First Star Assistant Director
St Mary’s Institute of Education
Term: One year fixed Term
Salary: £33,797 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Term: Fixed term for 1 year in the first instance, with possibility of extension as programme funder for 4 years
St Mary’s University has a long and distinguished history and a modern outlook. Since its foundation in 1850 it has fostered the intellectual, physical and spiritual development of its students to assist them to have successful careers and flourishing lives.
We have a high proportion of students who are the first person in their families to go to university and have introduced a ground breaking programme to create more opportunities for children living in foster care to enter higher education: the First Star Academy.
Inspired by the success of First Star in the USA, this programme works with young people in foster care from the age of 14 – 18 to help them develop socially, emotionally and academically, and equip them with skills to thrive in Higher Education.
We are seeking to recruit an Assistant Director to support the ongoing running and expansion of the Academy, with particular focus on academic elements of the programme
As Assistant Director you will work alongside the academy Director to develop a programme of academic support for academy students, liaising with subject tutors and mentors regarding programme delivery.
You will also assist in several other areas of the running of the academy, including supporting the recruitment of looked after children to the programme, liaising with local authorities, children’s and social services and schools, help organise monthly sessions throughout the year for First Star students at St Mary’s campus, leading to an annual four-week Summer residential academy.
You will also assist in overseeing the support our students receive throughout the year, and will be involved in the recruitment, appointment, training and management of mentors, youth coaches, teachers, volunteers and other staff and liaise with other stakeholders including children’s services, schools and foster carers from time to time.
You will bring Secondary Education skills and experience to the role to co-design the academic curriculum and your social pedagogy / social inclusion skills will aid in the design the life-skills and aspirational / experiential elements of the programme.
As part of your application explain your interest in and suitability for the post in line with the person specification, your application should also detail why you are applying for the role and why you would like to work at St Mary’s University.
For further information about the role and for details of how to apply please click here
Closing Date: 5th January 2020
Interviews are likely to be held on Tuesday 14th January 2020