Director for Higher & Further Education x3

Department for Education
163100.00 GBP Annual
10 Jul 2017
18 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The three Director posts sit within the Higher and Further Education Directorate (HEFE) in the Department for Education.

Higher and Further Education Directorate consists of six groups; Apprenticeships; Careers and Further Education; Professional and Technical Education; Student Finance and Analysis; Higher Education Strategy and Policy; and Higher Education Reform with over 550 people across a number of sites including London, Sheffield, Nottingham, Cardiff, Daresbury, Darlington, Coventry and Manchester.

The HEFE portfolio is both very challenging and rewarding. Across the Directorate, we have a clear priority over the next few years to successfully deliver reforms across higher and further education, including the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.

These reforms will deliver greater choice, quality and competition, help to address skills gaps in this country, and provide better-targeted information, advice and guidance to help people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and refresh their skills through their education and during their careers.

The three Director roles we are advertising today require strong leadership and collaborative working as there are interconnections and interdependencies across all three portfolios and with other parts of HEFE Directorate and indeed the wider Department.

We expect the following roles to be recruited through this process:

1. Director - Apprenticeships
2. Director - Careers & Further Education
3. Director - Professional & Technical Education

Applicants will be considered for all these roles, but do indicate a preference if you have one though we cannot promise to accommodate it.

Summary job specifications for each role are detailed in the attached applicant pack below.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
Leading and communicating Collaborating and partnering Making effective decisions Seeing the big picture Building capability for all Delivering value for money
Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to complete psychometric tests as part of the selection process.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Salary: circa GBP100k. Date posted: 05/07/2017