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The WEA is committed to encouraging Diversity and Equality, and welcomes applications from disabled people and from members of ethnic minority groups.

Becoming a WEA Tutor

The WEA is always interested to hear from qualified tutors across England and Scotland. Our tutors are paid an hourly rate and employed on a sessional basis. Around 2,000 tutors are employed at any one time to deliver courses in England and Scotland.  If you are interested in tutoring with us, you can read more on our Teaching with Us information page. If you would like to make an application to be considered as a tutor, you can apply directly to your local WEA region for inclusion in our “pool” of potential course tutors. This does not guarantee an offer of a course, but your details will be held for consideration when vacancies occur. You can download an application form here.

Jobs at the WEA

The WEA operates through nine Regions in England and a Scottish Association. We employ staff in the areas of education, teaching, management, finance and administration. Vacancies are advertised in national and local media as well as on this page of our website.

Current vacancies:

 

Job title:
Governance Manager - INTERNAL CANDIDATES ONLY
Location:
London
Hours:
28 per week (0.8 FTE)
Salary:
£29,865 - £34,129 per annum pro rata plus London weighting pro rata
Contract:
Permanent
Job summary:

We are looking to recruit a Governance Manager to provide excellent support, ensuring the effective organisation of the WEA’s governance arrangements. 

You will be responsible for arranging Trustee, committee and council meetings, including producing agendas, supporting papers and minutes. You will need to make sure that all meetings comply with legal and other regulatory requirements and are in accordance with the governing documents of the WEA.

The Governance Manager is expected to have familiarity with Charity and Company law and be able to take the lead on governance issues, providing expert and consistent advice. You will be systematic and organised and also be able to develop productive working relationships with diverse groups at all levels, including Senior Managers and Trustees and a variety of external organisations.

It is essential that you are willing to work some weekends and unsocial hours, along with being able to travel in England and Scotland with possible overnight stays when required.

We offer generous terms and conditions including 30 days holiday (plus bank holidays), pension scheme – subject to eligibility.  Please note holiday entitlement, including bank holidays is pro-rata for part time staff.

Applications for this post should be made by submitting an expression of interest, please see the application pack for further details regarding this.

Interviews will be held on Friday 27th February in London.

Closing date:
12pm 06 February 2015
 
 
Job title:
Project Organiser
Location:
Newcastle upon Tyne
Hours:
17.5 per week (0.5 FTE)
Salary:
Grade C: £23,145 - £26,557 per annum pro rata
Contract:
12 month fixed term
Job summary:

The post-holder will be responsible for developing programme activities for the Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project 'The WEA in WW1 in the North East' in liaison with the Regional Education Manager for the region.

In addition, the post-holder will recruit and support volunteers, facilitating and developing voluntary activity within the project.

Please click here to download an application pack.

Please click here to download an application form.

Closing date:
12pm 12 February 2015
 
 
Job title:
Chief Operating Officer
Location:
London or Midlands
Hours:
35 per week (1.0 FTE)
Salary:
circa £68,300 (London) or circa £64,000 (Midlands)
Contract:
Permanent
Job summary:

A post has been created for an exceptional Chief Operating Officer to take overall responsibility for the strategic management of resources across the WEA, finances, systems and staff dispersed throughout the country.

Reporting into the Chief Executive, your responsibilities will include:

• Directing the strategic & budgetary planning process including financial controls

• Being accountable for the people strategy across the organisation

• Managing the contractual relationship with funders, in particular the Skills Funding Agency (SFA)

• Ensuring there is a fit for purpose MI system able to provide strategic information for the Senior Management Team and Trustees

• Providing support for governance board committees to facilitate effective decision making

• Working collaboratively with volunteers to promote the values of WEA.

The successful candidate must be an intelligent, professionally qualified (or financially astute) individual with proven experience in cost saving and a track record of significantly improving and changing ineffective systems and processes. Your experience, gained ideally within a comparable organisation, will have seen you succeed in leading and nurturing diverse teams to deliver results whilst you will have robust communication skills to enable you to establish close relationships with, and influence, a diverse range of individuals.

You will be proven in balancing operational, hands on financial control with clear, strategic thinking and transformation management; capable of working within a small senior management team where a versatile, open, and facilitative approach will be required.

To apply, please visit the Allen Lane vacancy page here:
http://www.allenlane.co.uk/vacancies

Closing date:
5pm 15 February 2015
 
 
Job title:
Membership & Fundraising Support Assistant
Location:
Bristol
Hours:
35 per week (1.0 FTE)
Salary:
Grade B: £17,491 – £20,479 per annum
Contract:
Permanent
Job summary:

The WEA is looking for an experienced Administrator to join our Membership team. You will be an enthusiastic and organized team player, with previous experience in a customer facing role, strong data entry and communication skills and excellent attention to detail.

