Vice Principal (Operations)

Reference number: 43633

Title: Vice Principal (Operations)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Location: Peterborough

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Wednesday 16 October 2019

Salary: Circa. £35,500 with potential for progression

Interview date: Wednesday 30 October 2019

Job advert:

About the role

Sense College are recruiting for a dynamic, experienced and solution focussed Vice Principal (Operations) to lead our college operations across East and West Midlands at Rothwell (Northants) and at our Sense flagship site at Touchbase Pears, Selly Oak Birmingham. This is a permanent, full-time, new post arising from our successful college growth which will support our continued development in these regions.  

We are seeking applicants experienced in the management of Ofsted regulated 16-25 specialist education provision with learners with special educational needs and disability (SEND) alongside having a good understanding of managing adult social care day provision.

You will be joining an experienced and proactive Sense College Senior Management Team who are seeking to move our Ofsted Good Grade 2 education provision into becoming Outstanding; we are looking for applicants with the experience to help us turn this vision into reality.

Sense College operates a geographically dispersed delivery model with centres across East and West Midlands, Eastern Region and outer London. This role will primarily work across East and West Midlands however, flexibility to travel across all college sites, which may include some overnight stays, is required.

About you 

Our ideal candidate will: 

  • Have the ability and experience to support your managers in flexibly managing both 16-25 SEND provision alongside adult social care day provision for people age 16+ as appropriate to your centres
  • Bring to the role enthusiasm, knowledgeable experience and determination to provide the best possible service for the people we support
  • Be an excellent role model with sound leadership qualities, able to work within a co-production model and value the importance of views of the people we support and their families
  • Be able to work alone and as part of an experienced senior management team
  • Have experience in an independent special college post 16 SEND environment
  • Be able to travel flexibly and nationally as required

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Mrs Pat Dyson (Executive Principal) via or call on 07739 266 215.

About us

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world.

We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.

Sense has a proven record of offering high quality, pioneering services.

Working at Sense can be incredibly rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment. In addition we have excellent training and development, the opportunity for you to join our Group Personal Pension scheme and a generous annual leave entitlement.

To apply

Please use the link below to complete your application. Managers will use your application to shortlist candidates in relation to the Personal Specification; therefore it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines and job description (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

If you are a disabled candidate and require a hard copy pack or a different format please contact the Recruitment team on 0121 415 6735 or textphone 0121 415 2720.

Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. Therefore all offers of employment, where appropriate, are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Sense is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to ensuring that all staff are motivated, skilled and rewarded by their work.


Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

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