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Head of Employer Engagement The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is seeking an experienced and transformative team leader with expert knowledge of graduate labour markets and trends as the next Head of Employer Engagement, to shape and drive the next phase of meaningful engagement between employers and LSE students.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: £46,792 to £54,368 (Band 7)
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

LSE Careers, a professional service division at The London School of Economics and Political Science, is led by Director, Lizzie Darlington and comprised of about 40 staff across three sub-teams – Careers Education, Student Experience and Operations, and Employer Engagement, led by the Head of Employer Engagement.

With our mission to facilitate transitions from education to employment, supporting the development of the skills required to build, and maintain, fulfilling careers across industries and sectors in the UK and internationally, LSE Careers sits in a unique position as a facilitator of meaningful engagement between students and employers. As a service, we have gone through a period of growth and change over the last two years, adapting to a dynamic graduate labour market. It is essential that as a service we have the expertise, knowledge and agility to innovate at pace so that we engage with a broad and diverse range of employers and provide the most relevant opportunities for the School’s high-performing, aspirant and diverse student and graduate bodies.

With an established cycle of work throughout the academic year and a wealth of expertise across three high-performing and collaborative teams, the Head of Employer Engagement post is an exciting opportunity to influence and drive the direction and shape of employer engagement at LSE and lead a team who will support employers to engage in high quality, meaningful ways with students. The postholder will be an expert and authority in the field of employer engagement, graduate labour markets and relevant hire markets in the UK and internationally and will act as an ambassador and advocate for LSE Careers in the School and externally with partners and stakeholders.

Responsible for managing Employer Engagement Advisers and the newly established Work-Based Learning team, the role will oversee the strategic planning and operational management of employer and alumni-related activities within LSE Careers and support the delivery of the LSE Careers 2020-25 development plan.

The role will manage their team to plan and deliver all aspects of employer engagement, from identifying new opportunities in the labour market, to ensuring the development of services and programmes that support the strategic aims of LSE. You will be expected to develop networks, engage new partners, and work closely with LSE alumni as employers, with a focus on developing specialist and targeted work-based learning programmes and engaging them to support thematic careers programmes delivered by the Careers Consultants across the School.

Working closely with the Heads of Career Education and Head of Student Experience and Operations to oversee the delivery of high standard LSE Careers events and activities, you will have budgetary and revenue stream responsibilities, monitor and appraise team performance, and evaluate service data and intelligence to continually develop the engagement offer.

Who we are looking for:

 

LSE Careers is seeking a credible and experienced team leader, with a strong track record in client or employer relationship management in higher education or industry, and an understanding of graduate labour markets in the UK and internationally as the next Head of Employer Engagement.

You will need to demonstrate strong people management skills in order to utilise, direct and develop team strengths in response to changing requirements and support team members to embrace new ideas and approaches that will transform LSE’s model of employer engagement. You will have the ability to influence at senior levels and act as an ambassador to market events and deepen engagement at every opportunity. With excellent verbal and written communication skills, you will have experience of developing services or processes to improve the quality and delivery of provision and strong project management skills.

As a champion of Employer Engagement and Work-Based Learning, with insight and knowledge of graduate labour markets, you will know how to leverage networks with internal and external stakeholders and partners, identify and engage senior contacts in industry, and provide a strategic and innovative steer that will challenge current models of employer engagement.

You must be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the LSE community and represent the needs and expectations of our student body in terms of careers and employer engagement.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the role of Head of Employer Engagement at LSE Careers.

LSE Careers’ mission is to facilitate transitions from education to employment, supporting the development of the skills required to build, and maintain, fulfilling careers. Occupying a unique position within LSE that straddles student services, education and external relations functions, we operate centrally while also delivering a significant proportion of tailored and targeted interventions that support academic departments and other areas of the School.

Students arrive at LSE with very different life experiences, interests and ambitions, and at different stages of readiness in relation to their future working lives. Our offer is predicated on a commitment that all should have the opportunity to reflect on their values and experiences, explore interests and opportunities, and gain the experience they need to take the next step in their career journey.

This is an exciting time to join LSE Careers’ growing team as Head of Employer Engagement. The postholder will play a leading role in driving forward LSE Careers strategic ambitions around diversifying and expanding the way we work with employers and alumni, developing our work-based learning offer and meeting the diverse needs of our international community. Drawing together stakeholders from across the School, as well as external partners, this post will play a key role supporting LSE’s 2030 strategy to Educate students for Global Impact and take a lead in helping students navigate the changing graduate recruitment landscape and the move to hybrid engagement.

