Head of Department Skills for Life
(English and Maths)
£35,304 - £39,729, 37 Hours, Permanent, Ref: 5527
Sunderland College is seeking to appoint a dynamic applicant to Head of Department,
English and Maths, Skills for Life within the Department of English, Maths and Skills for
As a college we have a high profile history of success in this area being the winners of
both an AOC Beacon Award and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further
Education. Therefore this is a key management position for the College as we move
through the current national reforms affecting English and Maths qualifications.
The successful applicant will have:
• A proven track record of successful leadership and management
• An ability to motivate staff and learners
• Outstanding interpersonal skills
• A degree or equivalent in a related discipline and appropriate teaching
• Recent, demonstrable experience of working with employers and partner
• An in depth knowledge and understanding of the key national and regional
curriculum drivers relevant to English and maths
• A history of successful delivery of a range of related qualifications at all levels,
across all age ranges and different funding streams
We are looking for a positive and proactive candidate with a strong outgoing personality
and excellent teaching skills, who will be capable of keeping the department consistently
at the forefront of national initiatives.
To find out more about this great opportunity visit www.citysun.ac.uk/vacancies
alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 511 6046 to request
an application pack.
All applications must be received by Monday 8th October 2012.
We are working towards equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of
the community. We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable
(This is a description of the job as it is at present constituted. It may be necessary,
from time to time, to update job descriptions to ensure that they relate to the job as
then being performed. Therefore, management reserve the right to make changes
to your job description commensurate with your grade/level in the organisation
after consultation with you.)
Post Title: Head of Department Skills for Life (English and Maths)
Contract: Permanent Full-time
Location: Any of the College’s main centres
Reporting to: Director Adult and Employer Provision
1. Academic leadership of curriculum leaders and teachers in delivery of the College’s
2. Ensuring effective and efficient deployment of teaching and tutorial teams.
3. Develop and maintain an appropriate curriculum.
4. Implementation of quality systems with design, review and continuous improvement
across the curriculum.
5. Ensuring the health, safety and welfare of students and staff.
6. Ensuring appropriate staff skills and knowledge are maintained to enable maximised
learner attainment and retention.
7. Analysis of all performance data in relation to curriculum activity, including data
contained in the I.L.R., Self Assessment Reports, planning and budgeting reports.
8. To co-ordinate implementation of the Learning Framework across all curriculum areas.
9. Advising senior management on all issues relating to the Department’s curriculum.
10. Achievement of appropriate targets agreed with senior managers.
11. Ensuring effective communication across the Department.
12. To support effective liaison between college, students and their parents/carers/
employers (where appropriate)
13. To implement the college’s student disciplinary policy and procedures as appropriate.
14. To work at any centre and undertake such duties as may be reasonably requested.
1.1 Ensure achievement of departmental targets for learner numbers, income and
1.2 To undertake line management of curriculum leaders and their teams, in line with
college policies and procedures
1.3 To ensure that curriculum staff understand the changing needs of the organisation
and the vital role they play in delivering high quality educational provision in a
range of environments
1.4 To ensure that appropriate targets are set, monitored and achieved for curriculum
leaders and their teams.
1.5 To produce curriculum plans and to derive from this a departmental staffing plan.
2.1 To work with curriculum leaders to ensure co-ordinated allocation of timetables for
all staff to ensure their optimum deployment.
2.2 To ensure that curriculum leaders provide effective cover for any absent staff.
2.3 Ensure all resources, human, physical and financial, allocated to the department
are managed effectively.
2.4 To ensure appropriate allocation of students to tutors and within Adult & HE to
ensure, where appropriate, tutorial support is effectively employed within the
2.5 To manage and co-ordinate ALS within the department.
2.6 To liaise with Tutorial Curriculum Leaders and Directors regarding the tutorial and
its supporting curriculum.
3.1 To work with Directors in all areas of the college and Marketing to ensure the
regular review and promotion of the curriculum.
3.2 In negotiation with Directors to develop and introduce new curriculum products and
innovative engaging approaches to delivery, across all funding streams.
3.3 To foster strong employer links to ensure the curriculum delivers relevant
employment skills and a curriculum offer which is informed by employer needs.
3.4 To work pro-actively with marketing to ensure effective promotion of the curriculum
and the achievement of the department.
