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Apply to become an ESU Competition Lead

The ESU are recruiting for our new role of Competition Lead  

Please read the below information carefully before completing the application form 

Role Description 
The English-Speaking Union delivers high-quality oracy education programmes and projects across England and Wales. We believe every child should be able to make their voice heard and that oracy skills – speaking and listening – play a key part in this.
ESU Competition Leads host our ESU competitions including the Schools’ Mace, the ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition and the Performing Shakespeare Competition. The ESU Competition Lead will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of heats throughout the competitions with duties including Zoom hosting, MCing, judging and providing constructive feedback to students and teachers participating. You will also support and provide guidance for our volunteer judges, ensuring they have a positive experience volunteering with the ESU.
The rate of pay will be £40 for online heats and £80 for in person heats. 

For all competitions you will:  
  • Support and promote the charitable objectives of the ESU, acting as an ambassador for the organisation and promoting education programmes and opportunities to support our work
  • Sit on judging panels at ESU competition heats (which may include acting as chair judge) offering fair, positive, constructive and unbiased feedback based in our judging criteria
  • Zoom host ESU competition heats, setting up and hosting Zoom meetings, creating break-out rooms and acting as tech support throughout heats
  • Provide accurate heat results in a timely manner to the ESU competitions team
  • MC Zoom and in-person heats, engaging both students and audience whilst following ESU scripts
  • Support volunteer judges and ensure they have a positive and rewarding experience
  • Provide oversight of safeguarding requirements, in line with ESU policies
  • Signpost teachers and volunteers to resources and additional support, such as through the ESU website
  • Undertake training sessions for continual professional development
  • Follow and promote the ESU’s safeguarding and equity policies

Additional information: 
The ESU takes safeguarding very seriously. All applicants will be expected to complete a basic DBS check and ESU safeguarding training. 

Candidates will be invited to a short pre-screening via telephone, followed by a Zoom interview and an online  training day.

For more information, please see our Job Description linked below: 

Competition Lead Job Description 

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