Access to University Campaign & Advocacy Co-ordinator

Salary: 
£30,000 per annum pro rata (£18,000 for 21 hours p
Hiring Organisation: 
STAR (Student Action for Refugees)

Job title: Access to University Campaign & Advocacy Co-ordinatorReports to: Chief ExecutiveLocation: STAR national office, London N7 (with travel across the UK) Hours: 21 hours per weekSalary: £30,000 per annum pro rata (£18,000 for 21 hours per week) + 7% contributory pension. 1 year initial contract Purpose of role: To lead STAR’s Equal Access campaign to improve access to higher education (HE) in the UK for refugees & asylum seekers. The successful candidate will have knowledge of the the UK’s higher education and asylum systems as well as experience of working with senior policy makers to effect change. Job description Main responsibilities Devise and deliver STAR’s Equal Access campaign1. Research and be expert in UK government policy on access to HE for refugees, asylum seekers, people who have limited leave to remain following an asylum claim (e.g. humanitarian protection) and participants in resettlement programmes2. Research and be expert in each HE institution’s progress towards Equal Access3. Develop STAR’s Equal Access campaign strategy and materials4. Empower students to campaign at their university for Equal Access by devising tailored advocacy strategies and then support STAR colleagues to deliver these on campusWork with universities:1. Be proactive in promoting Equal Access to university policy makers2. Advise and support university staff to create and deliver Equal Access policies, both alongside STAR groups and independentlyWork with allies and policy makers:1. Be proactive in promoting Equal Access to potential allies and policy makers including NUS and MPs2. Advise and support policy makers to create improved access policiesSupport the coalition working for Equal Access:1. Convene and administer the Access to Higher Education Working Group2. Engage with stakeholders to ensure good co-ordination and maximise the impact of join actions to achieve Equal Access3. Raise awareness, bring policy makers on-board, recruit new supporters and partnersMonitor and promote access policies at HE institutions and other opportunities such as grants:1. Keep up to date records of the situation at each UK HE institution on access policies and progress towards Equal Access2. Keep up to date records of other opportunities such as grants3. Act as the central point of information on the accessibility of each UK HE institution for members of the Access to Higher Education Working Group4. Provide information to potential students and agencies, signposting to members of the Access to Higher Education Working Group where they are better able to meet the need5. Publish and circulate the list of accessible universitiesOther tasks:1. Represent and promote STAR at external events and meetings2. Work during evening and weekends with overnight stays as required3. Ensure all STAR activities are led by the needs of the refugees and asylum seekers in the UK4. Undertake other tasks directed by STAR as relevant and commensurate with the post   Person Specification Essential1. Knowledge of the UK higher education funding system2. Knowledge of the structures and decision making processes of universities, student societies and student unions3. Knowledge of current policy and issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees in the UK4. Experience of formulating and implementing a campaign strategy5. Proven track record of being proactive in achieving positive change in policy 6. Ability to build strong partnerships and maintain positive working relationships with individuals and organisations 7. Experience of engaging with high level policy makers to make change such as Vice Chancellors and MPs8. Experience of organising, chairing and administrating meetings9. Excellent communication skills including report writing and public speaking10. Experience of setting up and maintaining effective record keeping systems11. Ability to work effectively as part of a small team and be flexible to change12. Understanding of and commitment to STAR’s aims and values13. Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends by prior arrangement and to travel within the UK  

Seniority: 
experienced practitioner (an expert or specialist or a junior manager managing a few people)
Job type: 
paid job within an organisation
Contract type: 
21 hours per week
Org Type: 
ngo/charity/cso/npo/nfp
Job Location: 
London, England, UK
Location type: 
fixdl|fixed (office)
Closing date for applications: 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 09:00

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