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Head of Scrutiny

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Job summary

£74779 - £77340
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
14 October 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Head of Scrutiny within Education Scotland 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.

The successful candidate will join Education Scotland which 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 post holder will be part of the leadership team for the Scrutiny Directorate.  This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference to Scottish education for someone who can take a strategic approach, with excellent communication and leadership skills. You will have relevant experience in quality improvement in education and a sound understanding of the functions of HM Inspectors of Education.  You will have the ability to transform and deliver services and programmes to a high standard.  

Do you have a track record of leadership within an education environment, including leading and delivering complex projects?

Do you have excellent communication skills bringing clear, relevant and intelligible recommendations to a range of audiences and stakeholders?

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

Qualifications Required
A relevant degree within education.

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. A strong track record of leadership at senior management level within an education environment, including leading and delivering complex projects, providing effective leadership of people and resources, building capability and motivating a team.
2. Proven experience in developing and maintaining productive and high quality relationships with senior external stakeholders with high levels of personal resilience.
3. Excellent oral and written communication skills, systematically analysing a diverse range of information and cut through complexity to bring clear, relevant and intelligible findings and recommendations to a range of audiences and stakeholders.
4. A sound understanding of approaches to quality improvement in education and how these can be used to best effect to address the strategic challenges facing the Scottish education system, learning and teaching and other aspects of education.

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 UK
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of 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

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, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date as well as a CV (no longer than two pages) setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. 

Add to your CV your personal statement (no longer than 700 words) explaining why you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience suitable for this role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

These must be combined into one document as the system can only accept a single document upload per application. Failure to submit a single combined document (CV and personal statement) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and personal statement to reflect the role and the essential skills/criteria as described in the job description/person specification.  

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Amanda Chrystie at amanda.chrystie@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.  

The Scottish Government is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know via recruitment@gov.scot


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