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Careers Manager (12 Month Fixed Term Maternity Cover)

Reference: 010463

Location: Edinburgh

Salary: 37,382.00 - 44,607.00

Posted: 22 February 2013

Apply by: 14 March 2013

Description:

The University of Edinburgh Business School is seeking to appoint an experienced career professional to provide maternity cover for the Careers Manager. The post holder will be required to further refine the student support strategy and plan across the school's degree portfolio as well as providing services to enhance the career opportunities and employability of our postgraduate students.

We are looking for someone educated to degree level, ideally with careers and / or human resources qualifications and experience of the provision of careers advice and guidance. You will be required to combine the ability to devise innovative career programmes and interventions with the provision of one-one support to demanding international students.

The role is to cover a fixed term full time position however we will consider applicants looking to work on a part time basis.

Closing Date 14th March 2013 with the post being available from April 2013 for 12 months.

Salary: £37,382 - £44,607 per annum

Job Purpose

To lead the effective continuous development and delivery of the Career Management strategy for the School’s degree programmes in order to help provide a competitive advantage for these programmes in their respective marketplaces. As part of this strategy to be personally responsible for the delivery of professional impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance to the School’s MBA students to enable them to make a successful transition to their chosen career path. This is a 12 month maternity cover post, available from April 2013.

Main Responsibilities (approx % of time)

• To plan, design, and continue to develop and deliver a range of high quality teaching and learning activities and resources in order to contribute to the employability of students and graduates. To plan such activities in partnership with the university careers service, programme directors and support teams and ensure these are appropriate to the size of the group and the career stage of participants. Activities will include lectures, tutorials, participative workshops, and psychometric testing (for which specialist training and accreditation is required to administer and provide feedback). Delivery of the programme will be a combination of staff drawn from the central careers service, school staff and external providers. (40%)

• To provide one-to-one career management coaching and counselling to enable MBA students to manage their career progression, including working with students to prepare a quality marketing package (CV, application forms, covering letter), and to prepare for assessment centres / job interviews, working with groups and individuals. To provide similar career support to MBA alumni on an ad-hoc basis. (35%)

• In conjunction with the university careers service, to research career opportunities for areas of specialisation, to publicise findings, regularly updating knowledge and adjusting guidance in a complex international market and to develop Career Management resources, authoring, creating and sourcing appropriate career-related guides and web-based resources, and liaising with colleagues to ensure the timely production of the annual MBA student profiles and yearbook, in order to facilitate student job search. (5%)

• To proactively monitor the effectiveness and quality of the career management activities and those people and organisations who contribute to them. Ensure continuous improvement in the service provision based upon this evaluation and by bench-marking the range of services nationally and internationally. (5%)

• To represent the School (and thereby the University) at relevant external meetings and conferences, including input to external consultation. To proactively promote the school and its students to all kinds of employing organisations, often at senior HR level. (5%

• To carry out general duties, such as participating in induction programmes and in information events for prospective students, (5%)maintaining records, surveys and analyses, contributing to collecting alumni destination statistics, and developing relations with both sponsoring and recruiting organisations, in order to facilitate all of the above. (5%)

• To be the main Careers liaison point for the school for both internal and external stakeholders. (5%)

Planning and Organising

• Further develop, implement and promote an integrated Career Management strategy
• Plan strategy delivery and organisational arrangements for the annual career management programme ensuring relevance of this strategy to all different student groups, individual students, stakeholders and potential sponsoring companies.
• Liaising and co-ordinating a wide range of both internal and external providers to deliver the annual career management programmes.
• Negotiating and identifying appropriate times in extremely full programme timetables for the career programme to be delivered
• Planning is influenced by the academic year, employer expectations, fluctuating demand, student expectations, available resources and commitments of other colleagues. This requires being reactive to immediate client needs and having contingency plans to manage unpredictable peaks in demand in the academic cycle.

Problem Solving

• Persuading academic colleagues to incorporate careers and employability activities appropriately into the student experience, and to promote these activities effectively to students. Managing conflicting demands to ensure the appropriate range of activities are provided.
• Complexity of international recruitment markets for example many multinationals, whilst global in operation, recruit locally for each market.
• There is no geographical / industry limit to MBA career aspirations, nor any limit to the frequency of requests for guidance, thus complexity and volume of advice sought year on year can vary. Many students aspire to work for a period in the UK after completion of the MBA which is more challenging given recent changes to immigration rules.
• Ensure maximum impact and benefit for the student population is gained from harnessing and adapting opportunities derived from work with employers and other partners.
• This role requires significant self-direction at the same time as ensuring productive and sustainable relationship building across and beyond the School. Support and involvement of senior colleagues in the University's' Careers Service and the School, particularly the Corporate Development Team. will be essential
• Assisting students to clarify career aims and ensuring that individual feedback and coaching is sensitive, relevant, related to career goals and tailored to the English language comprehension standards of each student.

