Student Engagement Advisor

By August 20, 2020
  • Contract
  • Full Time
  • London

Our client, a further education college in south west London, are seeking to appoint a student engagement advisor for a temporary ongoing contract.

Student Engagement Advisor (SEA)

(36 hours per week for 42 weeks per year)

Student Services

£14 per hour umbrella, PAYE available

DBS on line or Maze8 Essential

The Student Services Division supports students at each stage of their journey from pre-entry to post exit. The Division has a student orientated culture and puts students’ needs at the heart of everything it does. The Student Engagement Advisor will provide comprehensive, responsive and flexible support in the Student Support Centre, student communal areas and at other sites around a diverse range of issues as well as programmed enrichment and Students’ Union opportunities. You will work in close liaison with students, staff and external organisations to safeguard students and support them in achieving their full potential by offering holistic support including enrichment tailored to their needs. The postholder will be required to work across the following specialisms – Enrichment, with a specific focus on Enrichment.

  • Provide accurate, current and responsive advice, guidance & support to students in the Student Support Centre, signposting and referring as appropriate.
  • Provide information and guidance on the College Bursary funds and support students in completing these forms and providing required evidence.
  • Assess financial support applications eligibility for funding, including the assessment of household income in accordance with funding criteria and make financial awards to individual students in accordance with external and internal regulations and criteria.
  • Take appropriate and timely action to safeguard students, providing a consistent and professional service. Identify and report Safeguarding concerns, using the College’s internal and external procedures and provide ongoing support to a caseload of students identified as at risk under the supervision of the Head of Section.
  • Provide enrichment activities/events in the designated common room areas, engaging with students to ensure that their leisure time is spent constructively and helping them to maintain appropriate standards of behaviour.
  • Contribute to the planning, development and delivery of targeted cross college tutorials as part of a cross college tutorial curriculum/entitlement.
  • Maintain accurate records of all student contact, activities and events, monitoring trends and evaluating support requirements of students as required.
  • Establish and maintain good relationships across the curriculum to support students according to need and to promote enrichment opportunities across the College.
  • Enrichment and Students’ Union Responsibilities
  • Lead, supervise, organise and evaluate common area activities across the College to enrich the College community whilst proactively building positive relationships with students and effectively challenging behaviour/signposting to support services, enrichment and employability opportunities as appropriate.
  • Identify and support the effective referral of at-risk students e.g. LAC’s (looked after children) via the activities in the common area to the pastoral support team.
  • Proactively identify and support the needs of vulnerable students e.g. LAC’s (looked after children) through delivery of safeguarding prevention workshops or engagement in wider enrichment/SU delivery.
  • Partner with external agencies to develop, lead and organise enrichment events/workshops and new initiatives such as the Jack Petchey award, student ambassador/volunteer schemes across all college sites to support and enhance the student experience, with involvement of both curriculum staff and students e.g. Freshers’ Fair, International Women’s Day etc.
  • Plan, deliver, develop and effectively market all Enrichment, Common area and Students’ Union activity e.g. events, elections officer training, meetings, trips and volunteering opportunities across all sites via College portals and noticeboards.

Person Specification

  • Qualified to Level 3 or above in an appropriate area e.g youth and community, education, psychology, sociology, health and social care.
  • Experience of youth and community work.
  • Strong IT skills to effectively market and record all service provision using applications such as: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, College intranet/website, Social media outlets, Pro-monitor/EBS as well as a willingness to undertake further training in the use of College software.
  • Demonstrate some knowledge of Government funding schemes for FE students and associated criteria.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Safeguarding practices, data protection regulations and referral procedures in relation to student information.
  • Demonstrate ability and have experience of delivering student workshops or tutorials to a diverse range of students.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with a Students’ Union and / or NUS.

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