Hackney Education provides a range of services to support the education of children, young people and adults in our inner London borough. Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. Within our diverse borough we serve a wide range of children and young people. We have a particular focus on supporting less advantaged families: Hackney figures in the 10% most deprived boroughs in England on a number of measures.
Hackney Education’s key priority is to improve the life chances of every child, young person and learner: making Hackney the most forward looking education system in the UK, where schools, settings and partners provide an exciting environment which ensures inclusion and success for everyone. We see our borough as being one of the best places in the country for young people to grow, learn, develop and achieve – and one of the best places for colleagues to work and thrive in our education system.
Details of the role:
This is a fixed term (12 month) contract.
The Improvement Project Officer role which sits within Hackney Education’s Improvement Programmes and Projects team; An exciting team which is the centre for improvement and change within Hackney Education. The Project Officer will be responsible for contributing to the development and delivery of projects for the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) service area. This role requires someone with innovative thinking, great time keeping and excellent interpersonal skills. We are looking for someone with experience in project management and process improvement in a public, private or voluntary sector setting.
The Project Officer will work with project managers and practitioners to drive projects forward, ensuring the highest quality, most effective and efficient organisation of services. The role will provide a range of SEND project support, from initially scoping improvement ideas, producing research, to data analysis, writing business cases and briefing documents.
The role includes assisting SEND project managers, adding operational capacity by supporting colleagues in their duties. They will contribute to the continuous improvement of services.
Candidates selected for interview will demonstrate:
- Project Management experience (working within the public, private or voluntary sector)
- Experience of successfully engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders
- Strong communication skills
- Excellent analytical skills
- Ability to manage a complex range of tasks simultaneously, effectively prioritising and delivering on time to a high quality
- Strong Excel skills (or Google Sheets)
- Proactive, with the ability to work on own initiative to produce results
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Meghan Nice, Improvement Programme Manager (0208 820 7635).
Recruitment Process & Indicative Timeline:
- Closing date for application: 11 December 2022
- Applicants who are successfully invited to an interview will be sent information to prepare the presentation they will give in the interview.
- Interview date: week commencing 4th January 2023
The interview format includes a 10 minute presentation followed by a panel interview.
Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.
Hybrid working pattern with at least 2 days a week in the office, 1 Reading Lane/HSC Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, Hackney
Future working arrangements are still to be confirmed. It is expected that this role will be based at 1 Reading Lane/HSC Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street in Hackney, for 2 days per week in the office, plus remote working the remaining 3 days if desired. Note that we also welcome those interested in other flexible working arrangements.
We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.
Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people and people from a black and ethnic minority background as these groups are currently under represented in our workforce.