Project Assistant

Salary: £17,000 - £21,000 dependent on experience

Location: York with occasional UK travel

Basis: Permanent, full-time (37 hours)

The Project Assistant supports efforts to ensure efficient and effective co-ordination and continuing development of the educational eLibrary collection and associated online support materials of the National STEM Learning Centre & Network. The role of the Project Assistant- Explorify is to support the continuous development of our physical and online educational collection, working closely with all staff, partners across the Network and external partners and providers. Of specific focus;

  • Continuous and proactive development of the eLibrary including Explorify, maintaining and enhancing our offer to ensure a high quality service is available online
  • Extending the breadth of our service by broadening our online material and content to achieve greater impact, ensuring a quality assurance approach remains at the core.
  • Promotion of Explorify through social media and email channels

The Role

Support efforts to drive forward support to teachers, technicians and others by providing an effective, highly regarded STEM educational collection which is seen as the ‘go to’ place for support. This includes ensuring STEM Learning is able to deliver support in an efficient cost-effective manner, which anticipates future requirements as well as meets the current needs of schools and colleges. By doing so, this role contributes directly to achievement of our collective vision – a world-leading STEM education for all young people.

Specifically, the Project Assistant will be responsible for:

  • Working with others across the organisation, the Network and beyond to support efforts to increase the ‘reach’ of and levels of engagement with physical and eLibrary collection, so as to maximise our collective impact on STEM teaching and learning, and embed use of such resource within learning environments.
  • Supporting the continuous development of National STEM Learning Centre & Network Educational Collections – both physical and electronic. Support the organisation to extend its offer, more effectively linking our CPD, eLibrary collection, STEM Inspiration and other programmes, seeking opportunities to extend and develop new content.
  • Assist the team to provide on-going, credible and high-quality management and support to those contributing to the collection, including provision of appropriate information and assistance to encourage continued, and increased engagement.
  • Support appropriate data collection, management and analysis relating to activities, to evidence impact, provide timely and accurate reporting, and support decision-making, specifically collecting the data for the Explorify platform and reporting to Wellcome.
  • Being open to creative and innovative approaches to our work, looking for opportunities to simplify processes and administration.
  • Assist with efforts to ensure that the National STEM Learning Centre and Network works seamlessly across its own programmes and with others on school/college and stakeholder facing activities to provide high quality and valued support with recognised impact.
  • Supporting the Explorify platform in terms of: curating new activities into collections; creating activity pages and curriculum mapping (in consultation with Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT)); managing the user support email queue; managing the Explorify assets in terms of the resources; working with the communications teams at STEM Learning and PSTT to schedule emails, blogs and social media.

Key Challenges Faced in the Role

  • Need to work effectively with a range of colleagues across and beyond the organisation.
  • Balancing priorities and resources to achieve optimum results.
  • Able to respond quickly and effectively to opportunities, whilst maintaining and continuing to grow impact, value for money and reputation.

    Our Ideal Candidate


    • Good GCSE’s and A-levels or equivalent level of qualification


    • Proven ability to manage a range of media including websites and social media
    • Proven experience in an education role, preferably primary school.
    • Proven ability to manipulate data in spreadsheets.

    Personal Qualities

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    • A positive and enthusiastic manner. Excellent attention to detail


    • Flexibility of working hours will be required to meet the demands of the role at key times.

    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

    About Us

    The National STEM Learning Centre & Network is a key UK resource for supporting 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 driving forward on-going development of the STEM Ambassadors and STEM Clubs programmes alongside subject-specific support for all involved in teaching STEM subjects to young people.

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

    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.