Director of Education

Posted 13 days agoExpires in 25 days
£65,000 - £70,000 depending on experience

We have an exciting opportunity to join our senior team in the Diocese of Exeter as Director of Education.

The person we seek will offer strategic, collaborative system leadership, with entrepreneurial and managerial flair and hands-on education experience. He or she will have an understanding of the mission of the Church of England and a commitment to achieving its aims.

The work of the Director is both statutory and strategic, enabling the delivery of excellent education with a distinctive Christian ethos in a fast-changing landscape across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, while leading a key component of our wider diocesan mission among children, young people and their families.

This is an exciting, if challenging, time to be joining the Diocese of Exeter as we recover from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and discover what the shape of the ‘new normal’ is. In this journey of discovery, the nurture and education of our children and young people is vitally important, as is the wellbeing of all staff working in and for schools.

This role encompasses the worlds of education and the church to enable the delivery of excellent education with a distinctive Christian ethos in a fast changing landscape. The role is both statutory and strategic, leading a key component of the wider Diocesan mission to all children and young people, and their families, irrespective of where they are educated.

Leading a small Exeter-based team of gifted education professionals, our new Director of Education will help to ensure that collectively we ‘support, champion and challenge our 133 school communities to flourish together as an expression of God’s love.’

Provide strategic leadership for the Education team – to plan strategically and creatively for the development and growth of church schools, analysing and preparing for future needs in the local and national context, and particularly in response to the Church of England Vision for Education (2016) and Embracing Change: Rural and Small Schools (2018).

Ensure, as a central aspect of the Church’s mission and ministry, the provision of high quality statutory education in school communities characterised by a Christian ethos.

Provide leadership, advice and guidance to the Exeter Diocesan Board of Education (EDBE) in the understanding of educational issues and in all aspects of strategic planning, vision, policy formation, implementation and evaluation.

Play a systems leadership role in education locally, regionally and nationally to ensure that the EDBE is well respected and is able to influence collaborative networks to further strengthen the family of church schools within the diocese.

Liaise effectively with all stakeholders especially the Regional School Commissioner’s Office, Department for Education, OFSTED, Local Authorities, the National Society, local media, neighbouring dioceses and other agencies to ensure the influence of the Church of England in developing high quality schooling locally and nationally.

Act as effective ex-officio Director/Trustee to the Exeter Diocesan Education Network (EDEN), St Luke’s Foundation, the Episcopal Trust, St Wilfrid’s Trust and Exeter Cathedral School.

The Director of Education role requires a high degree of proficiency across the domains of:

  • Church of England Schools management, policies and procedures
  • Schools/ Academy / Multi-Academy Trust Leadership
  • Education Strategy development
  • System leadership, playing a proactive role in brokering partnerships
  • Educational, social and spiritual needs of young people and children. particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable
  • Contributing to the work of the diocesan leadership team as a senior officer of the Diocesan Board of Finance and member of the Bishop’s Strategy Group
  • Resource and financial management and planning
  • Safeguarding
  • Multi-team and multi-agency working
  • Engagement with political structures in Local Authority areas
  • Collaborative working with regional and national education authorities, OFSTED, RSC, etc.

The Director will be required to apply for an Enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service in connection with this role.

Extensive travel throughout Devon and on occasion nationally is required.

Please see the attached job description for further required specifications.

The Diocese of Exeter matches almost exactly the boundaries of the county of Devon, including Torbay and Plymouth. We are a family of Christians, worshipping God in many different settings and groups. We are led by the Bishop of Exeter, and governed by Diocesan Synod which is made up of representatives from across the Diocese.

The central office is the Old Deanery, Exeter, where there is a team of around 50 Diocesan staff whose work is arranged to focus on a number of the goals of the Diocesan vision and strategy, ‘Grow in Prayer, Make new Disciples and Serve the People of Devon with Joy’. These staff work in the following teams: Education, Mission & Ministry, Church & Society, Communications, Property & Church Buildings, Finance, Safeguarding, Vocations, Synod Office, Archdeacons Secretaries, Counselling & Pastoral Care Service and our exciting new Growing the Rural Church Project.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about this role, please do not hesitate to contact the Ven. Douglas Dettmer, Archdeacon of Totnes and Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, at

For further information regarding the administration of the interview process please contact Anthea Carter-Savigear, Director of People and Safeguarding, at

Please note the following dates:

Closing date for applications: 24.00hrs on 18th October 2020

Candidates Notified of Shortlisting: 4th November 2020

Interview Date: 17th & 18th November 2020

We aim to be a diverse and truly representative diocese, and we particularly welcome applications from women and from people of black and minority ethnic heritage.