Kickstart - Alumni and Widening Participation Assistant (Languages and Cultures)

Job details
Posting date: 29 October 2021
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 31 January 2022
Location: Liverpool, L697WY
Company: DWP Kickstart Scheme
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: V0000350648

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University of Liverpool

Job Purpose: -
The purpose of this post is to create the structures to support a strong network of alumni from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLC). To date, the department relies on informal contacts with alumni to deliver careers’ talks and help to promote the learning of languages more widely, but there has been no systematic approach to the building of an alumni network. This post will thus seek to build a database of active and engaged alumni, assist with the creation of a newsletter, create a dedicated alumni webpage with profiles, instigate a social media campaign around key alumni and engage with colleagues in MLC responsible for both widening participation and careers and employability (in order to strengthen the visibility and value of languages at younger ages, and to improve careers advice for our own students). The intention is that through building a strong network of engaged alumni, MLC will raise the profile of languages and the importance of transcultural understanding within the university, but also in the region and nationwide.

This is a graduate level post, given that the individual will be required to work relatively independently and produce a range of high-quality outputs, some of which will be visible to the public. The postholder will be required to make informed judgements on the inclusion or rejection of relevant materials, which will require a certain understanding of the subject area.

Working hours are flexible / negotiable once in post however employees must be available to attend employability activities on Tuesday 09:30-10:30.

Key Responsibilities: -
The assistant will work closely in MLC with the Head of Department, Alumni Liaison, Widening Participation Lead and Careers & Employability Lead, and will have the following key responsibilities (with full training):

To liaise with the Alumni Office in order to send a questionnaire to MLC alumni, liaise with members of staff who have links to active alumni, create a database of alumni who use languages in their professional life and would be willing to engage with MLC, produce short videos and/or written profiles of a range of alumni

To create an alumni webpage, containing a selection of profiles, instigate a social media campaign on the range of careers suitable for languages graduates, assist the Alumni Liaison with the creation of two alumni newsletters and work with the Widening Participation Lead to embed alumni activity more strongly within work with regional schools and with current WP students in MLC

To work with the Careers & Employability Lead to better integrate alumni activity into careers’ session for current students; investigate the possibility of an alumni mentoring programme or internship scheme

The postholder will work with a range of individuals in MLC and HLC, and will take part in fortnightly meetings with the relevant individuals. They will also be encouraged to attend all the MLC Careers sessions that take place during the period, including ‘meet the graduates’ sessions. They will also be invited to present their work at staff meetings.

You will need to have experience of or confidence to collaborate with a range of stakeholders (Essential) and experience of creating or assisting with social media campaigns (Desirable)

Education, Qualifications and Training
The postholder will have an undergraduate degree in an Arts and Humanities subject OR an undergraduate degree in another subject area, but be able to demonstrate a clear interest in the Arts and Humanities, in particular in the area of languages and cultures. (Essential)

Skills, General and Special Knowledge
You will need to have excellent verbal and written communication skills (Essential), good knowledge of Microsoft Office (Essential), basic video editing skills (Essential), basic knowledge of key social media (Essential), knowledge of one or more languages and cultures other than English is desirable, given that the project concerns the promotion of languages and associated skills. (Desirable)
Advanced knowledge of key social media and/or advanced video editing skills will mean that the postholder will be able to progress on some tasks more swiftly. (Desirable)

Personal Attributes and Circumstances
You will need to have the ability to work effectively in a team and coordinate with a range of different people (Essential), excellent organisational and time-keeping skills, and ability to meet deadlines (Essential), the ability to take the initiative, work independently and take ownership of projects (Essential), the ability to innovate and find creative solutions to problems (Essential) and be able to lone-work / work from home (Essential)

Flexible / negotiable once in post


Self-Awareness and Personal Development: Understanding my skills, Understanding my values, Developing confidence, Growth Mind-set, Overcoming obstacles to work
Professional Development: setting goals for my placement, reflective-log, Accessing training and develop opportunities, Entrepreneurial thinking
Career Planning: future thinking, self-reflection for career success, exploring your options
Recruitment Ready: CV review, video interview (Shortlist me) practice, Evidencing your skills, Finding jobs.
This will consist of:
4 Hour induction on campus: Co-delivered with CSD
6 X 45mins Synchronous delivery run in a cycle throughout the project (1monthly, delivered by a mixture of C&E including Enterprise, KSM, EO and Digital Coaches) All these will be skills sessions that are suitable for all as to not need to create multiple sessions dependant on audience
20 Hours’ worth of portfolio tasks, synchronous learning and TEAMS Discussions.
Personal Development Programme: -
Both during their Kickstart placement and for the following 3 months’ post Kickstart placement, the Kickstart Employee’s will form part of a Kickstart Community via a TEAMS space. This will form a community space where employees can discuss their experience with each other, complete group tasks, contact the Kickstart Project Manager regarding any employability related questions or support and access information and links regarding vacancies, development opportunities, and up and coming events. The Employability Portfolio will also ensure the Kickstart intern sets personal and professional goals throughout the placement which they will reflect on and record throughout their experience, including reflective logs, skills audit and evidencing your skills activities where they will create competency-based examples of their developed skills gained throughout their placement.

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