ALRA Acting Schools in London & Manchester

Head of Quality & Academic Standards

Salary: £29-32K      Hours: 40 hours per week

A vacancy exists for a Head of Quality & Academic Standards, reporting to the Vice Principal (VP) Curriculum and Quality Assurance. This is an exciting opportunity for a committed individual to lead on QA implementation and enhancement at ALRA. Working at our ethier Wandsworth or Wigan campuses with travel between London and Wigan occasionally, this position will suit a talented and self-motivated individual with a passion for detail and accuracy.

Permanent – London & Wigan 
Closing date Wednesday 21st June 2017 by 12pm

 

 

RECRUITMENT DETAILS

APPLICATION

Please apply using the application form available on our website (PDF or Word doc) or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a form will be emailed to you. Applications without a completed form will not be considered. You may include a CV.

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be held on June 26th (South) & June 27th (North).

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

This is a permanent, full-time post. The terms and conditions of service will be those currently in operation. Find the full coditions of services here.

CLOSING DATE

The closing date and time for receipt of applications is Wednesday 21st June 2017 at 12pm. 

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Job Title: Head of Quality & Academic Standards Reports to: Vice Principal (VP) Curriculum and Quality Assurance
Locations: London & Wigan
Department: Admin department
Key Responsibilities
  1. Under the guidance of the VP Curriculum and Quality Assurance, to develop and implement the School’s policies and strategies relating to the quality management and enhancement of its provision, taking account of the requirements of the Quality Assurance Agency’s (QAA’s) UK Quality Code for Higher Education and the requirements of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). 
  2. Support Teaching Staff to meet the vision and strategy of the work of the Curriculum & Quality Assurance Office. 
  3. Lead the operation of the School’s quality assurance and enhancement processes, such as course approval, monitoring and periodic review, student engagement and feedback, and other related procedures as deemed appropriate by the VP Curriculum and Quality Assurance.To facilitate and deliver all written feedback for Movement Modules.
  4. To work with the VP Curriculum and Quality Assurance to review and continuously develop the School’s quality assurance procedures and guidance to ensure that these are clear, consistent, up to date and in line with sector-wide best practice. 
  5. Provide expert advice and guidance to School staff (academic and professional) to ensure that the School’s practices and regulations meet the requirements of external stakeholders, such as the QAA, OFSTED, Trinity and others.
  6. Under the guidance of the VP Curriculum and Quality Assurance, devise, research and present complex documentation, such as procedures, policies and codes of practice. 
  7. Undertake analysis of data (for example survey results), provide written reports and make recommendations to the VP Curriculum and Quality Assurance and other internal stakeholders and committees to inform decision making. 
  8. Provide a full secretariat to School-level committees and working groups, providing advice to Chairs, members and other staff within the School.
  9. Serve on School committees and working groups as appropriate, to support strategic decision-making and to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of policy decisions.
  10. Work with the VP Curriculum and Quality Assurance to support Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) reviews, and internal and external audit work as required.
  11. With the VP Curriculum and Quality Assurance, be the School’s key contact for external agencies, such as the QAA, OFSTED, Trinity and others.
  12. Oversee the arrangements for the appointment and payment of external examiners and all reporting mechanisms including the submission of external examiner reports, response and monitoring of follow-up work, administered by the VP Curriculum and Quality Assurance.
  13. Compile and submit marks for all courses to the relevant boards under the direction of the VP Operations & Student Experience.
  14. To co-ordinate the institutional application to the Teaching Excellence Framework gathering quantitative data in partnership with the registrar and co-ordinating the qualitative aspects of the return.
  15. Undertake any other duties as reasonably delegated by the VP Curriculum and Quality Assurance.
  16. Manage your own continuous professional development, internal collaborations and external networks, to contribute to service quality, research excellence and innovation. 

Generic duties and responsibilities of all ALRA employees

This job description reflects the present requirements of the post but may be altered at any time in the future as duties and responsibilities change and/or develop providing there is full consultation with the post-holder.

The post-holder will carry out any other duties, tasks or responsibilities as reasonably requested by the Senior Management Team. The post holder will be responsible and accountable for ensuring all School policies, procedures, regulations and employment legislative requirements are adhered to including equality and diversity.

This job description is not a definitive or exhaustive list of responsibilities but identifies the key responsibilities and tasks of the post holder. The specific objectives of the post holder will be subject to review as part of the individual performance review (appraisal) process.

ESSENTIALDESIRABLE
EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS
  • A minimum of Degree or relevant professional qualification at graduate level
  • Higher degree
  • Relevant professional qualification at postgraduate level
EXPERIENCE
  • Previous relevant experience in higher education administration
  • Experience of servicing committees and managing committee business
  • Experience of report writing and data analysis Understanding of current policies in higher education, particularly in relation to quality assurance
  • Specific experience of quality assurance administration in higher or further education
  • Experience of supervising, managing and leading staff
  • Experience of training others in Quality Assurance, e.g. running workshops and writing materials and guidelines
KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS
  • Advanced IT skills, including Office 365 applications
  • Ability to communicate logically, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and maintain positive, effective working relationships with colleagues and external contacts
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Team working
  • Ability to analyse issues and offer informed and reliable professional advice
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage a complex and varied workload, prioritise personal work schedules and work with minimum supervision
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to organise and manipulate a wide range and complexity of qualitative and quantitative material and produce reports and briefings to deadlines
 
PERSONAL QUALITIES/ DISPOSITION
  • Ability to deal sensitively with confidential issues
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgement in decision making
  • A positive approach to staff development
  • Flexible, positive and creative attitude to change
  • Ability to deal with all levels of staff and inspire confidence
  • Ability to demonstrate an intelligent approach to higher level problem solving
  • Sensitivity towards the current issues and pressures facing students and academic, management and administrative staff in higher education
OTHER
  • Committed to equality and diversity
  • Willing and able to work longer and unsociable hours, if required
  • Ability to travel, as required. Please note that travel will be necessary between campus and other sites
 

Head of Quality & Academic Standards Conditions of Service

These details are for broad information only and must not be taken as a complete or authoritative statement. In no way do they constitute a contract of employment.

  1. Salary - £29k/£32k per annum paid monthly on the 20th by credit transfer. Commencing salary will be determined according to qualifications and experience.
  2. Hours and Time of Duty - The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week (Monday to Friday) at times as agreed with the SMT. If the nature of the work so requires, the jobholder may from time to time be required to attend meetings or do other work outside normal hours. Remuneration for overtime is not payable as the company operates a TOIL system.
  3. Holiday - The holiday year runs from 1 September to 31 August. In addition to the Statutory Bank Holidays, local discretionary holidays, and days when we are closed in the interests of efficiency, annual holiday entitlement will be 26 days. If employment commences part way through the holiday year, entitlement
    will accrue on a pro rata basis for each complete calendar month.
  4. Pension - The jobholder will be auto enrolled in the company pension scheme.
  5. Probationary Period - The first 6 months of the appointment will be a probationary period during which your suitability for the position to which you have been appointed will assessed. We reserve the right to extend your probationary period if, in its opinion, circumstances so require.
  6. Date of Appointment - The position is available from August 21st 2017
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