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Vacancy for Outreach Officer

Vacancy for Outreach Officer

Job Title: Outreach Officer
Reports to: Strategic Interventions in Health Education Disciplines (SIHED) Programme Manager 
Hours of work: 0.5 FTE. Based at College of Podiatry & Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, London or home based
Duration: 1 year fixed term (potential for extension up to 3 years)
Salary: Circa £30K pro rata

The Strategic Interventions in Health Education (SIHED) programme, funded by the Office for Students (OFS), is a new programme which will deliver a range of interventions to increase awareness of allied healthcare professions, including podiatry, and support student recruitment for course providers. 

The Outreach Officer will join the (SIHED) team to design, develop and deliver a programme of outreach events and activities to engage our target audiences.  To be considered for this role it is essential that you have a strong track record of delivering targeted outreach activities alongside solid experience of working within a healthcare, higher education or charity environment. The successful candidate will have strong communications and interpersonal skills with the ability to positively engage with stakeholders and partners. Knowledge of marketing and communications delivery and evaluation would be an advantage. This role is ideally suited to someone who is keen to be part of an innovative and significant programme supporting the future needs of patients and students.

The College of Podiatry is the academic authority for podiatry in the UK, and an independent charity dedicated to foot health research, education and public awareness. The College is the academic arm of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists - the professional body representing chiropodists and podiatrists across the UK. Podiatry is the field of medicine that specialises in diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders of the foot and lower limb.

Job Purpose

The post holder will play a key role in raising the profile of the profession and supporting university recruitment activities through stakeholder communications, school and college liaison and partnership development.  You will work in parallel with Outreach Officers for other Allied Health disciplines and contribute to meeting the wider objectives of the SIHED programme to increase awareness of and stimulate demand for those health disciplines/professions in scope.

Principal Accountabilities 
  • Develop, plan and deliver a programme of outreach activities to raise awareness of Podiatry as a great career choice and signpost to relevant course providers
  • Develop and manage a professional network to support ongoing outreach work with key stakeholders
  • Deliver on-going training, development and support of network members to maximise the impact of the outreach programme
  • Working with the programme team and wider External Affairs directorate, support the development of  marketing and communications materials such as case studies, videos and other digital content including social media activity to support all elements of the outreach programme
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders including a range of staff within schools, colleges and university departments and practitioners within the discipline
  • Liaise with course providers to monitor the impact of the outreach programme and develop strategies to continually improve programme outcomes
  • Work closely with other outreach officers, the programme manager and the sponsor (OFS) within the Strategic Interventions in Health Education Disciplines programme, to contribute to its development, monitoring and evaluation and to assist with its implementation and delivery
  • Interrogate, interpret and report on data relating to recruitment activities to inform the strategy and review plans, and to analyse this recruitment data in order to monitor the effectiveness of relationships, activities and materials
  • Evaluate and report on effectiveness of outreach activities, including sharing lessons learnt and good practice with other outreach officers within the programme, the programme manager, the programme board and OFS


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Educated to a degree level, or significant equivalent professional experience
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal, with the ability to tailor communications appropriately to the target audience
  • Significant public speaking experience, including at events and conferences, for a variety of audiences such as professional networks, school age students, teachers and parent groups 
  • Strong networking and influencing skills, with an ability to leverage networks to achieve success
  • Demonstrable experience of developing marketing and communications materials including print materials, digital content and social media content
  • An understanding of health and safety, equality and diversity, child protection and/or safeguarding policies
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Ability to plan, multi-task and manage time effectively
  • Ability to work independently, exercise judgement and make decisions that will have an impact on others 
  • Excellent IT skills, including the use of databases and Microsoft Office including PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively across England
  • Ability and willingness to work evening and weekends as required by volunteer networks and careers events



  • Knowledge of the higher education sector and the issues and complexities of student recruitment
  • Knowledge of allied health professions  
  • Knowledge of the regulations for student finance
  • Experience of developing and delivering communications plans


Key Considerations

This role will:

  • involve travelling extensively to deliver presentations and out-reach activity, working England wide
  • Involve working some evenings and weekends
  • involve working in a fast paced environment, delivering to tight deadlines
  • involve managing a significant workload and ensuring that work is prioritised effectively
  • offer very flexible working options


Further information

For an informal discussion please contact SIHED Programme Manager Alex Davis via ad@scpod.org.  

Please apply by sending a copy of your CV and supporting statement to Alex Davis via ad@scpod.org.

Applications should be emailed and received no later than noon on 30th of May 2018. Interviews will be held on the 5th and 8th June 2018.    

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