Career Programmes Officer, Academic Section

University of Essex
February 26, 2023
Offerd Salary:£32,348 - £35,333
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Career Programmes Officer, Academic Section

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£32,348 - £35,333 per annum

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Permanent, Full-time

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Are you passionate about students achieving their professional potential? Do you love to work with a range of people and partners to deliver a transformational development experience? Do you champion equity to ensure that everyone has a real opportunity to dream big and achieve?

Our Careers Programmes team are looking for someone to join us as a Career Programme Officer. Together, we build and deliver a range of support experience gaining programmes for students, from being paired with a successful professional for mentoring, to sourcing and supporting over 100 internal internships a year. We work directly with students to create our social mobility programme and ensure all students have the tools and access to extra-curricular opportunities to develop through our bespoke digital platform.

In this role, you will be at the centre of bringing together our students with our careers' experts, academics, employers and alumni to meet our high-impact goals for each programme. It will be up to you to think ahead and creatively problem solve to ensure students are getting the best experience they can. You'll need capture what's happening so that we can demonstrate the power of our programmes for raising aspirations and providing the experiences and tools our students need to succeed. Then we'll work together to sustain and grow innovative career programmes for the future.

Ready for the challenge? We would love to hear from you.


The Academic Section is part of the University's Professional Services and is headed by the Academic Registrar. The Section is responsible for managing all aspects of student and academic administration in partnership with Departments, Schools and Faculties. It plays a central role in delivering the University's commitment to excellence in education across the institution through the development and implementation of the University-wide programmes and the development, review and implementation of effective policy in support of the University's academic mission. The Section is also the guardian of the student experience and leads, promotes and embeds the institutional commitment to putting students at the heart of everything we do.

The Student Life Directorate is part of the Academic Section and encompasses Student Development, Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity, and Student Services; all of which support student progression, success and graduate employability. We are committed to innovation and continuous enhancement within our services and to working collaboratively across all areas of the University, and beyond, for the benefit of our students.

The Student Development service enables an integrated approach towards student skills development, through the delivery of employability and careers services, academic skills support and student engagement expertise, in order to ensure that every student has the skills and experiences necessary for success in securing a good degree outcome and a successful graduate employment outcome.

Duties of the Role

The postholder will support with the planning, coordination, delivery and evaluation of high-quality careers programmes delivered to students/graduates. These programmes include on-campus Frontrunner internships, Career Mentoring, the Big Essex Award, our development platform Chart My Path and our social mobility initiative, Rising Stars.

A full list of duties can be found within the jobpack.

Student Development operate a hybrid-working model, with the Career Programmes team currently working two or three days in the office each week.

Skills and qualifications required

The successful applicant will have a degree or equivalent level qualification or experience.

Additionally, they will have experience of developing a range of activities and events designed to meet strategic aims, working with a range of businesses and employers and implementing and managing long-term programmes.

A flexible approach to work to assist as and when required (e.g. to cover sickness absence) and a willingness to travel to the University's campuses in Loughton and Southend are essential.

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

To support this commitment we have our Global Forum, a staff-led network that promotes and celebrates the rich cultural diversity among Essex staff, and our Colchester campus based Faith Centre, which hosts regular services, meetings and events organised by our chaplains and faith representatives.

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please contact [email protected]

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