Principal CEO

Permanent | Portsmouth | Circa: £160,000 plus benefits

Vacancy Description

This is a unique opportunity to lead the City of Portsmouth College, following the merger of Highbury College and Portsmouth College earlier this year. The new college has brought together two complementary organisations, committed to delivering an outstanding student experience, set against an agenda of inclusivity that is dedicated to driving social and economic prosperity both regionally and nationally. To support this agenda, the college is seeking to appoint an experienced FE leader with the energy, passion, and knowledge to ensure the organisation continues to thrive and produce inspirational learning that delivers employability. 

This is an exciting time for a new Principal CEO to work with the Board to deliver on the city region’s skills agenda, through inspirational leadership, prudent financial management and an unrelenting focus on learner outcomes. You will lead an experienced senior leadership team, under a unified umbrella to deliver a responsive business model that drives quality and promotes innovation, aligned to the college’s One City, One College vision. As the lead ambassador for the college, you will build sustainable relations across the region with key stakeholders, communities and employer groups to ensure the City of Portsmouth College remains their partner of choice.  

We are seeking to appoint a proven FE leader who is strategic in approach and knows how to deliver change within a fast-moving and complex operational environment. You will have learners at the heart of all that you do, with a passion for employability, coupled with the expertise of working with a board and the communication flair to influence, engage and inspire. Your drive, passion and creativity will be motivational, and you will deliver results that drive performance set against the college’s vision.  

For more information and details on how to apply, please visit to review our assignment brief. To apply, please forward a covering letter and CV to referencing assignment DP3058. Should you wish to have a confidential discussion about the role, please call John Dodd on 07545 431848 or 01244 738450 

Closing date for applications will be 9.00am, Monday 22nd November 2021

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