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Group Director of Education and Children's Services
We can offer you a competitive salary, generous annual leave entitlement and local government pension scheme, as well as an Employee Assistance Programme to support your health and wellbeing and access to our cycle to work scheme once you've completed your probation.
The role of Group Director is a unique one as it straddles two organisations. This has been an intentional step to ensure that there is a singular MacIntyre ethos and approach to the delivery of education and children's care running through both organisations and to ensure that we achieve excellence across the board.
Reporting to the Chief Executive for MacIntyre Care and accountable to the Board of Directors of MacIntyre Academies Trust (Trust Board) the Group Director of Education and Children's Services will provide strong and effective strategic leadership across both organisations.
As the Group's senior executive lead for education and children services you will oversee our plans for growth and development and ensure that operationally we achieve excellence. Having acquired our fourth Academy school, Venture in September 2020 we aim for modest future growth in MacIntyre Academies with a focus on each school achieving a rating of at least Good with Ofsted at their first inspection. Our No Limits further education provision is on a trajectory for 20% year on year growth and our key focus is to ensure that we achieve a standard of teaching and learning that is consistently excellent. There are three children homes associated with our schools and one stand-alone specialist children's home in St Albans. The Group Director will lead a senior specialist team to ensure that these homes and the two new homes planned deliver high quality care as set out by MacIntyre and the regulator.
You will provide strategic and operational leadership through the direct line management of School Principals, the Operational Head of No Limits and the Operational Head of Children's Residential Services. Each school has a significant support structure available at school level and both organisations have a substantive central support infrastructure.
There will be the requirement to work closely with both Boards and a number of Trustee subcommittees to ensure that the strategic aims of the Group are delivered effectively and that the MacIntyre ethos and values are upheld at all times. The same oversight will apply to working closely with other stakeholders such as regulators, funders, regional school commissioners and the DfE ensuring that we are compliant with all regulatory and contractual expectations. You will be accountable for the education and children's services income for the Group (£20m) and ensure that each service manages their budget effectively. As the Accounting Officer for MacIntyre Academies you will ensure that there are robust systems in place so that funds available to the MAT are used properly, efficiently and effectively.
The education and social care sectors will see significant reform over the next few years. The MacIntyre Group is excited about the future and the role that we will play in shaping and influencing this reform at national and local levels. It is important therefore that you feel confident in the contribution that you can make to this vision and in navigating great outcomes for children young people and for the Group during turbulent times.
This is a unique role and you will need to be comfortable working in a complex group structure and have a clear view as to how you will bring an efficiency and effectiveness to the structure.
You will hold a degree level qualification or equivalent and be highly respected within the Educational sector and/or charity sector. With significant senior management experience, you will be commercially astute with a thorough understanding of business planning and development processes and an ability to identify strategic and operational priorities.
You will have an appreciation of the current educational and children's social care landscape including issues relating to academies and free schools. Knowledge of statutory legislation concerning the protection of children and young people, experience of Children's social care and the regulatory requirements and experience of residential care is desirable.
An excellent communicator, you will have high levels of resilience and determination and be organised and calm under pressure; inspiring this in others. You will also have strong interpersonal skills establishing relationships quickly across The Group and influencing stakeholders and partners.
A current full driving licence and the flexibility to travel widely as well as locally are required for this post.