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Principal and Chief Executive Officer Designate

This position is now closed to applications.

The tertiary education sector in Shetland is entering an exciting phase of change and growth. Combining the strengths and assets of Shetland College, Train Shetland and NAFC Marine Centre, a new college for Shetland is forming. We are seeking a Principal and Chief Executive Officer Designate to lead the new college into a new era.

The new college will form the most northern partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands, offering a wide range of courses in a unique location.

The College is committed to support the individual, social and economic development of the people, communities and businesses of Shetland by providing inclusive, accessible and relevant vocational and other learning opportunities in a positive and supportive environment.

The ideal candidate will be degree qualified with strong, proven leadership skills and will have extensive senior/strategic management experience working in a complex organisation and with governance members or a board of management. A demonstrable track record of business and financial management and strategic leadership is essential, particularly in relation to transformational change and continuous service improvement. The candidate will possess excellent business acumen with the ability to motivate multi professional teams within a tertiary education system and influence others.

On appointment, it is desirable that the successful candidate will have knowledge of Scottish Government Policy and strategy in education, the Scottish Funding Council’s approach to funding policy and implementation, as well as knowledge of current developments in FE, HE and the research sector in Scotland.

For a confidential discussion about the role please contact Donogh O’Brien or Lesley Drew on 0141 212 7555.

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To apply, please fill out the short form below and submit your CV and covering letter. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours of submitting your application, please contact Donna Sweeny on 0141 212 7555.

Closing Date: Monday 17th June 2019