Decision Making

• Selecting the best methods of delivering and promoting Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to a particular client group. Advising/negotiating with Programme Directors on delivery and promotion of CEIAG.
• Making professional guidance decisions on how best to support individual clients.
• Advising employers on how to attract students from the school’s programme portfolio.
• Contributing to the strategic, policy and operational decisions of the Corporate Development Team.
• Deciding how to staff the various elements of the Career Management Programme (internal versus external input) and choosing external providers
• Deciding on the process and frequency by which strategy is reviewed, how frequently, what benchmark comparators to use and what to do as a result of comparator information gained
• Deciding how best to design integrative exercises to consolidate academic and personal development learning;

Key Contacts/Relationships

• Students
• Alumni
• Discontinuing students
• Internal and external academic & administrative staff
• External Career & Personal Development providers
• The University of Edinburgh Careers Service;
• Peer postholders at comparable Business Schools, nationally and internationally
• External agencies;

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Qualifications and experience:

• A degree plus recognised professional qualification, e.g. in Careers Guidance, HR, Training and Development .
• Typically five years professional experience in a similar or related role.
• Experience of managing own workload, working as a member of a professional team, and successful project management.
• Additional qualifications and experience in teaching, or counselling or psychometric assessments would be welcome.

Knowledge of:

• Theories and models of guidance and learning and their application.
• Educational and careers initiatives which focus on teaching and learning style and employability.
• The postgraduate/executive/MBA labour market and current recruitment and selection methods.
• Current legislation in the field of equality and diversity as they relate to employment, education and careers.
• ICT both as an advanced user and as it impacts on careers guidance activities.
• Professional codes of practice and quality standards.

Skills:

• Advanced guidance skills developed through professional postgraduate training and experience.
• Ability to apply theoretical career counselling models and associated skills; to use professional judgement, underpinned by expert knowledge of the graduate labour market, to support clients to work on sensitive and complex issues and progress their career decision making
• Advanced teaching, presentation and facilitation skills for a range of audiences and styles (from large lectures to small interactive workshops/tutorials).
• An international perspective and approachability to those, whose confidence in English varies;

Dimensions

• The School has a total taught student population of around 1,480, comprising 883 undergraduates, 469 PG students
• The school’s postgraduate programmes typically comprise over 80% international students with our undergraduate programmes typically comprising 40% - this year we have 80 nationalities represented across the programmes
• Our MBA alumni body is 3,900

Job Context and any other relevant information

• Employability is becoming increasingly important across both undergraduate and post graduate programmes. This is driven both by the requirements of both government, industry and students. League tables showing graduate employment statistics and student satisfaction of career related aspects of their degree are produced by Government and major publications such as The Times, Guardian and Financial Times. For most of our students the primary aim of undertaking their degree is career progression and most expect increases in prospects. The majority of ‘experienced’ postgraduates aspire to career change with many wanting to seek work outside their country and origin

• MBA students pay fees of up to £27,400 with MSc students on our premium programmes paying circa £20,000.

Applications must be submitted no later than the closing date of Thursday, 14 March 2013. It is intended that presentations and interviews will take place on Friday, 5 April 2013. If you have not heard by 29 March, your application has not been successful. Applicants invited for interview will be asked to give a 10 minute presentation.

The post is graded at UE08, the salary is £37,382 - £44,607 per annum. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month.

We encourage all applicants to apply online at http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk/. You will recieve email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit your CV and letter of application as attachments.

This is a 12 month fixed term post.

We cannot guarantee to consider late applications.

Informal enquiries for this post should be directed to Mr Simon Earp, Director of Corporate Development, email s.earp@ed.ac.uk telephone 0131 650 8067.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

Employer details:

The University of Edinburgh Business School is seeking to appoint an experienced career professional to provide maternity cover for the Careers Manager. The post holder will be required to further refine the student support strategy and plan across the school's degree portfolio as well as providing services to enhance the career opportunities and employability of our postgraduate students.

We are looking for someone educated to degree level, ideally with careers and / or human resources qualifications and experience of the provision of careers advice and guidance. You will be required to combine the ability to devise innovative career programmes and interventions with the provision of one-one support to demanding international students.

The role is to cover a fixed term full time position however we will consider applicants looking to work on a part time basis.

Closing Date 14th March 2013 with the post being available from April 2013 for 12 months.

Salary: £37,382 - £44,607 per annum

The School is conveniently located in the University's central area, occupying a recently refurbished, award winning building at 29 Buccleuch Place.