Southampton Hub: Projects Officer
This local role is an opportunity to create significant social impact, develop valuable professional skills and work with inspiring and driven people, both at Student Hubs and in the wider Southampton community. Southampton provides a challenging and exciting environment within which to develop student social action: working with passionate and committed student volunteers and in partnership with a wide variety of local partners, in a community with needs left unmet by recent cuts to vital services.
As Southampton Projects Officer, you’ll be responsible for working closely with student volunteers, university and community partners, and building new relationships to deliver high impact and high quality student-led activities. We believe in challenging and trusting you from early on - you’ll receive plenty of responsibility and freedom to lead on Southampton Hub’s activities. We need the strongest staff team possible to support the big ideas that students bring to the table and make our vision for student-powered social change in Southampton a reality. Could you be part of it?
- The Southampton Projects Officer is responsible for key areas of Southampton Hub’s activities: student-led volunteering, and incubation of new projects focusing on supporting disadvantaged young people in the city.
- You will be responsible for ensuring the continued growth and sustainability of these activities.
- You will also work with the Student Hubs team to ensure that Southampton Hub is strongly embedded in the local community and the University, and support the student committee to champion Southampton Hub on campus.
- Providing a first point of contact with students engaging with your areas of responsibilities, being on hand by email, phone or in-person to answer an queries and provide advice. Working with the Student Hubs team to provide general support and training to the Southampton Hub student committee, empowering them to do their roles effectively and work well as a team.
- Working with the student committee on various outreach and fundraising activities throughout the year, effectively communicating the community need for student social action in Southampton, and how students can benefit from getting involved with social action too. Providing one-to-one support for any student interested in Southampton Hub.
- Schools Plus: Southampton Hub’s flagship volunteer tutoring programme, enabling local school pupils to reach their academic potential through support from student volunteers in weekly sessions, as well as one-off inspiration days in the classroom or on campus. Code Plus: our newest project in Southampton, connecting disadvantaged school-aged children with student volunteers for technology-focused outreach in local schools and libraries at after-school clubs. Branch Up: a programme of activity days providing disadvantaged young people aged 7 to 13, who have difficult backgrounds or caring responsibilities in their family. With the help of student volunteers who act as positive near-to-peer role models, children are able to enjoy cultural and educational activities that they would not normally have access to.
- Empower: a time-bound mentoring scheme following a specific curriculum, focused on building skills for pupils expected to underachieve at school with an aim to increase educational attainment and confidence. LinkAges: our intergenerational volunteering project, connecting student volunteers with isolated older people in Southampton for activities and befriending.
- Student Volunteering Week: an exciting national campaign celebrating student volunteering.
- Other small projects: you will be responsible for delivering other small projects as appropriate.
- Attend weekly team meetings (online) and regular team days (in Oxford, London and other Hub cities). Share and develop best practice with other members of the Student Hubs network.
- Deal with all matters sensitively and discretely at all times abiding by relevant confidentiality and data protection policies.
- Undertake any other reasonable duties responsibilities as may be reasonably expected as part of this role.
- A confident, can-do and proactive attitude
- A persuasive enthusiasm for social action, sustainability and social enterprise
- Strong organisational skills and good attention to detail
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate appropriately with people at all levels, motivate students and build relationships
- Ability to work well within a team or independently, and to work well under pressure
- A flexible approach combining energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn
- Experience of student social action and/or youth work is not essential but would be highly desirable
- Educated to degree level or similar.
To apply, please send a CV and cover letter (no more than one page) to firstname.lastname@example.org.