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Job vacancy

Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition Project Officer

  • Salary: £18,500 per annum
  • Annual leave: 28 days per annum plus bank holidays
  • Location: Central London
  • Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week
    Normal office hours are 9.00am to 5.30pm but this role will involve some agreed out of hour's activity (occasionally at weekends) and working away from the office and home.

How to apply

  • Application deadline: 5pm, Thursday 24 September 2009
  • Interviews: Wednesday 30 September 2009

Application is by application form only:

If you are unable to download the forms please email recruitmenthr@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk, or call Oliver Debono: 020 7566 4141.

Main purpose of the job

The Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition (MCMT) is a national competition for schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It aims to introduce the legal system to young people in an innovative and exciting way. Participants take on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, court staff and magistrates and prepare the prosecution and defence of specially written criminal cases. Teams compete against each other in a live format at magistrates' courts where their performances are judged by magistrates and solicitors. As MCMT Project Officer, you will have overall responsibility for preparing and running the annual cycle of the competition. You will also have responsibility for developing the competition in line with the aims of the Foundation.

Main duties and key responsibilities

Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition

With regards to preparing and running the annual cycle of the competition, you will be required to:

  • Liaise verbally and in written correspondence with schools, local organisers, courts and other interested parties, to ensure that they are all kept informed of any developments and are updated on a regular basis about the competition
  • Draft, proof read and distribute resource materials for use by participants and volunteers
  • Keep the database (Access) up to date so that it accurately reflects current and past entrants
  • Organise mass and targeted mailings to schools, LEAs and other interested parties
  • Organise the local and regional heats and national final to include; identifying possible venues, judges and presenters, catering arrangements, purchasing of prizes and shields, producing signs, programmes and all other necessary materials
  • Monitor and evaluate the project, including producing an annual report to be distributed to staff, trustees, funders, the Steering Group, the Working Party and other interested parties
  • Work with the Team Leader to produce high quality publicity materials such as the annual leaflet and certificates
  • Work with the Website Manager to provide content for the website and keep it up to date
  • Work with the Team Leader, Active Learning Projects and External Relations to develop a PR strategy, write and distribute press releases
  • Work with the Team Leader, Active Learning Projects to monitor the project budget 
  • Represent the project in public forums, conferences, events and meetings
  • Organising meetings of the Working Party and Steering Group, compiling the agenda, taking and distributing the minutes
  • Work with the Team Leader, Active Learning Projects and External Relations to develop and implement a recruitment strategy to include contacting and updating identified websites with information about the competition

With regard to developing the competition, you will be required to:

  • Work with the Team Leader, Active Learning Projects and Director, Programmes & Innovation to develop the project in line with the aims and objectives of the Foundation
  • Develop relationships with other organisations and initiatives in order to inform the work of the project and raise its profile
  • Research and report on potential areas for development and expansion and make recommendations
  • Develop and implement plans for agreed areas of development and expansion

As a member of the Programmes and Innovation Team, you will, along with the other Competition Project Officers, you will be required to:

  • Help with mass mailings and other administrative tasks
  • Attend and help to organise events and award ceremonies
  • Attend meetings of the Programmes and Innovation team

You will also be required to:

  • Represent the Foundation in public forums, at conferences, events and meetings
  • Respond to enquiries from teachers, youth workers and other individuals and agencies about the work of the Foundation and citizenship education in general 
  • Contribute to staff meetings and consultations, in which every member of staff is given the opportunity to be involved in shaping the policy, practice and future development of the Citizenship Foundation
  • Provide quarterly reports for the Board of Trustees
  • Contribute to disseminating best practice and promoting education for citizenship where appropriate
  • Carry out other tasks as agreed with your line manager


The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (No. 801360) working throughout the UK and internationally to promote more effective citizenship through education about the law, democracy and society. Founded in 1989, it aims to empower people, particularly the young and disadvantaged, with the knowledge, skills and understanding to engage positively with their communities. Our work includes: a comprehensive range of citizenship resources for a wide audience from teachers to young offenders; nationwide training; national active learning projects for secondary schools and community-based projects to develop citizenship education as a collective responsibility.

At present, the Foundation has 32 employees and is fortunate to be supported by several consultants and volunteers. The organisation is lively and informal with a conscientious and diligent staff.

Citizenship Foundation, 63 Gee Street, London EC1V 3RS
The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (No. 801360) which encourages and enables young people to play an effective role in society.


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Job specification:
Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition project officer
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Application notes
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Application form
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Equal Opportunities form
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