Head of Education, Judicial Institute

Contract Type
Practice Area
Criminal Court Work
Edinburgh (remote)
Starting £48,662 per annum
0-2 yrs, 3 -4 yrs, 5+ yrs
We are looking for a Head of Education to lead the development of the Judicial Institute’s programme.

Job Description

  • Location: Central Edinburgh, (with remote working during Covid, and the possibility of flexible work patterns) 
  • Contract type:  Permanent, subject to satisfactory completion of probationary period.
  • Hours of work: Full time
  • Number of posts: 1
  • Starting salary from: £48,662 per annum

The Judicial Institute is a world-leading organisation dedicated to the provision of education to Scottish judicial office holders – judges, Sheriffs and summary Sheriffs, Justices of the Peace and Tribunal members.  It plays a critical part in the administration of justice in Scotland, ensuring we have a modern, responsive, well-informed and skilful judiciary.  Further information about the Judicial Institute and its work can be found at https://www.judiciary.scot/home/publications/judicial-institute.  

We are looking for a Head of Education to lead the development of the Judicial Institute’s programme as it continues to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic, and at a time when law and practice in the courts and tribunals continues to change at a very fast pace.  The Head of Education will be the senior official in the Institute, leading a substantial team of highly skilled and dedicated staff, and acting as the principal adviser to the Director and Deputy Director (who are both Sheriffs) and to the JI’s Board, chaired by a Senator of the College of Justice.   

Outline of candidate profile 

The successful candidate will be an excellent leader, with a clear understanding of adult education theory and practice, particularly in respect of the education and training of professionals.  You will combine creativity and innovative thinking with strong skills in managing teams, projects, budgets and strategic plans. You will also have the ability to motivate others and to gain the trust and respect of senior professionals.   This is an opportunity to play a major part in helping Scotland and its justice system meet the challenges of the pandemic and the demands of an ever-changing society.

Candidates will be expected to have a graduate or postgraduate qualification in Adult and/or Legal Education, or advanced workplace training in this field

In return we offer an interesting work environment, flexible working arrangements; various policies aimed at helping you balance the needs of your work and home life, exclusive offers and discounts, access to funding for further education, vocational qualification, 25 days holiday entitlement, 11.5 days Public and Privilege holidays and a civil service pension. Opportunities for career progression are also excellent.

If you are interested in this challenging and rewarding opportunity, you may apply online at http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/recruitment. For further information on the post please contact Tim Barraclough at tbarraclough@scotcourts.gov.uk.

The closing date for the post is Friday 5 March 2021

Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 22 March 2021

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union work in partnership so we have open, collaborative and positive working environments, that make SCTS a great place to work, learn and develop, engaging fully with fair work principles and encouraging membership of our recognised trade union PCS.

By virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusion and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2013 (as amended), the protections of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) are disapplied to this appointment in the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service. This permits us to ask applicants to disclose details of all unspent convictions, unspent cautions (from England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and spent convictions for an offence listed in Schedule A1 of the 2013 Order but only if: 15 years have not elapsed since the date of your conviction if you were aged 18 or over on that date; or 7 years and 6 months have not elapsed since the date of your conviction if you were under 18 on that date.  Any spent conviction that is a ‘protected conviction’ does not require to be disclosed.  Individuals without existing security clearance will require a standard level Disclosure check completed before employment can commence.  Further information on the different types of convictions that should be disclosed in this application form and which are included in a Standard Disclosure can be found at https://www.mygov.scot/standard-disclosure/.