Charity registered in Scotland SC021213
Edinburgh College is one of Scotland's biggest Colleges with around 30,000 students across four campuses in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Offering a wide variety of vibrant vocational and academic courses, Edinburgh College provides flexible learning opportunities to suit all learning needs. We offer over 700 courses from access to degree level and continuing professional development to help enhance career ambitions of all students.
Our academic centres have skilled, knowledgeable staff with expertise in specialist areas with industry experience to ensure our students have the most relevant and up to date teaching. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of industry and we are continually committed to the highest academic standards and excellence in learning and teaching.
We have established relationships with employers and universities to create a connected community that provides students with strong links to work or further study. We are committed to ensuring our students are prepared for successful careers through work placements, internships, and connections to industry.
We are seeking to appoint an experienced and strategic senior manager with commercial and economic acumen and a proven track record in achieving business growth and diversification against a background of public funding cuts.
As a member of the Senior Management team the Director of Enterprise & Knowledge Exchange will be responsible for growing and diversifying income streams through expanding commercial, international, partnerships and knowledge exchange opportunities in Scotland’s capital college.
We are looking for you to provide vision and leadership across the college with the aim of supporting departments to increase their alternative income, increase professional liaison between curriculum teams, business and other organisations within their relevant sectors, as well as helping drive up commercial revenues. This liaison will support the College in ensuring our sector specific knowledge is up to date and relevant.
Working with colleagues across the College, the Director will enhance and maximise strong collaboration with business, local and regional stakeholders and national agencies to ensure that our curriculum teams develop the skills training and qualifications required to achieve and sustain positive outcomes in the fast-moving economy.
The Director will focus on alternative income generation by supporting curriculum colleagues to identify, develop and exploit business opportunities. In developing a deep understanding of the Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and wider Scottish economy (including future economic growth potential), the Director will identify funding opportunities and leverage that the College could access by maximising our specialist knowledge, expertise and links with a wide range of businesses and our university partners.
Do you want to be part of changing the lives of learners, and developing their capabilities for a digital world, and enhancing their opportunities in the South East Scotland Economy? Do you want to be part of reshaping the face of learning to a more blended approach of face-to-face and digital learning, and transitioning the College’s digital and estate infrastructure to meet the needs of the next few years? Then come and join the Board of Management of Edinburgh College.
The Edinburgh College Board of Management currently seeks to fill two upcoming non-executive vacancies before its scheduled meeting on 14 December 2021.
The College would particularly welcome applications from individuals with expertise in one or more of the following fields: Digital, IT infrastructure and cyber-security; Estates and Infrastructure; and/or Economic development and industry.
We are looking for individuals with a strong commitment to changing lives and an understanding of the value of education. You will be part of a dynamic and influential Board following a period of considerable change and emerging opportunity for Edinburgh and its students. We are particularly looking to attract candidates with experience of:
Applications are also encouraged from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies.
Time Commitment: During the first year of appointment, it is anticipated you may need to devote an average of 1.5 days per month.
Remuneration: All Non-Executive roles are non-remunerated. Incidental expenses will be reimbursed.
Appointment details:Appointments to the Board of Management will come into effect from 22 November 2021, following approval from the Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training.
The appointment will be for a period up to 4 years, with the possibility of re-appointment subject to evidence of effective performance and to satisfying the requirements of the person specification for the role at the time of re-appointment.
Location: To ensure adherence with current Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Protection Level System it is expected that meetings of the Board of Management (and its committees) will continue to take place remotely, via Microsoft Teams, until further notice.