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									                     St Donat’s Castle, Llantwit Major CF61 1WF

                         HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES

                                Atlantic College, St Donat’s Castle

Since opening in 1962, the UWC Atlantic College has shone as a beacon for international
education. So far, around 7,000 young people from over 100 countries have benefited from
this extraordinary experience. The first of 13 United World Colleges, now located across the
globe, Atlantic College was inspired by educationist Kurt Hahn to engage young people from
all nations in finding peaceful means to bring together a world divided by political, racial and
socio-economic barriers.

Approximately 340 students, aged between 16 and 18, from 80 different countries benefit
from a world-class International Baccalaureate educational experience.

The College employs around 150 staff and expects all staff to play an active role in helping
to safeguard and promote the welfare, security and safety of all our pupils.


Nestled in the Vale of Glamorgan, just 30 minutes from the Welsh capital, Cardiff, and two
and a half hours from London, Atlantic College enjoys some of the most beautiful grounds
and countryside in the UK. Set in St Donat’s, with stunning terraced gardens leading down
to the Bristol Channel, the College is a wonderful mixture of the historic and the new.

                                                                            Head of Human Resources
                                                                                    8 December 2010
                                    JOB DESCRIPTION

Post title:             Head of Human Resources

Responsible to:         Director of College Operations

Main purpose of the role:

       To review, update and develop HR policies, procedures and written Terms and Conditions as

       To set up and deliver an effective HR function for the College

       Reporting to the Director of College Operations, and with a close working relationship with the
        Principal, the post holder will provide a professional HR service to all employees of the

Key responsibilities:

       To ensure that all staff receive appropriate professional advice on HR policy and practice
        throughout the College

       To advise and update the Principal and the Director of College Operations on employee
        issues within the College as appropriate

       To provide advice on all employment legislation to ensure that the College meets its legal

       To assist and advise on recruitment issues

       To undertake a comprehensive review of existing contracts of employment to ensure that all
        members of staff have appropriate and legally compliant Terms and Conditions

       To manage the introduction and ongoing development of HR policies and procedures while
        ensuring that all staff are made aware of their statutory rights as dictated by employment

       To implement and maintain an efficient database system to maintain current and historic
        employee data that satisfies current inspection requirements

       To complete all HR administration ensuring relevant data are communicated to the payroll /
        accounts department.

       To ensure that all HR-related matters take into account the College’s commitment to
        Safeguarding Young People in Education and Safer Recruitment in Education, including
        appropriate policies and procedures for staff in support of the College’s commitment to child
        protection and the pastoral care of its students.

                                                                                  Head of Human Resources
                                                                                          8 December 2010
                                PERSON SPECIFICATION
Post title:              Head of Human Resources

Responsible to:          Director of College Operations


       Candidates should be CIPD-qualified, experienced HR professionals already working at a
        senior level.

Knowledge and skills


       Demonstrable experience in a senior HR role covering key aspects of pay and reward, and

       Full appreciation of employment legislative framework and current best practice

       Experience of introducing HR policies and procedures

       A thorough knowledge of child protection legislation and safer recruitment practices


       An appreciation of HR issues within the Independent School sector

       An understanding of a boarding school environment

       Experience of team development

       Experience of professional development programming

Personal attributes

       Business awareness: ability to balance cost and quality of service considerations in making

       Organisational awareness: ability to understand the culture of the organisation and use
        approaches that will achieve the best results

       Impact and influence: ability to influence and develop relationships with key stakeholders

       Relationship building / resilience: ability to facilitate / manage relationships and deal
        confidently with conflict and sensitive issues. Ability to main a strong professional relationship
        while resolving difficult problems, demonstrating empathy when required

       Interpersonal understanding: understand the dynamics of personal interactions and able to
        adopt different behaviours to match the needs of others
                                                                                    Head of Human Resources
                                                                                            8 December 2010
      Flexibility: ability to operate at a strategic, operational and administrative level

      IT literate and numerate

      Self-starter: self-motivated and able to work on own initiative in managing and developing the
       HR service.

Contractual Terms

Atlantic College is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff, students and
other users of its services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation,
responsibilities for dependents, age, physical / mental disability or offending background.

Employment is subject to the receipt of satisfactory references, Criminal Records Bureau
report, medical (if considered necessary), and a probationary period of six months.

The contractual terms will be agreed after interview. College support staff usually live off
campus, work 35-hour weeks, have normal Bank Holidays and get 20 days holiday per year,
rising to 25 days from 1 January 2011. In addition, there is a College closure period of
approximately two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period.

The exact hours of the Head of Human Resources will be agreed after interview. We try as
far as possible to avoid evening and weekend work, but some flexibility in this regard will be

                                                                                      Head of Human Resources
                                                                                              8 December 2010
                                 TERMS AND CONDITIONS

This is a permanent full-time position and is subject to an initial six months probationary period. The
normal retirement age is 65.

Probationary period and notice

During the probationary period, the period of notice will be two weeks by either party. Thereafter, it
will be three months by either party.

Working hours

This is a salaried full-time post. For the purpose of employment legislation, the normal working hours
are 09:00 – 17:00 hours, Monday to Friday. However, the successful candidate will need to be
flexible in the actual hours worked, including the likelihood of weekends, to satisfactorily fulfil the job


Salary will be dependent on experience and qualifications, but is not likely to be less than £35,000 per

Holiday entitlement

The holiday entitlement is 20 paid working days per year, rising to 25 days from 1 January 2011, plus
all public holidays.


On completion of the probationary period, support staff may join the College’s Pension Scheme
administered by the Pensions Trust. This is a defined contribution pension scheme – provided the
employee contributed 5% of gross salary, the employer will contribute a further 10%.

Other benefits

A free daily lunch meal is provided in the College dining room.

Statutory checks

An offer of employment is conditional on the following:

        A satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure
        Satisfactory references from your nominated referees
        A satisfactory reply to any other enquiries the College, in its discretion, considers it
         appropriate to make.

Paul Motte
Director of Operations

                                                                                       Head of Human Resources
                                                                                               8 December 2010

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