If you are passionate about the power of adult education, an expert in your field, and a born leader able to inspire and empower your team, this could be just the role for you.
Founded in 1903, the WEA (formerly the Workers’ Educational Association) is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality education into the heart of communities across England and Scotland. Initially WEA’s focus was to bring access to the liberal arts, otherwise inaccessible to workers. Now, we deliver a hybrid of arts, crafts and essential employability training from English as a second language, digital skills, literacy and numeracy, opening doors to opportunity.
We are here to serve those who need us, often in some of the most deprived communities in the UK. Unlike other educational institutions, our students do not need any previous knowledge or qualifications to join most of our courses, only a willingness to share with others their curiosity, ideas and experience.
In 2020 we fast-tracked the conversion of our teaching and learning online. This has proven essential through the pandemic. Though we look forward to returning to face to face delivery, which we know many of our students prefer, online delivery will continue to be a core part of our offer.
The opportunities for the WEA, even in challenging times, are endless.
About this role
As Head of Region, you will be responsible for building on the success of our rich and popular community-based adult learning provision in your region, supporting our Director of Education: Community Learning who will be your line manager. You will also support the delivery of our employability curriculum in your region, lead by the Director of Education: Employability & Skills.
You will be an advocate for the organisation, developing relationships with funders, community leaders and partners. You will also manage the finance, governance and regional educational team to ensure student number and financial targets are met and all our learners receive an excellent learning experience.
You will need to balance long-term strategic improvements, medium-term development of new curriculum and services, while maintaining robust operations which mean our tutors deliver an excellent experience every day for our students.
Reporting to the Director of Education: Community Learning you will be welcomed into a dynamic, creative, quality and target-driven team of fellow Heads of Region and my extended leadership team.
We are determined to maximise the impact of the WEA, whilst ensuring sustainability in a post-Brexit and pandemic economic environment. To achieve this we are building a positive, collaborative and supportive culture, focussing our teams on delivering our One WEA mission.
Contract type: Permanent
Based - Yorkshire & Humber area
Salary: £48,753 to £51,319
Our candidate pack is available below. If you would like an informal conversation prior to making your application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should apply by submitting your CV and a personal statement demonstrating your suitability for the role and a CV to email@example.com.
Closing date - 25 April 2021
Interview date - TBC