About the job
We are looking for an education professional who can deliver our programmes to a very high standard. We are seeking a skilled facilitator and communicator who can engage with young people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Additionally, we are seeking someone who shares our values and is passionate about using education as a tool to support and empower young people and to stop knife crime.
We actively encourage people from a variety of backgrounds with different experiences, skills and stories to join us and influence and develop our working practice. We recognise the value a diverse workforce brings to a small charity, and we are especially keen for people currently underrepresented in our charity and the wider sector to apply.
Whilst we are seeking applications from people with the listed skills and experience, we understand that applicants will be stronger in some areas than others. If you only meet some of the criteria, we would still love to hear from you and would welcome an informal, non-judgemental discussion about your application.
Main Purpose of the Role
As Education and Programmes Officer you will be responsible for the delivery and coordination of our anti-knife crime workshops to young people, to a high standard. You will work with the Regional Manager to ensure workshops at our London exhibitions (currently Islington and Barking & Dagenham) operate smoothly and consistently to serve young people through the achievement of quality outcomes and maximised engagement.
Our charity was formed out of the most tragic of circumstances.
Ben Kinsella went to Holloway School and wanted to be a graphic designer one day. He loved Art, Music, Arsenal FC, his dog Teddy and making people laugh. He lived in his family home in Islington with his Mum Debbie, Dad George, and three sisters – Brooke, Jade and Georgia.
On 29th June 2008, Ben was walking home from a night out with his friends to celebrate the end of his GCSE exams. He and his friends were chased on streets through Islington and in an entirely unprovoked attack, Ben was murdered. He was stabbed 11 times in 5 seconds, in a horrific act of senseless violence.
The impact of Ben’s murder on his family, friends and the local community was immediately evident. Thousands of marchers converged on London for a peace rally in response to Ben’s murder and increases in knife crime. Ben was the 17th teenager to lose a life to knife crime that year.
In the months that followed, Ben’s family were to uncover emotional and moving texts that Ben had written before his murder. A few months prior to the attack, Ben wrote creatively for his English coursework where he had imagined his own death. His words describe the moment of being stabbed to the moment shortly afterwards where he had died. Not only that, but at a similar time Ben had written to the then prime minister, Gordon Brown, to call on the Government to do more to tackle knife crime and youth violence.
Ben wanted more to be done. He was aware of the rise in knife crime and advocated for change.
Ben’s legacy is our guide – we exist to stop knife crime.
This post covers our two sites in Islington and Barking and Dagenham. The post will involve frequent travel between both sites and to other locations as necessary.
● Barking exhibition: The Foyer, 50 Wakering Rd, Barking IG11 8GN
● Islington exhibition: 245 St. John Street, London EC1V 4NB
As this post is delivery focussed, we regret we are unable to offer opportunities to work from home.
35 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 09:30am-5pm.
Occasionally you may be required to work outside of these hours and will receive time off in lieu.
We will consider a 4 day week for the right candidate.
● Flexible working opportunities where possible
● 25 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays
● Contributory pension scheme
● Cycle to work scheme with the Green Commute Initiative
● Personal development opportunities
Salary and Contract
£23,000 – £25,000 per annum
The initial contract is for 2 years, but there is every hope and expectation that this will be extended. You will have our full support in making this a reality.
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