Senior Access Officer: Refugees and Asylum Seekers (317)

Senior Access Officer: Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Making a difference to the lives of forced migrants – Compass Project Senior Access Officer Position.

Salary range
33,238 rising to 37,912 per annum.
Contract type
Fixed term
Full time
Business Unit (dept)
Access & Engagement
Closing Date
Ref No

Making a difference to the lives of forced migrants – Compass Project Senior Access Officer Position.

The Compass Project is an award winning and sector leading area of work established at Birkbeck in 2017. It was as an institutional response to supporting and changing the lives of those from forced migrant backgrounds by offering access to university study and beyond. We are looking to recruit a passionate, organised and highly knowledgeable Senior Access Officer, to lead and steer The Compass Project through a new phase of work, by creating new partnerships, progression routes, diversifying those the project seeks to help and secure funding opportunities. You will help shape its regional, national and international standing as an exemplar of best practice. At the center of all this, you will also be a supportive and inspiring contact for all of those participating on the Project.

Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution and London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education. At the heart of this unique institution sits a strong social mission to improve peoples’ life chances through education. The Compass Project sits at the heart of this and clearly demonstrates this near 200-year old mission is still as relevant today as it was in 1823.

You will be primarily based in Bloomsbury, central London and will work with the Director of Access and Engagement to ensure the effective co-ordination of partnerships and activities that will attract some of the most hardest to reach communities in London. Building and embedding on an already established network of internal and external partners will be critical to the success of this project. In conjunction with the Access and Engagement team, you will also be responsible for devising and delivering a series of activities to support and encourage forced migrants to experience university study and meet new people in a supportive and exciting environment.

Candidate Requirements

The Compass Project is a successful and well established area of work and continues to require an innovative and strong can-do person to lead this work. Can you demonstrate this through your experience of outreach work, partnership development and programme delivery?

  • Strong written and presentation skills will be key – for both those who participate on the project but also in meeting prospective donors, senior institution colleagues and other university collaborators.
  • A track record of workshops development and delivery of engaging and rewarding which have been tailored to the audience.
  • Proven ability to build excellent working relationships across the institution, including senior staff.
  • Experience of working with vulnerable groups, ideally those forced migrant backgrounds, and the capacity to tailor support and events for them. To achieve this will you rely on your extensive experience of working with a number external stakeholders and co-ordinating them to participate on areas of work you have led on.
  • You will have excellent report writing, data capture and monitoring skills from your previous roles and ideally have experience of contributing to fundraising activities.

This is a fixed term position for 24 months and the working pattern will be Monday to Friday, occasional evening and weekend work.


Grade 6 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £33,238 rising to £37,912 per annum.

The salary quoted is on the College's London Pay Scale which includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area.


If you would like to know more about the role please contact  Caroline McDonald, Director Access and Engagement, via email  

While we are happy to respond to all informal enquiries, only formal applications through the online system will be considered.

Birkbeck offers a competitive salary & pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements & some of the most generous benefits in the HE sector, all while being located right in the heart of Central London with access to all its facilities.

We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender & cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award, membership of WISE, operating Disability Confident & Mindful Employer schemes.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019.