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Widening Participation Coordinator (Fixed-term)

Are you passionate about helping young people reach their potential? The Cambridge Admissions Office are looking for a professional with experience in the education sector to join the Widening Participation team. Our close-knit team coordinates a range of outreach projects designed to encourage and support underrepresented and disadvantaged UK students to apply to top universities. In this role, you would be part of a national agenda to ensure that university places are open to all students, regardless of their background.

Based in the Pre-16 Team, you will lead on coordinating Insight Discover, part of our flagship Insight programme to raise attainment. Insight Discover works with Year 7 and Year 8 students in our target schools. You will be joining the team at an exciting time as we consider our longer term strategy, with plenty of opportunity for you to input into the programme design and delivery. You will be planning and delivering activities designed to develop key academic skills, like metacognition and self-efficacy, and to help students explore different possibilities for the future and the pathways they need to take to reach their goals. You will responsible be coordinating a group of student mentors to support participants on a series of online projects and you will foster good working relationships with teachers in each of our target schools.

Ideally, you will have good experience of working in an educational setting and with young people. You should have excellent communication skills, an ability to work with a diverse range of people and outstanding interpersonal and negotiating skills. Good teamwork skills are essential as you would also have opportunities to get involved with other widening participation projects and support other events delivered by the Cambridge Admissions Office. Weekend and evening work may be required on occasion. We run events across the country, but with a particular focus on Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk so you may be required to travel to rural locations within these areas.

This position is fixed-term until 31 December 2022.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University, subject to approval from their home institution.

More detailed information on the role can be found in the Further Particulars document, which is accessible via the link at the bottom of this advert.

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Please upload your CV and a covering letter in your application.

Your application should clearly set out how you meet the criteria listed in the Further Particulars along with relevant examples. Candidates will be shortlisted based upon these criteria.

We expect interviews to be held on 30 June 2021.

If you wish to make an informal enquiry about the post, please contact the Deputy Head of Widening Participation (Pre-16), Stephanie Baughen:

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The University and the Cambridge Admissions Office are committed to safeguarding young people we work with and we expect new employees to share this commitment. This role requires an enhanced DBS check. Our safeguarding policy can be found online:

Please quote reference AT26829 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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