Programme Assistant – Sutton Trust US Programme

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Minimum Experience: Entry-level

We are looking for a passionate programme assistant to help us change the lives of hundreds of young people from around the UK.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to advance education, promote civic engagement and develop compassionate leaders through education exchange between the peoples of the US and the UK.  With core support from the UK and US governments, the Commission offers prestigious Fulbright awards for postgraduate study and academic research in the US and the UK, as well as an Advisory Service.  As part of the EducationUSA advising network, the Advisory Service is the only official source of US study information in the UK.

As part of our advising mission, we deliver the Sutton Trust US programme. Working in partnership with the Sutton Trust, one of the UK’s leading social mobility charities, the ambitious programme gives talented state school students a taster of US culture and higher education through an annual programme of support, including UK-based residentials and a week-long summer programme at a US university campus (when COVID allows). Those students interested in pursuing a full undergraduate degree in the US receive one-to-one guidance and application support from the team throughout the admissions and financial aid process in the autumn.

This role supports three programme managers and the director to work with the students, by helping to administrate the programme – including supporting programme selection, residential coordination, US admissions advice, through to pre-departure programming before students enrol at a US institution. The programme is administered by the Fulbright Commission, and the assistant sits in the Advising team within the Commission.

You will offer a passion for higher education and a willingness to learn. You’ll have a great eye for detail, be organised and be efficient. You’ll be able to spot problems before they arise and excel at ensuring processes are followed – all while being sympathetic to our students. Essential for the role will be experience of working with young people either in a professional or volunteering capacity. Given the mission of our organisation and the nature of the Sutton Trust US Programme, candidates with personal experience with the US higher education system will be at an advantage.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers exceptional opportunities for people interested in international education and who are committed to our mission and vision. New staff join a small and friendly team who are highly motivated, entrepreneurial and passionate about cross-cultural exchange. Our staff benefits include 29 days holiday (including 3 US holidays and 3 Christmas closure days) plus bank holidays, pension scheme (employer contribution of 5%), employee assistance programme, flexible working and excellent learning and development opportunities.

Please note, you must have the prior legal right to work in the UK. 

Location: Central London office at least 2 days a week, home working the rest of the time.

Closing date: Monday 13 June (9am BST)

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