Foundation Executive

Job title: Foundation Executive
Reports to:  Foundation Manager
Location: 64 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EH
Department: Foundation
Contract: Permanent
Salary band: £25,000
Benefits include: To see our extensive benefits please visit the careers page on our website
Deadline: 28 October 2020


About D&AD

D&AD is an organisation that is all about the pursuit of creative excellence within advertising and design - inspiring it, celebrating it and enabling it. A fundamental way of us achieving this is through our world class learning programmes which upskill the current and future workforce.

Whilst our remit focuses on the advertising and design industry there is a broader goal to demonstrate the positive impact that creativity can have across education, the economy and within society.

Purpose of the job

As a key member of D&AD’s Foundation team you will play a vital role in supporting the development and delivery of learning programmes that equip creative people at all stages of their education and career with the skills required to succeed.

Key responsibilities

  1. To provide research and analysis to inform D&AD’s learning programmes, including the New Blood Academy, Shift and our professional development Masterclass programme.
    • Provide research and insight to support the development of D&AD learning programmes; for example, by analysing feedback from the industry about skills gaps; and by keeping on top of leading practitioners in the industry. 
    • Supply ideas for programme development, for example speaker and trainer suggestions, event design and content. All to ensure that D&AD delivers world class learning programmes.
    • Develop and maintain knowledge of in-market activity i.e. potential competitors, emerging courses and industry trends.
    • Research and engage prospective New Blood judges, D&AD speakers and trainers.
    • Contribute to the strategy for the New Blood and Masterclass programmes at D&AD and within this, seek to continuously improve the work that we do. 
  2. To support the delivery of key New Blood and Masterclass programmes.
    • Design innovative approaches to improve the delivery of our programmes; this work is wide-ranging from improving the way that we organise our project data, through to how we can showcase and give feedback on students’ work.
    • Provide facilitation and event support; for example, hosting digital events, greeting and introducing trainers and learners etc.
    • Be a point of contact for the D&AD community and consider how we can encourage deeper engagement.
    • From time to time there are speaking / presenting opportunities.
    • Organise events with the support of managers within the team.
    • Delivering excellent customer service.
  3. To provide administrative and organisational support across programmes. 
    • Provide an oversight of the Foundation team’s various projects; helping to ensure that they are scoped, hitting milestones and recorded in the correct places on D&AD’s internal management systems.
    • Attend team meetings and other internal and external meetings on behalf of the Foundation Team, taking notes when required.
    • Support the team with programming tasks, including co-coordinating speakers, New Blood judges or trainers.
    • Ensure the smooth day to day running of programmes, including
    • Answering queries
    • Managing delegate bookings on our Masterclass programme
    • Liaising with trainers as first point of contact
    • Managing venue bookings and scheduling

Key Experience and Skills

  • Proven organisational skills; for example overseeing the smooth delivery of projects
  • Research design and execution – both qualitative and quantitative
  • Experience in the design and delivery of learning programmes and products
  • Experience of communicating with a wide variety of stakeholders 
  • Keen interest in design & advertising
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Project delivery experience, for example delivery of events, content pieces etc

Desirable

  • Basic Adobe InDesign skills (or equivalent) 
  • Experience of the design and advertising industry either from previous roles or through study
  • Facilitation skills and experience
  • Appreciation of learning through digital formats



Due to the number of applications we receive, we regret that you will not be contacted unless you are shortlisted for an interview. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date of your application you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion. 

In order to comply with the Prevention of Illegal Working, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act, you will need to provide appropriate documentation that proves that you are eligible to work in the UK. 

D&AD is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. It is our commitment that no member of staff or job applicant will be treated less favourably on the grounds of their sex, marital or parental status, race, colour, nationality, religion, belief, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender reassignment.

Our privacy statement can be viewed on the D&AD careers page.

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