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Colleges Scotland, Argyll Court, Castle Business Park, FK9 4TY
£69,554 per year
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35 hours per week
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Job Description

Director of the Employers’ Association 
Salary: £69,554

About Us

Colleges Scotland is the collective voice for the college sector, and as the membership body, represents all 26 colleges in Scotland and the three strategic regional bodies, delivering further education provision and around a quarter of all higher education in Scotland. 

The 26 colleges operate in 13 regions across Scotland, allowing them to plan nationally and regionally, as well as deliver locally, while three regional strategic bodies co-ordinate approaches for colleges in the Highlands and Islands, Glasgow, and Lanarkshire regions. The college sector employs over 11,000 staff in wide ranging roles, delivering education, skills, and training to around 240,000 students, 11,000 apprentices, 52,000 school pupils, and delivers approximately a quarter of all higher education in Scotland. 

As well as being the policy organisation, Colleges Scotland is also the Employers’ Association which is a forum through which National Bargaining is being implemented by the college sector. The Employers’ Association is jointly responsible for implementing National Bargaining in partnership with the trade unions.


The Role

To ensure Colleges Scotland Employers’ Association effectively supports members to achieve their collective ambitions we are looking to recruit into the critical role of Director. Operating at national level and leading the National Bargaining agenda you will: 

•    Ensure the Employers’ Association has a clear direction, identity and voice and takes both ownership of, and a proactive approach to, National Bargaining. 
•    Develop and maintain effective relationships with a range of external stakeholders (including Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, college chairs and principals and trade unions) to deliver true partnership working.
•    Work closely with the relevant key personnel, including both interim Joint Secretaries, to ensure agreement is reached, at both a strategic and operational level, to enable the delivery of the National Bargaining agenda.
•    Ensure, through established negotiation mechanisms, that appropriate pay and grading models and national conditions of service are agreed and implemented.
•    As a key spokesperson for the Employers’ Association, represent the sector at a national level on key National Bargaining areas ensuring the organisation’s contribution to the national agenda is valued and impactful.
•    Lead on the development of Scottish Funding Council Business Cases to secure funding / deliver additional resources.
•    Drive innovation and best practice across all employment relations activities. 
•    As a member of Colleges Scotland’s small Executive team, directly contribute to the development of strategies and operational plans that ensure the achievement of Colleges Scotland’s strategic aims.



Your Experience

As a professional, your track record will evidence strong success in leading the development, implementation and delivery of strategies and large scale projects.

It is anticipated that you will have relevant employment legislation knowledge or the ability to quickly gain an understanding of pay systems, pay bargaining, employment relations, workforce development systems, and benchmarking processes.

As a member of the Colleges Scotland small executive team, it is essential that you have a proven track record in motivating and supporting both individuals and teams. 

This is a unique and exciting opportunity that will directly support a sector involved in increasing inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Scotland. 

To learn more about the role, here is a link to the profile

Interested candidates should contact Douglas Adam of Livingston James in the first instance –

The recruitment for this position is being managed by our advising consultants, Livingston

Colleges Scotland is currently reviewing working arrangements which include agile working and whilst this post is based in Stirling, it is envisaged that the successful candidate would not necessarily need to be in the office on a full-time basis.

Colleges Scotland is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity