Project Officers - London STEM Ambassador Hub

We currently have two great opportunities for Project Officers to join our London STEM Ambassador Hub; one to support the school and education sector, and one to support the voluntary and community sector.

  • Location: London (with some travel to York)
  • Salary: £28,000 to £31,000 (dependent on experience) plus excellent pension and benefits
  • Basis: Permanent, full-time

The London STEM Ambassador Hub manages a diverse group of volunteers from across science, technology, engineering and maths professions in the Greater London region. Our volunteers give up their time to inspire young people and promote careers and activities and opportunities within the world of STEM and the London Hub plays a pivotal role in making these engagements happen.

The London Hub Project Officer will work as part of a team led by the London STEM Ambassadors Manager and other colleagues within and beyond STEM Learning to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the STEM Ambassadors programme for the London area. Collaboration, innovation and efficiency are key aspects of the role, along with good communication, time management and nurturing relationships.

The Project Officer will be resilient and results-focussed, with a clear commitment to utilising STEM Ambassadors as a vehicle to support a world leading STEM education for all young people across London.

The Role

The Project Officer will work with the London STEM Ambassador Manager to ensure that the London Hub sits at the heart of the STEM Ambassador Hub network, this role is central to realising the vision of the STEM Ambassador programme not only in London but also nationally, ensuring that the London Hub is seen as a centre for best practice and leading on innovation.

This includes ensuring efficient and effective provision of a STEM Ambassadors Hub for London, meeting the needs of schools/colleges, youth groups, museums/science centres and others wishing to work with STEM Ambassadors. It also includes supporting employers and other stakeholders to deliver measurable impact on the number of young people pursuing STEM studies and STEM-related careers, ensuring the Hub is identified by all audiences as a key part of the London STEM support infrastructure,

The Project Officer will be responsible, with others for:

  • Working with colleagues to ensure effective day to day operation of the London STEM Ambassadors Hub, ensuring well trained, confident and motivated STEM Ambassadors are deployed effectively.
  • Liaison with schools, colleges, teachers, museums/science centres, youth groups and others wishing to utilise STEM Ambassadors; providing communications encouraging recording of activity, gathering evidence of impact and ensuring appropriate recognition of STEM Ambassadors and organisations supporting them.
  • Support established relationships and develop new links with employers, HEIs and Professional Membership organisations by raising awareness of the benefits of the programme, demonstrating how the STEM Ambassador programme can be utilised to support their own aims and objectives.
  • Develop and implement successful, appropriate London-specific projects, events or programmes of activity. Providing effective management of programme elements – including quality assurance, driving best value and excellent service delivery.
    Support the London STEM Ambassador Manager to provide timely, accurate and meaningful reporting, to ensure the London Hub delivers all required outputs and outcomes to time and budget.

This important and challenging role contributes to the development of the STEM Ambassador programme, working closely with the national programme team to not only deliver the current programme but also to support the development of the programme as it integrates through the transition phase into the future development phases.

The role ensures STEM Learning, though the STEM Ambassador programme, is able to continue to build its reputation for success based on:

  • meeting funders’ expectations in terms of the quality of the educational support services it delivers
  • proven impact of interventions
  • value for money
  • good governance
  • trust
  • a continuous cycle of improvement.

In addition the London Hub Project Officers will:

  • Engage in learning and development activities appropriate to the skills and competences required to fulfil the position
  • Undertake any other tasks as reasonably required.

Our Ideal Candidates

We are looking for individuals with the following essential skills, competencies and qualities:

  • Results focussed – able to work to pressurised timelines and targets in a positive and constructive manner
  • Excellent relationship building skills
  • Ability to think analytically and strategically, and respond creatively to challenges
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven project management and organisation skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience of report writing
  • High level of personal resilience and ability to relish a challenge

    It would also be great, but not essential, if you have:

    • Knowledge and understanding of STEM education, schools/colleges, skills issues and the London landscape
    • Understanding of the STEM business and industry sectors in London, plus voluntary sector and other partners engaged in skills, employment and educational support
    • The ability to deliver learning and development solutions will be an advantage
    • Experience of working with the voluntary sector

    In addition, it would be ideal if you have some experience in either the education sector or volunteering/communities sector, depending on the role you are interested in.

    Our Benefits

    • 30 days holidays plus bank holidays
    • Access to a fantastic pension scheme, where employer contributions are currently 21.1%, (https://www.uss.co.uk/)
    • 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

      About Us

      The National STEM Learning Centre and Network is a key UK resource and infrastructure providing effective, evidence based support for STEM teaching and learning through provision of resources, on-line and physical networking and communities and partnership with a wide range of organisations and individuals.

      This includes contributing to driving forward on-going development of the London STEM Ambassadors Hub programme to compliment subject-specific support for all involved in teaching STEM subjects to young people and inspiring them to progress to STEM-related careers.

      Next Steps

      To apply please submit your CV along with a covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria and why you think you're right for the role.

      Closing Date for Applications: 5pm Friday 18 June 2021