(CLOSED) Head of Outdoor Learning Service

We are looking for an enthusiastic and inclusive leader to join us as Head of the Outdoor Learning Service during an exciting time for the service.

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Message from Richard Flinton

Nationally recognised for the work it does, the North Yorkshire Outdoor Learning Service is a valued part of our education offering to young people.

Located in stunning countryside, our centres at East Barnby, near Whitby and Bewerley Park near Pateley Bridge offer excellent facilities in an environment second to none for delivering outdoor learning experiences.

The last few years’ has seen the service rapidly expand the range of activities on offer. It has also successfully moved from a funded Local Authority service to a fully traded one. That success has been based on strong links with schools, diversifying the offer, secure finances and an on-going commitment from the Council. 

Clearly, there are challenges ahead. The service needs to continue to build even closer relations with schools both in and beyond North Yorkshire, further develop as a traded service and ensure it remains flexible and agile in response to the needs of its customers. I have no doubt it has a bright future.

Yours sincerely, 

Richard Flinton, Chief Executive

About the role

Job Role: Head of Outdoor Learning Service

Salary: SM2 (£62,493 - £70,927)

Contract: Established

Hours: 37 hours per week

Location: Based at either Bewerley Park Outdoor Centre, East Barnby Outdoor Centre or County Hall. Flexibility required to travel to each Outdoor Centre weekly.

Do you have a love of the natural environment and a passion for children to experience real world adventurous activities throughout the year in a sustainable and safe environment?

We are looking for an enthusiastic, successful and inclusive leader to join us as Head of the Outdoor Learning Service to take a strategic lead during an important and exciting time for the service.

North Yorkshire’s Outdoor Learning Service operates two residential centres located in the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales and aims to deliver motivational learning in inspirational environments. It exists to enable all children and young people to participate in a range of progressive and creative outdoor learning experiences and supports schools and other groups to provide regular, frequent, enjoyable and challenging opportunities for all children.

The service provides training for adults and has responsibility for educational visits advice across the county and beyond.

The service is moving through a period of transformation that includes plans for the development of the centre at Bewerley Park as well as improvements to East Barnby. We are looking for an experienced leader who will embrace the opportunities that this change will bring, whilst maintaining and building on the excellent reputation that this long-standing, highly valued outdoor education service holds.

The two centres have their own Outdoor Learning Managers reporting to the head of service, who are responsible for a team of staff at the centre and retain their own character and expertise whilst operating within consistent systems and standards. A new Business Manager post and the Educational Visits Manager also form part of the service management team.

The service operates as full cost recovery model and we are looking for someone with business expertise to drive the Outdoor Learning Service forward, leading and directing the teams in highly competitive and commercial environment.

About You

We are looking for someone with highly developed leadership skills suited to a commercial management environment with the ability to support the development of strong high performing teams embracing an agreed vision and culture.

You will need highly effective influencing, negotiating and communication skills in order to work with a wide variety of different people and organisations.

The post holder will be expected to lead the significant development project requiring collaboration with a range of council services such as education, property, finance, and HR. As the strategic lead of outdoor learning, your influence will stretch across internal and external stakeholders. You will liaise closely with colleagues and other partners in the outdoor education arena.

You will be a corporate player, building on collaborative working across services and collectively using professional strengths to achieve shared targets.

This is an excellent opportunity to further develop your career; you will be given opportunity to develop your skills in working across a large and complex organisation.

We understand the importance of workforce development and you will be well equipped with the skills and knowledge, to effectively deliver and improve the service. As a council we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, including using modern technologies to support agile ways of working.

Living in North Yorkshire...

North Yorkshire is a thriving county that adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work. 

Photographs of Whitby Abbey and Ribblehead Viaduct.North Yorkshire's natural beauty is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Parks, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns. North Yorkshire really is a beautiful, thriving and special place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture.

North Yorkshire features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2019. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators.

Richmondshire was placed second in the list, a position boosted by excellent personal wellbeing factors (life satisfaction, happiness).

Hambleton was placed fourth and Ryedale was placed eighth, a truly commendable achievement and another incredible accolade for North Yorkshire. 

Photographs of Malham Cove and the sunset from Scarborough beach.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) March 2019 bulletin positions North Yorkshire as the safest place in England with extremely low crime rates.  

In addition, the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London/ Edinburgh is just two hours away by train. 

From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, Yorkshire has so much to offer.

As a whole North Yorkshire offers a high standard of living working in a stunning location.

Great employment opportunities for your family members along with a higher proportion of schools, which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.

Key documents

·  Job Description

·  Rewards

Key dates

· Closing date: Sunday 12th March

· Shortlisting date: Tuesday 14th March 

· Interview date: Wednesday 22nd March

An Enhanced DBS is required for this post.

We are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies. 

We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity.

References will be obtained prior to interview.

Contact us

We welcome an informal discussion if you have any questions. Please contact Amanda Newbold (Assistant Director, Education and Skills) by emailing Susan.Foster@northyorks.gov.uk

Thank you and we look forward to exploring your interest further.

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North Yorkshire Outdoor Learning Service