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Principal – Post 16 College

Options GroupHanley Castle

Role:                    Principal – Post 16 College


Location:            Worcestershire


Salary:                 Up to £75k per annum


Contract:            Permanent. Start Date January 2022


Are you an innovative and strategic Principal committed to improving the lives of others?


We are Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group certified Great Place to Work for the past 2 years running and leaders within education and care.  For 16 years we’ve been providing specialist care for adults with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs.  We are now expanding and are seeking a skilled Principal to join our brand new, purpose build Post 16 college based in Worcestershire.


Our Post 16 college will be an independent specialist college, providing day and residential programmes to students aged 18-25 years with autism, complex needs and learning disabilities offering vocational training.  Based in 30 acres of beautiful surroundings, the college will accommodate 30 FTE learners and will have a personalised approach for the students.  The college will be based close to one of our residential services, providing the opportunity to offer a package of support which includes residential education through utilising the available services across the group; thus ensuring the best possible outcomes for each individual.


The role


This is a fantastic opportunity for a Principal who is looking to be an innovative and strategic leader, ensuring the college and staff have the resources required to inspire learning for adults with autism, learning disabilities or complex needs. Your work will be challenging and rewarding in equal measure and you will be the custodian of our strong safeguarding culture, where individuals are listened to, respected, and involved in as many decisions as possible.


You will report directly into the Regional Director for Adult Services (West) and will be responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the college, ensuring the full development of the vision for the service and continuous improvement.  You will have responsibility for the operational and financial performance of the service with the support of the Board and senior leadership team.


We are looking for a Principal with the experience, leadership skills and vision to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK, to be happy and to make their way in the world.


Key duties:


Leading the service on a daily basis whilst pursuing the development of the agreed strategy

Participating in promotional campaigns to fill and maintain full occupancy of the service

Overseeing and monitoring the daily education of the learners, monitoring all legal requirements whilst line managing and supporting the SLT of the college

Working to quality standards such as the Education Inspection Framework and KCSIE 2021

Working effectively with the Board, group wide support services and Heads of Service


Essential requirements:


Previous experience gained at senior management level within a higher education environment

Experience of working with service users with autism, learning disabilities or complex needs

Experience of managing budgets and ensuring cost efficiencies

Proven track record of improving or maintaining high levels of delivery and outcomes for service users.


Why join us?


This is an ideal role for those looking for a new challenge who would be excited to be involved in a brand new service, being instrumental in the direction and success of the College.


This role comes with a competitive salary and 6 weeks annual leave per year.


We offer a friendly and inclusive working environment and the chance to be part of a fantastic multidisciplinary team, who work hard and support each other to deliver personalised, bespoke education & care. Our benefits package includes free parking, shopping discounts and cashback for hundreds of retailers via our ‘Rewards Hub’, access to content on mindfulness, fitness, recipes and much more as part of our wellbeing programme plus an Employee Assistance Programme, Cycle to Work scheme, Salary Finance and our new offering “one moment in time” which is an extra days leave each year for you to use on a day that’s important to you.


Application process & dates


To be successful and start your next opportunity, you will be required to complete our application form, from there successful applicants will be invited to take part in an interview/selection process, details of which will be communicated prior to your interview day. 


Options Autism are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to a fully Enhanced DBS

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