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​​Do you want to make a positive contribution to the future of Scotland’s children and young people by helping to shape and influence the direction of education across the country, ensuring every learner has the chance to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background?

Then we want to hear from you.

With an enhanced remit, a new Chief Executive and a commitment to increased inspection activity, these are exciting times at Education Scotland. And now, we are recruiting enthusiastic and committed professionals to help us ensure Scotland is the best place for learners of all ages.

If you want a job that makes a real difference and puts the future of children and young people at the heart of your work, we’d love to hear from you as we write the next chapter of Scotland’s education story.

We will shortly be recruiting for Strategic Directors, to lead the change and help shape a future Education Scotland, so please check soon for further opportunities with us.

Take a look at our vacancies below.

Assistant Directors - Education Programmes

Salary: £67,761 - £70,074
Working p​attern: This is a full time vacancy, however applications from people wishing to work an alternative working pattern will be considered.
Location: Various locations across Scotland - Glasgow, Livingston and Dundee.​

We are looking for highly motivated and dynamic individuals to join our senior leadership team. The Assistant Director role has responsibility for ensuring the effective design, delivery and further development of a set of programmes which will further Education Scotland’s strategic objectives. The post holders will be responsible for developing and leading delivery of a sub-set of our externally-focused service delivery programmes across a range of sectors. This involves managing risks and resources and ensuring that our activity makes a significant contribution to improving Scottish education. The post holders will also provide strategic input to the development of the wider education and children's services system, working with partners to drive improvement and maximise the added value of Education Scotland in the system.

The post holders​ will support the relevant Strategic Director in developing strategy and in articulating and disseminating that strategy across the organisation.

These are specialist educational leadership roles in a high profile area which is subject to intense scrutiny. The ability to exercise sound judgement, operate and use tact and diplomacy in handling key stakeholders is critical.​​

For more information, and details of how to apply for this post, please visit

Closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 13 May 2018.


​Assistant Director

A highly motivated and dynamic individual is required to join our senior leadership team. Working to a broad remit, the Assistant Director will have responsibility for operational management and effective delivery of our inspection and review functions. Over time, the Assistant Director may have responsibility for other areas of Education Scotland’s work.

Attainment Advisors

Attainment Advisors undertake a range of activities to promote equity and raise attainment and achievement. Experience in a senior leadership role, a track record of delivering improved outcomes for learners, making best use of data and the ability to work well in teams and with colleagues at all levels in a support and challenge role are essential requirements for this challenging and rewarding role.

HM Inspectors of Education

HM Inspectors of Education (HMI) undertake inspections or reviews alongside other strategic development work and scrutiny activity. As an HMI, you will drive improvement in standards and quality through evaluative activities, dissemination of good practice and building capacity in the system for improvement.

You will operate with impartiality, fairness and diplomacy. As an HMI you will have significant experience in a senior leadership role and a strong track record of improving outcomes for learners.

We are especially interested in expertise in the following areas:

  • Early Learning and Childcare
  • Primary
  • Secondary

Senior Education Officers

Senior Education Officers lead the development and review of work in a specific area of education. You will have considerable experience of leading and overseeing significant education projects and programmes, strong leadership and management skills and a significant track record in leading improvements and change to achieve ambitious results.

Vacancies exist in the following key areas:

  • Literacy and English
  • Numeracy and Mathematics
  • Curriculum Leadership
  • National Improvement Framework
  • Developing the Young Workforce
  • Inclusion, Wellbeing and Equality

Education Officers

Education Officers are responsible for managing and delivering key projects in a specific 3-18 curriculum area or other cross-cutting theme, area or aspect of educational provision or practice. With experience of planning and delivering major projects and initiatives, you will have excellent communication skills and a proven track record of successful engagement with partners and key stakeholders.

Vacancies exist in the following key areas:

  • Additional Support for Learning
  • Equality
  • Rights Support and Wellbeing
  • Literacy and English
  • Numeracy and Mathematics
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • STEM
  • Developing the Young Workforce
  • Early Learning and Childcare
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • National Improvement Framework

Development Officers

Development Officers work with colleagues throughout the education system, Scottish Government and other national organisations to develop, promote and support effective and innovative approaches within specialist areas.

Working in teams led by Senior Education Officers, we are seeking Development Officers in the following areas:

  • Sustainability
  • 1+2 Languages

For more information, and details of how to apply for any of the above posts, please visit

The closing date for applications is 10:30 am on Monday 23​ April 2018.

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