Work Placement Coordinator

Goldsmiths University of London
November 29, 2022
Offerd Salary:£31,442 - £35,861
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Work Placement Coordinator

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

Vacancy Type



Full Time


£31,442 - £35,861

Actual Hours

35hrs per week


1.0 FTE

Contact Details

Simone Providence - Doyley

Posted Date


Closing Date


Ref No


Work Placements Coordinator


Careers Service

Grade/ Salary:

Grade 5, £ 31,442 pro rata (incl London weighting)

Contract Type:



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 Directorate

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 Department

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:

  • Careers Information and Consultancy
  • Placements & Internships
  • Employer Engagement
  • Student Enterprise and Skills (including the Gold Award and HEAR)
  • 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. 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.

    Job description

    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.

    Main duties:

    Supporting placement provision

  • Play a key role in the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate placements
  • Hold discussions with academic departments, agreeing on the contribution needed to support each placement programme
  • Propose ways in which the placement activities within the School can be co-ordinated, so as to increase efficiency and effectiveness
  • Co-leading generic work placement module

  • Work with academic tutors in each department to agree timelines
  • Contribute to module information provided to students
  • Field applications and, where necessary, select students against defined criteria
  • Meet with students to discuss their placement preferences
  • Proactively identify placements, meeting with placement organisations and matching students
  • Run pre-placement seminars
  • Undertake risk assessments and co-ordinated documentation
  • Troubleshooting: deal with issues that arise during placements
  • Support students in preparing assessed presentations and other personal development assignments
  • Mark written assessments and presentations
  • Evaluate the experience of both students and placement providers
  • Developing and sustaining relationships with placement organisations
  • Proactively identify organisations which might offer suitable placements and persuade them to do so
  • Respond swiftly to requests for information from organisations, identifying if they may be able to offer suitable opportunities and, if so, how they would fit with our placement and internship needs
  • Conduct visits to potential placement providers where appropriate, explaining the mutual benefits of the placement programme, providing advice on the National Minimum Wage and other legislation
  • Developing opportunities: support organisations in setting up placements
  • Work collaboratively with others in the team, engaging in a culture of cross-selling and sharing useful leads with others in the Careers team and making relevant referrals to departments such as Enterprise
  • Supporting placement provision
  • Play a key role in the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate placements
  • Hold discussions with academic departments, agreeing on the contribution needed to support each placement programme
  • Propose ways in which the placement activities within the School can be co-ordinated, so as to increase efficiency and effectiveness
  • Supporting paid internship programmes

  • Work with other team members to develop opportunities
  • Publicise internships to students and graduates
  • Assisting students / graduates who are applying for placements and internships
  • Provide1-1 CV advice
  • Provide guidance on preparing for interviews
  • Marketing and information

  • Provide copy for webpages
  • Develop case studies
  • Contribute to information for prospective students
  • Write marketing materials
  • Following processes and working within professional guidelines

  • Comply with good practice in setting up placements
  • Develop and regularly update skills, through membership of ASET/ AGCAS, relevant training courses and good practice groups, to ensure current industry standards are met
  • Follow the necessary procedures and record progress on CareerSPACE and other systems
  • Wider Careers Service activities

  • Contribute to activities within the wider Careers Service team. Some of these may occasionally
  • require flexible working times
  • Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required
  • Ensure that you are aware of and aligned with Goldsmiths' Regulations, Strategy, and Objectives to work together to proactively advance
  • Equality and Diversity

  • To promote and exemplify inclusive working practices and strive for diversity within the organisation and its services, ensuring that that you are aware of and aligned with Goldsmiths' Regulations, Strategy, and Objectives to work together to proactively advance Equality and Diversity
  • You will be required to undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required
  • Ensure that you are aware of and aligned with Goldsmiths' Regulations, Strategy, and Objectives to work together to proactively advance Equality and Diversity
  • At all times to help maintain a safe working environment by participating in training as necessary and following the Goldsmiths' Health and Safety Codes of Practice and Policy
  • Person Specification

    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


    Essential Criteria 1 - Qualifications

    E1) Educated to A Level / BTEC

    A, C

    Desirable Criteria 1 - Qualifications

    D1) BA/BSc Honours Degree / Master Degree or equivalent / Relevant Professional Qualification

    A, C

    Essential Criteria 2 - Experience

    E1) Experience in a relevant field eg recruitment/ careers/employer engagement

    A, I

    Desirable Criteria 2 - Experience

    D2) Previous experience working on work placement modules or paid internships

    A, I

    D3) Experience of project planning, including meeting targets

    A, I

    D4) Experience of initiating and developing client relationships

    A, I

    Essential 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, I

    Desirable Criteria 3 - Knowledge

    D5) Knowledge of some relevant employment sectors in London, such as creative and not-for-profit

    A, I

    D6) An awareness of the careers that may typically be of interest to Goldsmiths' students

    A, I

    D7) Knowledge of academic assessment processes

    A, I

    Essential Criteria 4 - Skills

    E4) Able to explain understanding of the role and the motivation for applying for it.

    A, I

    E5) Organisational

    Able to:

    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

    A, I

    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

    Able to:

    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

    A, I

    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-

    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:

  • Competitive salary
  • Working in Zone 2, with fantastic transport links and interest free travel to work loans
  • Excellent annual leave entitlement plus additional closure days at Christmas and Easter
  • Membership of USS or LPFA pension scheme, dependent upon grade
  • Access to exclusive discounts, including high street retailers
  • Maternity, paternity, shared parental leave and adoption leave and pay and tax efficient childcare voucher scheme
  • Contractual sick pay provision
  • Free eye tests
  • Wellbeing initiatives including the Chaplaincy and Staff Choir
  • On-site dining facilities
  • Access to University of London facilities such as Senate House Library
  • Further information

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    Thank you for your interest in working with us, we wish you all the best with your application.

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