Director of Operations, Kent

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Sevenoaks SchoolKent

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

How to Apply 

See full role description for more details along with details of how to apply via Saxton Bampfylde's website.   

https://www.saxbam.com/appointments        [using code NABACA]

The Role 

The Director of Operations will be responsible for the smooth and safe operation of the busy campus, ensuring the needs of pupils, staff, external hirers, community and other visitors are met. He or she will be responsible for the leadership and strategic development of a number of key areas, including the main school office, marketing and communications, event management, health and safety, catering, security, domestic services and transport. 

 Responsibilities include, to:

  • Develop a good understanding of the ethos and mission of the school and, alongside the Head, Bursar and other senior staff, contribute to the development and implementation of the next stage of the school’s strategic plan.
  • Lead, motivate, train and develop a large team of support staff through 9 direct reports, managing the latter by setting objectives, monitoring progress, and addressing any workload/other concerns or performance issues. (Note for information: Director of Marketing, School Office Manager, Health and Safety Manager, Housekeeping and Security Manager, Operations Manager (Performing Arts Centre), Operations Co-ordinator (Science & Technology and Sixth Form Centre), Senior Operations Co-ordinator; Operations Co-ordinator (Marketing and Administration), Lettings Supervisor, and the Contract Catering Manager. The Director of Summer Programmes will also be part of the Operations team, but will report directly to the Bursar until the new summer programme is successfully launched in summer 2019 and becomes operationally embedded.) This is a large and varied team and there will be scope for the successful applicant to review its structure and organisation further once settled in post.
  • Create a framework and promote a culture of continuous improvement across the Operations team, ensuring that the staff, processes, procedures and systems provide a first class service to the educational work of the school, including the many and varied extra-curricular activities and a number of large, high-profile events that support the work of the Admissions and Development Departments, Outreach programmes, Easter and summer external programmes and various external lets.


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More about Sevenoaks School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Inter-denominational
Address: High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1732 455133
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Academic excellence, with a strong pastoral and co-curricular emphasis and a global dimension.

Sevenoaks School is a large, co-educational HMC school. Founded in 1432 by William Sevenoke, the school has over the last 50 years developed an internati...