Department for Education Non-executive Board Member

Body: Department for Education
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Education
Location: Meetings will be held in London. There is no expectation the successful candidate will reside in London
Skills required: Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum.
Time Requirements: Approximately 24 days a year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    19/11/2021

  • Closed for Applications

    12/12/2021

  • Panel Sift

    17/12/2020

  • Final Interview Date

    18/02/2022

  • Announcement

    TBC

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State is seeking two new Non-Executive Board Members to support and appropriately challenge the organisation as it continues its drive to achieve its mission to help create country where there is equality of opportunity by providing excellent education, training and care, and to help everyone reach their potential regardless of background.

The DfE Board

The Board is Chaired by our Secretary of State. The Chair is supported by the Lead Non-Executive Board Member, Richard Pennycook, and Rt Hon. Michelle Donelan MP as Minister for the Board. The Board provides the collective strategic and operational leadership of the department. Its role is advisory, providing advice on issues such as strategy, operations, and the deliverability of policy. It is also supervisory, scrutinising delivery and performance, and the reporting of these, across all DfE areas, and challenging the department on how well it is achieving its objectives.

Person Specification

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria. If applicant numbers are excessive, preliminary sifting will be done using only the first criteria.

In your application you should demonstrate clearly how you meet the essential criteria:

  • experience of leading high-profile and complex public or private sector organisations during periods of change, along with main board level experience as an executive or a non-executive;
  • a commitment to support the successful delivery of the Department’s agenda and realising its vision and purpose to enable children and learners to thrive;
  • the ability to think strategically about the issues faced by the public sector and the ability to take a pragmatic approach to resolve complex issues;
  • the confidence and ability to successfully communicate, build relationships, provide valuable challenge, and keep the confidence of a wide range of groups including Board members, Ministers and senior government officials.

We also expect candidates to be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

  • strong experience of a corporate function such as finance, human resources or digital, data and technology.
  • experience of operating at a senior level in a business or other organisation that is subject to financial and economic regulation.

 

Additional Information

The Department is focused on equality of opportunity and is committed to ensuring that appointees better represent the views of the communities which they serve. We particularly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups, those based outside London and the South-East and applicants who have achieved success through non-traditional educational routes.

The Department for Education has a strong culture of inclusion and diversity and it wants to encourage applications from people with a diverse range of backgrounds and educational routes. In 2018 we launched a five year strategy to create a department where everyone is able to bring their whole self to work and where honesty, challenge and innovation are encouraged and valued. We are recognised by leading diversity organisations for promoting diversity in the workplace.​

We want to ensure any appointee to the Department’s Board is committed to promoting diversity, in its broadest possible sense. This will include embedding a commitment to the principles of levelling up and championing opportunity for all across the organisation, helping to ensure that the organisation is one which a genuinely diverse range of views can be expressed, without fear or favour.

CHAMPIONING SOCIAL MOBILITY

The Department champions social mobility in all of its policies and is committed to opening up opportunities for people from all backgrounds, all socio-economic classes and all regions of the UK. We are committed to embedding this principle into our recruitment and expect all our leaders, including in arm’s length bodies, to take action to attract and retain staff from all backgrounds, while also supporting them to progress within their careers.

DISABILITY CONFIDENT

We are a member of the Government’s Disability Confident scheme and have achieved Disability Confident Leader status, signifying our role as champions of the scheme. We use the Disability Confident symbol, along with other like-minded employers, to show our commitment to good practice in employing people with a disability.​ We ask that all applicants complete an anonymised Diversity Monitoring Form used for gathering data only in order to ensure departments are recruiting from the widest possible pool. The information you provide is not shared with the selection panel.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is: Sunday 12 December 2021.

Information on the timetable for this campaign and the selection process can be found on the Centre for Public Appointments website publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

Please submit the following documents by email to: dfeboard.secretariat@education.gov.uk

 

1.      CV

2.      Candidate Application Form

You will need to demonstrate clearly how you meet each of the essential criteria (max 300 words per criteria – if this is exceeded only the first 300 words will be considered). Please note that if applicant numbers are excessive, preliminary sifting will be done using only the first criteria.

3.      Diversity form

Please include the vacancy title in the subject box and submit each application document as a separate attachment.  We are happy to accept applications in alternative formats from applicants who, for reasons of disability, may find it difficult to fill in our standard form. If you would like to have a chat with us about reasonable adjustments please contact us at: dfeboard.secretariat@education.gov.uk.

 

Please note the following:

  • we cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date;​
  • applications will be assessed solely on the documentation provided;
  • please refer to the advert and checklist above to ensure you have provided everything requested;
  • applications will be acknowledged upon receipt;​
  • feedback will only be given to candidates unsuccessful following interview
Attachments
DfE Board Member Diversity Monitoring Form
DFE Board Member Information Pack
DfE Board Member Candidate Application Form 2

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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