Orniston Academies Trust

Social Action Co-ordinator

Flexible working across UK.
£30-32K + benefits
07 Dec 2018
04 Jan 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Vision & Purpose

Ormiston Academies Trust has received funding from the Big Lottery and Ormiston Trust to deliver a two year #iwill project, engaging many young people in social action for the first time and developing their social and emotional competence at the same time. This project will reach thousands, but the real benefit will be about creating ways of working that will make social action an embedded part of our schools for the future.

This post is funded by the #iwill project. The coordinator will work within our existing Enrichment and #iwill team. The postholder will act as the point of coordination to help schools remove practical barriers to participation in formal programmes (Duke of Edinburgh, National Citizens Service and local programmes) and support the #iwill leads in the delivery of the programme. We are looking to support 28,000 young people over two years through rapid expansion of our existing offer.


Key Responsibilities

  • To support the #iwill project leaders to roll out formal programmes to schools and to deputise within the #iwill project as required
  • To establish a clear baseline for the number of students involved in formal programmes and to keep clear and consistent records of increase against the baseline and towards target
  • To work alongside data analysts to ensure that actions being implemented linked to formal programmes and being consistently and accurately recorded in management information systems
  • To support schools with the delivery of DoE and social action programmes to ensure sustainability
  • To work with academy careers leads to identify opportunities for strategic and sustainable relationships around social action placements and partnerships
  • To develop a social action resource bank to support the sustainability of the #iwill project


Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience

  • Project management experience – a formal qualification or demonstrable experience in project or programme management is desirable
  • Experience of supporting programmes that have a lifespan long beyond your involvement and an understanding of what it looks like to make programmes sustainable
  • Experience of establishing or delivering projects within schools, informal education settings and/or the wider community
  • Experience of the voluntary and charitable sector and an understanding of the different ways that young people can be productively engaged in work that is meaningful to themselves and others
  • An understanding of the basics of procurement and evaluation, and experience delivering in a way that meets the needs of other functions in the organisation
  • Experience of developing management information systems and how they are used for monitoring, reporting, evaluation and analysis
  • Experience of following set tasks and ability to manage own time



  • Ability to build relationships with stakeholders around the country, making use of virtual communication creatively to maintain and build engagement, as well as face to face meetings
  • Ability to gather information from different sources to identify barriers and take action to overcome them
  • Ability to see opportunities to achieve goals and make use of these, even where they were not part of the original plan
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to explain yourself clearly through written and verbal means
  • A good level of numeracy and competence with data recording and reporting


Personal qualities and attributes

  • A drive and passion for meaningful social action with a desire to work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and able to work in virtual as well as hierarchical teams
  • Positive attitude and an enthusiastic demeanour that encourages others to get involved and commit to participation
  • Flexibility to undertake some national travel to OAT schools

How to apply: 

Please download and complete the application form. This should then be uploaded to the application section below.


Recruitment begins 7th December

Deadline 4th January 2019

Interview w/c 14th January 2019 at Venue TBC (within an OAT Academy)

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