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Senior Policy Manager Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB)

FAB is seeking a Senior Policy Manager, to help shape the Federation’s policy and strategic positions as a member of the senior management team and working closely with the Board of Directors.

  • Location: Home-based with some travel expectations
  • Salary: £54,000
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 18th June

Who we are.

The Federation of Awarding Bodies is the collective voice of the UK’s world-class qualifications and assessments industry. Our 125-member awarding organisations are committed to providing high-quality qualifications and assessments that recognise achievement, improve productivity, support social mobility and change lives.

We are a dynamic, digital industry association, providing insight and influence, and representing members across the four nations of the UK advocating for the interests of members from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and promoting the growth and development of awarding and assessment at a national and international level.

The Federation is in a strong strategic position, with high levels of recruitment and retention of members.  Our annual national conference last year was the biggest and most successful yet and the EPA conference is continuing to grow year on year. We are in a strong and stable financial position which we are now looking to sustain and build on.

We are now considered a leading and respected voice in the policy stakeholder arena by members and governments across the 4 nations and won Trade Association of the Year 2023.

Moving forward, we are looking to create a more cohesive voice across general and vocational qualifications, especially as the educational policy in the English context at least will most likely change following the next general election. We want to continue to develop new relationships with organisations such as Skills England, whilst also continuing to maintain relationships with existing and opposition governments.

About the role.

As the Senior Policy Manager for the Federation of Awarding Bodies, you will support the CEO and Board by reviewing government and regulatory policies, analysing their impact on members and learners, and providing briefs as needed. You will work with the Board, CEO, and Executive Director (Policy, Operations and Membership) to set policy strategy and line manage the Policy Officer.

You will lead on apprenticeships policy and the international export of qualifications, working closely with our CEO and Policy Officer. You will liaise with major stakeholders, including Ofqual, the Department for Education, and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education while maintaining communication with members and addressing their queries via phone and email.

Your role includes coordinating and contributing to activities related to qualifications, apprenticeships, and international exports.

This involves leading the weekly newsletter, EPA Weekly, and working with the Executive Director to identify support areas for members. You will manage key projects, attend meetings with stakeholders, convene member meetings, and draft reports or consultation responses.

You will ensure website content within your portfolio is up-to-date and support the implementation of our member-led policy structure, including working with virtual communities of practice on the Moodle VLE/LMS.

Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the CEO, you will monitor the policy landscape, provide summary reports, gather data from members, and develop the Federation’s policy. Leading the weekly newsletter and contributing to webinars and meetings will be part of your duties, as well as meeting regularly with stakeholders.

You will manage the Policy Officer, support members, deputise for the CEO at meetings, speak at events, and promote policy messages on social channels. Additionally, you will brief the team on event content, support organisational objectives, and assist the Board. Maintaining the Policy Lab section of the website, performing administrative tasks, engaging with virtual policy communities, and handling member queries will also be part of your role. Finally, you will carry out other duties as required.

Who we are looking for.

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual to join our team as the Senior Policy Manager. The ideal candidate will possess excellent written communication skills, demonstrating high levels of accuracy and attention to detail in all documentation. Strong spoken communication and interpersonal skills are essential for effectively interacting with various stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in project management and possess exceptional analytical skills to interpret and analyse policy impacts. Proficiency in administrative tasks, including the use of Microsoft Office for document creation, basic spreadsheet management, and arranging meetings via Outlook, is necessary. A good understanding of qualifications and apprenticeship policy is crucial, along with being highly organised and having excellent time management skills.

We are looking for someone who is friendly and approachable, with a qualification or apprenticeship at Level 5 or above. Experience working in education policy, preferably from an awarding organisation, government department, regulatory body, or think tank, is important.

Additionally, research skills or a qualification with a strong research component are desirable. Experience using a website content management system, such as WordPress, and familiarity with Moodle VLE/LMS would be advantageous. The ideal candidate will be dedicated to supporting our organisational objectives and engaging effectively with our members and stakeholders.

