Job title:
Area Education Manager

Job Ref:

£35,072.00 - £36,918.00 per year


Full time / part time:
Full Time

Actual hours:

Place of work:
Home Based in the Thames Valley area

Business Unit:


Closing date for applications:

Purpose of the role:
Are you looking to make a difference? Are you a qualified educational professional with the experience to develop adult and community work in the Thames Valley? Do you want to be part of a dynamic and values-based organisation? If so, we can't wait to hear from you.

We are recruiting for a full-time Area Education Manager as part of our Greater London and Thames Valley team. You'll be part of a strong team who deliver a range of adult education courses in local settings across the entire Thames Valley area. We are looking for someone with strong partnership development experience who can develop working relationships with a range of stakeholders and partners. Strong contract management is essential in order to manage the programmes we deliver.

The post holder will manage a team to deliver the Association education provision, strategic partnerships and external relationships in a Thames Valley area including Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes .

The post holder will have responsibility for key partnerships and for identifying and growing business development opportunities in line with the Association strategic objectives. They will have lead responsibility for identified specialist aspects of regional education provision or national or cross regional provision, quality, and curriculum or business development. They will work closely with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders including LEPs (or equivalent), local authorities, community organisations, employers and trade unions.

Key areas of responsibility:
Your key responsibilities:

1.Lead strategic development, delivery and quality of inspirational education, learning opportunities and related activity within a substantial geographic and/or thematic area;

2.Lead an area team to ensure continuous improvement of teaching, learning and assessment towards outstanding in line with the Association`s mission, quality improvement plans and aspirations for students. Management and accountability for area plan and budget;

3.Organise education provision in line with agreed targets;

4.Manage staff in line with Association`s commitment to Investors in People and association policies ensuring their health and safety;

5.Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders at regional, national or Association level;

6.Lead and support the management, recruitment, selection, induction and support of tutors, enabling a culture of continuous improvement;

7.Develop business opportunities with external stakeholders to diversify educational opportunities and income to meet the vision and mission of the Association;

8.Lead or contribute to Association working groups on relevant specialist areas and take responsibility for implementation and dissemination of outcomes;

9.Lead work with members, branches and volunteers to develop and maintain the Association as a vibrant educational movement for social purpose;

10.Represent the Association, act as an advocate for adult and community learning and disseminate key messages about the Association`s impact;

11.The post holder may have specific responsibility for agreed specialisms;

Undertake such duties as reasonably requested by your manager.

About you:
About you
• Educated to degree level or equivalent
• Teaching qualification (minimum level 4)
• Teaching qualification (minimum level 5 in specialism)
• Assessor and IQA qualifications

• Considerable experience of leading strategic development, delivery and quality of adult education provision and related activity within a substantial geographic and/or thematic area
• Experience of developing new educational business opportunities, and successful management and accountability for plans and budgets
• Experience of developing and maintaining strategic partnerships and alliances at regional or national level for example with VCS networks, local and combined authorities, LEPs, employers and partners
• Experience of working in membership, community or voluntary organisations
• Experience of developing, contributing to and writing funding applications and/or raising income from diverse sources
• Highly effective communicator, with strong personal communication skills, able to influence, enthuse and inspire staff, the voluntary movement and stakeholders
• Excellent communications skills including presentations and report writing
• Strong management, organisational and IT skills to enable successful delivery of plans and budget
• Ability to lead, support, mentor and coach teams and individuals in order that they can reach their potential and to ensure continuous improvement of quality in line the Association’s aspirations for students
• High level skills in any designated specialist area of responsibility
• Professional integrity and confidentiality
• Well- developed interpersonal and communication skills; ability to engage with outside agencies and community partners

About us

Founded in 1903, the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. Last year we helped 28,219 students, with the support of nearly 2,000 volunteers, 900+ tutors and over 6,000 members. We deliver friendly, accessible and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life. We're rated 'Good' by Ofsted, we're matrix accredited, a disability confident and living wage employer, we hold the silver accreditation for Investors in People and we've recently been named as one of the top 50 most inclusive workplaces in the UK. At the WEA, we want to give everyone opportunities, and make sure that no one is left behind by bringing adult education within reach of everyone who needs it, fighting inequality and promoting social justice.

Decided we might be a good fit? Great news. Apart from working in a unique organisation, you'll also receive:
- Enhanced holiday entitlement (30 days plus bank holidays)
- Teachers pension scheme
- Agile working opportunities
- Life assurance cover
- Employee assistance program
- Cycle to work scheme
- Eye care vouchers
Because we serve people from all walks of life, we are keen to develop a diverse workforce and particularly welcome applications from members of minority groups.

Next steps

Once you've applied, our team will be looking at your application to see if you're a good fit. If successful, we'll contact you for an interview during which we will be assessing you against the relevant criteria and job description and you'll be making sure we are also the best fit for you.

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