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Lead Specialist

Job summary

£49420 - £61617
Anywhere in Scotland
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
19 May 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Lead Specialist within Education Scotland which could be based in Glasgow, Livingston, Dundee or Aberdeen. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

Do you have a track record of innovation, development and delivery in professional learning and leadership?
Are you a successful leader of learning within education?
Can you demonstrate a high quality, relevant personal and professional development in educational leadership?

If the answers to the above are yes, then this exciting opportunity to join the Scottish Government could be for you.

Education Scotland is the national improvement agency for Scottish education and an executive agency of the Scottish Government. Our role is to promote improvement through inspection and review, innovation and change, from the early years to adult learning and to provide support and challenge to the education system. We are committed to embedding our values of excellence, creativity, integrity and respect in everything we do.

The Lead Specialists support the Senior Lead Specialists and the Head of Professional Learning and Leadership in the development of the Professional Learning and Leadership Directorate within Education Scotland as a portal for leadership and professional learning in Scotland as well as the phased development of the suite of programmes, opportunities and networks that Professional Learning and Leadership Directorate provide.

Each lead specialist leads and supports work across the core themes of teacher, middle, school and system leadership as well as broader professional learning. The roles requires ongoing liaison and consultation with a range of teacher networks, professional bodies and partner organisations, senior staff in local authorities, their educational establishments, universities and the Scottish Government. In building Professional Learning and Leadership within Education Scotland's portfolio of provision the lead specialists are required to liaise with a range of providers to commission and procure services on behalf of the organisation.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. An excellent track record of innovation, development and delivery relating to professional learning and leadership and programme development.
2. Secure knowledge of effective models and approaches to professional learning and leadership development and delivery.
3. Evidence of success as a leader of learning within education at a local, regional and/or national level including a detailed knowledge of current national developments in the Scottish Education system, teacher education and leadership professional learning.
4. Demonstrable profile of high quality, relevant personal and professional development in the area of educational leadership, which may include additional postgraduate qualification(s) at SCQF level 11.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

We strongly urge that EU nationals who may not have Settled or Pre-Settled Status make an application before 30 June 2021, to ensure their continued eligibility to employment.

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below.

To apply please submit a short CV and personal statement (700 words max) as one document via this website, explaining how your skills and experience make you suitable for the role with particular reference to the essential criteria.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Lise McCaffery at Lise.Mccaffery@educationscotland.gov.scot.   

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.

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