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Head of School: School of Forestry and the Built Environment

University of the Highlands and Islands - Inverness College

Location: Inverness
Salary: £52,530 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 22nd December 2021
Closes: 23rd January 2022

We are seeking an enthusiastic, dedicated Head of School to manage our School of Construction and Forestry. Having recently brought together and integrated Construction and Forestry this is an excellent opportunity for an experienced curriculum manager to lead an emerging and growing area.

Inverness College UHI provides education to approximately 6,600 students across SCQF levels 4-11. The School of Construction and Forestry has approximately 700 students studying at SCQF levels 4-11. Qualifications provided by the School can be obtained through full-time and part-time study including apprenticeships. As pioneers of work-based education the school delivers a wide range of foundation, modern, and graduate apprenticeship programmes from SCQF 6-10.

As Head of School of Construction and Forestry you will be based between our Inverness and Balloch Campuses, and you will manage a range of tertiary curriculum, leading on all aspects of quality assurance, operational management and curriculum development. You will lead teams of professional staff, managing performance and promoting continuous professional development. In addition, you will engage with opportunities to grow the schools’ involvement with innovation and research.

You will work with other Heads of School and Tertiary Education Leaders to champion our values, Ambitious, Bold and Creative, motivating teams to excel in all that we do. Our students’ learning experience and achievement will be the key driver and focus within your role.

We are one of the largest partners of the University of the Highlands and Islands, a partnership of 13 colleges and research institutions comprising Scotland’s newest university.

As the UK’s leading tertiary education provider, we deliver both further education and higher education courses and that makes us different from traditional institutions. Through an innovative approach to learning and some of the best online learning technologies, we offer our students the complete learner journey, where they have choice and flexibility to study from access level right through to PhD.

Inverness College UHI is at the heart of the community. Working closely with businesses and stakeholders, our curriculum and research capacity is designed to meet the ever-evolving needs of industry and support the strengths and ambitions of the region. Through a personalised approach, we help our students discover their right path, providing them with a combination of qualification and job-ready skills to succeed in the workplace. Inverness College UHI has locations at Inverness Campus and also the Scottish School of Forestry (Balloch), a growing hub for research, innovation and enterprise set within a 215 acre site.

Job Purpose:

We are seeking a suitably skilled person who enjoys management, teaching, learning and curriculum development to work within our School of Construction and Forestry.

You will be required to manage, develop, and design curriculum in an innovative manner with a focus on the sectors’ best practice.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Leadership and Management of School of Forestry and the Built Environment
  • Business Planning and Resource Management
  • Leadership and Development of teams
  • Leadership of Teaching, Learning and Research
  • Data management including Quality and Enhancement Plan
  • Curriculum design and development
  • Collaborative working with other schools to maximise opportunities for inter-disciplinary working
  • Professional Practice and Development

Essential Criteria:

  • A degree or Postgraduate qualification.
  • Have relevant education leadership and management experience.
  • Experience of leading change within organisations.
  • Be a member or working towards membership of professional body.
  • Demonstrable connections with industry bodies and sectors.
  • Have current and relevant evidence of CPD.

You should also be flexible, reflective, innovative, creative, and personally committed to continuing vocational and professional development.

You should possess effective interpersonal skills and have good IT skills in applications such as MS Office and other relevant subject related software packages.

Please note: the successful post holder will need to pass a satisfactory PVG Scheme check through Disclosure Scotland prior to commencing employment.

Application Closing Date: 23rd January 2022

Shortlisting will take place on 24th January 2022

Interviews will be held week commencing 31st January 2022

For informal queries regarding this post, please contact Inverness College UHI recruitment team on 01463 273210 or Recruitment.ic@uhi.ac.uk 

For further information about the role including job description and application form please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.

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