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Deputy Director Coherent Learning Provision

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) exists to make Scotland a world leading centre of education, research and innovation by investing £2 billion of public money each year, across Scotland’s 26 colleges and 19 universities. This funding enables Scotland’s colleges and universities to provide life-changing opportunities for over half a million people.

SFC’s support for university research means every one of Scotland’s universities is able to carry out world-leading research. Our investment of over £120million to create innovation centres is making exciting things happen between industry and university research. Our work in widening access is bringing colleges and universities together in new ways and providing more people with more routes into learning and skills. As a result of this, we are now looking to add further strength to our senior leadership team with the addition of three newly created deputy director positions.

The Deputy Director Coherent Learning Provision will oversee the development of an increasingly responsive tertiary education and skills system in Scotland through leadership of our work on coherent provision - supporting good strategic provision planning at national, regional and institutional levels. A key element of this role will be improving strategic collaboration across tertiary education and skills partners to ensure provision is better aligned to the needs of students, employers, local economic and social needs, and government policy. The Deputy Director will work collaboratively with stakeholders – including the successor body to SQA - to ensure the qualifications we invest in meet need and continue to evolve. Importantly, the Deputy Director will ensure industry and employer engagement across SFC’s education and skills work, and will be the lead for our work with Skills Development Scotland and related organisations. Alongside this, they will lead our work on impactful work-based learning pathways and on key programmes for upskilling and reskilling the Scottish workforce, in full support of the Scottish Government’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation.

The successful candidate will bring a successful track record of strategic planning with deep subject matter knowledge within the education and skills space. You will also bring significant experience of policy development and programme governance, ideally within the education sector. Strong stakeholder engagement skills are essential, and in particular you will bring demonstrable ability to forge strong, collaborative relationships with a diverse network of senior stakeholders spanning Scotland’s colleges and universities, partner agencies, and government. You will also bring a successful track record as a leader with the ability to engage and inspire a team, building capability, capacity and a culture of continuous improvement.

 If you feel ready to contribute to making Scotland the best place in the world to educate, research and innovate, then please see the full role description and application pack under Supporting Documents below:

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Closing date for applications is: 09:00 on Monday 6 June 2022