You will be the first point of contact for membership enquiries and be responsible for maintaining the membership and fundraising database and developing a positive relationship with donors.  It is essential that you have experience of providing office support; you are great with people and are comfortable meeting multiple deadlines.

You will be able to work on your own initiative, have an eye for detail and the confidence to make changes to improve processes.

Please click here to download the application pack.

Please click here to download the application form.

Closing date:
12am 15 February 2015
 
 
Job title:
Trustee
Location:
Flexible
Hours:
Varied
Salary:
N/A (Voluntary position)
Contract:
Fixed term (4 year tenure)
Job summary:

As a member of the board of trustees, you will be responsible for directing the affairs of the charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.

You will be appointed to one of the various sub-committees which report to the trustees and will be expected to attend these committee meetings in addition to the four full trustee meetings that take place throughout the year. This means that we are looking for someone who can commit to a minimum of approximately 10 days per year. 

We are seeking an individual who is able to take a business approach to tasks and ideally has a legal or accounting background. All candidates must share our vision and mission and be fully committed to the role. For further information on the responsibilities of our trustees, please refer to the WEA Governance paper.

Please click here to download an application pack.

Please click here to download an application form.

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 9th March or 16th March.

Closing date:
12pm 20 February 2015
 
 
Job title:
Deputy Chief Executive & Director for Education
Location:
Flexible but 2 days per week in London
Hours:
35 per week (1.0 FTE)
Salary:
circa £75,900 (London) or circa £72,000 (National) per annum
Contract:
Permanent
Job summary:

The organisation is now looking for an outstanding Deputy Chief Executive & Director for Education.  Working closely with the Chief Executive & General Secretary to develop strategic partnerships with government departments, policy think tanks, potential funders and other influencers across the UK, the post-holder will be responsible for shaping and influencing education policy at a national level.

In the absence of the Chief Executive, you will manage the day to day running of the WEA and make decisions on critical incidents which may arise from time to time.  Your responsibilities will include: 

• Developing clear evidence of outcomes for students which is routinely documented through the Research, Development and Innovation Unit;

• Ensuring the WEA’s education provision meets the outstanding quality standards required, whether set internally or by external agencies;
Advising the Trustees and Senior Management colleagues on education strategy, policy and practice, recommending the WEA’s strategic education plan to the Board;

• Developing and publicly disseminating WEA responses on all relevant aspects of education policy, supported by evidence;

• Ensuring that key management decisions and the allocation of resources support the WEA’s core vision and prioritise high quality teaching, learning and assessment, embracing digital technology;

• Creating lively debate on education and related social issues within and beyond the WEA to reinforce its role as a distinctive and influential educational movement.

If you want to know more about the role or selection process, please visit our microsite www.green-park-jobs.co.uk/wea or contact our employment agency advisers Green Park via Kai Adams on weaeducation@green-park.co.uk or 0207 399 3993.

Closing date:
12pm 02 March 2015
 
 
Job title:
Director for Marketing, Membership and Income Growth
Location:
Flexible but 2 days per week in London
Hours:
35 per week (1.0 FTE)
Salary:
circa £62,400 (London) or circa £59,300 (National) per annum
Contract:
Permanent
Job summary:

The organisation is now looking for an exceptional Director for Marketing, Membership and Income Growth.  Working closely with Education Directors, Regional Education Managers and Business Development Managers, you will be responsible for marketing the WEA’s education offer, opening up new opportunities and diversifying our income streams in an innovative but sustainable manner. 

This role will have a critical bearing on the WEA and its future impact.  As such, you will bring a proven track record of developing marketing strategies and successfully achieving income generation/fundraising targets, all the while focusing on the value of Adult Education in society and the WEA vision, mission and values.

Your responsibilities will include: 

• Developing and implementing a stretching and sustainable growth  & business development plan across all regions;

• Identifying fundraising opportunities, ensuring there is diversification of fundraising objectives;

• Identifying, developing and delivering new income streams and create additional income from existing activities;

• Developing marketing, communications and PR capacity to reach diverse media and audiences and raise WEA profile;

• Identifying key external partners and building relationships, generating new business and developing WEA membership base.

The successful candidate will be an experienced qualified professional, with the ability to lead on the creation, expansion and successful delivery of well-focused fundraising, marketing and business development strategies.  You will have achieved income from multiple sources, and demonstrate the capacity to lead a geographically dispersed, multi-disciplinary team to network, engage, build and sustain strong relationships with our external market.  Innovative and entrepreneurial, you will have the skills to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders and inspire them to actively contribute to the WEA’s activities. 

If you want to know more about the role or selection process, please visit our microsite www.green-park-jobs.co.uk/wea or contact our employment agency advisers Green Park via Kai Adams on weamarketing@green-park.co.uk or 0207 399 3993.

Closing date:
12pm 02 March 2015