Professional Development Officer

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
11 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
24 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Professional Development Officer

Work Area   Scotland's National Centre for Languages (SCILT) (
Faculty   Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (
Staff Category    Teaching
Reference No    207035
Reports To    Director
Grade:    8
Salary Range:    £40792 - £50132
Contract Type:    Fixed Term (Until 31 March 2020)
FTE    1 (35 hours/week)
Closing Date    24/04/2019 

SCILT requires two Professional Development Officers to support secondary schools in the learning and teaching of languages across Scotland. This is an exciting opportunity to work at national level and drive forward the strategic languages agenda in Scotland.  

The Professional Development Officer will be responsible for developing and delivering a broad range of support measures for teachers of languages. This would include, for example, leading professional learning, managing projects, national awards/competitions and other promotional events. 

It is expected that the post holder will support practitioners to turn policy into practice to create a positive impact on learners. This will be based on identification of practitioners’ needs, with particular reference to the aims of the National Improvement Framework and the 1+2 languages policy. The post holder would need extensive experience of leading recent modern language initiatives in a secondary school context. Established expertise in dynamic approaches to learning, teaching and assessment is essential. The post holder should also have a sound knowledge of current education policies and recent changes to SQA requirements.

Ideally, the post holder will have experience of external partnership working with the aim of developing creativity in languages and will be competent in the use of digital technologies. The successful candidate will have the ability to work not only on her/his own initiative but also as part of a team. Excellent organisational, ICT and communication skills are essential.

The post holder will report to the Director of the Centre. 

The post is initially until the end of March 2020, preferably on a seconded basis.  

Applicants are required to complete an application form including the name of three referees who will be contacted before interview without further permission, unless you indicate that you would prefer otherwise. Applicants should also submit a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter detailing the knowledge, skills and experience you think make you the right candidate for the job. Applicants should also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. 

Further information on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website (

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Fhiona Mackay, Director (  

Formal interviews for this post will be held on 01/05/2019.

We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. 

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