Head of Equality of Opportunity

Office for Students

Bristol or London, with regular travel to Bristol

  • Location Bristol or London, with regular travel to Bristol
  • Sector Regulation
  • Client Office for Students
  • Job Type Permanent
  • Salary/Remuneration Pay Band 12, salary c.£88,000
  • Reference GSe98939
  • Closing Date Monday 19th June 2023

The OfS is the statutory regulator for higher education in England. Our aim is to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. We do so by regulating the higher education providers on our register to make sure they are delivering high quality courses and positive outcomes for their students; where they are not, we take action. The higher education sector in England is complex and diverse and the OfS’s approach to regulation recognises this. Our new strategy signals a shift from an organisation in a start-up phase to an established regulator that understands its regulatory tools and how best to use them to shape incentives across the sector we regulate. We work to ensure that students in England enjoy higher education provision that is high quality; that their access to opportunity, success and progression is not limited by background, location or characteristics; and that providers are well and sustainably led.

We are now looking to fill a number of vital ‘Head of’ roles within our Regulation directorate as part of our senior team These roles lead our frontline regulation with a broad remit. They have responsibility for a significant portfolio of work across equality, diversity and inclusion, skills and pathways, funding, student information and engagement and conditions of registration. The roles we are recruiting to now have a particular focus on one of:

  • designing and implementing our approach to enforcement
  • oversight and continuous improvement of our approach to monitoring the compliance of registered providers
  • delivering our strategy to reduce risks to equality of opportunity in higher education through our regulation.

These roles require individuals who can provide strategic direction, deliver effective regulation in practice, implement arrangements for effective decision-making on regulatory matters, set risk appetite, and lead the development of regulatory capabilities within the team.

You will be people focused, committed to our mission of driving positive outcomes for students, and able to work at pace within complex and ambiguous environments. Regardless of the focus of your portfolio, you will be an experienced leader of people and able to demonstrate an ability to motivate, develop and deliver exceptional results through people across an organisation. You will be comfortable making complex risk-based decisions, often in novel circumstances, and will be able to quickly grasp the regulatory and legal frameworks under which the OfS carries out it duties. You will understand the role and value of a regulator and, regardless of your professional background, show an understanding of how effective regulation works in practice. How we do things is as important to us as what we do and your approach will be underpinned by our values of Ambition, Openness, Learning and Diversity.

This is an exciting time to join a rapidly transforming organisation that works to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. 

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