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Education Manager

  • Full time
  • £27,500
  • Central Scotland - working from the Edinburgh office one/two days a week when regulations allow [currently remote working due to Covid-19]
  • Closing 27th July 2021

  • Advertised from 2nd July 2021
  • Salary: £27,500 plus company benefits. Benefits: Company pension, employee assistance scheme and learning and development opportunities. Status: 35 hours per week, permanent


Join the Social Enterprise Academy as our new Education Manager to help create a social enterprise in every school in Scotland in the next 3 years.

In their 10 year Strategy for Social Enterprise, the Scottish Government announced its ambition to see a social enterprise in every school in Scotland. We have been tasked with leading on the delivery of this goal.

Since the Social Enterprise in Education programme began we’ve had over 1,600 school engagements across Scotland and in that time we have seen young people change how they see themselves and grow hugely in confidence while building essential skills for the future. We work with nurseries, primary and secondary schools and schools for young people with additional support needs.

From making sustainable crafts to funding community defibrillators to tackling local unemployment through computer coding classes, these young people are stepping up, taking action and demanding change.

Your role will be to lead on this activity for your area, providing strategic planning and a vision for growth of the programme in your Local Authorities and working with the rest of the Education Team and education to make this vision a reality. As part of a highly motivated team, this opportunity offers variety, satisfaction and a great opportunity to lead positive change in your area and be part of something that is making a difference to Scotland.

Job Purpose

To manage the roll out of Social Enterprise Schools in all schools in your area developing relationships with key influencers in Local Authorities, Schools and Social Enterprise Networks. To lead on the success of social enterprise activity at school level, managing School Support Officers, Programme Coordinators and working with Education Facilitators to ensure the growth of the programme, an increased uptake by schools, that stakeholders have a high quality experience and that positive impact on young people, school staff and communities is exceeded in your area. Working as part of a team to support the creation of a youth-led sustainable social enterprise in every school in Scotland.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead on the implementation of the vision, market development and sales strategy for your area, identifying current key aims and priorities of each Local Authority in your area to determine the most appropriate support you can offer to deliver their objectives through Social Enterprise Schools
  • Lead on recruiting schools, maintaining high standards and supporting existing schools in your area
  • Nurture client relationships, networking and providing ongoing and excellent customer service to clients, funders and partners, representing and promoting Social Enterprise Schools at education, learning and development, and networking events across your area
  • Build the profile of Social Enterprise Schools in your area, building and maintaining strong partnerships with key stakeholders in the public and third sector including Local Authorities, Further and Higher Education institutions, Ministers, MPs, MSPs and youth related stakeholders to ensure wider support for young people and the growth of the programme
  • Drive direct sales and delivery of Social Enterprise Schools, effectively using the networks that exist within schools, Local Authorities and Regional Improvement Collaboratives to promote the programme
  • Manage the support for schools undertaking social enterprise activity and our Social Enterprise Schools Awards in your area. This includes ensuring Programme Coordinators allocate Associate Education Facilitator time efficiently, Schools Support Officers share appropriate resources and support schools to develop their social purpose and their business plans
  • Maintain links with key agencies and partners in the field of education and social enterprise including local Education Scotland contacts, Regional Improvement Collaboratives, Local Authorities, SQA (or future equivalent), Social Enterprise Networks, Third Sector Interfaces, Social Enterprises, Development Trusts, Bord na Ghaidlig, Skills Development Scotland, British Council, youth organisations, Young Enterprise Scotland and other organisations supporting young people
  • Manage the CPD Programmes in your area, working closely with Associate Education Facilitators to adapt the programme to the group and context, and delegate roles to team members to ensure tech support or physical venue, refreshments, materials and guest speakers are all in place
  • Provide supportive management to the Programme Coordinator and/or School Support Officer, contributing to the success of the team as the programme scales up, including working with them to identify their training needs and supporting their professional development

For a full set of criteria please download the recruitment pack from our website.

Organisation profile:

The Social Enterprise Academy is a social change organisation: we exist to support people who are stepping forward to affect positive social change, wherever they may be. We exist to support the many, not the few.

Through dynamic learning and development programmes facilitated by our network of skilled facilitators, we help entrepreneurship and leadership to flourish in organisations, networks, schools and colleges.

With a 17 year track record of successful delivery in Scotland, the Social Enterprise Academy has been sharing its business and learning delivery models for the past 8 years with international partners through a social licence approach.

Application notes

  • Complete the application form and the equality and diversity monitoring form
  • Send your application form and equality and diversity monitoring form in Word document format to by 1pm, Tuesday 27 July 2021
  • Please note that interviews will take place on 4 - 6 August 2021 via Zoom

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