Wanted: chief executive for new College of Teaching

Do you see yourself as the voice of a teaching generation? A pedagogical Bob Dylan, say, or a classroom Clinton…

…Or are you simply disgruntled at not having been appointed Ofsted chief inspector?

Either way, the perfect job opportunity may just have arisen. The College of Teaching is looking to appoint its first-ever chief executive.

The college is intended as a new chartered body for the profession. It will be led by teachers, and is intended to be autonomous, and independent of the government and the unions. The aim is to provide a teaching version of bodies such as the Royal College of Surgeons.

The founding trustees – five classroom teachers, three headteachers and five non-teaching professionals – were selected from hundreds of applicants. They will oversee the establishment of the college.

Now, in an advert placed with TES, the college’s trustees say that they are looking for a chief executive to develop the college’s strategic, business and operating plans, and to develop a structure to implement these plans.

‘Influence and inspire’

The advert states: “The chief executive will also lead on advocacy for members and the teaching profession and act as the face and voice of the college with the teaching profession, stakeholders and across all media.”

The trustees go on to say that they are looking for candidates with a successful track record as a senior leader in a school or within a professional body. They add: “They will have a strong understanding of the schools’ sector, proven advocacy experience and the ability to influence and inspire at the highest levels.”

The college hopes to open up to membership in the autumn, and to have 5,000 members on its roll within two years.

The closing date for applications for the chief executive role is midday on 1 July.

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