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Student Summer Job Vacancy - Pre-sessional Community Development Officer

(10 May 2012)

Josephine Butler College is seeking four energetic and enthusiastic individuals to assist the College in providing a collegiate experience for Pre-sessional students during the summer.

The post will last for 15 weeks from Monday 18th June to Friday 28th September 2012. The four 'Pre-sessional Community Development Officers' will work a minimum of 20 hours per week supporting pre-sessional students and will be provided with accommodation for the entire period of the summer. Please see the job description for further details.

Queries and applications should be directed to the Postgraduate Experience and Scholarly Community Officer (daniel.smith@dur.ac.uk). Applications (CV and covering letter) should be submitted by no later than Monday 28th May 2012.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 6th June 2012.



Pre-Sessional Community Development Officer
Job Description

Responsible To: Postgraduate Experience & Scholarly Community Officer (PgESCO) and to the Principal
Term of Office:
15 weeks (Summer Pre-sessional Academic English Programmes)
Hours Worked:
20 hours per week (days & times variable)
Salary:
minimum wage (including accommodation)

 

Position Summary and Key Responsibilities
Josephine Butler College is seeking four energetic and enthusiastic individuals to assist the College in providing a collegiate experience for Pre-sessional students during the summer.

Pre-sessional students arrive in Durham to undertake 'English for Academic Purposes' courses before starting their degree. They are primarily postgraduates and are all international students.  Pre-sessional students are often unfamiliar with the UK and British Universities and particularly the purpose and function of the collegiate structure.

The Pre-sessional Community Development Officers, along with the PgESCO, will form a 'Pre-sessional Committee' which will be tasked with the following priorities:

  • Providing pre-sessional students with a collegiate experience. Organising and attending events for pre-sessional students and encouraging attendance at, for example, Formal meals, 'simple' sports activities and easily run society events.
  • Supporting students in their pre-sessional study by working closely with the English Language Centre to ensure that there is appropriate support and resources for pre-sessional students and arranging and encouraging attendance at study-related activities, for example, use of study resources, skills workshops and informal events to improve students' use of English.
  • Introducing pre-sessional students to Durham including the City, University and College. Ensuring students understand the purpose of the College within the University and how to access appropriate support as well as helping to make links for students with the academic department and College of which they will ultimately become members.
  • Supporting the PgESCO in their work to enhance the College community.

It is envisaged that, subject to primary responsibilities, the role will develop to best suit the skill set and experience of the position holders.


Experience & Skills
No previous experience is expected however it would be useful to make note of the following skills and experience in your application if appropriate.

  • Familiarity with the Pre-sessional Academic English Programmes
  • Involvement with the University, DSU or College
  • Relevant language skills


Other Relevant Information:

Appraisal
The Pre-sessional Community Development Officer shall agree to undertake an appraisal to offer feedback at the end of summer vacation.

The appraisal shall be undertaken on an informal, discussion basis, with the PgESCO and a member of staff from the English Language Centre. At the end of the term of office, the results of the final appraisal shall, if requested by the position holder, be summarised into an appraisal sheet, which may form part of an employer reference.


Misconduct
In the unlikely case of any form of serious misconduct the Post holder is required to attend a meeting of the Disciplinary Review Panel, comprising the MCR President, the PgESCO and the College Principal. The panel shall review appropriate information and suggest a method of resolution.

 

Grievance Procedure
In the event of any grievance, either generally, or with a decision of the Disciplinary Review Panel, communication of the issue should follow the relevant chain of command:

  • The issue should first be raised with the PgESCO, or if inappropriate, the College Principal.
  • If a resolution is not reached, or it is unsatisfactory, the decision of College Council shall be final and binding.

 

Appointments Panel
Appointment to the position shall be made by application to the Appointments Panel, which shall include the PgESCO, the MCR President and the College Principal (or his appointed deputy).

Applications should be submitted to the Postgraduate Experience and Scholarly Community Officer (daniel.smith@dur.ac.uk) by no later than Monday 28th May 2012.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 6th June 2012.