Head of Policy – Higher and Further Education


12th June 2020

A number of roles developing policy on a range of higher and further education issues. We are looking for Heads of Policy Areas to lead a range of policies, principally within our Higher and Further Education group. Our policies have a far-reaching impact on a wide range of groups – from children and young people, to parents, teachers, social workers, further and higher education and employers both in England and internationally.

Job description

• Do you want to lead on innovative policy reforms which can make a real impact?
• Can you quickly process large amounts of complex information and distil salient points?
• Are you able to get the best out of a team whilst working remotely?

We are looking for Heads of Policy Areas to lead a range of policies, principally within our Higher and Further Education group. Our mission is to achieve world-class education, training and care for everyone, whatever their background. Our staff shape the future of education, training and social care, by working with industry and education leaders to develop policies and services in a post-Brexit global economy. We are working to ensure that our world class education system continues to contribute to trade, exports, and the general economy by addressing labour market and economic challenges.

Our Higher and Further Education group encompasses a range of education policy areas for the post-sixteen age group. We are made up of the following five directorates:

• Careers and Further Education
• Career Learning, Analysis, Skills and Student Choice
• International
• Higher Education, STEM and Tertiary Providers
• Transformation and Digital
• Further Education Reform


• Responsible for a particular policy area, leading on innovative policy reforms.
• Required to familiarize yourself with sufficient knowledge to enable you confidently brief Ministers and manage relationships with the educational sector.
• You will lead a team and will need to be able to motivate your staff whilst working remotely.

Essential Criteria

You will need to demonstrate the following as part of your application:

• Previous experience of working in policy or demonstrate how your experience to date can be applied to a policy leadership role.
• Ability to review and critique written documents, to a high standard (so they can be published/shared with senior government officials).
• Ability to work flexibly on quickly changing priorities
• Track record of providing briefing at board level, interpreting complex information and articulating on-going and rapidly emergent issues.
• Ability to quickly distil salient information from a range of complex sources.
• Ability to successfully lead a team while working remotely.
• Resilience, including remaining calm under pressure.

Desired Criteria (to be used in a tiebreak situation)

• Experience of working in an educational setting
• An interest in international issues in a post-Brexit, global Britain.
• Experience of/an interest in working with the Devolved Administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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