Who we are
We’re FIRST UK, the UK’s most epic Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) enrichment programme for young people*
*as voted for by robots.
We build More Than Robots
We invest in the young people who will invent the future. We’re a tech charity using robots, role models and competitions to equip young people with the technical know-how and soft skills to thrive.
WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING
Each year hundreds of teams nationally compete in up to three epic tournaments throughout to celebrate and showcase their hard work and progress within STEM (robots! yay!). From small, informal local practice events (December) to larger regional tournaments (January/February) – and for a lucky few (well, 100 schools and around 5,000 audience) the national championship in London’s Olympic Park.
OK I get it – so what will I do to help make your events epic?
Working directly with a Programme Manager, the Operations Assistant will oversee various aspects of event planning and delivery including:
Volunteers are the most critical component of a FIRST Tech Challenge event (besides the bots) – occupying both technical and non-technical roles, drawn from all backgrounds. Scrimmages will be relatively hands-off and managed locally by champion schools, but each regional tournament requires c25 volunteers whilst the 2-day national championship needs over 100 dedicated game changers per day. The Operations Assistant will play a crucial role in acquiring these amazing volunteers and supporting them throughout their customer journey.
So hit me with what’s needed:
Project management and great relationships underpin most roles. Being organised, prioritising, delivering on time, on budget, to an agreed standard in collaboration with others are the hallmarks of success not just at work, but in life. Doing what you said you’d do by when. Working in a collaborative environment requires awesome project management skills to ensure everyone is on the same page and moving in the same direction. We use tech to try to keep meetings and emails to a minimum. We run lots of structured and ad hoc workshops. We don’t believe in lots of hierarchy – everyone’s opinion matters. The Operations Assistant will be expected to play a full role in all aspects of the team and charity’s work – contributing fresh ideas to make us do things better or faster. You’ll assist with ad-hoc programme support including but not limited to:
So what type of person might suit this role…
This is an awesome role in a progressive, forward thinking organisation – a charity with a start-up mentality, with bold ambition and growing at a crazy pace. It would suit someone who’s quick and enthusiastic. A yes can-do person. Task driven, mission oriented. A radiator. Someone who recognises the importance of getting stuck-in in order to develop experience, knowledge and transferable skills. An individual who is a team player and values relationships. Someone inquisitive and wants to learn – assumes responsibility readily and is hungry for more.
You might be interested in the charity sector but not quite sure what aspect, you may love events and being organised and just want to get hands-on. You might have a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and think geek is chic – or you might still be asking what the acronym STEM stands for. Perhaps you’re a people person and want to hone your communication skills through volunteer management. Perhaps you’re none of these things and haven’t quite decided on your career pathway.
Candidates must possess epic organisational skills with particular attention to detail (something about seeing forests or trees…) and the ability to multitask and prioritise. They should be proactive problem solvers who can take direction and lead. Whatever your background, experience or skill-set – if you convince us you’re the right person we will provide you with a rich opportunity to develop and grow. To build your understanding, profile and network.
The role is super flexible – 3 days per week minimum (on occasion may include remote/home working). It might suit a current student, recent graduate – or someone looking for a change in direction or to enhance their knowledge of the charity sector and transferable skill-set.