Company: University of Edinburgh
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We wish to appoint an outstanding Director of Operations and Partnerships who will be a senior member of the Data Education in Schools team. The newly established Data Education in Schools programme aims to provide a visionary approach to the design and delivery of Data Skills Education throughout Scotland. Over the next eight years, this centre, established as part of the DDI Skills Gateway/City Deal initiative, will work closely with industry, local education authorities, schools, FE and University partners to support the development of an innovative and transformational Data Skills programme. The Director of Operations and Partnerships will work closely with the Academic Director to establish the strategic vision for the programme and implement and oversee the operational management.

The successful candidate will have significant senior level project or programme management experience and significant experience of both higher education and local education authority operational and governance structures.

The post is available from early 2020, full-time (35 hours) for 12 months. Any extension would be subject to a funding review.

The closing date for this job is the 6th Feburary 2020.

1. Job Details

Job title: Data Education in Schools: Director of Operations and Partnerships

School/Support Department: Moray House School of Education and Sport

Unit: Data Education in Schools programme, Digital Education Research Centre

Line Manager: Academic Director of Data Education in Schools


2. Job Purpose

The newly established Data Education in Schools programme aims to provide a visionary approach to the design and delivery of Data Skills Education throughout Scotland. Over the next eight years, this centre, established as part of the DDI Skills Gateway/City Deal initiative, will work closely with industry, local education authorities, schools, FE and University partners to support the development of an innovative and transformational Data Skills programme. The Director of Operations and Partnerships will work closely with the Academic Director to establish the strategic vision for the programme and implement and oversee the operational management.


3. Main Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic direction and operational leadership to the programme. Work closely with the academic leadership to establish the strategic vision and implement a delivery plan to achieve this including establishing goals, timeframes, KPIs, governance and reporting structures.

  • Oversee all aspects of the programme’s day-to-day operation including finance, resourcing, recruitment, procurement, project reporting, and represent Data Education in Schools in committees, meetings, conferences and other events, as required, both internal and external.

  • Manage key senior stakeholder relations across a wide network of partnerships including government and local education authorities, senior university management, charity and philanthropic partners, industrial sponsors and volunteers and represent the programme and its activities appropriately.

  • Lead, direct and motivate a multi-professional team and provide coaching, mentoring and line management as required.

  • Promote a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to Data Education in School activities and work closely with senior colleagues to ensure that the centre makes effective use of the expertise available across all schools and colleges of the University.

  • Deputise for the Academic Director and represent the programme and its business internally, externally, regionally, nationally and internationally as required.

  • Undertake any other function, within reason, that supports the delivery of the Data Education programme.

4. Planning and Organising

  • Provide leadership in establishing the overarching strategy and ensure that goals are achievable and appropriate
  • Lead and manage the operational activities of Data Education in Schools, manage and allocate resources appropriately, to ensure strategic objectives are met
  • Manage various operational budgets and identify and pursue relevant funding opportunities
  • Adopt innovative and creative approaches to the development and successful delivery of strategic objectives
  • Develop and promote working practices that enable the programme to meet its targets, both financially and operationally
  • Establish monitoring, evaluation and reporting processes that adhere to governance requirements
  • Motivate and develop the capability of staff within the programme, providing mentoring and line management as required
  • Work with senior University management to ensure the programme meets and responds to the needs of the wider Institution.
  • Work with the Programme Director of the DDI Skills Gateway to ensure that the programmes meets and responds to the needs of the wider DDI Skills Gateway.


5. Problem Solving

  • Provide creative and innovative solutions to operational and strategic challenges to ensure that objectives can be met
  • Recognise and respond positively to changing requirements and promote a culture of continuous improvement amongst staff in the programme
  • Promote a culture of collaboration and collective problem-solving in the delivery of Data Education in Schools activities
  • Continually evaluate and seek ways to ensure that the programme is working optimally in the delivery of its aims and objectives.


6. Decision Making

  • Responsible for the operational decision-making in line with the programme’s overall strategy and aims
  • Exercise a high degree of autonomy in decision-making ensuring that the needs of key stakeholders and partners are considered appropriately.
  • Manage significant competing priorities, such as demand on financial resources and staff time, and seek appropriate sources of funding to support operations.
  • Resolve priority conflicts between stakeholder aspirations and operational feasibility and take responsibility for effective communication to that effect.
  • Be the point of escalation for all operational issues and seek effective resolution for all issues in consultation with the Academic Director and senior stakeholders
  • Responsible for planning, setting and management of the budget in partnership with the Academic Director
  • Review staff performance against objectives and targets and take action where required to ensure that these remain on track.


