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Head of Corporate Governance and Policy


£39,390.00 per annum, pro rata




29.6 with potential to increase to full time

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Head of Corporate Governance and Policy


Bede Campus, Washington Campus, City Campus, Hartlepool Sixth Form College


Attractive benefits for this post include 35 days’ annual leave per year plus bank holidays pro rata and the opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme.

We are offering an exceptional individual the chance to join our award winning College, and the largest multi-campus Further Education provider within the North East. This is a role for a proven governance and policy professional to work with the Chair and the Executive Leadership Team to shape our future.

You will be working with a vibrant Board and a skilled chair, Rob Lawson, who  has led a talented team of governors recognised by Ofsted as having the ‘necessary range of skills, experience and expertise to challenge senior leaders and support the College effectively’[1].

You will also work closely with the Principal & Chief Executive and Executive Leadership Team as they lead forward with the College’s aspirational and ambitious Strategic Plan for 2018-2022, alongside a culture that place students and people at the heart of everything we do.

Sunderland College is a Further and Higher Education College with campuses located across the Sunderland area and Hartlepool. Delivering education and training to c13,500 students ranging in age from 14-16, 16-18, and 19 years and above, curriculum spans all education routes including GCSEs and A levels, professional and technical education, apprenticeships, higher education and commercial training.

The successful candidate must be self-assured and confident with first class interpersonal, communication and administrative skills. We are seeking a high performing professional, capable of building authentic relationships with others and placing high value on respect, integrity, standards, compliance and a desire to impact positively upon continued improvement.

Knowledge and understanding of outstanding governance, policy development and robust data protection regulations and principles are essential.

This role has a dual reporting relationships:

-Directly to the Board for Corporate Governance to manage performance and conduct meetings, providing professional advice in accordance with statutory, legal and best practice requirements. 

-Directly to the Principal and Chief Executive for policy oversight.

The ability to work independently on a daily basis and understand policy developments within the FE sector is a given. It is envisaged that previous experience in the FE sector will be a distinct advantage although a background in effective governance and policy in non-educational organisation will be also considered.

For this post applicants should be able to demonstrate in their personal statement practical examples of how they fulfil the person specification.

Due to the nature of this post you will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure Check.  Sunderland College is a strong advocate of diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons.

To find out more about this opportunity please contact Sara White PA to the Principal and Chief Executive: sara.white@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk or 0191 511 6001.

For details on how to apply please visit www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/vacancies or alternatively email vacancies@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk or call 0191 511 6046 to request an application pack.

All applications must be received by 12 noon on Friday 31 August 2018

We are working towards equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community.  We are committed to PREVENT and safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

1] https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/131347


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