Director of People
Are you a people person? If you're good at influencing people, developing organisational ethos and culture, driving progress, and have strong experience in developing rewarding places of work, then we could share similar values and vision: we'd like to hear from you to find out more.
The Harris Federation is the leading large multi-academy trust in England for primary and secondary education. Working in areas of high deprivation, our academies are making a huge difference to the life chances of many thousands of young people. With 50 academies in and around London, almost 5,000 staff and 38,000 students, we are a successful and thriving organisation.
We have created the brand new position of Director of People, and we are interested to hear from experienced and accomplished HR professionals who understand the importance of education and developing talent. The position requires an individual who can both work strategically and take a hands-on, practical and action-oriented approach. Based in our East Croydon head office, you will work closely with fellow Directors and the wider management team to develop our people strategy, promote our values, and help shape our culture.
About our Culture
Our people are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level from beginner teachers to executive leaders. All our academy locations are within a commutable distance of each other giving our staff access a close supportive and collaborative network of senior leaders, mentors and specialists.
Overview of Responsibilities
As our new Director of People, you will keep our people focused, productive and engaged so that the Federation can continue to grow, attract top talent, develop the skills of its staff and further evolve its inclusive culture. The postholder will report directly to the Chief Executive and will be responsible for the design, development and effective implementation of all workforce, education, training and organisational development strategies. As our Director or People you will be expected to:
- Develop, implement and oversee a Federation-wide human resource strategy consistent with best practice, and implement HR initiatives in line with the Federation's objectives
- Lead the Federation's HR department, spanning learning and development, employee engagement, compensation and benefits, talent management, HR information systems (HRIS) and department financial planning
- Monitor and develop the Federation's equalities policy and practice as it relates to staff
- Ensure effective processes are in place to enable change management processes and restructurings
- Establish and maintain appropriate HR policies and conditions of service and working practices, monitoring adherence and effectiveness
- Oversee a rapid programme of opening academies and TUPE projects from an HR perspective, including Trade Union consultation
- Manage the provision of appropriate management information reports for HR data to all levels of management
- Ensure the provision of a high quality occupational health service.
- Liaise closely with Principals on safeguarding issues to ensure, as a minimum, compliance with the legislative framework and guidance around safer recruitment, and keeping abreast of developments in this area
- Support senior colleagues in determining and delivering the vision and strategic goals of the Federation
Get in Touch
Please send your CV to Harry Bond, Head of Talent
For questions about the position, or to arrange an informal confidential discussion with Sir Dan Moynihan, Chief Executive, please contact Harry Bond, Head of Talent, via e-mail Harry.Bond@harrisfederation.org.uk or call 07809 321 257.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Why work for Harris?
Our culture is grounded in finding ways to say ‘yes’ for what works best for you in your academy, department or classroom. In building a thriving hub of expert practitioners, school leaders and outstanding school networks, we recognise efforts and deliver highly impactful support and development directly back into our people and academies.
At Harris Federation, we are in this together. Our people are at the centre of cultivating a fairer, brighter future for all the young people we serve. Benefit from a vast network of practitioners, dedicated staff and aspirational peers to pool knowledge, collaborate and inspire with. Investing in our people is a dedicated practice here at Harris which is why we provide a diverse range of opportunities for any aspiring leader to train, develop and grow.
Our Central Team
Our central team comprises of a dedicated, driven group of departments working centrally to provide support across the Federation and all 48 of our academies. Across a multitude of key departments, we maintain an outstanding body of staff all integral to supporting central and academy finance, HR, Data, Estates management, Talent and many more. We look for dedicated experts in their fields to support the . If you are a committed leader in your role and would like to join the administration and operational development of a highly successful multi-academy trust, then this may be the opportunity for you.
Please download the Job Pack for full details on the job responsibilities and person specification. You will need this when completing your online application.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact us via e-mail, or call to arrange a conversation.
Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and this job may be withdrawn without notice. Applications will only be considered if submitted online and before the closing deadline. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
Our Benefits Package
In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package.
Being a part of the Harris Federation
We are recognised as the top performing large multi-academy trust in England for primary and secondary education. Closing the gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers has always been a core mission of Harris. Holding a reputation for bringing transformative approaches to education, we hold a unrivalled track record in achieving success through rapid school improvement.
Our people are at the heart of this success. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of training programmes available at every stage of your career.
We look for talented individuals who share our vision for creating exceptional places of learning, and are committed to ensuring that every child in London has access to the best possible education.
The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants.
Diversity and Equality
We are committed to equality and to valuing diversity as an employer and a provider of education.