7. Key Contacts/Relationships

  • The key relationships are with:
  • Academic Director of Data Education in Schools
  • Data Education in Schools team
  • Programme Director – DDI Skills Gateway
  • City Deal/DDI Programme Senior Leadership
  • City Deal/DDI Programme Management and Delivery team
  • Local Education Authorities/Schools contacts across the 6 regions
  • Bayes Institute/EFI/Usher Institute


8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

    Essential

  • Professionally qualified/ relevant degree or equivalent, plus extensive experience in relevant roles including, typically, a minimum of 3 years operating at a managerial/ expert level;
  • Demonstrable negotiating, problem solving and influencing skills across all levels of seniority;
  • Significant experience of both higher education and local education authority structures and ideally within data/digital-focussed context;
  • Proven ability to lead diverse teams as well as manage large-scale projects
  • Expertise in all aspects of operational management including budgets, HR and reporting.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Sound judgement and insight and ability to adapt personal style to different situations, audiences and stakeholders;
  • Self-confidence, resilience and energy;
  • Clear reasoned commitment to work in this role at the University;
  • Evidence of commitment to the ongoing professional development of self and others.
  • Desirable

  • Experience of the University’s procurement processes and procedures;
  • Experience of the University’s project management and reporting procedures.
  • Experience of working in both a teaching and software development context.


9. Dimensions

The Data Education in Schools programme has an operational budget of £3.2 million allocated from the DDI programme. There are currently six core staff and this is set to expand over the coming year. New core team members will be recruited as well as contract and consultant partners. Community and industry partnerships will also be established in order to support different strands of the Programme. The Director of Operations and Partnerships will work closely with the Academic Director, the DDI Skills Gateway Programme Director to lead the growth of the programme operationally and strategically over the course of the eight year programme.


10. Job Context and any other relevant information

The Data Education in Schools team reside within the Centre for Research into Digital Education in Moray House School of Education and Sports. The team works closely with the DDI Skills Gateway partners, the Bayes Education team, Development & Alumni and Local authority partners to deliver the programme. It also aims to work with a wide range of community and industry partners. The role requires a strategic understanding of the needs of a wide range of diverse partners and stakeholders and an ability to response and adapt ones approach accordingly. As a new programme this is a time of rapid change, with new process and procedures to be negotiated, the post holder is expected to take a lead role in establishing and developing the programme’s operations.

The University is currently undertaking a review of a number of its professional services within our Service Excellence Programme and therefore job descriptions and their location may be subject to change.

  • Post holder must continuously develop and keep skills and knowledge up to date, share knowledge and experience and advise others on best practice and changes.
  • Will be expected to contribute to, and benefit from liaison and communication across the team and beyond.
  • Team members will be required to provide cover and back up for colleagues in the MHSES Office.
  • The post holder will be expected to be flexible and adapt to be responsive to changes in order to support the activities and initiatives of MHSES.
    The University is currently undertaking a review of a number of its professional services within our Service Excellence Programme and therefore job descriptions and their location may be subject to change.

  • Post holder must continuously develop and keep skills and knowledge up to date, share knowledge and experience and advise others on best practice and changes.
  • Will be expected to contribute to, and benefit from liaison and communication across the team and beyond.
  • Team members will be required to provide cover and back up for colleagues.
  • The post holder will be expected to be flexible and adapt to be responsive to changes in order to support the activities and initiatives of the school.

Moray House School of Education is committed to the fair and equal treatment of all its employees and promotes diversity and gender equality among staff and students. For more information about family friendly policies please visit the University website at the following address: https://www.ed.ac.uk/equality-diversity/help-advice/family-friendly/staff.

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Application Procedure

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You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm on 6th Feburary 2020.

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Pension Scheme


This role is grade UoE9 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

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Salary

The role is grade UoE9 and attracts an annual salary of £52,599 to £59,135 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

School of Education and Sport

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Moray House School of Education has been making a major contribution and impact to the field of education both in Scotland and worldwide for almost 200 years. In that time, our staff, students and alumni have influenced, improved and transformed learning and teaching and wider educational policy in the UK and beyond. Today, we continue to conduct research across all aspects of education and learning – from pre-school to higher education and lifelong learning. Our alumni include world-famous novelist J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, and Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy MBE.

Moray House School of Education is the leading School of Education in Scotland – we are ranked first for both educational research and sport and exercise research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF also places us in the top five in the UK for educational research and top 10 in the UK for sport and exercise research, confirming our reputation as a UK centre of excellence in these fields.

The School’s five research clusters: Equality, social justice and inclusion; Pedagogy, learning and curriculum; Language, culture and communication; Digital education; Sport, physical education and health science supplement the work of research centres and groups and are aimed at fostering emergent areas of research excellence.

We provide an outstanding learning and research environment, where students learn to become future leaders able to meet the diverse opportunities and challenges of the 21st century, in the following areas:

  • teacher education
  • social justice and inclusive pedagogy
  • learning for sustainability
  • physical activity for health
  • physical education
  • educational leadership and management
  • sport policy, management and international development
  • digital education and learning analytics
  • outdoor learning
  • sport and exercise science
  • language teaching
  • childhood practice
  • community education.
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