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Job summary

£64698 - £74675
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
20 September 2021 at midnight
IRC88059 E
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for Senior Education Officers – Curriculum Design based in Glasgow, Livingston, Dundee or Aberdeen. These are permanent and pensionable appointments 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.

Would you like to work for an organisation that really wants to make Scottish education better?

Do you have strong leadership and management skills?

Do you have a track record in successfully leading and delivering significant projects within the education sector?

Do you have excellent communication skills and have a track record in building productive stakeholder relationships?

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

You will provide leadership for curriculum, assessment and pedagogy with a focus on development and innovation within the context of 3-18 learning. You will be a leader in the National Improvement Directorate working in collaboration with other Education Scotland teams and with a wide range of national and regional partners.

Essential Criteria
1. Strong understanding of emerging national and local developments in the curriculum, learning, teaching, assessment, equity, inclusion, wellbeing, children's rights, employability and skills, and other aspects of education provision.
2. Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills with a proven track record of productive relationships and relationship building with partners and stakeholders within and across organisations and sectors.
3. Strong leadership and management skills with experience of successfully promoting the leadership and career-long professional learning of teams to improve learning, teaching and assessment.
4. Track record in successfully leading and delivering significant projects within the education sector that have proven impact on outcomes for learners and a relevant degree or equivalent qualification.

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 Joan MacKay at Joan.MacKay@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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