Benefits

  • 28 days annual leave plus an additional two days of Christmas closure
  • Subject to you making a contribution, FAB will contribute 7.5% of your annual salary to your pension.
  • Participation in the company group health care plan.
  • Employee wellbeing helpline.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Paloma Zamora | paloma@peridotpartners.co.uk

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About the Federation of Awarding Bodies

The Federation of Awarding Bodies is the collective voice of the UK’s world-class qualifications and assessments industry. Our members are committed to providing high-quality qualifications and assessments that recognise achievement, improve productivity, support social mobility and change lives.

Our vision:  Our vision is of a powerful trade association representing the collective interests of the UK’s qualifications and assessments industry. We envisage a world in which higher-quality technical, professional and vocational education, results in stronger public confidence in what we do.

Our mission: Our mission is to be the collective voice of the UK’s qualifications and assessments industry.

Our objectives:

Quality – ensuring that vocational and technical education provision is regulated fairly and robustly; and that assurance systems aim to minimise bureaucracy and promote market choice.

Impact – demonstrating how our members’ awarding and assessment expertise can improve the success of learners and employers, boosting productivity and growth within an integrated skills ecosystem.

Influence – shaping curriculum and policy reforms in an increasingly decentralised and devolved skills eco-system(s) across the UK.

Exports – promote the overseas potential of awarding and assessment organisations, collaborating with international partners to increase overall trade.

Diversity –  harnessing a thriving sector, committing to actions that secure greater equity, diversity and inclusion.

Our membership

Our full membership consists of around 125 regulated awarding and assessment organisations. A senior leader (usually the CEO or RO) from each full member holds a seat at the National Strategy Forum and has voting rights at general meetings.  They are also eligible to stand for election to the Board of Directors. We engage regularly with around 1,300 individuals working in our full member organisations, providing support on a whole range of issues around qualifications, regulation and end point assessment, with many members signed up to our online communities, virtual meetings, reading our newsletters, and attending our events and training courses.

We also have associate members and subscribers who join to be part of the community of awarding and assessment, but who do not meet our eligibility criteria for full membership.

The Awarding and Assessment Academy was relaunched in early 2023 as a sub brand of the Federation, open to individual members who join to support their professional development, in line with our industry career framework.  Further information about the Awarding and Assessment Academy can be found at aaa.awarding.org.uk.

Our Board of Directors

Our committed Board of Directors is comprised of twelve senior leaders in awarding and assessment organisations.  Many of our Directors have a lead area of responsibility and work closely with the team influencing stakeholders and supporting members, for example around regulatory impact, technical education, end point assessment, international and EDI.

Our team

We have a small dedicated and supportive team of eight, providing a high-quality service to our membership, working together and with the Board of Directors to meet the organisation’s objectives.

Accessibility information

The Federation strives to be an inclusive employer.  As a virtual organisation, our team works from the comfort of their own homes. Prior to commencement, we have an open conversation about what equipment and access requirements an individual has, to ensure that they are available prior to their start date. We operate an agile working policy, which provides flexibility for a range of working styles and provides individuals with the opportunity to take a short well-being/comfort break as needed to support the team in their roles. We provide agendas for internal group meetings in advance of meetings, and at the end of meetings (including 1:1s) we recap the key points and actions agreed. We encourage our team to share openly, or privately, what changes we can make to continue to meet needs and preferences.

Recognising that our events can be quite overwhelming for delegates and employees, we provide quiet rooms/sensory spaces and support the team to take time out.

EDI Action plan and 5 Ps Pledge

The Federation has developed an industry EDI Action Plan and Pledge. Information can be found here. We have an EDI Advisory Group and member-led group, who contribute to our EDI activity.

EDI workplace initiatives

The Federation are Neurodiversity Champions. We are also currently exploring other initiatives/accreditations

Applicants with a disability 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 role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Paloma Zamora | paloma@peridotpartners.co.uk

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 18th June 2024*

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