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Top job! Principal and Chief Executive

  • Full time
  • TBC
  • Lanarkshire
  • Closing 3rd June 2019

  • Advertised from 20th May 2019
  • £Competitive


The College’s strapline, ‘Skillset for Life’ encapsulates our fundamental ethos and skills development is the very essence of what we do. As one of Scotland’s largest colleges, operating on both a regional and national basis, we can offer you the opportunity to be at the heart of shaping the further and higher education landscape within Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire, and beyond.

The Principal and Chief Executive is a member of the Board of Management and is responsible to the Board for the delivery of its strategic objectives. The post also has additional responsibilities as the Chief Officer for the Lanarkshire Board, with accountability for all regional funding received from SFC for both New College Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire College.

As the strategic lead for the College, the Principal is responsible for ensuring that effective arrangements are in place to ensure the College’s financial and statutory obligations are met, while ensuring the best experience possible for our learners. The role has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the College’s curriculum is fit for purpose and meets the needs of local and national priorities, as set out in our Regional Outcome Agreement with SFC.

The role of Principal at New College Lanarkshire has a local, regional and national profile and the postholder is expected to work with a wide range of stakeholders, including North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire Councils, the Scottish Government, SFC, Skills Development Scotland and many more.

To be considered for this challenging role, you will be able to demonstrate significant leadership experience in education or a related publicly funded body, with the requisite business and interpersonal skills to lead an organisation of 16,000 students, 1,000 staff and a turnover of c£54m.

By joining us now as our next Principal and Chief Executive, you will be at the very centre of driving us forward and ensuring that everyone we work with is truly ‘Skillset for Life’.

Application notes

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Closing date for applications: 4.30pm on Monday 3 June 2019. Interviews will be held in late June 2019.