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Regional Manager, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire
Responsible to: Depute Director for Scotland, supported by the Director for Scotland
As a passionate and experienced professional in the management of great partnerships, you will be able to assess and engage with the changing contexts in which we operate ensuring, in the North East, that we play our part with energy, pragmatism and open-mindedness. In line with our values and approach, you will continue our work to prepare young people for the world of work, increasing their employment chances and growing the number of sustainable business-education relationships that contribute to the delivery of our high quality and impactful programme.
- Lead, manage and develop our Career Ready partnership in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire, optimising the programme experience for all stakeholders and securing the engagement of employer support for the programme for the 12+ schools we currently work with and the c60+ new students who will participate in the Career Ready programme each year.
- Work closely with the Career Ready Scotland team on a knowledge sharing and continuous improvement agenda that is focused on quality, impact and sustainability underpinned by efficient and effective processes. Work with the Career Ready Operations Manager to maintain thorough data and management information for the area.
To deliver the programme experience in partnership with all stakeholders, which includes the two Local Authorities, schools, students, the DYW Regional Group, employer supporters and their employee volunteers. This includes:
- Supporting the engagement of new schools (and any schools where there is a change in school coordinator), managing the schools’ induction and training along with the Local Authority Coordinators.
- Planning and ensuring the delivery of the programme curriculum, an annual timetable of events and training/guidance for Local Authority/school coordinators and employer supporters.
- Communicating with and support of mentors, along with schools.
- Student preparedness for programme engagement in partnership with schools.
- Implementing programme enhancements in support of Career Ready’s long-term sustainability in Scotland
Partnership Relationships, Stakeholder Engagement & Business Development
- Day-to-day management along with the Local Authorities’ Career Ready coordinators and the schools running or planning their Career Ready programme.
- Day-to-day account management of employer supporters, ensuring they have an excellent experience.
- Engaging new corporate, third and public sector supporters, stakeholders and partners to support the programme.
- Promoting awareness of Career Ready to potential supporters, and engaging their commitment to the programme.
- Account management of relationships with corporate supporters, through regular 'keep in touch' communications and a high level of organisational skills.
- Manage the employer engagement strategy for the area ensuring that the number of mentors (one for each student participating) is matched with a commitment to internships and that employer volunteers are in place for masterclass delivery and workplace visits.
In partnership with the Local Authorities:
- Support the Local Authority Coordinators in the management of all schools who are running the Career Ready programme, involving some support visits, managing events for students and corporate supporters, and School Coordinator meetings.
- Play a lead role in the Local Advisory Board meetings – this is currently chaired by Alec Carstairs, retired EY Senior partner and previous President of the Grampian Chamber of Commerce.
- Support the potential engagement of the other schools in the authorities, manage the schools' induction, training and activities prior to implementation.
- Support the Local Authorities and its schools in all aspects of ensuring an excellent employer experience for mentors, internships and other programme elements.
Profile and Fundraising
- Raise the profile of Career Ready in the area and with its key stakeholders in the local media, business and education communities.
- Undertake public speaking and media engagements as required to promote the work of Career Ready in the area.
- Contribute to the delivery of some funding targets (financial and in-kind), for example, the commitment by employers to a small per mentor charitable contribution.
- Assist the Local Advisory Board, the Local Authorities and schools in the area to plan, manage and run events to promote Career Ready to potential corporate supporters, students, parents/carers and the local community, and be prepared to present at some of these events. A key role is to build a bank of ambassadors who can undertake this sort of activity.
- Be responsible for the delivery of Career Ready events in the area such as new student and mentor launch events, mentor and internship supervisor briefings and participation by the area in the graduation ceremony, working with the Director for Scotland to generate funding for events.
Key is someone who is motivated and inspired by what we do, with a passion that inspires and engages others. This really is a role that requires a broad range of skills and experience and an understanding and empathy for the environment we operate in. You need to understand the importance of communicating well with stakeholders and be very organised.
Skills and abilities
You are able to:
- Proactively manage and motivate yourself to deliver a range of outcomes, including managing your time and deploying excellent organisational skills
- Able to balance both financial and non-financial objectives with an entrepreneurial mindset
- Work as part of a vibrant, geographically diverse multi-stakeholder focused team
- Lead with a consultative and supportive style
- Use clarity of thought to enable local innovations whilst ensuring Career Ready’s principles, values and practices are maintained
- Align work with multiple stakeholder needs (experience in the areas of partnerships, education, employability, talent development and corporate social responsibility is useful)
- Communicate inspirationally, accurately and effectively to a wide variety of audiences (students to Head Teachers to CEOs)
- Manage a project from setting objectives through to delivery of outcomes, and prepare project budgets where appropriate
- Gain credibility with senior managers in educational institutions and employer organisations
You also have:
- Strong IT literacy skills (databases, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and are social media savvy.
A track record of and/or willingness to develop:
- Initiating, engaging and maintaining the support of corporates and the public sector
- Business development, relationship, partnership and project management
- Applying entrepreneurial and commercial thinking
- An educational or learning and development environment
Contract of Employment and Hours of Work
This is currently a three and a half days per week, permanent role. The nature of our work and passion for what we do means that everyone involved with Career Ready goes the extra mile in service of our mission and purpose. This is not a role for someone looking for a 9-5 job as out of hours meetings are an occasional requirement and busy periods mean we all roll up our sleeves and pitch in. It is vital that the successful individual is happy being part of a geographically dispersed team. We do not have an office in Scotland, though we meet regularly as a team in employer supporter provided premises.
A large part of the role involves engaging with stakeholders. When not out and about, your place of employment will be your home, ideally in Aberdeen or nearby/within close travelling distance. Regular travel throughout the area is required and access to a reliable car is a must, although public transport is encouraged wherever practicable. Periodically, time will be spent with the Scottish team in the central belt and occasionally in our office at Canary Wharf, London
Please be aware that this post is subject to a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme membership.
Salary and Benefits
- £30,000-£34,000 pro rata depending upon experience.
- A working from home allowance of £300 pro rata pa is provided.
- 25 days holiday pro rata pa plus public holidays. In addition, Career Ready is normally closed between Christmas and New Year.
- 6% of salary contribution to a private pension subject to an employee contribution of 3%.
- Business expenses including mileage allowance for car usage.
- Closing date for applications: 5 pm, Friday 22nd June 2018
- First stage interview via Skype: Week commencing 2nd July 2018
- Final stage interview (face-to-face): Week commencing 16th July 2018
- Successful candidate takes up post: August 2018
Initial screening of candidates may involve a short telephone interview prior to identifying those invited to an interview
Please send your CV and a covering letter that demonstrates clearly, through use of examples, how you meet the requirements of the role and how you heard about the vacancy, to Denise Campbell, Depute Director
For further information and if would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact Denise on 07720 680509.