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Director of IT – Barnsley College

Barnsley College

We are interested in engaging people to strategically and operationally lead a high-quality service for the Information & Technology Department of Barnsley College.

  • Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire
  • Salary: £60,000

About the role

To strategically and operationally lead a high-quality service for the Information & Technology Department of Barnsley College. The Director of IT will ensure continuous development and execution of technical strategies that enable the College to provide customers with world-class service and maintain a position as a technically innovative and forward-looking digital institution.

The Director provides vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives, as well as supporting these initiatives in a hands-on manner. They also support teaching, learning and all other business operations in order to improve cost effectiveness and service quality within the College. They are responsible for all aspects of the organisation’s information technology and systems to provide communications to management, monitor progress and manage risk.

Who we're looking for

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record and good leadership experience within all of the following areas: enterprise application and data base development, data management and data services infrastructures, server and network infrastructure, security administration, website/intranet development, application/customer support. You will also have strong project management skills and be able to lead and mentor small teams to deliver high-quality results with the absolute highest levels of customer service.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact the lead consultant at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Szulczewski | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

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Dear Candidate,

Welcome to Barnsley College, one of the very best colleges in the United Kingdom.

We are the main provider of post-16 education in the Borough and play a vital role within the Yorkshire and Humber region by delivering outstanding teaching and learning and very strong outcomes for students.

We have fantastic staff, great facilities, excellent partnerships with schools, industry and government and flexible programmes geared to local needs. Our vision is to transform lives, not just for our students, but for our staff and external stakeholders too.

At our annual strategic event, our board of governors sets the overall direction for the College for the coming year. We then work with the executive team to build the detailed strategic plan that we present here.

We have a detailed strategic plan that identifies four strategic pillars: quality, curriculum, sustainability and reputation.

Our goals include:

Our goals include:

  • Maintaining our ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted status.
  • Introducing the Government’s new T Level qualifications.
  • Maximising our Higher Education offer.
  • Working ever more closely with businesses on apprenticeships.
  • Developing stronger partnerships with stakeholders in the Borough and the region.
  • Introducing new provision for 14 to 16 year olds who have previously been home educated.
  • Continuing to grow and future-proof our finances.

We have received huge support, locally and regionally, to invest in our outstanding teaching staff and create one of the very best learning facilities in the country. Our goals are ambitious but we believe that by working ever more closely with our partners they can be achieved.

Ultimately, it is all about making sure the people of Barnsley can be proud of their College, knowing it is going to help them get the skills they need for the careers of today and into the future.

The recruitment and development of outstanding leaders will continue to be a key priority for us going forward.

We are extremely proud of our College and what we and our students have achieved in recent years, and we are driven to do even better. We look forward to working with you to help Barnsley and the region to succeed.

Yours sincerely,

Yiannis Koursis
Principal & CEO

Barnsley College is a vibrant and dynamic place that seeks to meet its statutory duties in a creative and forthright manner.

The college creates an environment of respect and understanding, where everyone is an individual with unique needs and skills.

With a wide range of over 300 full-time courses covering subjects from Animal Care, Business and Catering, to Forensics, Motorsport and Performing Arts, their campuses offer purpose-built accommodation for each subject to ensure students are learning in industry-standard facilities that reflect the environment they will work in after finishing their studies.

Many of Barnsley College’s facilities are working and operating as commercial businesses alongside everyday teaching. This means students get the opportunity to not only learn in the right environment for their studies but gain real life work experience in their chosen career, giving a better chance over other candidates when applying for employment.

Barnsley College’s students are at the heart of everything they do. Their outstanding, passionate staff are always striving for excellence and this positive culture has a real impact on the aspirations of students.

Barnsley College encourage all staff and students to dream big. Their vision, purpose, values and strategic priorities help to steer the college and ensure that the focus is on helping students to achieve the very best.

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For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact the lead consultant at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Szulczewski | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017 043

Please submit a CV and supporting statement (maximum two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. Please include your interest and motivation in applying for this position.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to  response@peridotpartners.co.uk  inserting “Director of IT, Barnsley College” into the subject field.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

All applications will be considered solely on merit.


Closing date for applications: 12pm, Wednesday 24th July 2019
Candidates informed of outcome: By 5pm, Thursday 25th July 2019
Interviews: Wednesday 31st July 2019

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Peridot and Barnsley College are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this Equality Monitoring Survey.

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