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HR Business Partner


£37,996.68 - £41,512.97





Closing Date

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038 - 041

Responsible To

Director of People and Organisational Development


Bede Campus, St Peter's Campus, Washington Campus, City Campus, Hartlepool Sixth Form College


Attractive benefits for this post include 35 days holiday per year plus bank holidays and the opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Reporting to the Director of People and Organisational Development this is an opportunity for a high performing, ambitious, qualified and highly skilled HR professional, who has proven experience in promoting excellence within HR.

We want all our people to feel that the College is one of the best places to work in the country. Working closely with the People and Development team and the wider college, your role is to operate as a business partner shaping the organisation and our people to be brilliant. It means that the way we develop our people must be inspiring, uplifting and challenging.

You will lead the People strategy, including role modelling the College values and team leadership and taking an active role in ensuring the People Strategy is embedded successfully. We want HR best practice further developed and delivered at organisational, Faculty, departmental and customer levels.

Most importantly you will be expected to embody an outstanding commitment of self and to fully engage others to develop, maintain and support a culture of equality and diversity in employment, in which all people are treated equitably and can realise their potential.

Sunderland College is a Further and Higher Education College based in the City of Sunderland; and one of the largest Colleges in the North-East region. It is a multi-College estate with 4 College campuses. Annually the College delivers education and training to c12,500 students ranging in age from 14-16, 16-18, and 19 years and above. Delivery spans all education routes including GCSEs and A levels, professional and technical education, apprenticeships, higher education and international.

Over the last 2 years the College has been scrutinised as part of the Governments national review of post 16 education, and also by the British Council, the Quality Assurance Agency and OFSTED. In each instance it has achieved impressive outcomes. The last OFSTED inspection report in June 2016 describes the College’s leadership as strong, evident in; “Excellent communications and a highly visible leadership team [that] underpin collaborative working across the College”; “A culture of high expectation”; and “A highly inclusive culture”. The College also competes nationally and regionally and has recently achieved Continuing Excellence for the Better Health at Work Award.

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. We are big advocates of diversity so applications are welcome from anyone who’s suitably qualified.

If you would like to discuss this exciting opportunity further then please contact Diane Knott on extension 03939.

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.

Applications to be received by 4:00pm on Thursday 14 June 2018

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


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