Principal and Chief Executive, South Ayrshire

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Ayrshire CollegeSouth Ayrshire

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £135,000
Contract term: Permanent

Raising Aspirations – Inspiring Achievement – Increasing Opportunities

Formed from a merger in 2013, Ayrshire College’s aim is to serve the people, communities and employers in Ayrshire. The College plays a key role in helping to develop the economy in Ayrshire by ensuring that students develop the right skills and positive attitudes to support the local, regional and national workforce needs.

The College now seeks to recruit a new Principal and Chief Executive to lead and deliver on the College’s vision, mission and strategic and operational objectives.

The role will be responsible for leading the College in the delivery of the highest standards of learning and teaching, meeting the needs and aspirations of students and partners in line with Scottish Government direction and policies. As Accountable Officer for the College, the Principal will be responsible for ensuring the planning, monitoring, scrutiny and reporting functions for the College’s budget of £41m.

Degree qualified with strong, proven leadership skills, you will have extensive senior/strategic experience working in a complex organisation and with members of a board of management. A demonstrable track record of business and financial management and strategic leadership is essential, particularly in relation to transformational change and continuous service improvements. You will possess excellent business acumen with the ability to motivate multi professional teams and influence others. On appointment, it is desirable that the successful candidate will have knowledge of Scottish Government Policy and strategy in education, Scottish Funding Council’s approach to funding policy and implementation, as well as knowledge of current developments in the FE/HE sector in Scotland.

For further information on the role, please visit or contact Donogh O’Brien or Liam Kelly on 0141 212 2555 for a confidential discussion.

Closing date for applications – Monday 29th October 2018

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More about Ayrshire College
Phase: Further Education
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 16+ years
Address: Ayr Campus, Dam Park, Ayr, KA8 0EU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1292 265184
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Ayrshire College is one of the largest colleges in Scotland, formed in 2013 from the merger of the former Ayr and Kilmarnock Colleges and the Ayrshire campuses of the former James Watt College. The College has around 900 staff spread over three large...