Assistant Director of Curriculum - Head of Academic & Creative Studies

Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire
01 Mar 2018
19 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Director of Curriculum: Head of Academic & Creative Studies

Reference: FEB20183463

Location: Newcastle-under-Lyme

Salary: Negotiable

Benefits: Teachers' Pension Scheme

Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG) is the best college in Staffordshire and, increasingly, one of the most successful in the country. Comprising Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stafford Colleges the group has £40m+ turnover with 5,500+ full time students, 1,500 apprentices and 500 HE learners. Performance – both for learner responsive and apprenticeship delivery – is comfortably within the top 10% of GFE colleges nationally.

We are seeking a manager to lead our Faculty of Academic & Creative Studies which comprises A level and Creative Arts provision across both campuses. In 2017/18 we have c900 students on 35 A levels, c100 students on level 3 vocational science courses and c550 creative arts students on provision which ranges from level 2 to top-up degree programmes. A levels have recently been re-introduced to the Stafford campus and there is significant potential to grow and develop this provision.

Reporting to the Director of Curriculum & Performance, this is an opportunity for an ambitious and dynamic manager with a first class understanding of A level and BTEC curriculum delivery and the ability to lead a diverse staff team to achieve outstanding levels of performance.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • To implement the College’s vision, mission and strategic objectives and to promote the values and behaviours which underpin them.
  • To promote the Faculty and NSCG as the first choice destination for the brightest young people throughout Staffordshire through an active programme of liaison with schools, parents and other relevant partners.
  • To drive up success rates, high grades and positive destinations (i.e. university, apprenticeship or sustainable employment) to outstanding levels and lead the Faculty to achieve excellence throughout.
  • To promote curriculum innovation and development as essential elements of the Faculty’s commitment to raising standards and excellence in all areas of its activity.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Holds an appropriate academic or professional qualification.
  • Has a detailed working knowledge and experience of leading A-Level and BTEC courses.
  • Has a good general understanding of funding and management issues affecting the FE sector.
  • Has demonstrable experience of successful track record in a similar role.
  • Has high level problem-solving, project-management and negotiation skills.
  • Has interpersonal, motivational and communication skills of the highest order.
  • Can demonstrate a clear strategic vision for the faculty 

What’s in it for you?

The college offers and excellent benefits package which includes:

  • Teachers’ Pension Scheme
  • Excellent Training and Development Opportunities
  • 35 days annual leave (plus bank holidays and Christmas closure period)

How to apply 
To apply for this role please go to our website and click on ‘Apply’ to complete an online application form.

The closing date for completed applications is 19 March 2018

Interviews to be held on 29 March 2018.

This college is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All college based positions are subject to enhanced DBS check and are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all sectors of the community.