This is an exciting time to join the Employer Engagement and Work Experience Team within the Goldsmiths Careers Service. The service has recently reviewed its provision and mode of delivery and are ready to launch an engaging range of activities to enhance students and recent graduate's careers and employability knowledge and skills. Additionally, as we have transitioned out of COVID-19 restrictions, employers and students are keen to reconnect in- person on campus. The EE&WE Team play a vital role in bridging the gap between students and employers by providing various work experience opportunities and hosting networking events.
This position will coordinate student work experience as part of accredited placement modules across the institution, support a variety of in-house and externally funded internship schemes, whilst working with small and large businesses to create opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students and graduates. This role is key to the continued growth of our work experience provision across Goldsmiths.
If you have a genuine interest in careers and employability and are able to demonstrate excellent organisation, problem solving and team working skills, this is the ideal role for you.
Careers & Employability
£31,442 - £35,861
35hrs per week
Simone Providence - Doyley firstname.lastname@example.org
Work Placements Coordinator
Grade 5, £ 31,442 pro rata (incl London weighting)
Full time (35 hours / week)
New Cross, London
Goldsmiths, University of London is a world-leading centre of educational excellence where ground-breaking research meets innovative teaching and thinking. We're looking for inspiring and talented people to help build on our global reputation while also growing personally in a true learning organisation.
The student experience is at the centre of everything we do here at Goldsmiths. Whether it be through our research inspired teaching, an ever- innovative curriculum or vibrant extracurricular and support offering, we have an unshakeable commitment to improving the experience of our diverse population.
The Student Experience Directorate is the part of Goldsmiths Professional Services that leads on the development and provision of outstanding student facing services. The directorate is responsible for ensuring that every student at Goldsmiths has an excellent student experience. The Directorate is made up of 6 areas:
1. Student Marketing & Recruitment
2. Student Administration
3. Student Support Services
4. Library Services
5. The Careers Service
6. Student Engagement
Working collaboratively the directorate offers a range of co-curricular activities in order to develop our students on-going skills and to ensure they can be successful both during and beyond their time at Goldsmiths. The directorate is also responsible for supporting academic departments to deliver the best service they can to students.
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The Careers Service is the area of the institution responsible for working with students and colleagues across Goldsmiths to deliver the Institutional Employability Strategy. Through the effective delivery of a range of frontline services, it is critical to providing an enhanced student experience before, during and after their time at Goldsmiths. As such, it contributes to the achievement of the Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan for Goldsmiths.
The department currently delivers the following services:
The team is pivotal in ensuring the effective provision of a high-quality student focused careers and employability service that best prepares graduates for the globally competitive recruitment market.
The College is very aware of the importance of careers and employability, particularly in light of the TEF, the new Graduate Outcomes Survey and the impact both have on league table performance. Consequently, the College has provided significant additional investment into the department in recent years. Core priorities in the team are a strong focus on supporting students after graduation who have not yet secured a graduate level outcome, an emphasis on the value of tailored placements and enterprise activities and effective marketing to increase uptake and providing an institutional lead on embedding employability within the curriculum.
Enhancing partnership working with key departments such as alumni, enterprise and planning are also key to delivery of an ambitious programme to ensure all students expand, reflect on and value their careers and employability attributes as much as their academic skills.
The Careers Service www. gold.ac.uk/careers leads on many initiatives that aim to enhance the employability of Goldsmiths graduates. Work based learning experiences have been shown to have a significant effect on graduate outcomes and can also enhance the quality of students' learning experience.
Since 2012, there has been an ambitious expansion of placement modules across all departments. Traditionally, most placements have been compulsory and vocational, but the recent growth has been in optional placement modules, which include short placements. Almost all departments have adopted a generic undergraduate placement module, which is co-delivered by academic departments and the placements team. The team have adapted to Covid-19 and transformed service delivery to ensure options to deliver remotely or in person are available for placements, internships, mentoring, careers fairs and other employer-related activities whatever stage of lockdown we are in.
