The Academic Section is part of the University’s Professional Services and is headed by the Academic Registrar. The Section is responsible for managing all aspects of student and academic administration in partnership with Departments, Schools and Faculties. It plays a central role in delivering the University’s commitment to excellence in education across the institution through the development and implementation of the University-wide projects and the development, review and implementation of effective policy in support of the University’s academic mission. The Section is also the guardian of the student experience and leads, promotes and embeds the institutional commitment to putting students at the heart of everything we do.
The Student Life Directorate is part of the Academic Section and encompasses Student Development, Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity, and Student Services; all of which support student progression, success and graduate employability. We are committed to innovation and continuous enhancement within our services and to working collaboratively across all areas of the University, and beyond, for the benefit of our students.
The Student Development service enables an integrated approach towards student skills development, through the delivery of employability and careers services, academic skills support and student engagement expertise, in order to ensure that every student has the skills and experiences necessary for success in securing a good degree outcome and a successful graduate employment outcome.
Duties of the Role
An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Student Development Team within the Academic Section for a Careers Officer.
The postholder will coordinate and deliver high quality careers advice, through providing professional and well-informed support to students and graduates, managing a cohort of recent graduates and undergraduate students, providing ongoing support through careers coaching informed by the latest thinking and research to support them throughout their time at Essex, and ultimately help them to achieve positive graduate outcomes.
They will contribute to the planning and leading on the delivery of large-scale events and the central workshop programme, supporting with the measurement of the impact and scalability of these events, and where required, implementing any necessary changes, and ultimately contribute to providing a transformative student experience, nurturing the qualities of an Essex Graduate, and driving up GO outcomes for the institution.
A full list of duties can be found within the jobpack.
This is a permanent, part-time post working 19.8 hours per week (0.55FTE) to be worked across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week.
Skills and qualifications required
The successful applicant will hold an honours degree or equivalent level qualification and ideally have a relevant professional qualification related to careers guidance (e.g.; Dip CG, NVQ in career education information and guidance in HE) or substantial, recent, directly relevant professional experience.
Additionally, they will have experience of delivering careers information and advice in one-to-one settings and designing and delivering careers workshops to clients, a good knowledge of current issues in Higher Education and Higher Education Careers work and experience of working with graduate employers.
A readiness to work flexibly, including some evening and weekend work and a willingness to travel to the University’s campuses in Loughton and Southend are essential.
Working at Essex
At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.
To support this commitment we have our Global Forum, a staff-led network that promotes and celebrates the rich cultural diversity among Essex staff, and our Colchester campus based Faith Centre, which hosts regular services, meetings and events organised by our chaplains and faith representatives.
Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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