Network Lead – Career Ahead/Employability Programme

Study Group
Flexible – role will require travel around the UK
07 Sep 2017
22 Sep 2017
Job Function
Academic Support
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Purpose

The primary purpose of this role is to work alongside the Director of Learning, Teaching and Quality Enhancement and Associate Director of Learning Teaching and Innovation to drive strategic initiatives which will enhance the quality and standard of Study Group’s UK academic portfolio through employability and the ‘CareerAhead’ framework. 

NB: This job description refers to “Centre” as a generic term for any of the locations/institutions in the UK or Europe at which Study Group delivers academic programmes. 

Key Responsibilities

  • To support the Academic Office in the delivery of an employability and engagement strategy targeted at HEI partners, possible employers, students and alumni.  The implemented strategy will increase employer and student attendance at events and usage of careers and employability support services.
  • To work with the Employability leads in each Centre and other key stakeholders to support in the delivery of the Destination of Leavers from Higher
  • Education survey (DLHE) or equivolent, and to support with the dissemination of such results to effectively build on partnership working across the organisation and in preparation for any newly developed national framework.
  • To work to ensure that our programmes are compliant with the national quality standards, best practice and codes of conduct e.g. Matrix quality assessment frameworks.
  • To provide effective dotted line management and expert advice to CareerAhead leads in each Centre/College in the planning, design and delivery of careers/skills related academic education for students within their respective Centres/Colleges and to support the central services offered across subject disciplines.
  • To ensure delivery of an effective client focused service which is mindful of customer journey and satisfaction whilst working towards symmetry with partner university employability targets.
  • Project Management.  To take a lead role in co-coordinating, developing and initiating key employability projects (e.g. Employability Mentoring), ensuring effective 'roll out' within the Centres/Colleges; whilst taking on responsibilities for centrally run activities e.g. an Enterprise and Employability Week, working with all relevant partners (internal and external).
  • To develop and implement, strategies to improve the engagement and awareness of staff, students and ‘graduates’ with respect to self-employment options and pathways and economic and social entrepreneurship.
  • To assist with the co-ordination and delivery of centre/college specific employer engagement activity this will contribute to the support services offered by the Provider.
  • To contribute to the development and delivery of a programme of careers and employability events and workshops across the network.
  • To provide appropriate expertise, professional advice and support to staff, students, graduates and employers. This will have a particular focus on establishing an employer engaged academic guidance and advisory service. This will include assisting academic colleagues design and deliver careers and employability programmes, and working alongside key partners such as HEI Students Union and Alumni as necessary.
  • Undertake appropriate research, networking and scholarly activity in order to enhance own performance, and use these learnings to assist Centres on a day to day basis. 

Organisational Compliance:

The job holder will be expected to operate in accordance with the Study Group Code of Conduct, and any local policies and operating procedures relating to academic, welfare and safeguarding matters. 

Qualifications & Training Required


  • Degree level qualification.


  • Masters degree and/or PhD

Experience Required:

  • Strong track record in a role with a profile that can be built to be recognised nationally, and significant experience working in multiple locations.
  • Strong track record in curriculum development activities associated with employability in an HE setting. 
  • Evidence of driving innovation and continuous improvement in an HE setting. 
  • Experience of operationalising strategic objectives and driving forward change plans to deliver against these. 
  • Experience of working in a decentralised structure and having de facto line management responsibility over others working in a similar field.

Knowledge/Skills Required:   

Knowledge of curriculum development. 

Thorough knowledge of the UK Quality Code and national educational architecture including RQF, subject benchmarks, FHEQ and OFQUAL processes

Personal Attributes:

  • Good communication skills - orally, graphically, numerically and literate
  • Self motivated and resourceful, able to work independently or leader or member of a team.
  • Articulate and able to present complex ideas/initiatives to a range of audiences in a compelling and authoritative way.
  • Strong personal impact and gravitas.        
  • Able to build rapport quickly with key audiences including Regional Management teams, teachers, HEI Partner staff, external bodies. 
  • Intellectually curious.
  • Flexible to adapt to changing requirements in the business. 
  • Willingness to travel around the UK and Europe.

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