Project Coordinator Ref 2415

School/department: School of Education and Social Work, Department of Social Work and Social Carew
Hours: part time hours considered up to a maximum of 11 hours per week. Requests for flexibleworking options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until 03 November 2023
Reference: 2415
Salary: starting at £25,941 and rising to £30,046, per annum, pro rata
Placed on: 18 October 2019 
Closing date:  05 November 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: 27 November 2019
Expected start date: as soon as possible

Job description

The Department of Social Work and Social Care, within the School of Education and Social Work, has been awarded a major grant by the Economic and Social Research Council, entitled ‘Improving social care systems and practices for young people at complex safeguarding risk: what promotes and sustains innovation?’.  The four year project will examine innovation in services and interventions to address complex safeguarding risks faced by adolescents, such as child sexual and criminal exploitation, gang involvement, and unmet mental health needs.  The project as a whole is led by Professor Michelle Lefevre (Principal Investigator) with a team at the University of Sussex, who will work in close collaboration with the Universities of Bedfordshire and Oxford, Research in Practice (, Innovation Unit ( and ‘Become Charity ( There will also be substantial engagement with six local authority areas across the UK where fieldwork will be conducted, as well as contact with other organisations, systems and individuals involved in our learning and development network and advisory forum.

To support this work, we seek to appoint a part-time project coordinator to enable the research team to work cohesively and efficiently across this complex multi-strand collaborative project and ensure the project objectives are met in a timely manner. A key aspect of the co-ordinator’s role will be to devise and implement a set of administrative systems for the project which will enable the following: the achievement of tasks, with deliverables to deadline, and  progress towards objectives to be monitored across the strands of the project; data and other information to be organised in line with data protection legislation; communication to be facilitated between team members, and between the team and its external stakeholders, using a variety of platforms. The co-ordinator will hold a key role in communication with the public through: designing and formatting publicity materials and other outputs; maintaining and updating the project website regularly with new project outputs; publicising the project’s activities through social media.  The co-ordinator will also undertake a variety of administrative tasks, including: the organisation of events (including two large conferences); working with team members to make travel and accommodation arrangements; liaising with external organisations to organise fieldwork and other events; organising and minute meetings. 

The successful candidate will be a highly skilled administrator who has excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a range of internal and external partners and stakeholders, using a variety of platforms. It is essential that he/she will also have experience of research project administration and be able to work independently as well as collaboratively.

There is some flexibility in the working pattern, which will be discussed with the successful candidate.

Download job description and person specification Ref 2415 [PDF 106.63KB]

How to apply

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