National Director of Academies, London/National

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Oasis Community LearningLondon/National

Date posted:
Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Highly Competitive Salary (available upon request) + Local Government Pension Scheme
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We have a unique and exciting opportunity to become an influential leader within the second largest Multi-Academy Trust in the UK.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to take the next step in your leadership career.

Oasis Community Learning (OCL) seek to appoint a National Director of Academies to support the CEO in their oversight of education and governance across all Oasis Academies. In this brand-new role, the National Director will deputise for the CEO and act as an ambassador for the organisation, working closely with together to champion and promote the Oasis ethos and fulfil our vision for the MAT.

This role will sit on the Trust Senior Leadership Team, leading on key national initiatives and managing risk and escalation. The National Director of Academies will also direct, advise, guide and support the Regional Directors, ensuring that they have effective consistent strategies in place for securing rapid and sustained educational progress across the 49 academies they lead.

Aspirational and Inspirational

With major responsibility for Education and Governance across OCL, you will draw on your wealth of experience to drive forward performance, standards achieved and quality of education. You will ensure governance systems are working effectively and that the necessary actions needed to bring about improvement are implemented quickly and effectively to deliver maximum impact.

To achieve this, it is important that you have high aspirations, a commitment to excellence and a genuine passion and belief in the potential of the young people and the communities which we serve.  You will have significant personal presence and enjoy being highly visible and meeting with a range of audiences, inspiring confidence at all levels and acting as an ambassador for the Oasis mission of providing exceptional education at the heart of the community.

Governance across OCL

The role of governance is about ensuring that we remain focused at all times on our vision and ethos and fulfilling our responsibilities to regulators, to our staff and to our communities. This means embracing shared accountability for the effective running of the organisation as a national employer, as a public body and as key contributor to local community transformation. The role of day to day governance is delegated to you from the OCL Board and through the CEO. 

Career Development

We are an organisation that is wholeheartedly committed to developing our employees through internal and external training courses and offering opportunities for career progression within the family. To be effective in this role you will need to be passionate, driven and committed with demonstrable experience of securing rapid and sustained improvement and taking schools to Good or Outstanding throughout the development of your career to date.

About Oasis

Born of the global Oasis charity, Oasis Community Learning is an educational trust established in 2004 with the express purpose of transforming learning, lives and communities through the development of Oasis Academies. We are now a family of 49 Academies across five regions, working predominantly in disadvantaged or deprived areas. We feel very strongly about the potential of each of our communities and their members and look to recruit people who share this passion. We are dedicated to closing the gap in education and developing our staff, students and communities holistically. Find out more about OCL at

This role offers a challenging but highly rewarding opportunity to make a significant impact on the educational outcomes of thousands of students.  

We welcome applications from candidates with leadership and organisational experience across a group of schools. We are looking for someone with demonstrable experience of securing rapid and sustained school improvement and effective governance and the drive and passion to deliver through the lens of the Oasis vision.

Find out more

For more information or to request a confidential discussion about the position, please contact Gemma Lamb, Head of Recruitment and Learning & Development on 0207 921 4216/   

To apply, please submit an application form FAO Gemma Lamb via the website or recruitment email address by no later than 11am, Monday 30th April.

This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent spoken English is an essential requirement for this role.    

Oasis is committed to making a difference to the lives of the communities it works in, and as such you must show a willingness to demonstrate commitment to the values and behaviours, which flow from the Oasis ethos. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment and to undergo appropriate checks, including enhanced DBS checks.

Job location

More about Oasis Community Learning
Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: The Oasis Centre, 75 Westminster Bridge Road, Southwark, London, SE1 7HS, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 7921 4264
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Oasis Community Learning has a vision to create "Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community." 

Established in 2004 we have now grown into a family of 48 Academies that are located in four regions of England, providing primary, secondary...