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Contract: 12 months
28 days per annum
Why Comics? Education Charity is looking for a multi-talented self-starter to become their new Education and Research Programme Manager. This is an exciting opportunity within a small, dedicated team of staff based at SOAS University of London, Russell Square and reflects our continued commitment to providing free educational resources for 7-18-year-olds around vital global humanitarian and social issues to help tackle racism and intolerance in schools.
Why Comics? exists to educate, inspire and engage students and teachers on important contemporary issues to promote equality and diversity through innovative educational resources. If you share our mission, are passionate about making it happen, and strongly believe you can contribute, then join us and we'll give you every opportunity to succeed.
The Education and Research Programme Manager will be the vital member of staff with lead responsibility for our engagement work with primary and secondary schools across the UK, and the additional 26 countries worldwide that currently use our resources. The successful candidate will build on our existing work and shape our future education programmes over the coming year. The post holder will need to deliver effective, highly competent managerial support and consistently deliver in a person-centred environment which promotes positive relationships.
Reporting to the Managing Director, and the Executive Director when required, this role will offer the successful candidate a great opportunity to work in a supportive working environment with lots of potential for learning and development. If you are an ambitious and driven manager, we are looking to hear from you.
· Educated to postgraduate level, with an enthusiasm for/knowledge of education, the arts and development studies/the humanitarian sector
· Proven track record of excellent project management, research, written and oral communication skills
· Highly motivated, keen attention to detail and flexible mindset to adapt to a variety of different projects
· Ability to take initiative, and work autonomously and as part of various teams
· Experience of managing staff, and multiple projects of 3-12 months in duration
· Experience of fundraising from trusts, foundations or other sources (with proven success of substantial income generation), and budget management in a third sector or similar environment
· A background in teaching or other aspects of formal education
· Experience of public engagement work
· Comfortable interacting with people of all backgrounds
· Experience of managing social media channels
· Excellent IT skills, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel
· Be prepared to undergo, or already have a current, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
· Project Management Qualification (e.g. PRINCE2 Practitioner or similar)
· Experience in the third sector as a volunteer or employee
· Knowledge of the UK National Curriculum for Key Stages 2-5, and/or developments in education policy
· Professional experience of proofreading
· Experience of design/digital marketing
· Experience of a Content Management System (CMS), such as WordPress
· Experience of audience building and using social media analytics such as HootSuite and Followerwonk
The post has 28 days annual leave entitlement (inclusive of bank and public holidays, but exclusive of Why Comics? Team Privilege days).
Typical working hours are 10:00 to 18:00 Monday-Friday, however as this position involves travelling and meeting with stakeholders and attending events, flexible working will be required, including covering occasional early evening and weekend events.
Candidates must submit a succinct covering letter (no more than 2 pages) explaining how they satisfy the requirements of the person specification, in addition to a CV highlighting relevant experience (no more than 3 pages). The successful candidate will also be asked to provide 3 professional referees, one of whom must be from their most recent employer.
Candidates are also asked to provide 3 examples of their writing (such as a press release/news article, funding application with the corresponding criteria, blog, mail-out, report, journal or strategy). All applications should be addressed to Dr Benjamin Dix, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Why Comics? is based at the SOAS University of London where we are working with the University to humanise academic research to a wide audience. Why Comics? brings contemporary humanitarian and social issues (such as racism, conflict, migration, trafficking and climate change) into the classroom through interactive literary comic books based on real-life testimony.
Our resources build empathy and enhance learning for students and teachers alike alongside national-curriculum relevant lesson plans to support multiple subjects. Why Comics? encourages critical and reflective thinking on vital global themes, whilst encouraging learners to make connections between their own lives and lives of others throughout the world thereby promoting social change, and helping tackle racism and intolerance in schools.