Reports to: Programme Team

Start Date: November 2021

Location: Home Based, with regular working days in London

Salary: From £25k to £28k depending 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 attract and recruit experienced successful people to change career into teaching, helping them to make a successful transition, deliver added value in schools and retain them once trained. 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 can struggle to complete their training and stay in teaching. We offer Now Teachers one-to-one support, alongside a comprehensive structured programme to make sure their career-change is successful and that they carry on teaching for the long-term. This support continues after they’ve completed their training, and the Now Teach Network is there to help them make the most of their experience and skills as career-changers. 

Since 2016, we have recruited over 500 experienced career changers with significant industry experience into teaching, and in September 2021, we will welcome our fifth, and largest, cohort of trainees into the profession. We have received over 11,000 unique expressions of interest to join our cohorts. We have a strong national brand, a robust, efficient selection process, and a programme of wrap around support that has been honed over several cohorts.

Our retention rate is almost twice the national average for 40–65-year-olds and over 90% of our cohort are satisfied or very satisfied with the support they get from Now Teach.

Working at Now Teach

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

In all our employee surveys, flexibility and team culture are cited as the top two things that Now Teach offers as an employer. 33% of our employees currently work part time at all levels of the organisation and everyone works flexibly, with time off in lieu part of our standard working practices.

We are a small, collaborative, and supportive team of ~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 Now Teach achieving our objectives of encouraging and supporting people into teaching. Without our positive, honest, and flexible approach we know we wouldn’t be able to adapt to meet the needs of our 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 also won awards for our Culture, Flexible Working and Excellence in Public Service.

We support our people to develop, with 2 of our team sponsored to complete diplomas and we have supported several team members through promotion or role changes despite being a small team. We offer annual development budgets to allow investment in training and development.

We offer 28 days annual leave per year, which includes 3 days for Christmas closure (25th Dec-1st January) and a generous 11% non-contributory pension scheme.

Role Overview

September sees our largest ever cohort of Now Teachers starting in schools to train to teach. Across the whole Network we now have over 500 cohort at different stages of their teaching career. The Programme team supports them through their training year and beyond to maximise their impact as career-changers in teaching. We do this through our Network events and one to one Programme Manager support, and our communications and events are critical to this connectivity as a Network both in person and online.

As the Programme Events and Communications Officer, you will work closely with the Programme team to develop our communication strategy and content to strengthen our connection to the Network of Now Teachers. Through this work, you will support the Programme team to better support the Network and develop resources, as well as personally delivering on key projects across the organisation such as our termly Now Teaching magazine and Network newsletter. In addition, you will work with the Programme team to manage all aspects of delivery relating to our events offer both virtually and in person, this includes our monthly Teach Meets, Conference and Subject Hubs.

The role will be critical in ensuring our communications and events for our Network and partners are innovative and engaging, while having the opportunity to develop new skills in these areas. The role will report directly to a Programme Manager.

Key Responsibilities

Communications:

  • Support the development of and deliver communications for the Network in consultation with the Programme team
  • Coordinate the comms schedule relating to Now Teach events
  • Work with the Marketing team to agree quality assurance, tone, and format for content.
  • Support Marketing to maximise Network contributions for their attraction campaign inc photography, blogs, profiles, and case studies etc.
  • Maintain and grow a range of approaches to managing the relationships with the Network, including newsletters, magazine etc
  • Oversee the ongoing updating and maintenance of both the Onboarding Hub and Staff Room webpages
  • Represent the Programme team at Marketing meetings

Events:

  • Support and track the onboarding process
  • Develop and maintaining project plans, including leading regular event meetings for the Programme team 
  • Research and book venues and associated suppliers / set up virtual event platforms 
  • Manage suppliers
  • Manage speakers and delegates
  • Manage guest communications 
  • Ensure that engagement data is current
  • Event administration 
  • On the day event delivery 
  • Event evaluation and post-event reporting 

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a strong relationship holder and builder
  • Have experience of working in the education sector
  • Have excellent organisation and project management skills
  • Be a strong, influential communicator, confident with communicating with people at all levels.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills that transfer well to working in person and virtually.
  • Take high levels of ownership in your work and over your self-development, proactively diagnosing skills and information gaps and making use of others’ expertise to continually grow your skills and make a success of tasks at hand.
  • Be able to thrive in a fast-paced young organisation, comfortable with making decisions in ambiguous contexts and rapidly diagnosing need to reprioritise and change course.
  • You will be calm under pressure and capable of managing situations in changing circumstances as well as resolving issues as they arise.

Working Arrangements

Full time role, flexible working patterns possible. Now Teach staff are primarily 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.

Applications will close on 11th October. However, applications will be assessed 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.

We are committed to providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process and we’ll endeavor to be as accommodating as possible. If you would like to discuss specific requirements, please contact recruitment@nowteach.org.uk or call 020 7430 8878 and ask to speak to the Ops Team.

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.  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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