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Athena Swan Project Support Officer (9 months contract)

Athena Swan Project Support Officer (9 months contract)

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    Professional Education Services, Programmes & Projects

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  • Salary:

    £38587 - £44706 per annum + pro rata

  • Contact:

    Siobhan Najeeb

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  • Published:

    about 1 month ago

  • Duration:

    12 months

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A University based in North London are seeking an Athena Swan Project Support Officer for a 9-month fixed term contract. The salary is £38,587 - £44,706 pro rata. A general annual leave package of 30 days, plus 8 statutory and 4 additional days during the Christmas holiday period is also offered.

The role:

The Athena SWAN Charter is a gender equality framework used across the higher education sector, which aims to support and encourage universities to improve gender representation, progression and the working environment for all staff.

The role will involve research, assembling and interpreting data, liaising frequently with School and University colleagues, including central database managers (mainly HR and School Academic Administration).

As an Athena Swan Project Support Officer you will utilise a participatory and inclusive approach, ensuring there is effective communication with staff and stakeholders throughout the process.

Main duties include:

  • Provide high-level administrative support for the preparation of the Athena SWAN application and action plan, including collating responses to the various parts of the application, monitoring the completion of sections and following up where required.
  • Manage, monitor, coordinate and report on the progress of the application and action plan, ensuring that agreed actions are completed within the required timescales and documented, following up with key staff where required.
  • Coordinate the management of the project plan, working with the School's Associate Dean for Culture, Equality and Engagement (where necessary) to resolve problems and issues which arise and prevent delays to the project.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with members of the School's Self-Assessment Team to ensure they are aware of their action points and that action points are carried out in a timely manner.
  • Work with internal data managers and the School's Self-Assessment Team to collate and review data relating to gender equality, and to proactively and independently retrieve and check required data.
  • Monitor emerging guidance, national benchmarking data and statements of good practice published by Advance HE and other bodies, and update internal briefing documents and guidance correspondingly.
  • Assist with the drafting and formatting School application and reports related to the application.
  • Provide data analysis and data presentation support to the School's Self-Assessment Team, answering queries relating to data definitions, benchmarking and Advance HE guidance.
  • Support with the drafting, finalisation, distribution and analysis of staff surveys in support of the Athena SWAN application.
  • Organise focus groups based on staff survey results, as required.
  • Pro-actively evaluate activities and initiatives and propose changes as a result of feedback.
  • Identify opportunities to improve the coordination of the School's activities in support of gender equality, and facilitate the exchange of good practice across the School.
  • Organise meetings, coordinate agendas, take minutes and follow up agreed actions as required.

Essential experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Knowledge of the general Higher Education (HE) environment and gender equality in HE
  • Experience of undertaking quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and translating this into presentations and reports
  • Experience of project management support
  • Committee servicing experience, including minute taking and action tracking
  • Excellent advanced-level IT skills using full range of Microsoft software (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, SharePoint)

Desirable experience:

  • A project management qualification such as Prince 2 or Association for Project Management
  • Knowledge of departmental level Athena SWAN application process and/or other equality Charter Marks.

Please apply with your CV today and we will review your experience. If it meets the criteria above, then a member of our team will be in touch. If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days then unfortunately you have not been successful.

We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential; please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustment so that we can help with making the application process work for you.