Enterprise Adviser Network and Hub Manager (Fixed Term Contract)

Job title:                      Enterprise Adviser Network and Hub Manager           

Reports to:                  Head of Strategy 

Main purpose:            To lead the New Anglia Careers Hub and wider Enterprise Adviser Network by managing a team of Enterprise Coordinators, to support schools and colleges to form a community of good practice. Drive improvements across all schools and colleges inside the Hub against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. Reporting, evaluating, sharing key learning and examples of best practice and driving continuous improvement. To be the lead professional for linking Education and Business.

Key relationships:      Head of Strategy, chief executive, county councils, executive team members, Skills Board members, Opportunity Area Boards, schools and colleges, further and higher education partners, businesses and business bodies.

Closing Date:              5pm on 28th November 2018

Interview Date:           5th December 2018 in Ipswich

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A YEAR FIXED TERM CONTRACT UNTIL 31ST AUGUST 2020. 

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Act as a strategic lead for enterprise and education business partnerships activity across Norfolk and Suffolk in partnership with both county councils.
  • To coordinate Enterprise Adviser Network and associated work effectively with the relevant activity led by Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils ensuring shared clarity of purpose, roles and responsibilities.
  • Provide strategic leadership to schools and colleges within the Careers Hub to build capacity in the provision of careers guidance, ensuring each school or college within the Hub has a robust annual Career Benchmarks action plan.
  • Manage a team of Enterprise Coordinators providing guidance and ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to do their job.
  • Carry out a review of the current approach to delivering the Enterprise Advisor Network to identify areas and implement solutions which will enhance the programme leading to the successful delivery of the ambition to have an Enterprise Advisor in every school and college by 2020.   
  • Implement the initiation, growth and successful development of the Careers Hub in accordance with The Careers & Enterprise Company’s Implementation Plan, following the principles of ‘engage, inform and develop good practice’.
  • Develop a strategic plan for the Careers Hub to ensure delivery against KPIs and management of budgets and risk. Map progress and provide quality assurance measurement. Analyse progress data, identify trends and patterns and share this intelligence with Hub schools and The Careers & Enterprise Company so that resource management can be maximised and resources targeted appropriately.
  • Establish an advisory group of key stakeholders with a broad range of interests in careers education and align governance with existing local partners delivering in this field.
  • Work to bring together existing networks of Careers Leaders from each Hub school and college, building a community of practice that encourages collaboration, professional development and signposts Careers Leaders to information, opportunities and sources of support.
  • Work closely and regularly with both county councils, Careers Leaders, Enterprise Coordinators and Enterprise Advisers to undertake, challenge and regularly review audits of Hub schools’/colleges’ careers activity against the Gatsby Benchmarks using Compass and Tracker to document and analyse impact and progress, with formal audits as a minimum at the beginning and the end of each academic year. 
  • Ensure every school or college within the Careers Hub provides three case studies of good practice per year (one per term) and share these case studies with The Careers & Enterprise Company for national dissemination.
  • Work with researchers and evaluators to ensure appropriate data and information is collected from schools and that this process is managed effectively.
  • Direct the work of Enterprise Coordinators working in the Careers Hub to ensure they are providing an effective link between business and education.
  • Develop and implement the wider benefit strategy to ensure the long-term scalability and sustainability of Career Benchmarks, ensuring that schools who are not part of the Careers Hub also benefit.
  • Work with the other Hub Leads across the country to share and disseminate good practice, supporting The Careers & Enterprise Company’s national Centre of Excellence.

 

Person Specification 

 

Essential

 

Desirable

Qualifications

Is educated to degree level or equivalent

Relevant professional qualifications in either business management, career education or teaching.

Experience

Interacting confidently with senior business, education, local authority and Government figures.

Successfully initiating, developing and quality assuring project(s) or programme(s).

Leading delivery of programmes or projects with multiple stakeholders to time and budget and managing and mitigating risks.

Managing people and performance and providing regular progress reports to a variety of audiences in a variety of formats.

Strong track record of stakeholder engagement and management and of communicating with a variety of audiences, preferably in the education and careers sector.

A demonstrable understanding of school culture and the challenges faced by schools in delivering careers and enterprise.

Experience of analysing data and gathering evidence to demonstrate impact within set timescales.

Up-to-date knowledge of the careers education and corporate social responsibility landscapes.

 An understanding of relevant local and national policy relating to skills and economic development and the issues and barriers to employment faced by young people.

Experience of the workings and structures of the public and private sectors

Experience of volunteer management.

Skills/Knowledge

Is able to demonstrate a very high standard of written and oral communications.

Is a strong team leader able to work across different parts of the business and over a large geographical area.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and persuade a variety of audiences and encourage others to use new ways of working.

Is organised and confident in pressured situations

Has excellent negotiation skills

Has the ability to analyse and communicate complex information.

Strong project management skills with ability to manage high profile projects to time and budget.

Collaborative and good at building relationships at all levels, with a wide range of external stakeholders, and within The Careers & Enterprise Company and the local organisation.

Proactive, with the ability to work independently, prioritising a busy workload and many stakeholders.

Adaptable, tenacious, determined, positive and resilient with the ability to work flexibly in line with changing demands.

Has clear knowledge of Government policies and programmes relating to skills