Director of Regulation and Analysis
Vacancy Reference No: HE0167/668
Director of Policy and Funding
Vacancy Reference No: HE0168/669
The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) is pleased to announce two excellent opportunities for the right individuals to make a significant contribution to our work and to higher education in Wales. We are seeking to appoint a Director of Regulation and Analysis, and a Director of Policy and Funding.
We regulate higher education (HE) providers in Wales, scrutinise their performance and ensure assessment of higher education quality. We use funding from the Welsh Government and others to secure HE learning and research of the highest quality, maximising the contribution of HE to Wales's culture, society and economy.
The Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015 gave us new responsibilities and we are restructuring to better meet them. We are now looking for two outstanding individuals to head up our new directorates and to play a major role in leading the organisation over the coming years.
With significant experience of leading people and managing complexity and ambiguity, the new Directors will contribute to the overall strategic direction and management of HEFCW and will lead on those aspects of our work which fall within the responsibilities of their directorate. They will have well-developed negotiating and influencing skills and - due to HEFCW’s small and specialist nature - will be flexible in their approach and able to work with people at different levels, both internally and with external stakeholders.
The Director of Regulation and Analysis will take forward the delivery and development of our regulatory responsibilities and our financial and statistical analysis functions. Applicants will need to demonstrate the capacity to commission, interpret, and communicate complex data analysis, along with legal requirements, to balance strategic leadership with appropriate attention to detail, ensuring that we meet our statutory regulatory obligations.
The Director of Policy and Funding will take forward the development and oversee delivery of our corporate strategy and our policies designed to maximise the contribution of Welsh HE providers to government priorities. Applicants will need to demonstrate the capacity to shape and implement policy across the range of HEFCW’s strategic priorities and to balance leadership, with appropriate attention to detail and creativity to increase HEFCW’s impact as a funder and influencer.
Applicants will have to demonstrate significant experience of working at senior level, taking the lead role in strategic development and execution of policies and practices. They will need excellent knowledge of the Welsh and wider UK higher education sector and of the public sector environment around higher education policy. They will need personal credibility and effectiveness, being able to represent the organisation at high levels with higher education providers, the Welsh and UK Governments, other funding bodies and other external organisations.
The Welsh Government has announced the intention to implement changes to the post compulsory education and training landscape in Wales, with the establishment of a new sponsored body bearing responsibility for funding and regulating all post-16 education. It is intended that the full range of HEFCW’s functions and responsibilities, will form part of this new body in the future and we will be working with colleagues in Welsh Government on the implementation of the new arrangements. The two new directors will be key players in those developments.
Employee benefits include access to the Civil Service Pension Scheme, flexible working and 30 days annual leave (excluding bank holidays).
HEFCW warmly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is pleased to accept application forms in Welsh and English. Appointments will be made on merit.
Salary range: £56,121 - £68,604 Appointments expected at the lower point of the band Location: Bedwas, Caerphilly
Closing Date: 12 noon 7 January 2019
Interview Date: 17, 18, 21 or 22 January 2019
Student Experience Officer
HEFCW is recruiting for a Student Experience Officer working within the Strategic Development team. You will support other HEFCW staff in a range of policy areas relating to the student experience. This includes learning and teaching; quality assurance; student experience, and skills and employability. You will analyse data, draft reports, organise events, provide secretariat support for meetings and support staff in developing and implementing policy.
Educated to degree level (or equivalent), you will have a proven track record of organisational and administrative skills, ideally within the higher education or public sector. You will also have strong numeracy skills, problem solving and analytical skills and IT skills, along with effective communication skills both orally and in writing. You will be a team player, who is able to develop and maintain good working relationships with staff, and with the ability to manage and prioritise a diverse workload. The ideal candidate will have this range of skills, together with an interest in higher education policy more broadly, and an ability to work effectively within and across teams, sometimes to tight deadlines.
Salary range: £22,989 – £28,983 Appointments expected at the lower point of the band Location: Bedwas, Caerphilly
Closing Date: 12 December 2018
Interview Date: 10 January 2019
Number of Posts: 1
Vacancy Reference No: HE0137/666
Other relevant information: Fixed Term post until 31 October 2019.
Salary range: £17,655 – £21,851 Appointments expected at the lower point of the band
Location: Bedwas, Caerphilly
Closing Date: 12 December 2018
Interview Date: 8 January 2019
Number of Posts: 1
Vacancy Reference No: HE0054/667
Other relevant information: Placement for students on a sandwich year out in the 2019/20 academic year. Fixed term for 12 months.
HEFCW warmly welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Appointments will be made on merit.
We welcome applications and correspondence in both Welsh and English.
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