Chief Operating Officer

Salary: £92,788 per annum

Closing date: 9am on Wednesday 31 July 2024

Interview date:  Tuesday 3 September 2024

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Introduction

At City College Norwich our primary focus is to make Norfolk a better place to live and work by enhancing the educational opportunities and achievements of the communities we serve. We are a collaborative and inclusive organisation and we have just launched our new strategic plan that sets out an exciting future for our learners, staff and stakeholders.

In line with our new strategic aims and ambitions we are now seeking a Chief Operating Officer who can work across the organisation to drive the transformation, modernisation and improvement of our highly important foundation services.

We have appointed FE Associates to support us with this important appointment. Prior to submitting an application, interested parties are advised to arrange an initial conversation with our recruitment partner, by emailing Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk, to discuss the role before the closing date.

About Us - Welcome

Dear colleague,

Chief Operating Officer

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) with us at City College Norwich. As we embark on our new phase of strategic development, supported by a new and ambitious strategic plan, the introduction of this new senior role represents an important milestone in the ongoing development of our organisation.

City College Norwich has constantly evolved over a period of over 133 years. Over the past few years, that evolution has been significant following two mergers with Paston Sixth Form College (now Paston College) and the Easton Campus of Easton and Otley College (now Easton College). Whilst City College Norwich has been the largest provider of further and higher education in Norfolk for many years, these mergers have provided additional responsibilities to North East Norfolk (via Paston College) and the land-based Agri-Food Technology sector (via Easton College).

We are proud that across the three colleges there is over 600 years of combined educational commitment to the county of Norfolk. The reason our institution was created was to ensure that Norwich and Norfolk had excellent technical and academic educational opportunities and we remain committed to that going forward.

Whilst recognising the opportunities there are for colleges such as ours to play a role regionally, nationally and internationally, our primary focus is to make Norfolk a better place to live and work by enhancing the educational opportunities and achievements of the communities we serve.

As an organisation that constantly evolves to meet the needs of learners, communities and businesses it is important for us to continually consider how we can be more effective to ensure we are doing our absolute best for everyone that we connect with. Our new Chief Operating Officer will have a key role in driving transformation, modernisation, improvement and effectiveness across a significant portfolio of our key foundation services. Some of the priorities for our new COO will include ensuring we are digitally effective and our services are making the most of current technologies, that the investments being made in our estate are delivered in the most cost effective and timely manner and that our people are at the forefront of our strategic planning and thinking.

We recognise that our new COO may come from outside of the education sector and we are open to this. However, we expect the postholder to be well aligned to our social purpose and our mission which is centred on providing excellent learning and development opportunities so our learners have successful futures. We will also expect candidates to demonstrate a close alignment with our values and ways of working which are:

  • Collaborative and Inclusive
  • Consistent and Responsible
  • Open and Informative
  • Respectful and Fair
  • Kind and Curious.

These ways of working underpin our interactions with each other as staff and are expressions of our commitment to our students, apprentices and the communities we serve. We are hugely excited by the introduction of this role and we are clear that the person we appoint will have the opportunity to have a significant strategic impact on the future of the college.

We have retained FE Associates to support us with this important appointment. It is recommended that interested parties arrange an initial discussion with our lead consultant, Jo Johnston, prior to submitting an application. Jo can be contacted at Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk.

We very much hope the information we have provided gives you a good sense of who we are and our ambitions for the future and hope that you are as enthused by this opportunity as we are.

With kind regards

Jerry White
Principal and Chief Executive Officer

How to Apply

If you have the very special qualities and the passion to make a real a difference to the future of our students and business, then we would like to hear from you.

Please complete the registration form below to access the candidate information pack, application form and the equality and diversity form.

NB:  Please ensure you complete all fields and click on both the Terms and Conditions check box as well as the Consent check box to enable access to the documents.

We have appointed FE Associates to help us find the right person.  Prior to submitting an application, interested parties are advised to arrange an initial conversation with our FE Associates lead consultant, by emailing Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk to discuss the role before the closing date.

Closing date: 9am on Wednesday 31 July 2024

Interview date:  Tuesday 3 September 2024

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    Stage 2 of 2: Submitting Your Application

    Prior to submitting an application, interested parties are advised to arrange an initial conversation with our FE Associates lead consultant, by emailing Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk, to discuss the role before the closing date.

    Once you have obtained the full information and had an informal discussion with Jo Johnston, you must email your application to recruitment@fea.co.uk by the closing date deadline. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

    Please read the 'Submitting Your Application' Section in the Candidate Information Pack for full instructions on how to submit your application.

    Your application must include the following 2 documents:

    1. A fully completed Application Form (located above). Please do not include your CV as part of, or substitute for, the application form.
    2. The Equality and Diversity Form (located above).

    Key Dates for Submitting Your Application:

    Closing date: 9am on Wednesday 31 July 2024

    Interview date:  Tuesday 3 September 2024