The Role

Chief Operating Officer - Education
£81,540 p.a.

This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced and ambitious Education professional to play a central role in fulfilling our commitments to children and young people in East Lothian. We are keen to hear from candidates who can quickly bring themselves up to speed on the immediate challenges, as we strive to minimise the impact of the current pandemic and continue to improve children’s attainment and achievement, and who can continue to develop the collaborative partnerships that will help us to maintain our momentum on longer-term priorities.

The ability to establish positive working relationships with key stakeholders will be vital to success in this role. Establishing professional trust and personal rapport with school leaders and Elected Members will be an important foundation on which your initiative, creativity, independent thinking and strategic leadership can bring about change and improvement. You will be leading a team of enthusiastic and highly skilled staff including three service managers and other officers who will support you in leading the service.

As well as the immediate post-Covid challenges, key areas of focus for the role will  include the ongoing expansion of the Early Learning and Childcare service; improving Additional Special Needs services; continuing to bring about improvement in our schools and the ongoing development of our learning estate and supporting the employability of young people and adults through East Lothian Works (the Council’s employability service).

We are keen to hear from individuals who can bring a flexible and strategically-minded approach to the role. It’s likely that you have already operated at a systems leadership level within education provision, and that you bring a highly-developed understanding of the dynamics and challenges of leading change in a collaborative setting. You’ll bring a creative but pragmatic perspective to managing budget pressures, and have a well-informed appreciation of the complexities of delivering high-quality provision within finite budgets.

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