Head of Sector (HOS), Devon

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Fronting The Challenge Projects LtdDevon
Date posted:
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

This is an opportunity to join an exciting, high growth business. Due to our on-going expansion, we now have three vacancies for full-time Heads of Sector (HOS) to join our team. Heads of Sector will work collaboratively and take the lead implementing and refining Thrive’s strategy, with a focus on helping every child thrive by widening the reach of the Thrive Approach. You will be working predominantly in the field and based from home, with regular attendance at Thrive’s head office in Devon. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Heads of Sector will have strategic oversight of three or four regions, dealing with multi-academies and commissioning local authorities. We are creating three new divisions to deliver this service and require a Head of Sector for each.

Scope and responsibilities

We know Thrive makes a difference to the lives of children and we plan to make the Thrive Approach accessible to as many children as possible. The roles are focussed directly on building relationships with commissioners, senior leaders and managers, mainly but not exclusively in the education sector. Responsible for developing the divisional business plan, the Head of Sector will play a key role in the exciting plans and offers the chance to be part of a company experiencing growth. The role includes the following:

Strategy and vision

  • Work closely with the Chief Operating Officer and fellow Heads to support the implementation of Thrive’s strategic plans and marketing plans
  • Develop detailed operational plans to ensure the development, delivery and promotion of Thrive to a range of customers: schools, academies, local authority, early years; and community provision
  • Develop productive relationships and working practices with all stakeholders, which includes commissioners, governors, senior leaders, community representatives, parents; and children
  • Influence local policy and feed in to needs assessments
  • Hold a vision of helping every child thrive

Leadership and management

  • Work collegiately to influence, consult and decide and take responsibility for the achievement of divisional targets
  • Support Relationship Managers to translate plans and strategies into regional development plans
  • Provide high quality line management for Relationship Managers
  • Uphold Thrive’s values, ensure the best possible experience for delegates and practitioners
  • Take part in Thrive’s Community of Practice, to ensure that core values are adhered to in addition to advancing practice.

Financial management and management information

  • Process and progress quotations with the Business Development team
  • Contribute to the budget setting process and work within levels of authority
  • Contribute to information gathering, analysing data to identify needs and priorities

Marketing and communication

  • Implement the marketing plan in and contribute to its effectiveness
  • Work within and contribute to Thrive’s communication standards, particularly in encouraging and enhancing connections with our stakeholders
  • Assist in the promotion and development of annual conferences for a grouping of divisions

Specialist area

The Heads of Sector will work collaboratively, each with their own area of specialism. This may be from: 

  • Commissioning/bidding
  • Authority wide school improvement services or behaviour support
  • Multi-academy trust leadership
  • Mental health, therapy or trauma sensitive services
  • Business services to education or local authorities

Depending on specialist area, Heads of Sector may contribute to training and content development

Person requirements

To be considered for this role, you will need to demonstrate:

Essential

Experience of bidding and commissioning OR working at a strategic level with multi-academy trusts AND/OR one of the following: 

  • authority wide school improvement services or behaviour support
  • Multi-academy trust leadership
  • business services to education or local authorities
  • health and wellbeing background
  • Degree calibre
  • Experience in managing budgets
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including negotiation and influencing
  • Ability to set and manage the emotional tone of working relationships
  • Ability to work creatively in a team, taking in to account diverse views whilst taking responsibility for decisions
  • Commitment to nurture team members, recognise contributions and support professional development
  • Uphold and embody Thrive’s values
  • A desire to make a difference for children
  • Good attention to detail and focus in process improvement
  • Ability to set and communicate clear vision and expectations for divisional and individual performance
  • Becoming a licensed practitioner is a requirement of the role
  • Able to travel and stay away from home on a regular basis

Desirable

  • Experience in mental health, trauma sensitive approaches, behaviour support
  • Experience of facilitating learning for adults from a variety of backgrounds

Package

  • Annual salary dependent on qualifications and experience
  • Holiday entitlement of 33 days per annum including bank holidays
  • Discretionary Annual pay review
  • Discretionary annual bonus
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Fun fund for company events
  • Subsidised use of on-site hydrotherapy pool at Seale-Hayne
  • On-site parking at Seale Hayne

Employment will be subject to:

  • Receipt of two references, one of which must be from your most recent employer
  • Confirmation that you are eligible to work in the UK
  • The satisfactory outcome of a check by the DBS
  • Satisfactory completion of probationary period

If you are someone with a proven determination to lead from the front and succeed, you should email your CV and covering letter to the HR Manager at human.resources@thriveapproach.com



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Address: The Quadrangle, Seale Hayne, Howton Road, Newton Abbott, Devon, TQ12 6NQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1392 797 555