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Website Ofqual

Director of Communications, Ofqual
Location: Coventry
Salary: £80,000 max
Closing date: 1 November 2020.

OfqualAs England’s independent regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments Ofqual’s job is to maintain standards, to make sure that qualifications accurately reflect the knowledge and skills people have attained through a range of different learning methods.

We work with other Civil Service departments across the spectrum of education to deliver on our priorities and to ensure the best possible outcomes for learners in England.

We are actively involved in the transformation of the technical education landscape in England. We use our expertise and regulatory powers to secure the validity of, and promote public confidence in, qualifications the government introduces to meet England’s needs.

Ofqual is currently undergoing a significant period of growth as we take on our expanded role in the external quality assurance of Apprenticeships and continue to deal with challenges presented by Covid-19.

The Director of Communications will play a pivotal role in Ofqual’s new chapter. We are looking for an accomplished leader with the ability to inspire and engage a high performing team and provide expert advice to the Chief Regulator.

You will almost certainly have an appetite for developing people, using new approaches and behaviour to create an environment that encourages challenge and innovation, as well as professional expertise and an astute awareness of the wider education and training landscape.

The Communications team is made up of approximately 10 staff and is responsible for media relations, internal communication, publishing, digital communication and consultation.

The Director of Communications is a member of the Senior Management Group and will regularly attend board meetings to advise on communications.

Ofqual is a rewarding, dynamic place to work. The team strongly encourages flexible working and personal learning & development.

Diversity and Inclusion is important to us.

We actively encourage applications both from those within the Civil Service, and outside. We particularly encourage applications from those of a BAME background and those with disabilities, who are currently under-represented within Ofqual at this level.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

Whatever your background or ethnicity please feel very welcome to apply!

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How to apply and further information


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Closing date: Sunday 1st November 2020 @ 23:55pm.

Interview date: 16th – 17th November 2020 (subject to change)

We might also ask you to complete a task or presentation on the day of your interview. We’ll provide more information after shortlisting.

We have the opportunity here, through our investment in IT, to offer a very flexible range of ways to meet you for interview. Ofqual employees are now working remotely due to the current guidance in relation to COVID-19.

As a result, you may be asked to use digital tools as your application progresses. If so, one of our resourcing colleagues will be on hand to answers any queries you may have throughout the process.

Thank you for your understanding at this time.


Terms and conditions of employment



Please note that this post is open on a permanent, full time basis. However, part-time and job share may be considered due to business needs.

The grade of the role is SCS1.


The salary range for this role is Up to £80,000.


The role will be based in Coventry.  

Hours of work  

The successful post holder will be required to work a minimum of 36 hours, excluding lunch breaks. You will be required to work such additional hours as is reasonable and necessary for the efficient performance of your duties.  


There is a probationary period of six months for all new entrants. Subject to satisfactory performance, the post holder will be transferred to permanent establishment at the end of their probation.  

Annual leave  

On appointment the post holder will be entitled to 40.5 days annual leave.  


On appointment, you are eligible to join the Civil Service Pension. The Civil Service offers a choice of defined benefit and stakeholder pensions, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best. We offer you a choice of two types of pension.


To learn more about the Civil Service Pension schemes, please follow the link 


Ofqual benefits 


We also offer a range of additional benefits. These include:  


  • cycle-to-work scheme;
  • season ticket loan for travel between home and office;
  • flexible working arrangements;
  • fees paid for membership of relevant professional bodies;
  • regular professional development;
  • health and wellbeing initiatives; and
  • free eye tests and contribution towards lenses/spectacles
  • for VDU users, if appropriate
  • Charity giving
  • Access to exclusive discounts.


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