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Principal – Northumberland College


£100k per annum




Full Time

Closing Date

Reference Number


Responsible To

Group Chief Executive


The Role

Having successfully merged with Hartlepool Sixth-Form College, Sunderland College has further exciting plans for community-based growth and has been selected by Northumberland College, subject to process, as its merger partner. The merger will deliver a dynamic and sustainable high performing regional Further and Higher Education College, responsive to the needs of students and integrated into the educational, social and economic needs of the communities each College serves.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to join one of the sectors largest colleges in a beautiful part of the country as their new Principal.

The College is seeking to appoint an authentic leader and exemplar for the best of our ethos and culture. As a strategic thinker with excellent and transparent communication skills you will be able to lead by example, embodying the College’s vision “Excellence at the heart of everything we do” and our professional values.

The successful appointee will be passionate about quality and high standards in all aspects of provision, and be resolutely determined to transform Northumberland College as part of the wider Group into one of the top 10 Colleges nationally.

Being able to demonstrate a track record in strategic transformation is essential. As Principal of Northumberland College you will be expected to lead and transform quality improvements across the various Northumberland College campuses with pace and to ensure positive improvements are sustainable.

High quality and meaningful partnerships are a key priority. You will be expected to demonstrate a successful track record of building and maintaining excellent and meaningful partnerships with external stakeholders (such as with local and/or combined authorities, LEPs, employers, schools and Universities and community groups etc). Fostering positive partnerships and collaborating with the other senior leaders and staff will be key.

The appointee will be able to demonstrate a range of knowledge and understanding of the main educational challenges facing post 16 professional, technical and academic further education colleges. Experience in strategically leading curriculum planning in accordance with local, regional and national priorities, strong financial acumen and an ability to manage strategies for good levels of efficiency and quality is a priority.

The Principal of Northumberland College is a senior appointment and will report into the Chief Executive of Sunderland College.


Application process

To find out further information or for an informal discussion about the role and College, please contact Naomi Robson Director of People and Organisational Development on 0191 511 6000 ext 05669 or naomi.robson@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk.

To apply for this fantastic opportunity, please forward your completed application and CV to vacancies@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk.

The application form is available in the download section of this page. Alternatively, please email vacancies@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk or call 0191 511 6046 to request an application pack.  Please note Christmas closure dates are between Monday 24 December 2018 and Wednesday 02 January 2019, therefore any queries during this time will be responded to on our return.

All applications must be received by Wednesday 16 January 2019.

The selection process will take place during the week commencing 28 January 2019 and it is anticipated that this will be across two days.

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.


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