3.5 To ensure the curriculum offer and its delivery meets the needs of all stakeholders
4.1 To ensure that curriculum products and delivery models meet internal and external
4.2 To provide curriculum quality assurance in the design process, and to proactively
support continuous improvement.
4.3 To implement college quality systems and processes across all aspects of the
4.4 To be responsible for production and submission of a Self Assessment Report and
Improvement Plan and to co-ordinate the production of such plans by curriculum
4.5 To work with other managers across the college to promote good practice and
5.1 Identifying and addressing risks and ensuring compliance with College policies and
procedures relating to health and safety.
6.1 To ensure appropriate professional development for curriculum leaders and their
6.2 To carry out effective staff induction and undertake performance management
reviews for staff.
6.3 To ensure appropriate professional development.
6.4 To actively support research and scholarly activity.
7.1 To maintain an overview of all data, relating to student and course performance.
7.2 To manage and utilise effective student tracking systems to maximise student
7.3 To effectively manage the department within the budget, to monitor and take
8.1 To commit to and implement the Learning Framework across all curriculum areas.
8.2 To promote implementation of ILT across the curriculum.
8.3 To ensure curriculum areas meet all awarding body requirements.
8.4 To promote regular assessment in line with student targets across all curriculum
9.1 To alert Directors to issues relating to curriculum provision as appropriate.
9.2 To provide curriculum advice to senior managers as appropriate.
9.3 To deliver the curriculum, approved by Directors, to meet the needs of students
and college targets.
10.1 To agree relevant targets with Directors on a regular basis in line with curriculum
11.1 To ensure effective communication between curriculum delivery staff and tutors.
11.2 To ensure that formally required meetings are held and minuted.
11.3 To ensure appropriate representation on cross college forums.
12.1 To ensure regular contact between College, students, employers and their
parents/carers (where appropriate)
12.2 To implement college student reporting processes across the department.
12.3 In conjunction with Directors to fully support parents and open evenings across the
13.1 To undertake all relevant teaching duties including preparation, delivery and
assessment and to model best practice within this.
14.1 To undertake such duties as are reasonably allocated either permanently or
from time to time.
14.2 To work at or travel between any of the College’s Centres.
14.3 To take appropriate responsibility for the safeguarding and promotion of the
welfare of children and/or vulnerable adults.
POST TITLE: Head of Department –Skills for Life (English and Maths) (Post ref: 5527)
CRITERIA ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT DESIRABLE REQUIREMENT
Skills/Knowledge/Aptitude Excellent organisational skills and evidence of meeting
deadlines, both individually and in teams.
Proven track record of excellent people skills and the ability to
lead develop and motivate others in a positive manner to meet
Knowledge and understanding of the key national and regional
curriculum drivers relevant to English and Maths.
Outstanding interpersonal skills.
Strong influencing skills, with ability to apply these at all levels.
Awareness of the importance of course viability and how this
can be achieved.
Good IT skills, Pro-achieve, unit-e etc.
Qualifications and Training Degree or equivalent in an education related discipline.
Appropriate teaching qualifications.
Commitment to CPD
L5 qualification in English or maths
Experience History of successful delivery of a range of English and maths Experience of Ofsted inspections
qualifications at all levels, across all age ranges and different Previous involvement in policy development
funding streams. and strategic planning
Recent experience of leading and/or managing SfL teams
Recent demonstrable experience of working with employers to
successfully win business and secure income.
Experience of successfully facilitating SfL change
Experience of working with colleagues at all levels.
Experience of working with and managing external partners
across a range of areas for the benefit of learners and college.
Recent involvement in innovative developments.
Experience of implementing teaching and learning strategies.
Experience of innovative, adaptable curriculum modelling
Proven successful engagement strategies
Experience of implementing continuous quality improvement.
Disposition To be positive and proactive.
To have a whole College approach.
Outward facing and employer focused
To be resilient and self-motivated even when working under
pressure and to tight deadlines.
To be authoritative and credible in dealings with both internal
and external customers.
To ensure a high level of sensitivity when required.
To ensure a high degree of professionalism at all times.
To take appropriate responsibility for the safeguarding and
promotion of the welfare of children and/or vulnerable adults.
Ability to demonstrate:-
College Core Values Partnership working in relation to this curriculum area.
Respect for learners, colleagues and the wider college
Innovation – innovative curriculum.
Diversity – A strong commitment.
Ethical – To behave professionally and ethically.