Now Teach: Content and Social Media Executive

Reports to: Brand and Content Manager

Start Date: ASAP

Location:Home Based, with regular working days in London

Salary: From £25to £30depending on experience and qualifications (+11% employer pension contribution)

Working Arrangements: Full time

About Now Teach 

Our long-term vision is a world where children benefit because talented people, who’ve already had successful careers, become teachers and bring their skills and experiences to the schools that need them most.  We support Now Teachers, training providers, schools and the wider education system to realise the full potential of career-changers in education. 

Career changers bring new experiences into the classroom, but they often need support to complete their training and stay in teaching. We offer Now Teachers one-to-one support, a programme of events and the Now Teach Network of all our career changers, helping them change career successfully and stay in teaching for the long-term.  

Our support helps Now Teachers stay in teaching: our retention rate is almost twice the national average for 40–65-year-olds. Over 90% of our cohort are satisfied or very satisfied with the support they get from Now Teach. 

 We have a strong brand, a robust, efficient selection process and a programme of wrap around support that has been honed over several cohorts.  Since 2016, over 11,000 people have expressed interest in joining Now Teach and we have recruited over 500 career changers with significant industry experience into teaching. In September 2021, we mwelcomed our largest cohort of trainees.  

We are looking for driven and committed people to help us meet new goals, increase our Network and create more impact in schools.

Working at Now Teach 

“The workplace culture is friendly, collaborative and supportive. It is full of people who want to do their best work and enable colleagues to do their best work but have a pleasant time while doing so. There is a training budget, good line management and room for people to take responsibility.” (Team member, Apr 2021) 

Our people join and stay because they value Now Teach’s flexibility, close-knit team culture and social purpose. 33% of employees at all levels of the organisation work part time and everyone works flexibly, with time off in lieu part of our standard working practices.  

We are a small, collaborative and supportive team of around 20 people. We are non-hierarchical, with 95% of our people believing their line managers listen and value their opinions and people of all levels getting stuck in. We set clear expectations and celebrate the successes of teams and individuals. 100% of our employees were proud to work at Now Teach, 100% think Now Teach is considerate of their wellbeing and 90% of them would actively recommend Now Teach as an employer.  

Our culture is central to us encouraging and supporting people into teaching. Without our positive, honest, and flexible approach we wouldn’t be able to adapt to meet the needs of Now Teachers. We have been named as one of Working Mums’ Top Employers and Escape The City’s Top 100 Employers in 2020. We have won awards for our Culture, Flexible Working and Excellence in Public Service.  

As well as flexible working and a great culture, we offer 28 days annual leave per year, which includes 3 days for Christmas closure (25th Dec-1st January) and a generous 11% pension contribution. 

Role Overview 

This role is a key part of the small and high-performing team responsible for attracting recruits and raising the profile of Now Teach. We work together to deliver inspiring marketing campaigns, create impactful content, and develop our website that’s visited by over 100,00 people each year.  

We are recruiting after our colleague made the decision to change career and study for new qualifications. 

This role needs someone who can: 

  • Write creatively and deliver content 
  • Take ownership of our social media channels 
  • Contribute to our PR work 
  • Work on projects and campaigns  
  • Support other teams 

Changing career to teaching is a big commitment, so we play an important part in giving people the inspiration, insight and information they need to make this significant, and sometimes scary, step. 

Role Description 

  • Write and produce interesting and engaging articles, social media content, monthly newsletters, marketing emails and webpages that help people consider career change to teaching  
  • Creatively drive our social media channels and blog, significantly increasing engagement and followers  
  • Create and maintain an annual content plan to engage our applicants and career changers in our Network, with support from Brand and Content Manager 
  • Research topics and conduct interview to write blog articles and create other content 
  • Make sure content planning is informed by audience insight, finding out what topics connect with our applicants and career changers in our Network 
  • Build relationships with Now Teach’s career-changers and the Programme team that supports them, enabling you to understand the experience of career-changers, identify great stories and find the right person to tell them 
  • Take responsibility for promoting our information events to meet sign-up and attendance targets 
  • Monitor content to see how audiences respond, and refine and innovate to improve engagement 
  • Work with freelancers to deliver projects, including copywriting, photos, design and film 
  • Support the PR Specialist, sourcing case studies and helping identify opportunities 
  • Identify and test good practice to make our communications effective and industry-leading  
  • Support Now Teach’s internal and Network communications   
  • Support fundraising and external stakeholder communications 

Person Specification 

The ideal candidate will: 

  • Want to work for an organisation with social purpose and be committed to ensuring children’s futures are not determined by their backgrounds 
  • Work to our organisational values of Commitment, Adaptability, Honesty and Responsibility 
  • Have great writing skills and enjoy writing in a range of styles and voices  
  • Be full of creative ideas, and enjoy making them a reality  
  • Have high-standards and a commitment to quality  
  • Be able to plan their work and have excellent attention to detail 
  • Have a strong sense of what works and doesn’t in visual design. An ideal candidate will have basic knowledge of Adobe InDesign to update and amend materials 
  • Have the resourcefulness to make recommendations, start projects, problem solve and see them through to completion with the support of the team 
  • Able to set own goals and manage workload in a flexible environment, adapting and operating well with ambiguity 
  • Build relationships and work effectively with others, communicating priorities and goals clearly with colleagues, and giving and receiving feedback to celebrate and improve work  
  • Committed to continuous improvement in building a diverse, effective organisation that is truly representative of the communities we serve. 

Working arrangements 

Full-time role, flexible working patterns possible. Now Teach staff are currently working from home due to Covid-19 and will be until at least January 2022. Some London office based regular scheduled days may be required.  

Application Process 

To apply, please send a Cover Letter (no more than 1 side of A4) and CV (no more than 2 sides of A4) to recruitment@nowteach.org.uk.  Your Cover Letter should include why you are attracted to the role, why you are motivated to work at Now Teach and what you can bring to the team. 

Interviews will happen on a rolling basis, so early applications are strongly encouraged. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

Now Teach strives to be a workplace that is diverse, equitable and inclusive where we can ALL be ourselves. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, gender identities, stages of life and those with hidden or visible disabilities. If we can make the recruitment process easier through reasonable adjustments, please contact recruitment@nowteach.org.uk . All applicants must have an existing Right to Work in the UK. 

Safe Recruitment Procedure 

Now Teach are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process and all successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

Reference checking 

References from the previous and current employer will be taken up for shortlisted candidates, and where necessary employers may be contacted to gather further information.   

Probation 

All new staff will be subject to a probation period of 3 months (which may, in certain circumstances, be extended). The probation period is a trial period, to enable the assessment of an employee’s suitability for the job for which they have been employed. 

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