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Assistant Director for Leadership Development and Quality Assurance

South Wales

Posted 14/07/2020 by National Academy for Educational Leadership Wales

£62,320 - £72,905

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Top Reasons to Apply
  1. Working directly to the Chief Executive and forming part of a small senior team, which also includes the Assistant Director for Policy, Research and Strategic Workforce Development, the postholder will be a senior representative of the Leadership Academy, representing the organisation at high profile events and owning key stakeholder relationships.
  2. The postholder will line manage two secondees (to August 31st 2021 in the first instance). The Leadership Development and Quality Assurance Adviser (Schools) and Leadership Development and Quality Assurance Adviser (Youth and Post-16) will support the postholder to consolidate and expand our work with school leaders and help develop the Leadership Academy’s work in other sectors, in line with our remit and strategic plan
  3. The role of the Leadership Academy is crucial to the delivery of objectives within “Education in Wales – Our National Mission” and this senior level role presents an exciting opportunity for the right individual to shape the new organisation and make a real difference to the education community in Wales.
Job Description

Assistant Director for Leadership Development and Quality Assurance

The National Academy for Educational Leadership (Leadership Academy) was established in May 2018 as an arm’s length organisation, separate from Welsh Government.

The Leadership Academy is responsible for the strategic oversight and direction of leadership provision to meet the needs of the education system within Wales. It has a key role in ensuring equity of access to high-quality leadership development by endorsing a range of leadership provision for all levels of educational leadership and commissioning provision where gaps are identified. The Leadership Academy has also developed an endorsement model for quality assuring leadership provision and is building capacity in the system through its Associates. It feeds into strategic workforce planning for leadership and acts as a conduit and focus for policy thinking, evidence gathering and research dissemination in regard to educational leadership.

Education in Wales: Our National Mission sets out the key actions with 4 enabling objectives for our country up to 2021. Inspiring leaders working collaboratively to raise standards is enabling objective 2. The Leadership Academy has a critical role in securing this objective. 

 

The Assistant Director for Leadership Development and Quality Assurance will take forward the Leadership Academy’s work in two strategic areas:

  1. Working closely with Leadership Academy Associates and senior staff to lead our work on system leadership development, developing and delivering the evolving Associate model and building system leadership capacity across the education system in Wales
  2. Working with providers and other stakeholders across the education system in Wales, including organisations in the ‘middle tier’, to lead the development and delivery of a robust quality assurance process for leadership development provision, to include the Leadership Academy’s established endorsement process

Working directly to the Chief Executive and forming part of a small senior team, which also includes the Assistant Director for Policy, Research and Strategic Workforce Development, the postholder will be a senior representative of the Leadership Academy, representing the organisation at high profile events and owning key stakeholder relationships.

The postholder will line manage two secondees (to August 31st 2021 in the first instance). The Leadership Development and Quality Assurance Adviser (Schools) and Leadership Development and Quality Assurance Adviser (Youth and Post-16) will support the postholder to consolidate and expand our work with school leaders and help develop the Leadership Academy’s work in other sectors, in line with our remit and strategic plan.

 

Key Tasks

  • Be the key point of contact for the Associates in their work with the Leadership Academy including:

    • Agreeing key areas of work with each Associate according to interest and need
    • Providing the Associates with access to events and conferences and supporting them in representing the Leadership Academy at such events
    • Regularly reviewing the role with the Associates and proposing adjustments where necessary
    • Liaising closely with the regional Consortia ensuring that the Associates are able to fulfil their role as advocates for the Leadership Academy by having full access to regional systems and structures that are already in place

