Project Support Officer

The NHSA is recruiting a Project Support Officer to join its team. The deadline for applications is Friday, 26 November, 2021

Job Title: Project Support Officer

Responsible to:
Chief Executive
Contract:
Fixed term for 6 months; full or part time; starting immediately
Salary:
Up to £28,000 per annum (full time equivalent) depending on experience
Location and Base:
Home-based in the North of England with occasional regional and national travel

Application process

Submit CV and covering letter (max 3 pages) by Friday 26th November to seamus.oneill@thenhsa.co.uk
Interviews will be held Thursday 2nd December by Teams.

We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity. We welcome applications from all backgrounds but particularly from those of under-represented and minority communities.

Download the full job description and person specification here

Background Information

The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) was established in 2011 and acts as a front door to the North of England’s health research system working for a healthier, wealthier region. As a partnership established by the leading universities, NHS Hospital Trusts and all four Academic Health Science Networks in the North of England, the NHSA acts as an advocate for, and provides a portal to, its internationally recognised health science excellence.

The NHSA has enjoyed significant success in creating opportunity and value for its member organisations and currently counts 24 constituent organisations, which include 10 research-intensive universities, 10 research- active NHS trusts and the four Northern Academic Health Science Networks. By bringing the Alliance together it has been able to leverage individual organisational strengths and capabilities for greater impact, raising the profile of health science in the North of England, attracting research funding from traditional and non-traditional sources, and contributing to better patient outcomes in its regions.

Guiding Principles of our Organisation and the Role:
Whilst the successful applicant will have the title of Project Support Officer, we are looking for an all-rounder who understands the necessity for teamwork and the importance of rolling up their sleeves to assist in all areas of our activity whenever they are needed. The day-to-day activity outlined below should be viewed as a guide only, and the successful applicant can expect their role to be diverse with no two days being the same. You will work agilely from a home-base but you will be connected via Microsoft Teams for regular contact with your line manager and the rest of the team. We know that first impressions count, and we pride ourselves on the professionalism and effectiveness of our interactions; so you must possess excellent inter-personal skills and be highly professional in all your communications, both internal and external.

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Role: The Project Support Officer role will provide a variety of support functions across a range of projects and programmes in the NHSA. The post holder will also contribute to the administration of the company by providing cover and capacity on a range of operational functions such as project management and organisation of meetings.

Summary of Duties:

  • Work closely with the CEO in administration of core functions of the NHSA
  • Maintain distribution lists, schedule meetings, prepare agendas and produce accurate minutes as necessary for a range of meetings
  • Help maintain key relationships with regional, national and international health and life sciences stakeholders and partners across all aspects of our activity
  • Provide dedicated support on the co-ordination and delivery of ongoing programmes
  • Represent the NHSA at both virtual and in-person events or meetings where appropriate
  • Contribute to the management and delivery of events (in collaboration with Comms and Events Management)
  • Provide cover within the admin team during any period of absence or peaks of activity

The post-holder will work with our executive team and existing networks and will need to develop an understanding of the different sectors the Alliance serves, so then the core focus of maintaining relationships across the team and with our constituent member institutions. The post-holder will need to successfully engage with a wide variety of stakeholders at all levels and from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, possess a flair for communicating with varied groups of people.

The post-holder will also need to demonstrate attention to detail, credibility, dynamism, energy, resilience, and emotional intelligence plus an ability to successfully manage competing demands on time and resource. The ability to meet deadlines and ask for help when needed is crucial in order to manage competing demands on your time.

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