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Head of Leadership and Governance

Head of Leadership and Governance

College Development Network (CDN)


  • Expired
£45,356 (secondment considered)
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Apply by:
3 December 2017

Job overview

College Development Network (CDN) is a key college sector agency, we provide professional learning and development for college staff across Scotland. We have huge reach into the college sector and last year over 5,500 delegates attended CDN events.

Our services are shaped by the needs of the sector and Scottish Government’s strategic priorities. Working with partners, CDN has a key remit to turn policy into effective practice.

Our new strategic framework is clustered around three aims:

  • We work to improve the quality of teaching and support for learners by developing the skills and expertise of our lecturers and support staff.
  • We invest in the strategic vision and performance of college education, by developing great emerging leaders and excellent governance structures in colleges and beyond.
  • We are a catalyst for sector innovation, by networking colleges and showcasing their expertise, connecting industry and education to boost economic growth, and empowering partnerships that join up the learner journey.

The Head of Leadership and Governance is a new post which will report directly to the Chief Executive to form part of the organisation’s leadership team.

As the Head of Leadership and Governance you will be responsible for ensuring the Strategic Leaders objectives within the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Outcome Agreement are successfully achieved. This includes further developing and enhancing our Governance Training programme while ensuring a Next Generation Leadership programme is developed and implemented. In addition, you will also manage funded projects which are out with the Outcome Agreement, lead a team of professionals and manage budgets effectively.

As a driven professional, you will work closely with a Lead, a range of external Associates and service providers to ensure our programmes and services are highly effective, engaging and desirable to a diverse range of customers/stakeholders. From a leadership stance, you will ensure the Leadership and Governance team continually develops and delivers innovative learning and teaching, and develops services and resources in line with sector needs.

To ensure the organisation achieves its income generating objectives, it would be advantageous if you have experience of gaining and delivering commercial training projects.

Further Information

For further information please visit Alternatively, please email or telephone Jon Watson, HR Manager, on 01786 892 000.


To apply for this opportunity please send the following to Jon Watson, HR Manager, at

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • A note outlining how your skills and experience align with this post (this should be no longer than two sides of a single page of A4).

Closing Date

Please note that the closing date for applications is Sunday 3 December 2017 at 12pm. Interviews will be held on Monday 11 and Wednesday 13 December 2017.

College Development Network is an equal opportunities employer.

College Development Network, a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in Scotland No: 143514, Scottish Charity No. SC021876, VAT No. 617148346. Registered Office: Argyll Court, Castle Business Park, Stirling, FK9 4TY

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