NEACO Lead (Fixed Term)

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Would you like to lead a large-scale educational outreach programme which is making a positive difference to the lives of young people? The Student Admissions and Access Office at the University of Cambridge is looking for an enthusiastic and committed professional to join its Widening Participation (WP) team as NEACO Lead.

The NEACO Lead leads a partnership of five Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and eight Further Education Colleges (FECs) across East Anglia. Since 2017 the partnership has successfully worked together with secondary schools and sixth forms/colleges, to support students who live in areas with low rates of progression to higher education and students who are from groups that are underrepresented in higher education.

The NEACO Lead plays the leading role in all aspects of the realisation of the Project and has a key advisory role in its ongoing development. They will be required to develop an understanding of approaches being developed by partners across the region and have ultimate responsibility for the effectiveness of strategies implemented across the partnership. They are responsible for monitoring progress against the Project Plan, ensuring agreed milestones are met, and activities are delivered within budget (c£2mp/a). They are required to provide regular management reports detailing progress to the project's governance groups and must ensure the partnership is compliant with all requirements of the OfS as regulator.

The successful applicant will be highly organised and have a strong background in managing large-scale, multi-partner projects, ideally within the UK education sector. They will have an understanding of issues that affect underrepresented groups in higher education and the role of widening participation activities and evaluation in tackling these issues. We're looking for someone who is a confident communicator and has excellent relationship building skills, with the ability to effectively engage a wide range of stakeholders. The successful applicant will be self-sufficient, enthusiastic and confident leading and motivating a team.

The NEACO Lead will be part of the Widening Participation team at the University of Cambridge (c.20 people) and managed by the Head of Widening Participation and Collaborative Outreach.

The Student Admissions and Access Office have agile working practices, which means there is a degree of flexibility in where and how people work, in agreement with their line manager. This generally means a mix of remote and in-office (central Cambridge) working.

Additional information regarding the role can be found within the further information pack. Your application should clearly set out how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification (the knowledge, skills and experience required for the role) along with relevant examples. Candidates will be shortlisted and invited to interview based upon these criteria.

Applications are welcome from both external and internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

This post is fixed term until 31 October 2025 in the first instance, due to limited funding.

Applications for this post close on Sunday 18 February 2024

Interviews for the role will be held in central Cambridge during w/c 26 February 2024

If you wish to make an informal enquiry about the post, please contact the Head of Widening Participation and Collaborative Outreach, Tom Levinson:

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Please quote reference AT40380 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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