Director of Operations
Founded in 1432, Sevenoaks enjoys a global reputation as a centre of academic excellence and a flagship school for the International Baccalaureate. A co-educational day and boarding school, it offers a stimulating, intellectually demanding and balanced education for about 350 pupils from the age of 11 to 18. In 2018, the School was awarded the accolade of the Sunday Times Independent School of the Year.
The Director of Operations is a new position within the experienced senior leadership team and will play a significant role in the leadership, management and delivery of the support operations. Reporting into the Bursar, this individual will be responsible for the smooth and safe operation of the busy campus, ensuring the needs of pupils, staff, external hirers, community and other visitors are met. He or she will be responsible for the leadership and strategic development of a diverse range of key areas, including the main school office, marketing and communications, health & safety, catering, security, domestic services, transport, the Summer Programmes and the operations of significant buildings such as the Performing Arts Centre and Science & Technology.
Ideal candidates will demonstrate first class skills in developing and managing people, and building service-oriented teams as well as having a good knowledge of marketing and communications, event management, health and safety, contract negotiation and employment issues. Proven experience of management at a senior level, demonstrating excellent strategic, organisational and business acumen are essential as is the ability to demonstrate working as a key member of a leadership group, but with a collaborative and supportive manner with colleagues of all levels. Experience within a school or education environment isn’t essential but an appreciation for the independent sector is required.
Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Sevenoaks School on this appointment. Candidates can find out more from the Saxton Bampfylde website using the reference NABACA. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Thursday 19th July 2018.
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. Sevenoaks is an Equal Opportunities employer.