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Aspiring Professionals Programme Coordinator (London)

Job Title: Aspiring Professionals Programme Coordinator

Location: London

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 12pm 11th March

Interviews: Interviews in w/c 16th March

The Social Mobility Foundation is a small, high profile charity with offices across the UK. We help young people from low income backgrounds enter universities and professions through programmes of mentoring, internships, university application support and skills development.

We are looking for a Programme Coordinator to join our London team.

We strive for excellence in everything we do: the right candidate will be joining an enthusiastic, committed and successful team, which has high expectations for the young people we support. Watch a short video about our work here.

Overview: The Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP) Coordinator role will be well-suited to someone who is focused on the best ways they can help the aims of the charity as well as those of our participants and partners. The APP Coordinator is responsible for supporting the delivery and development of the Social Mobility Foundation’s programme of activities for young people through their Year 12-13 and university years.

Reporting line: APP Manager (Undergraduate & 6th Form)

Salary band: £23,500-£27,000 per annum plus £2000 London weighting. (It is our usual practice to offer at the bottom of the salary band.)

Benefits: 25 days annual leave; bonus annual leave days between Christmas and New Year; time off in lieu for work outside contractual hours; 5% employer pension contribution after a satisfactory completion of a four month probation period, flexible working hours and employer subscription to Perkbox.

Location: Central London

Hours: Full time (37.5 hours) 9am-5.30pm (flexible working hours available)

Person Specification

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong administration skills
  • Confidence with using IT
  • Confidence preparing and delivering presentations
  • Excellent attention to detail when undertaking tasks
  • Ability to work as part of a small team
  • Hard-working and efficient
  • Self-starter with ability to prioritise tasks
  • Ability to adapt to new situations that may arise and problem solve effectively
  • Committed to the aims of the charity

Main Responsibilities


The APP Coordinator will be responsible for:

  1. Achieving Results
  • Organising and supporting skill sessions, supporter events, university trips
  • Coordinating the logistics for events, including securing venues and speakers, the collating responses, attendee lists and feedback/evaluation
  • Allocation of internships and liaison with students and employers in allocated career sectors
  • Support the running of the Social Mobility Foundation’s Mentoring Programme in the region in question, including monitoring the relationship of participants and their mentors in assigned sectors
  • Liaise with employers to support students in their applications for internships and graduate jobs
  • Assisting with the organisation and delivery of residential programmes for students from across the country
  • Visiting and building relationships with schools and employers to promote and gain support for SMF’s Programmes
  1. Self-management
  • Taking a problem-solving approach to the role, escalating issues as needed
  • Developing a strong understanding of the SMF’s work and social mobility across the UK
  • Demonstrating SMF values in all work
  • Using initiative to ensure effective liaison between the SMF and its student participants and target schools and colleges
  • Using initiative to ensure effective liaison between the SMF and its employer partners
  1. Delivering Excellence
  • Maintaining excellent monitoring/evaluation/tracking procedures for student progress and the effectiveness of activities and events; compiling reports as required
  • Undertaking all relevant activities to ensure the stakeholder relationships are well-maintained, including meetings and email/letter correspondence, general admin tasks, and the resolution of any complaints
  1. Collaboration
  • Primary point of contact with students in own sectors
  • Updating the SMF website, Facebook, Twitter, as
  • Other duties, as required by the management team, to assist the operation of the SMF’s activities

Application Process

Interested candidates should apply by sending the following information to by 12pm 11th March:

  • A letter outlining your suitability for the post along with specific examples from past experience.
  • A short statement telling us answering the question: What do you think are the main concerns that the young people the SMF target face regarding access to universities and professions? (500 words maximum).

Please note that generic applications will not be considered. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Jo Griffiths – or call 0207 183 1189.