Head of School, Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS)

Opening Date:
15 Jan 2021
Closing Date:
25 Jan 2021
Salary Range:

Head of School post is offered on a 3 year basis, with potential of extension of further 4 years. Substantive post within the faculty offered alongside this appointment commensurate with experience.

As the Head of School you will exercise responsibility on behalf of the Executive Dean of the Faculty to lead and advise on the strategic development and enhancement of the School’s curriculum, research, teaching and learning, ensuring alignment with the strategic direction of the Faculty and the University. You will also provide inspirational leadership to your School and faculty by delivering a clear strategic vision, sound business judgements and effective decisions.

Working in partnership with other senior colleagues, this role will deliver the Faculty’s strategic aims through the development and implementation of business plans, which are in accordance with the Executive Dean’s accountabilities and targets. You will bring a strong academic track record, but equally have excellent leadership and project management.

This role will lead the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport. The School is made up of 110 staff central and regional (academic, academic-related and support), increasing to include over 500 Associate Lecturers in the Autumn of 2021. Income: c£50m PA; Expenditure: c£20m PA.

  • You will have a PHD/DPhil or equivalent in terms of qualification or experience in a discipline relevant to the School as well as evidenced Academic Excellence in Teaching, Research or Scholarship in an appropriate field.
  • You will have experience of leading and managing complex projects with the ability to develop networks and strategic relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • You will have a demonstrable understanding and experience in leading and managing people to deliver high performance.

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this post before making an application, please email Resourcing-Hub@open.ac.uk or contact Kevin Lucas on 01908654188.

What you get in return

We have a strong commitment to providing training and development in and beyond your current role. This includes thorough induction into the organisation and regular reviews of your training and development needs.

We also offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term. Benefits include an attractive pension proposition and 33 days holiday per annum pro rata, plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days.

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking the link. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered.

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544, quoting vacancy reference 17953

To apply for this role please submit the following;

  • CV
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

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