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Help raise awareness of careers in housing: ALO vacancy

AGCAS is seeking a liaison officer (ALO) for the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the professional body for those working in, or involved in, the housing sector. CIH and other partner organisations in the sector are keen to continue to raise the profile of a career in housing and raise awareness of the breadth of opportunities for people, including graduates, at all stages of their career.

The CIH has a growing membership of over 22,000 members throughout the world, the majority of which are based in the UK. Many of these members work for a range of housing organisations, local authorities, charities and private and public organisations. A high percentage of members are studying, completing housing qualifications from level 2 through to postgraduate level. Jill Allcoat, CIH Membership Development Manager, says: "Housing organisations are very diverse and require the skills and knowledge of people from many different disciplines and we are keen to use existing channels to help promote the sector".

What does an ALO do?

An ALO establishes and maintains an information-sharing relationship with their link organisation and disseminates industry information to the HE careers community through AGCAS communication channels: discussion lists, ARENA, the website and Phoenix. They also help their link organisation communicate with AGCAS members and better understand the needs of HE careers professionals and their students by alerting them to relevant networking opportunities, including AGCAS training, events and conferences.

In essence, an ALO updates their own and other AGCAS members' knowledge of employment, training, the graduate labour market and career development opportunities in a particular sector and, in return, helps professional bodies better understand how HE careers services work. The relationship is intended to be mutually beneficial.

Most ALOs maintain contact with their link organisation by email and telephone, although there is a budget to allow one or two face-to-face meetings a year. Full guidelines are available.

How to apply

If you would like to be considered for this role with the CIH, email Gemma Green by Friday 24th February outlining what you could bring to it and why it's of interest to you.

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Created on: 13 February 2012

Last updated: 13 February 2012

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