Assistant Director – Schools & Learning Service

Assistant Director – Schools & Learning Service

Childrens Services Dorchester, Dorset

Leadership Pay Scale

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Fixed term for 1 year                        

Closing date: 18th March 2018

We are looking to second for 1 year initially an ambitious and highly motivated senior leader preferably a deputy or assistant head from an academy chain, academy or school to join us in the role of Assistant Director - Schools & Learning Service within the Children’s Services Directorate.

This is a particularly exciting time for our organisation. We have a new Council in place and we are starting our journey towards unitary status as a single tier Council in April 2019.

Working alongside our senior leaders and stakeholders, the role will provide you with the opportunity to develop your leadership experience and get involved in driving up standards and policy development. You will be working to a defined programme of key deliverables, including taking the lead on formulating modern relationships with our education providers and reviewing our education offer.

To support us on our journey we are looking for someone who has:

  • Significant senior leadership experience
  • A sound understanding of education policy and context
  • Experience of implementing successful initiatives which have raised standards and engagement
  • The ability to think strategically and able to identify priorities and work collaboratively across multiple stakeholder
  • And who will see this as a key career development step

What Will This Involve?

The role will encompass:

  • Managing a range of key Council Education Services like SEND, School Improvement, Admissions, school places, etc.
  • Leading for the Council on the Schools Forum
  • Formulating a new relationship between the Council, Schools, Academies and Settings
  • Advising Councilors on schools and educational matters
  • Developing and expanding our 16 plus offer
  • And more.

So this is a challenging role, but a huge career developing opportunity for a senior school leader, probably looking towards headship.

For an informal chat about this exciting role, please contact Nick Jarman, Director for Children’s Services on 01305 224166 or email his PA at

We value diversity and welcome applications from all parts of the community.