Director of Estates and Operations - Greenhead College




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Kirklees Council are advertising this role on behalf of Greenhead College.

Annual leave:              30 days bookable annual leave, plus 10.5 bank holidays, increasing to 35 days bookable annual leave after five years’ service at the College.

Pension:                       West Yorkshire Pension Fund – employer contribution rate of 21.5%, plus Death in Service Grant of 3 x your annual salary.

FTE:                              Full-time.

Other benefits:         

  • Access to Kirklees Employee Healthcare (e.g. private counselling, physio, etc).
  • Eye test vouchers.
  • Flu vaccination vouchers.
  • Free onsite car parking.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Health and wellbeing events throughout the year, including dedicated staff wellbeing day.
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay.
  • Personal and professional development opportunities.

Reports to:                 Principal.

Start date:                  As soon as possible.

On behalf of Greenhead College, thank you for your interest in the post of Director of Estates and Operations. We are pleased that you are considering Greenhead College as the next stage in your career and we hope, subject to matching our criteria, you will apply.

Greenhead College is located on an attractive campus close to Huddersfield town centre, adjacent to the picturesque Greenhead Park. We are a short drive from the M62 and within walking distance of the train and bus station. Therefore, the College is an easy commute from much of the Northwest and Yorkshire.

The College provides outstanding education to approximately 2750 students, who study predominantly A Level courses, and has an annual income in excess of £15 million. The philosophy of the College is based on the principle that each student and staff member is an individual and to be valued. According to the Government performance tables, Greenhead is currently one of the best performing Sixth Form Colleges nationally.

In March 2022, the College was once again graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, with no areas of weakness identified. This is testament to the resilience, ambition and success of our students, and the hard work of staff.

Like most similar educational establishments, Greenhead has, in recent years, faced funding pressures and increasing costs. However, the College maintains and forecasts ‘Outstanding’ financial health, which is a demonstration of the strong ethos of ambition and aspiration which runs through all aspects of our work.

The College is a great place to work, with a warm, inclusive atmosphere existing between students and staff. Our staff are recognised for their hard work and are encouraged to inspire each another, and to develop and grow. We are proud to have a strong and able College Leadership Team, and a highly experienced Board, who work collaboratively to deliver the College’s purpose and principles, and strategic objectives.

This is an exciting time to be joining Greenhead College. We were one of only 50 schools and colleges nationally to be granted multi-million-pound funding to build a new four-storey science block, which opens in November 2023. The College has ambitious plans for further growth and the successful post holder will be at the forefront of future strategic planning, development and delivery, as well as ongoing management of the College’s estate and daily operations.

The College is seeking to appoint a Director of Estates and Operations to join the College Leadership Team. Duties will include:

  • The day-to-day operational management of the estate and coordination with other College facilities and infrastructure.
  • The long-term strategic development of the College estate and its operations.
  • Leadership and management of a number of the College’s support teams, ensuring high standards and continuous improvement.
  • Compliance with health and safety legislation, statutory building compliance for the College estate and its grounds; and risk management.

Applications are sought from individuals with significant senior operations management experience, including the line management of staff, and extensive knowledge of health and safety.

The full job description and person specification can be found on the Greenhead College website.

Applicants should complete and submit the following documents:

  • Complete the College’s application form or TES application form.
  • Equality and Diversity form.
  • Write a supporting letter of application, with CV if you consider it useful.

All applications should be submitted to Jessica Norcliffe, Director of Human Resources, via email address

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 29 November 2023 and interviews will be held shortly after.

 If you apply and are unsuccessful in being called to interview, can we thank you in advance for your time and trouble in making this application.  Due to time constraints it would be impossible to respond to everyone individually - we hope that you will understand.

Greenhead College is committed to safeguarding the welfare of all of its students and staff. The successful candidate will have to meet the requirements of the person specification in order to be offered the post and will be subject to safer recruitment checks, including an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references. This position is working in regulated activity and therefore exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Applicants will be required to self-disclose particular criminal convictions should they be shortlisted for interview. Further details can be found within the DBS filtering guide.

Greenhead College is committed to Diversity and Inclusion and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.