Pathways to Professions – Schools Officer

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust runs high impact programmes that inspire and enable young people from under-represented backgrounds to succeed.  We work with young people and communities to broaden their view of what’s possible and help them gain the knowledge, skills and qualifications they need.

The Trust seeks to be a fitting memorial to Stephen by striving to develop a cohesive society that values and supports young people from diverse backgrounds and is dedicated to creating a more equal society.  The Trust also works with government, business and communities to create a society in which everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity and support to flourish.

Pathways to Professions is a 3-year programme which will support young people aged 13 – 15 years across three locations in England; London, Manchester, and Birmingham. This programme aims to help young people, at an early stage, to understand the breadth of career opportunities available in today’s economy and to enable them to acquire the requisite skills for success in the workplaces of the future.

The 22nd of April 2019 was the first Stephen Lawrence Day and as part of this we engaged with schools in celebrating the day, including a pack mailed to every school in England and a suite of resources designed to provide school-age children and young people with opportunities to learn about Stephen Lawrence’s life and legacy.

To build upon this national outreach with schools and to enhance our aim of inspiring younger students to consider careers not readily available to them, we are looking for a Schools Officer to to develop our new programme.

The main purpose of this post:

In line with the Pathway to Profession strategy, co-ordinate the development and delivery of all projects, activities and events required to deliver the overall programme targets.

  • Agree with the Head of Programmes, the projects, activities and events required to ensure the programme targets are delivered on time and in budget.
  • Assist in the development of programme monitoring and reporting frameworks.
  • Administrate, allocate and work within the agreed programme/project budgets and timeframes.
  • Monitor, document and evaluate all programmes/projects undertaken as part of the programme in accordance with SLCT and the funder requirements.
  • Identify resources needed for programmes/projects and ensure that they are available at the appropriate time, including ICT; technical assistance; equipment and materials; room/venue set-up; catering; and staffing.
  • Develop and maintain quality relationships with delivery partners, including schools and businesses
  • Identify suitable opportunities for publicising the programme in the media, write blog pieces and promoting the programme
  • Support the delivery of other programmes by identifying suitable volunteer opportunities for participants and managing volunteer relationships
  • Support in developing training programmes for young people
  • Support in the development of toolkits and resources for young people.
  • Any other duties as required.

Personal Specification


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills including the ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Experience working with young people in an educational capacity
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Understanding and/or experience of capacity building of voluntary sector organisations.
  • Good experience of identifying and managing relationships with a range of partners
  • Willingness to work flexibly, including some time at weekends and evenings
  • Ability to use own initiative


  • Experience of developing and maintaining project databases
  • Experience of establishing and managing steering groups
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Experience of publicity and marketing, including new digital and social media


  • Based at Stephen Lawrence Centre, Deptford but frequent travel across London, Manchester and Birmingham.

General matters

  • Keep abreast of developments, changes and best practice in school education outreach programmes
  • Undertake any other duties which may arise from time to time, commensurate with the scope of the post and within the capabilities of the post holder
  • This post is subject to a Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check


The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is keen to encourage applications from people from all backgrounds including race, disability, gender, faith and sexual orientation.

The post will be subject to a DBS check.


Please complete a covering letter statement attached to your CV demonstrating your capabilities in relation to each of the essential and desirable qualities listed above, addressing each point in the order shown.

Where relevant use your answers to illustrate how your competences have helped you achieve positive results.  This will give you the best possible chance of being short listed.

Please submit applications to

Within your application please state that you heard about the opportunity through the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.