and analysis relating to activities, to evidence impact, provide timely and accurate reporting, and support decision-making.
      • Provide training and development support to Hubs as groups or as a collective to achieve improvements at a system level - Identifying and commissioning training and development needs across all Network Partners that has results at a system level
      • Improve systems and processes to simplify, whilst achieving greater impact at scale - Providing independent challenge and scrutiny to ensure operational processes of all our Network Partners are streamlined, efficient and well informed to lead to maximum impact

      Key Challenges Faced in the Role

      • Ability to manage own workload and communicate clearly and collaborate effectively with colleagues, partners and subcontractors to maximise outcomes.
      • Working with Programme Managers, Education Leads and Network Leads (in a matrix structure) to ensure opportunities are realised whilst removing duplication of effort
      • Time management and dealing with competing priorities and pressures, while line managing the Network Improvement Team project officers, to engender a culture of professionalism and project management at the highest level
      • Driving a culture of continuous improvement across the team and wider organisation, which guarantees efficient and effective professional project and programme management functions
      • Able to respond quickly and effectively to opportunities, whilst maintaining and continuing to grow impact, value for money and reputation
      • Need to work flexibly, effectively, and collaboratively with a wide range of internal and external partners, balancing priorities and resources to achieve optimum results.

        Our Ideal Candidate

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

        Experience: Minimum 3 years’ experience in a project management role including management of staff and customer relationship management at all levels;

        Experience of data management and analysis, including its use to support business planning and reporting;

        Competencies: Good written and oral communication skills with excellent attention to detail. High levels of interpersonal and communication skills with a positive and enthusiastic manner and ability to effectively communicate across all levels of the organisation. Advanced IT 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.

        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.

        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.

        STEM Learning is dedicated to improving and driving forward young people’s education in, and engagement, with the strategically important STEM subjects, including Computing. STEM Learning delivers a range of activities and support which is proven to impact positively on teachers, schools, employers, young people and communities. STEM Learning’s mission is:

        Improving lives through world-leading STEM education

        This role is instrumental in ensuring that STEM Learning achieves its full potential for positively impacting young people’s achievement, enthusiasm for and progression in STEM subjects and careers, and maximises the positive impacts for supporting employers.

        It is also pivotal in developing STEM Learning’s role and profile as the ‘go to’ place for STEM support across the UK.

        Our Benefits

        • 30 days holidays plus bank holidays
        • Access to a fantastic pension scheme, where employer contributions are currently 21.4%
        • 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 this appointment; applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis so early applications are recommended.