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Nottingham College

Senior leadership appointments at Nottingham College: Director of Quality & Performance | Director of Estates & Facilities | Director of Digital Innovation & IT

  • Location: Nottingham
  • Salary: £75,000

Overview of the roles

Nottingham College has an ambition to become the best further education college in the country. To enable this, they are seeking three strategic experts in: estates & capital projects, curriculum quality & performance, and digital innovation & IT to join the College’s senior leadership team.

This is a time of significant change and organisational improvement for Nottingham College following the merger. Each Director will lead and form part of collaborative leadership teams at the largest provider of further education and training in this vibrant city.

The Directors will be innovative and astute subject-matter leaders, with established track records in their areas of expertise and a commitment to excellent delivery of services – providing strategic direction that will support and improve the experience of Nottingham College’s 16,500 students.

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

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364 033

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

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 27th April 2020

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Nottingham College is looking to recruit expert talent to its Senior Leadership Team

The Director of Estates & Facilities Management will be joining at a busy time for the directorate. Overseeing 64,000 square metres of Nottingham College estate and supporting the move into the City Hub, the Director will lead the appraisal of the estates strategy and support long-term planning in partnership with the College’s faculties and business support teams. The Director will lead departments including: Estates, Security, Health & Safety, Capital Projects, Catering and Cleaning services.

The Director of Quality & Performance will be the nominee for inspection and lead on the post-inspection action plan. Across the College, the Director will consolidate and evolve the Performance Improvement Programme of work, improving both outcomes for students and their experience whilst at the college.

The Director of Digital Innovation & IT will lead on a digital strategy which will attract significant investment over the coming years. The Director will be the in-house strategic expert on infrastructure and development throughout and place Nottingham College at the very forefront of digital innovation in curriculum and business planning.

Who we're looking for

The scale and impact of Nottingham College is significant, and with that comes significant opportunity for the strategic leaders to be appointed. Working collaboratively across the College, the people appointed will have the following experience:

The Director of Estates & Facilities Management is likely to come from a large further education college, with an understanding of how crucial the development of outstanding learning spaces and facilities are to the overall student experience. The College seeks candidates who are appropriately qualified with substantial experience in estates management and multi-site capital project oversight. Suitable candidates will know cutting edge environmental and sustainable developments, feel passionate about them and want to embed these developments within a modern FE college of significant scale.

The Director of Quality & Performance will be a further education expert with experience of leading substantial improvements in teaching, learning and assessment. In addition to this, suitable candidates will have the ability to ‘scale-up’ their experience gained in other FE colleges and rapidly apply their approach across the full-breadth of Nottingham College’s curriculum delivery. Reporting to the Principal (Curriculum & Learning) and providing professional advice, challenge and support to 10 faculties overseeing 27 faculty areas, the Director will shape higher performance and expectations to ensure the College’s students thrive. The post-holder will oversee teams focused in the advancement of: Quality, Assessment and Standards, Learning Technologies and Resources, Teaching and Learning.

The Director of Digital Innovation & IT will act as the College’s strategic ‘guru’ for all matters relating to the digital strategy and IT infrastructure. With substantial experience of leading IT functions within complex business environments and the development and delivery of major projects and procurement, the Director will enable the College to move from a position of stabilisation following merger and towards a more forward-thinking stage. Suitable candidates for this Director role will have or develop a passion for how teaching, learning and business processes can be advanced through digital means. The post-holder will oversee teams providing Service Delivery support, Infrastructure and Applications, and Print Services.

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

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364 033

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

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 27th April 2020

Welcome from the CEO

Dear Candidates,

Thank you for your interest in joining the leadership team of Nottingham College. As CEO of Nottingham College, I am immensely proud of what we have achieved as a newly merged college. A lot has been accomplished both in the run-up to merger and throughout the period which has followed. The College has made great strides in bringing together a single college structure to deliver our ambitious plans. If you join us, you will be able to really make your mark. However, it is important to state these are very demanding roles, so we ask you to ensure you are well informed and resilient enough to meet the challenges ahead.

The College has huge ambitions for the future and we are close to completing a new £58m campus in the heart of the city opening in September 2020. The senior leadership team, along with the governing body, have worked hard to ensure that the College has a clear direction and purpose that will ensure a financially sustainable future. We see our role as supporting a growing local economy by connecting the aspirations of our students to employers’ needs for skilled workers.

In implementing our exciting plans for the future, we have a clear focus on ensuring our curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment is employment-led and we deliver an experience for our students that is second to none, with our employees able to deliver on our vision through having access to first-class resources and facilities. We are committed to doing things differently by being agile and advancing our digital learning environments through cloud enabled technologies and have committed to the investment required over the coming years.

Hugely ambitious aspirations require highly aspirational leaders who can buy in to the vision and play a major role in shaping and driving forward the changes required, taking colleagues with them along the way. The senior leadership team of the College comprises people with solid sector experience and those new to FE but with a thirst to make a difference.

For each of these Director posts at Nottingham College, we are seeking highly credible, driven, innovative and astute leaders. Our successful candidates will have established track records in their areas of specialism, all able and committed to delivering a remarkable student experience. We want to be different and we don’t want more of the same. It is essential that you can prove not only your experience but your resilience and tenacity to drive our college to become a truly employment-led college with an exceptional offer, and achievements to be truly proud of.

We want to appoint the best, so if you believe you have the vision, drive and experience required to deliver our ambitious agenda, then we want to hear from you.

With best wishes,

John van de Laarschot
Nottingham College

About Nottingham College

In summer 2017, New College Nottingham and Central College Nottingham joined forces to become Nottingham College.

Since this time, the College has developed a new quality assurance process, rationalised its estate to 10 campuses across the city and launched a digital strategy which will be embedded into the new City Hub campus when it opens in September 2020.

Every year, the largest provider of FE in Nottingham help tens of thousands of local people gain skills and qualifications which change their lives. By providing strong routes into higher education and employment, the College is key to supporting Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to prosper by ensuring that businesses are able to find a diverse range of people with the skills and qualifications needed for their businesses to grow and develop.

Nottingham College understands and celebrates the difference that education makes to the lives of their students.

Working with a significant number of employers locally, regionally and nationally, the College is constantly developing and delivering excellent education, training and support that meets their needs and those of students, creating opportunities and prosperity for both.

It is a place where students are given every opportunity to develop a full range of skills for the workplace and a place where students meet employers who can support their career aspirations.

A new City Hub campus

The new City Hub campus represents a significant investment in education for the city. On track to open in September 2020, it will offer new facilities and resources for college students and provide community facilities such as a new training restaurant, café and performing arts centre.

Nottingham College’s plans for improvement are far reaching across the entire organisation. Their digital strategy will enable them to move towards increased means of digital learning across their entire curriculum, and a greater amount of online learning and development opportunities for both staff and students. They are already addressing the infrastructure which is required for this huge task.

Nottingham College has a lot to be proud of with exceptional facilities for their engineering and construction students and a traditional art school, to name but a few, though they also recognise they have areas to improve and are addressing these.

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

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364 033

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

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Closing date for applications: 12pm, Monday 27th April 2020

Preliminary interviews:
Director of Estates: w/c Monday 11th May 2020
Director of Digital Innovation & IT: w/c Monday 11th May 2020
Director of Quality: w/c Monday 18th May 2020

Final stage interviews:
Director of Estates: w/c Monday 18th May 2020
Director of Digital Innovation & IT: w/c Monday 18th May 2020
Director of Quality: w/c Monday 25th May 2020

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