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Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX
£93,932.00 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

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Job Description

Post Title:     Executive Chief Officer Education & Learning
:        Inverness
Hours:           35 hours per week
Duration:       Permanent
Salary:           £93,932.00

Contact  Person: Koreen Macdougall, Email:

Job  Purpose:     We are seeking a dynamic and resourceful executive with a proven ability to lead and inspire. With a clear and compelling vision for building upon the excellent education service delivered in the Highlands you will continue to drive forward improvements.  You will deliver robust strategic direction and engagement with stakeholders and develop a positive and effective interface with elected members.

The Highlands of Scotland are special and unique.  A stunningly diverse geography covering 26,484 sq km. We are ambitious for our children and with overall responsibility for 179 primary schools and 29 secondary schools serving over 30,000 pupils you will be committed to fostering all Highland children’s achievement.

You will be joining a high performing successful organisation located in a unique part of the country, a removal and relocation package of up to £6,500 is available.

You should have significant senior leadership experience, preferably gained in the public sector. This role will present you the opportunity to shape the future for our children and evidence lasting impact to the sustainability of the Highlands.

For further information about Highland Council, this exciting role please download the attached Job Pack and apply online

Employment Package

Hours: The working hours and arrangements will be those which meet the service needs of the post. The normal working week is 35 hours between Monday and Friday but this is regarded as a minimum expectation for staff at a senior management level in the Council. You may be required to undertake work in evenings and weekends.

Leave: Annual leave entitlement is max 32 days per annum.  In addition, there is an entitlement to 7 days fixed public holidays.

Pension:  You will be automatically entered into the Local Government Pension Scheme which is one of the most generous pension schemes in the UK.  As a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme you will receive an excellent package of benefits, including a pension and a tax-free lump sum based on your career average when you retire.  The LGPS also provides valuable life cover and protection for your family.

Relocation: Up to £6,500 may be claimed under the terms of the scheme.

Notice: 3 months

Political Restriction: The post is defined as being politically restricted and will therefore be restricted in terms of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, as amended by the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, and by the Local Government Officers (Political Restrictions) Regulations 1990.


Please find the Job Description below.

Shortlisted applicants will normally be contacted by e-mail, unless otherwise stated. Please check your e-mails regularly, including your junk/spam folder.


  • possess the necessary qualifications to carry out the functions
    associated with the post;
  • have held a senior management post in Local Government or in another
    large public sector organisation;
  • have experience of leading and managing major change programmes
    within a large organisation;
  • have experience of leading and managing a large workforce or large
    number of related services;
  • have experience of setting up and working in high profile partnership
    arrangements with partners; and
  • have cognisance of the workings of Local Government, the current and
    futures issues to be faced and the financial, legal and political context of
    public sector management.

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