Reporting to: Employer Engagement and Work Experience Manager
The purpose of this role is to develop and coordinate placement provision across all academic Schools, supported by the Senior Employer & Work Placement Coordinator (SEPC) and Employer Engagement & Work Experience Manager (EEWPM). This will include acting as co-leader of the generic undergraduate placement module and developing tailored support to the other undergraduate and postgraduate placement programmes.
The role offers the chance to develop relationships with an unusual mix of placement providers (relating to the arts, politics, media and communications, community organisations, SMEs and others), and to support students taking up these opportunities, within the context of the academic curriculum. You will also support our internship provision, including the Santander Universities Internship scheme and other extra-curricular internship schemes as appropriate.
Supporting placement provision
Co-leading generic work placement module
Supporting paid internship programmes
Marketing and information
Following processes and working within professional guidelines
Wider Careers Service activities
Equality and Diversity
Detailed below are the types of qualifications, experience, skills and knowledge that are required of the post holder. Selection will be made upon evidence of best fit with these criteria.
The Essential criteria sections show the minimum essential requirements for the post, therefore if you cannot demonstrate in your application that you meet the essential criteria categorised below, you will not be invited to interview.
The Desirable criteria sections show additional attributes which would enable the applicant to perform the role more effectively with little or no training.
The Category column indicates the method of assessment:
A = Application form C = Certificate
I = Interview R = Reference
T = Test / P = Presentation
CategoryEssential Criteria 1 - Qualifications
E1) Educated to A Level / BTEC
A, CDesirable Criteria 1 - Qualifications
D1) BA/BSc Honours Degree / Master Degree or equivalent / Relevant Professional Qualification
A, CEssential Criteria 2 - Experience
E1) Experience in a relevant field eg recruitment/ careers/employer engagement
A, IDesirable Criteria 2 - Experience
D2) Previous experience working on work placement modules or paid internships
D3) Experience of project planning, including meeting targets
D4) Experience of initiating and developing client relationships
A, IEssential Criteria 3 – Knowledge
E2) An understanding of the value of work placements for students and for placement providers
A, I, P
E3) Knowledge of legislation relating to minimum wage and equal opportunities
A, IDesirable Criteria 3 - Knowledge
D5) Knowledge of some relevant employment sectors in London, such as creative and not-for-profit
D6) An awareness of the careers that may typically be of interest to Goldsmiths' students
D7) Knowledge of academic assessment processes
Essential Criteria 4 - Skills
E4) Able to explain understanding of the role and the motivation for applying for it.
A) Plan ahead: develop a twelve-month plan and schedule a number of streams of activity, with input from manager
B) Prioritise and multitask under the pressure of deadlines
C) Implement processes: to follow set procedures, log information on spreadsheets
E6) Relationship building
A) Confident in developing effective relationships with a range of stakeholders (including academic departments, students, placement organisations), building rapport, managing expectations
B) Persistent in following through arrangements tactfully
C) Scrupulously fair in all dealings with students and others
A, I, T
E7) Research and Communications
A) Deliver effective presentations
B) Engage with students, elicit information on their aspirations and interests, and support them in maximising the benefits of the placement experience
C) Think creatively in identifying possible placement organisations
D) Write clearly and persuasively for a range of readerships
A, I, P
E8) Working independently and collaboratively
A) Able to work independently and use initiative
B) Willing to collaborate with other team members
Please also note that where qualifications are required, employment is conditional on the verification of them. Qualifications (must be original documents) will be checked on the first day of appointment.
For more information about the role, please contact Simone Providence - Doyley, e-mail simone- firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are committed to equality. All applications will be judged solely on merit, however, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in the workforce, for example black and minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities.Summary of Benefits
If you choose to work with us, you'll become part of a learning organisation that is committed to professional and personal development, with a comprehensive and innovative staff development programme.
You'll also have access to frequent lunchtime and evening talks, seminars and performances, and annual performance and development reviews.
Our other benefits include:
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