Quality Assurance Manager (Education)

34721.00 GBP Annual + + 8% pension (after successful completion of probationary period)
02 Jul 2017
18 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Quality Assurance Manager (Education)
Job Description & Person Specification
Responsible to: Chief Executive
Usual place of work: 28 Portland Place, London, W1B 1LY
Salary: GBP34,721 FTE (pro-rata dependent on hours)
Pension: After satisfactory completion of a three month probationary period, employers contribution of 8% of salary, with the option of additional employee contributions.
Usual hours of work: This post is offered on a flexible basis between 28 - 35 hours a week worked over 4 or 5 days (Monday to Friday).
Exact hours are to be agreed in consultation between the post-holder and AfN Chief Executive to meet the requirements of the post, with flexibility in days and start/finish times.
Staff are required to perform their duties during normal office opening hours (Monday-Friday, 0800-1800 with an hour's unpaid lunch break each day when working more than six hours).
All AfN staff may be required to work occasional evenings or weekends to support promotional activities and travel throughout the UK, with occasional overnights stays, (anticipated to be no more than 2 or 3 nights in 2017-18), for which time off in lieu is provided. In the future, as we develop our plans for international activity, there may also be opportunity for overseas travel. There is flexibility to offer the post as term time only, subject to negotiation.
This post is not suitable for home-working.
Holiday Entitlement: You will be entitled to receive 28 days holiday a year (pro-rata if less than 35hours a week) in addition to the usual Bank and Public Holidays (pro-rata if less than 35hours a week). Holidays must be taken at a time that is convenient to the Employer, normally no more than two weeks holiday may be taken at any one time.
Probationary & Notice Period: There will be a three month probationary period, renewable for a further three months' if necessary. During the probationary period a one month notice period will apply. After satisfactory completion of the three month probationary period, notice period will extend to two calendar months.
References: Appointment is subject to the provision of two satisfactory references.
The Association for Nutrition (AfN) is the voluntary regulator for registered nutritionists in the United Kingdom. We seek to protect and benefit the public by defining and promoting standards of evidence-based practice nutrition and at all levels within the workforce. We maintain the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), a competency based register of individuals who:
  • Are qualified and competent in nutritional science; and
  • Agree to uphold professional and ethical standards through a comprehensive code of conduct.
The Quality Assurance Manager (Education) is a key member of our management team, responsible for managing the quality assurance scheme for education provision. All these schemes are described on our website.
Main Duties
AfN Degree Accreditation
The number of degree and postgraduate programmes which meet our rigorously applied standards for accreditation are steadily growing, from 20 in 2010 to over 70 in 2017, including provision overseas.
We are an ambitious team and you will:
  • Be central to developing sustainable growth in the number and quality of Registered Associate Nutritionists and Registered Nutritionists, both in the UK and overseas, by engaging with and course providers in the university sector who are educating the next generation of Registered Nutritionists.
  • Identify and advise providers on how to meet our standards for accreditation, and advise our volunteer assessors and Committee members on all aspects of course accreditation.
  • Manage and advise on the periodic review of our Accreditation Procedures and Standards
  • Develop and review of introduction of Competence Requirements for Registration alongside our Registration Manager.
AfN CPD Endorsement
Launched in 2011, AfN Endorsed CPD is an established benchmark for learning opportunities provided by external organisations (such learned bodies or conference organisers) to meet our rigorously applied standards for Registrant's continuing professional development.
You will be:
  • Responsible for growing our CPD endorsement scheme
  • Working with our Registration Manager to develop our future plans for recording and monitoring registrants' CPD.
  • Oversee the work of the Quality Assurance Officer in processing all applications received (including assessment), ensuring compliance with our Standard Operating Procedures.
AfN Course Certification
AfN Course Certification is new but growing scheme aimed at certifying the standards of general nutrition courses and on-line learning aimed the wider-workforce and the general public.
You will:
  • Be responsible for identifying and advising providers on how to meet our standards for certification
  • Advise our volunteer assessors and Committee members on all aspects of course certification
  • Oversee the work of the Quality Assurance Officer in processing all applications received (including assessment) ensuring compliance with our Standard Operating Procedures.
AfN Accreditation Committee and Certification Committee normally meets four times a year.
You will:
  • Be responsible for liaising with the relevant Chair, preparing agenda and reports on activity in a timely and accurate manner
  • Produce minutes from committee meetings in a timely and accurate manner
  • Provide content for the Chief Executives Report for Council meetings on the work and developments within the educational quality assurance aspects of AfN work
In the long term our ambition is to achieve statutory protection of title and/or a Royal Charter.
You will be central to:
  • Growing the number of recognised courses (and hence the Register)
  • Developing our regulatory functions to meet PSA/ Privy Council/ Government requirements to ensure all stakeholders have confidence in our ability to meet this ambition
AfN Website and Communications
Alongside the AfN Communications and Marketing Manager, you will:
  • Ensure the relevant sections of AfN website are accurate, informative and up to date
  • Periodically review content and layout.
  • Ensure AfN quality assured training provision listings on the website are up to date and relevant information is circulated through AfN social media channels.
  • Contribute content and ideas for the production of communication material with registrants and publicity material for AfN/UKVRN including our email newsletters, Annual report, leaflets and careers material.
Management of Quality Assurance (Education) Office
You will:
  • Ensure the smooth running of the Quality Assurance (Education) office
  • Provide line management of one member of staff
  • Manage relevant budgets, including generation of significant income streams.
  • Provide a prompt and friendly first line of response to general queries about course recognition
  • Provide advice and guidance on the application process for accreditation, certification and endorsement.
You will also:
  • Assist the Chief Executive, advising on Governance issues if necessary.
  • Attend and advise at Council meetings (4 meetings per year)
  • Produce reports on various activities for the Chief Executive and Council.
Person Specification
Applicants will be short listed solely on the extent to which they meet the following essential and desirable requirements.
Knowledge, Training and Experience
  • You will be educated to degree level or equivalent qualification with at least three years relevant work experience, ideally in a membership based organisation, voluntary or statutory regulator, within higher education or Government/ NGO.
  • You will have knowledge of issues around UK professional/ statutory/ voluntary regulation and education quality assurance and/or course accreditation
  • You will be sympathetic to the demands of a science-based discipline
  • You will have experience of supporting a committee, of preparing agenda and papers, writing minutes and advising committee chair/ members on key strategic issues.
  • You will have experience of managing an application process; including receiving and processing applications and handling appeals.
  • You will have experience of using and maintaining a membership/contacts database
  • You will have experience of managing a budget, handling incoming fee payments and setting fee levels for different services.
  • Experience of working for a professional body/membership association, in higher education, local government or similar organisation would be desirable, as would knowledge of issues relating to professional standards in education or quality assurance.
  • Knowledge of UK and/or international systems of course accreditation/ certification and a practical understanding of our potential reach of AfN international activity.
  • Knowledge of and interest in nutrition science and/or experience of working for an evidence based nutrition-related organisation.
  • Experience of leading and managing course accreditation/ certification process, of developing and consulting upon education standards, and of promoting course accreditation/ certification to providers would be desirable..... click apply for full job details