As a member of the LSE Careers leadership team, you’ll work closely with colleagues to ensure that LSE Careers vision and strategy is realised through the work of the employer engagement team, who manage our relationships with employers, organise employer and alumni events as part of our careers offer and collaborate with careers consultant colleagues on sector-based programmes, large scale recruitment events and activities based within academic departments. Our Employer Engagement team has recently grown to include a work-based learning function. This involves working in partnership with stakeholders and academic departments to increase the number and breadth of work-based learning opportunities for students, to support the development of highly skilled graduates. You will be responsible for ensuring the team works effectively together with the right structures in place to develop and deliver a new employer engagement strategy for LSE Careers and the School.

If you are excited by the opportunities of this role then please take the time to review the information and contact our recruitment partners at Peridot to discuss the role and understand how your experience and skills could align to supporting LSE Careers with our ambitious plans around employer engagement.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you.

Lizzie Darlington

Director, LSE Careers

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Founded in 1895, LSE is a specialist social science university ranked 1st in the UK and Europe, and 2nd in the world, for social sciences and management subjects (QS World University Rankings 2021). Part of the UK’s Russell Group and a member of CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences, LSE is ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). With 51% of students classed as Overseas, LSE has around 12,000 students studying across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with 92.8% of graduates entering employment or study within 15 months of completing their degree.

With 29 academic departments and institutes, and 19 research centres, LSE offers a rigorous social science education, designed to stretch students intellectually through specialist undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, executive education, distance learning and summer schools. Initiatives such as LSE LIFE, the PhD Academy, Student Futures, Careers, Volunteering and Generate provide academic, personal and professional support for students.

LSE’s library is one of the largest social science libraries in Europe and has designated status as the British Library of Political and Economic Science from Arts Council England.

LSE counts 18 Nobel Prize winners among staff and former students, with 165,000 alumni across 200 countries, and in 2021 became the first Carbon Neutral verified university in the UK.

LSE Careers

LSE Careers’ mission is to facilitate transitions from education to employment, supporting the development of the skills required to build, and maintain, fulfilling careers. Occupying a unique position within LSE that straddles student services, education and external relations functions, we operate centrally while also delivering a significant proportion of tailored and targeted interventions that support academic departments and other areas of the School.

LSE Careers partners with international and national organisations, charities, start-ups, and local businesses so that employers can access our communities of students and graduates. We work with alumni to support them with their early career planning and to facilitate their engagement with current students. We work closely with academic departments to design tailored and sector-specific careers programmes and we collaborate with other LSE services to deliver a comprehensive skills development programme.

We host a comprehensive calendar of events and activities throughout the year, including careers fairs, sector-specific careers and skills programmes, coffee mornings and alumni networking groups. We also manage graduate internships, micro-internships, and host a jobs vacancy board where students can find opportunities to work with hundreds of employers.

LSE Careers is comprised of three sub-teams, working collaboratively while retaining specific areas of responsibility:

Careers Education and Advice, managed by the Co-Heads of Careers Education, with a team of Career Consultants, responsible for 1:1 appointments, seminar and workshop delivery, and managing bespoke programmes within academic departments.

Employer Engagement, managed by the Head of Employer Engagement, with a team of Employer Engagement Advisors, responsible for managing relationships with employers and securing their presence at events, the jobs board, and generating income, and the newly formed Work-Based Learning team.

Student Experience and Operations, managed by the Head of Student Experience and Operations, overseeing operational support including events organisation, marketing support, website management, data analysis, student feedback, and manging the resources centre to welcome students and respond to enquiries.

LSE Careers 2021-23 goals:

  1. Help students and recent alumni to explore, define and achieve their ambitions across all stages of career planning.
  2. Facilitate and provide access to a range of work-based learning interventions
  3. Diversify and expand the way we work with our employer and alumni base to support students in making crucial connections
  4. Use data, insight and feedback to design tailored service provision
  5. Meet the needs of our international community wherever they are located and wish to work
  6. Develop our diversity and inclusion initiatives
  7. Contribute to LSE 2030 and individual initiatives across the School in areas that harness and relate to our areas of expertise

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