Policy & External Affairs Manager

  • Location: LONDON
  • Salary: £COMPETITIVE
  • Ref: AZ-2001-7204
  • 2019-11-28T00:00:00+00:00
  • Ellwood Atfield
  • Permanent

Lead policy and engagement on all general qualifications across JCQ

The organisation

The Joint Council for Qualifications is a membership organisation comprising the eight largest providers of qualifications in the UK. The JCQ provides a single voice for its members on issues of examination administration and, when appropriate, qualification and wider education policy. 

Their main objective is the advancement of public education by enabling their members to act together in:

  • providing, wherever possible, common administrative arrangements for examinations thereby reducing bureaucracy for schools and colleges
  • responding to proposals from the regulators, Government and other stakeholders
  • communicating with a single voice to the media and other interested parties.

The opportunity

JCQ’s Policy & External Affairs Manager reports to the Director General and also works closely with members, proactively leading the development and communication of a range of policy issues, steering opinion and influencing key stakeholders on behalf of JCQ’s member Awarding Organisations (AOs). Initially there will be two key objectives: to develop the JCQ’s vocational and technical policies; and work with the DG on policy relating to malpractice in GQ and VQ qualifications.

Main responsibilities

  • To work with the DG to develop, implement and lead on JCQ’s strategy for technical and vocational qualification, developing and maintaining appropriate links with JCQ member representatives.
  • To pro-actively develop and lead policy on all general qualifications across JCQ, in close consultation with member AOs and informed by the JCQ Board and the JCQ Committee structure
  • To coordinate JCQ’s response to consultations by Governments and regulators across the UK
  • To develop constructive and collaborative partnerships with external stakeholders wherever possible, including with regulators and Government departments
  • To represent JCQ with external stakeholders at events and meetings including relevant external committees and groups as required as well as senior staff contacts at DfE, Ofqual, IfATE, ESFA and others as required
  • To service and support relevant JCQ Committees, including organising meetings and making notes as required, identifying actions and turning them into agreed actions.

Key skills and experience required

The Policy & External Affairs Manager will have relevant experience of policy development and implementation in an education environment, with a good understanding of Government, Parliament and stakeholder engagement. Experience of an exam awarding environment is desirable, although not essential.

For more information, or to apply for the Policy & External Affairs Manager position, please forward a copy of your CV by clicking on the 'Apply' button quoting the reference number AZ-2001-7204.


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