Department for Education (DfE) are looking for six Finance, Curriculum or Quality Specialists to become FE Advisers.
No set location, but the role would require travel throughout England for up to 200 days per year, £600 per day.
They are particularly keen to hear from Principals, Deputy and Assistant Principals, as well as Directors of Finance within FE and Sixth Form Colleges.
As an FE Adviser, you will work as part of a team with the FE Commissioner, Deputy FE Commissioners and other Advisers.
FE Advisers are generally either finance or curriculum and quality specialists and we are looking for candidates from both backgrounds to help grow our team.
In this exciting and demanding role you will support colleges through carrying out Diagnostic Assessments, designed to help them to improve the quality of education for learners, strengthen financial resilience, improve the quality of leadership and reduce the risk of interventions.
Where necessary, you will undertake formal interventions when serious weaknesses and risk of failure have been identified, including assessing the capacity of the existing governance and leadership to deliver rapid, sustainable improvement, and making recommendations to secure improvement.
Your work will help to determine the best way further education can be delivered in any given area. You will take account of the needs of learners, employers, national and local FE policies, and value for money as part of the Government's approach to support FE colleges and other FE institutions.
You will show resilience and the capacity to maintain a positive approach in challenging circumstances.
You will work as an integrated part of the Department for Education (DfE)'s overall approach to intervention, within the context of the ESFA case management approach.
As such you will work closely with teams within ESFA, as well as the wider DfE and Ofsted.
Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria. In your application you should demonstrate clearly how you meet each of the following requirements of the post:
~ FE SECTOR LEADER: Are or have very recently been an FE sector leader with a national profile and an outstanding and extensive track record of college leadership or leadership of major organisations within the sector;
~ IMPROVEMENTS: Can show how you have generated improvement, including financial improvement, across the sector by working with other colleges and providers;
~ COMMUNICATIONS: Have exceptional communication skills and the ability to work with, influence, persuade and engage stakeholders at the highest levels, from principals and chairs of FE providers, to ministers and senior civil servants, to employers and employer representatives. This includes sometimes leading challenging and sensitive conversations to secure change;
~ LEADERSHIP: Have the ability to lead a team of highly experienced FE professionals in taking the appropriate course of action at FE colleges across the country.
Interviews will be held on 12th, 13th and 21st January 2021