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Department Manager - Further Education

Activate Learning
Closing date
25 Oct 2021

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An exciting opportunity to join the Academic and Professional Studies leadership team at Activate Learning, as a Faculty Manager with responsibility for driving forward the quality of our Health and Social Care, Early Years, Travel and Tourism and Business pathways at Reading College.

The successful candidate will lead their team in the planning and delivery of an engaging, diverse, and high-quality curriculum, which has been co-created alongside our carefully selected employer-partners, to support learners to progress academically and into industry to meet their ambitious career aims. They will focus their team on developing the skills, knowledge and attributes needed by our learners to make every one of our them highly employable.

The faculty of Academic and Professional Studies delivers career focused pathways across areas such as: A levels, Access to Higher Education, Business, Caring and Health, Counselling, Early Years, GCSE, Professional Studies, Science and Travel, and through levels 1 to 6.

The role includes a proportional teaching commitment within the faculty. Experience of teaching within one or more of the sector areas identified within the role would be desirable.

What do you need to be successful in this role?

You will already be a highly effective, qualified teacher and will understand what makes for effective learning. In your teaching, you will value the importance of developing and maintaining up-to-date subject knowledge and have a wider awareness and understanding of effective pedagogy. You will use this understanding to lead a team in creating the conditions for high quality teaching, learning and assessment and to role model high standards in your own teaching, learning and assessment.

You will have experience of leading colleagues to develop their practice and to improve the student experience; this may have been gained through formal roles or relationships, but if not, we would still be keen to hear how you have led these changes with colleagues more informally. You will confidently have honest conversations with others, using appropriate coaching approaches.

Continuous learning and development will be central to your approach as a teacher and leader and you will be passionate about your own and others' development, sharing this curiosity and enthusiasm with your students and colleagues. Your outward looking approach will enable you to liaise with colleagues across our Group for the benefit of your peers, colleagues and students.

You will have a commitment to high standards and expectations and will set and model these whilst supporting colleagues and students to surpass them. You will understand the importance of strong interpersonal skills and be able to build and maintain strong and successful relationships with your students, colleagues, and other stakeholders.

What are the benefits of this role?

There really is no limit in terms of your personal growth, development and career by joining one of the largest Education Providers in the UK and you will be provided with support to excel in your role from the day you are appointed in post. With an experienced and expert mentor allocated to you, you will quickly learn about the culture and ethos of the Group and become an integral part of our wider leadership team. Your development will be supported through regular coaching conversations with your manager and peers, as well as a buddy system, digital induction modules and a close-knit community of experts and managers across the Group to support the sharing of best practice and to encourage individual growth. This will be supplemented by a more formal development plan that will provide support at every step of the way to set you up for success.

What are the benefits of working for Activate Learning Group?

At Activate Learning we are pioneering education with an unwavering focus on providing talent for business and transforming lives through our award-winning Learning Philosophy. Our student experience is the result of our attention to detail in recruiting, developing and retaining the right staff who match and promote the values and behaviours of our brand. We reward our employees with generous annual leave entitlements, access to training and development, onsite parking (first come first served), plenty of public transport options for all sites, discounted membership to the Lifestyle Centre (on some campuses) and Employee Assistance Programme.

Applications are reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to interview, appoint and close adverts early due to the volume of applications we receive.

We therefore encourage you to apply at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment as once we have closed a vacancy you will be unable to submit your application form.

Please note the title of this job advertisement has been changed for advertising purposes only. The successful candidate's job title will be: Faculty Manager

Activate Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a DBS check at the appropriate level.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK as we do not sponsor work permits and work permits from other organisations are unacceptable as proof of right to work in the UK.

For further information on our recruitment processes and eligibility criteria, please see our Activate Learning Careers page.
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