RSA Academies

Chief Executive

RSA Academies
WC2N 6EZ, London
£55,000 - £65,000 salary per annum (FTE)(commensurate with skills and experience) + benefits
29 Oct 2018
19 Nov 2018
Chief Executive, RSA Academies
Part Time
Contract Type

RSA Academies is seeking a new Chief Executive to be responsible for all aspects of the charity’s strategic and business development, leading a small London-based team of RSA Academies staff to bring RSA values to mainstream school settings.

Our distinctive educational approach emphasises the arts and creativity, connections to the world beyond school, and inclusion and mental health alongside high academic standards.

This is a permanent appointment for four days a week, with consideration given to full time working if requested for the right candidate. The post will be based at the RSA’s headquarters in Central London, the West Midlands, or beyond in terms of future growth, with travel between locations.

What the role involves:

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the next phase of RSA Academies’ development. The new Chief Executive will be responsible for delivering a broad and ambitious education agenda at our schools. They will build RSA Academies’ position, reputation and influence in the West Midlands and more widely, ensuring that our broader approach to education is understood and increasingly influential in education circles.

RSA Academies works with a wide range of partners including schools, the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of arts, manufactures and commerce), businesses and universities to improve outcomes for children and young people. We operate as an Umbrella Trust, rather than as a MAT (multi-academy trust), which means that the successful candidate will require ability to influence and negotiate with a track record of facilitating change by working through partnership and collaboration. They will have demonstrable senior leadership experience in an educational or voluntary sector setting, and the interpersonal and project management skills to inspire and deliver change across a complex organisation.

The RSA combines thought leadership with civic innovation to further human progress. Building on our 260 year history as a beacon for enlightenment values, the RSA is currently at an exciting period in its history. We provide platforms for leading experts through the UK’s most ambitious free public lecture series, our projects generate new models for tackling the social challenges of today and we are building on our network of over 29,000 Fellows around the world – these are achievers and influencers from every field with a real commitment to progressive and social change.

We offer great benefits, including 29 days holiday (plus bank holidays), additional wellbeing allowance, free fellowship throughout employment and lots more!


How to apply

To apply for this position please submit the below as two documents:

      - Your current CV

      - A covering letter clearly addressing how you meet the criteria for the role as set out in the person specification. You may address your covering letter to John Towers, Chair of RSA Academies.  Please specify where you have seen the role advertised.

The closing date for receipt of applications is midday, Monday 19th November 2018.

Interviews are expected to take place in the first week of December 2018.  

Please note that we cannot accept late, incomplete applications, and we can only consider candidates who apply through the online application process.

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