Nov 092016
 

Chair of the Ofsted Board

department-for-educationRecruiter: Department for Education
Location: Nationwide
Salary: The Chair will receive an honorarium of up to £46,800 based on two days’ work a week.
Posted: 08 Nov 2016
Closes: 21/11/2016 at 09:00
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Education

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding individual as the next Chair of the Board of the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted).

Ofsted regulates and inspects to ensure excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education for students of all ages. Ofsted has a direct role to play in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and young people; and in making sure that every child benefits from a high quality early years, school, training or college place, and can achieve their potential regardless of their background.

The next Chair of the Ofsted Board will play a key role in the continued effective running of Ofsted over the three years of their term. The Chair will work in partnership with the Chief Inspector, the Board and Ofsted’s senior executive team, leading the Board to discharge its statutory responsibilities, setting and monitoring objectives and targets for the organisation and the Chief Inspector, and providing high quality support and challenge.

We are seeking an individual with leadership and Board-level governance experience, with an understanding of the issues and challenges faced by Ofsted in fulfilling its remit, excellent judgement and sensitivity, and the stature and communication skills necessary to command respect within and outside Ofsted.

If you have the skills and experience outlined above, and detailed in the application pack, please apply to take on this significant and rewarding role in an organisation making a tangible difference to the quality and standard of education and care for our children and young people.

Person Specification

Experience and knowledge

  • A proven track record of successful leadership and Board-level governance in a complex environment
  • Evidence of significant achievements in driving change, organisational improvement and delivering results in difficult financial circumstances
  • An understanding of the issues and challenges faced by Ofsted in fulfilling its remit in a climate of strong accountability
  • Experience of an environment in which taking proportionate risks, incentivising effective behaviour and rigorously appraising performance are key.

Skills and Attributes

  • Ability to understand the strategic role of the Board and the boundaries between its role and the professional judgments and operational decisions of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector and to possess the leadership qualities, personal credibility and competences to manage that relationship.
  • Excellent judgement and sensitivity, with evidence of ability to engage constructively and astutely with Ofsted’s senior executive team, Ministers, senior politicians, government officials and a wide range of stakeholders.
  • The stature and communication skills necessary to command respect quickly, represent Ofsted and uphold its credibility, and to build mutually supportive relationships and networks.

Additional Information

For more information on Ofsted, visit www.ofsted.gov.uk

How to Apply

Applications will be assessed for longlisting in relation to evidence of the following three key criteria:

  • A proven track record of successful leadership and Board-level governance in a complex environment;
  • An understanding of the issues and challenges faced by Ofsted in fulfilling its remit in a climate of strong accountability and financial restraint; and
  • The stature and communication skills necessary to command respect quickly, represent Ofsted and uphold its credibility, and to build mutually supportive relationships and networks.

Applications should be sent to Ofsted.Chair@education.gov.uk or by post to:

Lucy Reynolds

Inspection and Accountability Unit

Department for Education

Sanctuary Buildings

Great Smith Street

London SW1P 3BT

Please enclose with your application:

  • a completed detachable candidate summary form, along with completed conflicts of interest, political activity and diversity monitoring forms and, if applicable, guaranteed interview scheme form (attached at annex B and as a separate appendix accompanying this information pack for candidates wishing to complete and submit electronically)
  • a full CV, including educational and professional qualifications, a full employment history showing the more significant positions, responsibilities held, relevant achievements and budgets and staff managed;
  • a covering note of not more than two pages summarising the abilities and experience offered in relation to the person and job specifications; and
  • daytime, evening and/or mobile telephone numbers. The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 21 November 2016.
Attachments
Ofsted Chair applicant - Appendix A (forms)
Ofsted Chair applicant info pack

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