Purpose: The UK based Education and Employers charity aims to ensure that all young people have the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential. One of the ways it achieves this aim is via the Inspiring Governance service. Run in partnership with the National Governance Association this is a free governor recruitment and support service which gets highly skilled volunteers to serve as governors in some of the most disadvantaged schools in England and in so doing help raise educational achievement.
This is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference by taking on a leading role in engaging with employers and professional networks to secure the recruitment of excellent volunteers and governors for schools, academies and FE Colleges. The Charity currently delivers two Governance online recruitment programmes; one for the Department for Education and one for the Education and Training Foundation.
The postholder will primarily be responsible for engaging employers to recruit skilled volunteers to both governance programmes. This will include direct employer engagement with national level employers and professional networks and close liaison with other colleagues in the charity and a team of experienced Inspiring Governance Regional Managers; who engage employers and recruiters in the regions.
Outreach to FE providers and to school and academy governance recruiters will also form a secondary part of this role (working with the National Governance Association for Inspiring Governance). The role will also plan, oversee and manage mass outreach and engagement through marketing and communications; campaigns, social media and our website. Finally, this role has responsibility for contract reporting and client management for the Inspiring FE Governance programme.
Remuneration: 34k - 38k - depending upon experience
Additional Terms: 30 days paid holiday, exclusive of Statutory Holiday plus competitive pension scheme and a volunteering allowance of up to 5 days - pro rata in accordance with the length of contract. Additional family friendly benefits including enhancements to Statutory Payments.
Appointment Terms: Permanent and full time
The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of employer engagement and volunteer recruitment across England in order to drive volunteer sign ups, secure employer engagement and the engagement of recruiters (schools/ academies and FE Providers) with our governance programmes:
Inspiring Governance: This is a free (at point of use) England wide online recruitment service that connects schools with skilled volunteers interested in being governors and trustees. The service is currently funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and is delivered in conjunction with the National Governance Association - who provide onward support and training to IG placed governors and trustees. The programme has specific, and demanding Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to meet around numbers of volunteers sourced and placed, the diversity of volunteers and the number of vacancies registered by schools. Inspiring FE Governance: This is a free (at point of use) England wide online recruitment service dedicated to finding individuals with the right skills to serve on Further Education (FE Boards) in England, including chairs of finance committees. Board members are committed volunteers and the role is like a company non-executive director. The Inspiring FE Governance service is funded by the Education and Training Foundation and run solely by Education and Employers. The programme has specific Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to meet, around numbers of volunteers sourced and placed for example.
We pride ourselves on the diversity, age ranges and quality of volunteers we recruit in terms of the skills and different thinking they can offer to governing boards. The Head of Governance Programmes - Employer and Volunteer Engagement will work closely with the Director of Governance Programmes and the Head of Governance Programmes, Matching & Customer Service to take responsibility for the successful delivery of five areas:
Review, evolve and deliver our current employer and volunteer engagement strategy. This seeks to engage employers nationwide to encourage and support their staff to volunteer to undertake school visits or school/academy or FE governance. This will include working closely with our Regional Managers and driving forward our recently introduced 'School Governor Champions' campaign to ensure widespread sign up from national, regional and local employers; Develop a clear strategy to engage professional networks and associations to encourage their members to volunteer to undertake school, academy or FE governance. This will include developing more professional sector based campaigns such as the engineering sector's Take a Closer Look campaign to encourage more skilled professionals to consider volunteering for schools and school governance; To conceptualise, plan and oversee the successful delivery of further mass outreach campaigns (such as those delivered with the National Governance Association - 'Everyone on Board' and 'Educators on Board') to engage employers and drive up volunteers in all areas of the country, particularly in rural and coastal areas where volunteer numbers are traditionally fewer. To achieve this through a range of marketing and comms approaches, including working in partnership with the National Governance Association, digital campaigns, social media and our Inspiring Governance website. This post will undertake line management of the Inspiring Governance Communications, Marketing and PR Officer and will work closely with them to achieve the above; Further develop, manage and deliver national outreach to encourage the registration of governor and trustee vacancies on our Platform (school, college and FE Provider vacancies). This will include direct contact with Colleges, FE providers, schools and other governance recruiters. This aspect of the role will work closely with the Charity's school's team, the IG regional team, and for the Inspiring Governance programme, with the National Governance Association; To take responsibility for monthly and annual contract reporting and, in conjunction with the Director of Governance Programmes where appropriate, support day to day client relationship management (Education and Training Foundation) for the Inspiring FE Governance programme;
We are looking for a strategic individual who can target, drive forward and subsequently deliver successful partnerships with employers/ professional associations. The post-holder will understand the power of volunteering and is passionate about supporting young people to realise their potential. Education and Employers is a small charity working at a rapid pace to bring about change and the ideal candidate will be a self-starter with strong communication skills, able to absorb key information quickly and work well with a small team in a dynamic working environment.
Review and deliver our employer and volunteer engagement strategy
To review and evolve our current employer and volunteer strategy to recruit more skilled professionals to volunteer as school/ academy and FE governors, meeting KPIs for volunteer sign up set by the client. To deliver the action plan associated with this strategy, making direct contact with national level employers and professional networks (in person, by phone/email etc) and securing their interest and intent to promote governance to their staff, undertaking light touch account management with VIP employers where required; To work closely and proactively with the Inspiring Governance regional team and stakeholder partners (such as Academy Ambassadors) to support and enhance our collective work with employers and to ensure a joined up, strategic approach; To contribute to the coordination of Charity wide work with employers and outreach which will include collaboration with the Senior Management Team and working closely and proactively with members of the central London employers team, as well as regional colleagues to support their work and facilitate a joined-up approach. To contribute to the strategic direction of Charity wide employer engagement work.
Engagement of professional associations/ sector bodies
To develop a strategy to engage professional associations and sector bodies at a national level and ensure they promote becoming a school/ academy FE governor to their members Develop social media content and internal communications that professional bodies can readily use to persuade their members to volunteer as a governor in schools Conceptualise and develop campaigns in partnership with professional associations and sectors (to be agreed) that can bring high value to school and FE governance. Also, those which encourage their members to volunteer in schools more widely, raising children's knowledge of a range of careers and different professions.
Develop and execute mass outreach campaigns to increase volunteer sign up
To work with the charity's Communications and Marketing team and the National Governance Association's Communications and PR counterpart to identify and plan an annual programme of marketing campaigns and communications to support volunteer recruitment activity and the engagement of governor recruiters;..... click apply for full job details
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