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Head of Professional Development

Institute of School Business Leadership
Hybrid – home/office-based (office locations in London, Coventry and Manchester)
£45,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience
Closing date
14 Nov 2021

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Job Details

Job title: Head of Professional Development

Contract status: Permanent

Hours of work: Full-time – 37 hours per week (job share will be considered)

Salary: £45,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience (salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance)

Location: Hybrid working – with office locations in London, Coventry and Manchester
(we anticipate a weekly split of 2 days in the office and 3 days working remotely, but this is negotiable)

Role requires travel

Responsible to: Operations Director

Line reports: Training Coordinator

Job outline:

This is a new post arising out of a recent review of our organisational design. The post-holder will be expected to shape provision of the Institute’s training and development activities, which should be developed to meet the ISBL Professional Standards.

Critical to the role will be the development of strong working relationships with government agencies, further education providers, apprenticeship organisations, other education agencies, national associations, regional groups and the wider ISBL memberships to establish areas of priority and to determine the current and future needs of the school business profession.

The post-holder will provide the central point for the planning, organisation and delivery of the professional development initiatives and training offer delivered by or on behalf of the Institute.

ISBL has already formed strong partnerships with other leading professional body organisations to develop a recognised suite of specialist leader accredited programmes, apprenticeship routes and webinar content. This includes the development of a unique Integrated and Curriculum Financial Planning (ICFP) tool called I-SOT, which underpins the principles around many of our training programmes.

The immediate priority for the post-holder will be to further develop the suite of programmes to provide a range of accessible qualifications appropriate for all school business professionals from entry level through to executive leadership. The biggest areas of growth over the next five years will be supporting entrants to the profession and further professional development for those aspiring to specialist roles as we see the further expansion of multi-academy trusts.

About you

You will have an agile approach to project management, enjoy the challenges of managing multiple projects with competing deadlines, and thrive in a dynamic and adaptive environment. You will ideally have knowledge and expertise in successfully bidding for contracts and be capable of mobilising these at speed and within strict budgets.


Please see the attached document for further details, including main duties and responsibilities and the person specification for this role.

To apply, please submit your CV along with a covering note detailing your suitability for the role.


The Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) is the only dedicated professional body for school business practitioners. ISBL is committed to the continuous improvement and leadership development of practitioners. We act to ensure the suitability, sufficiency and sustainability of the school business profession, and we advocate for its enhanced status.

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024 76 231221
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West Midlands
United Kingdom
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