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About TASO 

The Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO) is an affiliate What Works Centre, and part of the UK Government’s What Works Movement. Our vision is to eliminate equality gaps in higher education (HE). Our mission is to improve lives through evidence-informed practice.

TASO was set up in 2019 within King’s College London and became an independent charity on 1 April 2021. Our work focuses on the generation, synthesis and dissemination of high-quality evidence about effective practice in widening participation and student outcomes. We primarily focus on developing and disseminating causal evidence (categorised as type 3 in the Office for Students’ Standard of Evidence).

As we are a new charity we have identified that it is critical for our success to identify and build our network.

The role

This is a new role within TASO which will be tasked with identifying and engaging with a variety of stakeholders working in the Higher Education sector.

The focus of the Network Coordinator is on the growth and sustainability of TASO; through developing and maximising relationships which will ensure our research has the highest impact and is informed by the issues, challenges and views of our key audiences. This may be through organising networking events, setting up meetings, identifying opportunities for TASO involvement, conducting listening/learning exercises and working with the wider communications team.

It will be crucial to identify influencers and develop a system of mapping and tracking TASO’s engagement. This role will continually gather feedback and intelligence which will be used to improve our engagement strategy. Stakeholders will be a range of people and organisations working in Education from students, to Vice Chancellors, practitioners to policy makers, as well as other organisations and charities working within a similar space.

The Network Coordinator will act as steward to external stakeholders but also identify opportunities for TASO staff to participate in external events.

This is a vital role within TASO and a unique opportunity to build a function within an organisation from the ground up and have real impact on people’s lives.

Responsibilities 

  • Identify key influencer and stakeholders and introduce them to the work of TASO
  • Build awareness and trust of TASO by building and maintaining good relationships.
  • Reach more relevant stakeholders to enhance and highlight TASO’s work.
  • Promote and support the involvement of TASO stakeholders in the design, provision and implementation of TASO’s work
  • Develop a solid base of gathering feedback and intelligence about stakeholders needs and how TASO can best meet them.
  • Develop engagement activities within TASO communities through listening, research and feedback including organising events ranging from one on one meetings to larger networking events.
  • Manage the Director’s engagement with stakeholders, arranging meetings and logistics
  • Working with the wider Communications team to hone appropriate messaging and engagement approaches, including stakeholder specific segmentation and tailoring where appropriate
  • Keep track of the external policy / advocacy space and update the wider team on significant developments / announcements from across the stakeholder network.

Specification

Essential

  • Have exceptional relationship building skills with a range of stakeholders
  • Be a strong communicator who is able to engage with a variety of audiences.
  • Be able to self-manage your own work plan.
  • Have initiative and innovative thinking, in order to shape new/different ways of working
  • Understanding of how to communicate and tailor messages to different stakeholder groups / types
  • Have strong IT skills
  • Experience in project planning
  • Be flexible with working arrangements as the role may involve travel (within the UK).
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Event organisation experience

Desirable

  • Have an understanding of the UK Higher Education Sector
  • Have previous experience working with and/or implementing a relationship management (CRM) system.

Location: London with home working

Salary: £32,000 to £35,000

Term: Fixed term 12 months, full-time

Holidays: 27 days plus public/bank holidays,

Pension: Employer contribution: 8%.

TASO is a learning organisation which is committed to promoting and enabling our team in their training and development.

To apply, please submit the following items to info@taso.org.uk

  • A full CV
  • A maximum of 2-pages, covering letter outlining how your experience meets the job and person specification

Closing date: Monday 20th December – 9.00am