Colleges Scotland
Colleges Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC023848

Colleges Scotland aims to be at the heart of a world class college sector that is recognised, valued and available to all.

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Top job! Director of Employers Association

  • Full time
  • £69,554
  • Stirling
  • Closing 22nd November 2021

Colleges Scotland is the collective voice for the college sector, and as the membership body, represents three strategic regional bodies and all 26 colleges in Scotland, which deliver both further education and around 26% of the provision of all higher education in Scotland.

To ensure Colleges Scotland Employers’ Association effectively supports members to achieve their collective ambitions we are looking to recruit into the critical role of Director. Operating at national level and leading the national bargaining agenda you will:

• Ensure the Employers’ Association has a clear direction, identity and voice and takes both ownership of, and a proactive approach to, National Bargaining.

• Develop and maintain effective relationships with a range of external stakeholders (including Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, college chairs and principals and trade unions) to deliver true partnership working.

• Work closely with the relevant key personnel, including both interim Joint Secretaries, to ensure agreement is reached, at both a strategic and operational level, to enable the delivery of the National Bargaining agenda.

• Ensure, through established negotiation mechanisms, that appropriate pay and grading models and national conditions of service are agreed and implemented.

• As a key spokesperson for the Employers’ Association, represent the sector at a national level on key National Bargaining areas ensuring the organisation’s contribution to the national agenda is valued and impactful.

• Lead on the development of Scottish Funding Council Business Cases to secure funding / deliver additional resources.

• Drive innovation and best practice across all employment relations activities.

• As a member of Colleges Scotland’s small Executive team, directly contribute to the development of strategies and operational plans that ensure the achievement of Colleges Scotland’s strategic aims.

The successful candidate will be a strategic and solutions focused leader with excellent stakeholder management experience coupled with a proven track record in building and maintaining a wide range of collaborative relationships and partnerships. Whilst previous involvement in advising on strategic HR/employment relations issues and relevant exposure to both trade union negotiation and consultation processes would be beneficial it is not essential.

An accomplished communicator the successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate:

• Experience of leading the development, implementation and delivery of strategies and large-scale projects.

• Relevant employment legislation knowledge, or the ability to quickly gain an understanding of, pay systems, pay bargaining, employment relations, workforce development systems and benchmarking processes.

• Strong ambassadorial and presentation skills with the ability to express views convincingly and coherently using a variety of media.

• Relevant employee management experience including involvement in managing and mitigating employment relation issues and risks.

• Strong political acuity coupled with the ability to operate effectively and rationally in a highly politicised environment.

Colleges Scotland is currently reviewing working arrangements which include agile working and whilst this post is based in Stirling, it is envisaged that the successful candidate would not necessarily need to be in the office on a full-time basis.

This vacancy has now closed

Policy Officer

  • Full time
  • £28,955 – £36,965
  • Stirling with hybrid working
  • Closing 30th September 2022

An exciting opportunity exists to join the Policy Team at Colleges Scotland.

Colleges Scotland is the collective voice for the college sector in Scotland, representing its interests and ensuring that colleges are at the heart of a word class education sector that is recognised, valued and available to all. Colleges Scotland, as the membership body, represents all 26 colleges in Scotland, which deliver both further education and around 24% of the provision of all higher education in Scotland.

As a Policy Officer in the team, you will work with key stakeholders and policy team members to ensure that policy and financial work, including analysis are effectively supported, developed and progressed. This will require you to provide support to, and guidance and advice on, a range of policy and analysis matters at any given time.

Skills required


• Be able to “horizon scan” and turn these insights and knowledge into robust policy drafts.

• Strong oral communication skills.

• Persuasive and clear writing style to create first-draft reports, papers and briefings.

• Ability to work confidently and effectively with senior stakeholders (for example the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Skills Development Scotland (SDS)) to help influence a range of policy and funding areas affecting colleges.

• Be able to translate complex and technical information, including legislation, into plain English and accurate advice.


• Analyse financial and numerical data to support/influence policy developments and funding submissions.

• Utilise and interpret data, financial information and statistics to produce strong reports and briefings.

• Undertake research on key topics.

This permanent post will provide a significant opportunity for the right individual to make a positive impact at a national level for college learners, the wider community and economy through working with members and stakeholders to identify and influence policy issues, as well as develop and manage policy activities, projects and campaigns.

This is a critical time for colleges, and the postholder will be involved in helping shape the college sector through the development of key work areas connected with:

• Advocating and engaging with Scottish Government, MSPs and other key stakeholders to ensure the sector is fairly and equitably funded through the Draft Budget process

• Progressing the outputs from the SFC Review of Coherent Provision and Sustainability, including work around the Scottish Government’s Purpose and Principles programme

• Enabling the college sector to maximise its role in supporting the skills-led economic recovery from Covid-19 and supporting the Just Transition to a Net-Zero economy

• Taking forward the Statement of Ambition for the college sector to extend the reach of colleges in supporting learners and businesses across Scotland

NB: Colleges Scotland operates a Hybrid Working Policy and whilst this post is based in Stirling, the successful candidate would not necessarily need to be in the office on a full-time basis.