Deputy Director for Digital Strategy in Education

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Closing Date: 14/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary £71,000
Company Department for Education

Job Description


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Key Dates:-

  • Vacancy Close:- Sun 14th Aug, 11:55pm.
  • Sift:- likely to take place from w/c Mon 15th Aug.
  • Staff Engagement Exercise:- likely to be Tue 30th Aug.
  • Interviews:- likely to take place from Thu 8th – Mon 13th Sep.

    These dates are for guidance only and may be subject to change.

    These are exciting times at the Department for Education. Throughout 2022, we’ll continue to build services for all our users – children, adults, and those in social care. Our diverse and inclusive culture reflects the society we live in, helping us to achieve better outcomes for all. See what our team have to say below:-

    We work in multi-disciplinary teams using Agile methods to innovate and radically improve services that:

  • Raise standards of education.
  • Provide the best start in life for children.
  • Drive economic growth.
  • Support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people.

    You can read more about our strategy on the DfE digital and technology strategy blog by visiting our LinkedIn page or by following us on Twitter @DfE_DigitalTech .

Job description

This is an exciting job-share role leading the Digital Strategy Division. This role sits within the Customer Experience Digital and Technology directorate (CXDT). The team is responsible for the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) strategy and policy for our education sectors.

With your job-share partner who is already in post, you will be responsible for a team of about 30 including 5 direct reports. The role includes strategy, policy and delivery, working in multi-disciplinary teams to deliver across a range of user needs in relation to technology for the sector.

You will oversee delivery of our published commitments to ‘fix the basics’ around infrastructure in schools, particularly to deliver Broadband and Connectivity in priority schools and deliver a suite of digital, data and technology standards for schools and colleges. These commitments were set out in the recent “Schools White Paper” and “School Resource Management” Strategy. You will develop the programme of work around building an evidence base to support technology use in schools. In addition to delivering current activity, you will be responsible for developing and advising ministers on a more comprehensive strategy to ensure all education and care sectors are able to take advantage of the opportunities technology presents.

As a policy leader in DDaT you will also provide policy input and co-lead a new digital services strategy which includes greater personalisation of our digital offer to schools. You will also support wider DDaT work to upskill, share knowledge and nudge the department towards a more sophisticated approach to technology. This is a challenging and rewarding role playing a key part in digital transformation across the education ecosystem.

The role includes:-

  • Strategy and policy development.
  • Cross-cutting programme delivery through multi-disciplinary teams
  • Significant Ministerial and stakeholder engagement.
  • Budget and contract management.


As Deputy Director for Digital Strategy in Education, you will:-

  • Lead the development of strategies, business cases and sector-wide change approaches to improve outcomes for users.
  • Develop common standards for digital and technology in schools and colleges.
  • Define and set the support offer for schools and colleges to meet those common standards.
  • Oversee delivery programmes to level-up basic connectivity and technology infrastructure for schools in the worst conditions.
  • Define and set the digital capability of our frontline workforce.
  • Support the delivery of school efficiency savings as part of the School Resource Management portfolio.
  • Determine how to meet commitments to increase the evidence base in relation to education technology.
  • Develop and implement departmental Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for digital maturity in our sectors.
  • Maintain strong governance and management structures to meet KPIs.

    Essential Criteria

  • Significant experience of successful policy development and delivery of programmes in a complex environment.
  • Experience of being an inspiring and inclusive senior leader, with evidence of having built diverse teams and respected relationships at all levels.
  • Experience of working with education technology.
  • A strong ability to influence with impact and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, including representing the Business at industry events.
  • Experience of developing strategies, business cases and sector-wide change approaches that improve outcomes for our users.
  • Experience of strategic thinking with the ability to influence and innovate change.
  • Experience of working under pressure, with the ability to make decisions and deliver deadlines, including challenging advice and recommendations from others.

    Please note:-
    Should we receive a large volume of applications, candidates may only be sifted on the first two essential criteria.

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