SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Deputy Director of Education

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Deputy Director of Education - Derbyshire

£55,000 - £65,000 + Relocation support - Anglican - Head/Principal
Ref: 113 Date Posted: Tuesday 03 May 2022
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Deputy Director of Education - Diocese of Derby

Location: Derby (mostly home-working)
Contract Type: Full Time (Term time only considered)
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: Negotiable

Come and help us offer our children and young people life in all of its fullness

This is an exciting new chapter in the life of the Derby Diocese and its Board of Education (DBE). In 2019, the diocese welcomed a new bishop, the Rt Rev Libby Lane with a vision to see “Communities built and lives transformed”. She has been joined by Malcolm Macnaughton in 2020 as the Bishop of Repton, who also Chairs a reconfigured DBE, alongside the recent appointment of Carolyn Lewis as the new Director of Education.

Derby DBE has oversight of 111 Church Schools across the diocese. Through the Director, Deputy Director and supported by the Senior Business & Operations Manager, the DBE is working with renewed vigour to support schools and the church to enable the delivery of a distinctive and excellent church school education; all within the context of an ever-changing educational landscape.

At Derby DBE we are tasked with developing an improved understanding of education as mission and realising the potential of our Church Schools in the Church’s ministry to young people.

We are looking for someone with a:

  • Passion for serving children and young people through Church Schools
  • Strong track record as an inspiring leader and manager in education
  • Caring, pastoral approach to supporting our people working on the ‘front line’ in our schools
  • Drive for excellence and inspiring others to the principle of Christian distinctiveness in education

Now is a moment of real opportunity within the educational and Christian life of the diocese, which makes this post an extremely attractive and rewarding career opportunity. 

A requirement of the post is that applicants must be practising Christians.

Closing date: Wednesday 16 February at 5pm
Shortlisting: Monday 21 February
Interviews: Monday 28 February

Please note that required attendance at the office will be infrequent and is mostly home-based. Whilst the job is full-time, term-time only working may be considered, and similarly the availability of Teachers’ Pension Scheme, for an exceptional candidate.

For an initial informal chat (in complete confidence) and to request an application pack, please get in contact with Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Advising Consultant, on 01737 652 043 or email him at BEFORE applying.

Derby DBE is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability or sexual orientation.


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