  • Ensuring that the associate model is an enquiry model of leadership, leading to establishment of a research-rich profession.
  • Employing appropriate strategies to ensure that the Leadership Academy reaches the widest possible range of leadership providers and is endorsing provision that over time will address the needs of all those with leadership roles across the education system
  • Managing the recruitment process for the endorsement panel and support the training for panel members
  • Managing the endorsement process ensuring effective communication with providers and panel members throughout
  • Working with providers to guide and advise them in regard to the endorsement process, overseeing the process and delivering rigour thereby ensuring that the Leadership Academy is seen to be operating rationally and fairly and is able to withstand high levels of scrutiny
  • Advising Welsh Government on matters to do with the range of endorsed provision and any gaps therein
  • Exploring the potential for endorsed programmes to be accredited by HEI partners and working closely with HEIs across Wales in pursuit of accreditation.
  • Developing and delivering the quality assurance (QA) and endorsement processes so that leadership provision in Wales aspires to the highest international standards
  • Working with stakeholders to promote and lead on issues relating to QA and endorsement in line with the aims and objectives of the Academy
  • Ensuring QA and endorsement processes are agile and flexible and take into account the “voice of the sector” and that provision is in line with the needs of practitioners and the principles of the Leadership Academy
  • Representing the Leadership Academy, as an independent body, and securing high-value relationships with key providers of leadership provision, Welsh Government and middle tier partners
  • Supporting the Chief Executive in building the profile of the Leadership Academy in Wales and internationally by:

    • Developing and brokering relationships with other educational leadership institutions worldwide
    • Using social media, speaking engagements and other channels for the Leadership Academy to raise its profile in Wales and internationally

       

Key skills

  • Proven ability to create, review, develop and quality assure leadership development provision for a range of educational contexts
  • Ability to work on own initiative with strong problem-solving capabilities
  • Strong leadership skills and an ability to develop and implement policies and procedures
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with a range of stakeholders and in particular with school leaders
  • A strong interest in leadership development and the ability to build credibility quickly with a range of experts in this field
  • Excellent communication skills with proven experience in a variety of forms including web content and media
  • Self-motivation and ability to work without high levels of supervision whilst working with and through already functioning teams namely the Leadership Academy Board, the Associate model and Stakeholder group
  • An understanding of the vision and principles of the Leadership Academy and a proven ability to manifest them in day to day work

     

Development Opportunities

  • The role of the Leadership Academy is crucial to the delivery of objectives within “Education in Wales – Our National Mission” and this senior level role presents an exciting opportunity for the right individual to shape the new organisation and make a real difference to the education community in Wales.

 

The role will provide an extensive range of opportunities for development including:

  • Engagement with educational leaders and leadership learning across Wales and beyond
  • A deeper understanding of highly effective leadership development provision and how to design, develop and deliver it
  • An understanding of strategic system leadership through working closely with the Associates
  • The opportunity to engage with a wide range of stakeholders in building the profile of the Leadership Academy in Wales and internationally
  • Working towards a level 8 qualification

     

Welsh Language Requirements

  • The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is desirable for this role

     

Job Specific Criteria

  1. A proven record of excellent leadership in the education sector
  2. Significant experience of leading the creation, review, development and quality assurance of leadership development provision for a range of educational contexts
  3. A wide range of evidence of leading in a co-construction environment with proven ability to collaborate with others and utilise dispersed teams of highly qualified professionals within and outside of your own organisation
  4. Demonstration of personal accountability for achieving improvement and efficiency in a complex stakeholder environment

Company Information

International research is clear that leadership is second only to classroom teaching as an influence on pupil learning. Through our work to endorse the highest quality leadership provision we will ensure practitioners have the right development opportunities to make a real difference to the outcomes for children and young people.

The National Academy for Educational Leadership exists to support and develop the leadership practice of all our colleagues working across the education system in Wales.

We do this for the benefit of our practitioners and the children and young people they work with, whatever the setting, or tier of our education system they are working in. As an Academy we will be there to support all leaders at whatever stage of their careers. Whether they are just thinking of taking the next steps into formal leadership or are experienced leaders, we will give them the confidence, support and development that will help them be the best.

We will support all leaders across Wales whether they are working in schools, other providers, within English or Welsh Medium settings, or other educational organisations such as the middle tier.

We will make educational leadership and education in Wales world leading and a great place to be.

Key Facts
  • Employees:

    4

  • Head Office:

    Swansea Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN

  • Nearest Train Station:

    Swansea (22 mins walk)

  • Nearest Bus Stop:

    Civic Centre, Swansea is 3 min walk. Wellington Street, Swansea is 7 min walk. Bus: 111, 2A, 38, 4A, X1, X6

Location