Professional Development Officer (Confucius Institute)

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
£39,992 - £49,149
25 May 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Professional Development Officer (Confucius Institute)

Unit   Scotland's National Centre for Languages (SCILT (
Faculty   Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (
Staff Category    Teaching
Reference No    127938
Reports To    Fan Lin
Grade:    8
Salary Range:    £39,992 - £49,149
Contract Type:    Fixed term until March 2019
FTE:    1 (35 hours/week)
Closing Date    Tuesday 19 June 2018 

Job Advert 

The Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools, based within Scotland’s National Centre for Languages, requires a Professional Development Officer to support its network of Confucius Classroom hubs. There are currently 44 hubs (with a further 3 pending approval) across Scotland, including secondary, primary and specialist hubs. This is an exciting opportunity to work at a 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 to develop the learning and teaching of Mandarin in Scottish schools and communities. This would include, for example, leading professional learning workshops and managing projects such as national awards/competitions and other promotional events.

In particular, support the work of the new primary and specialist hubs. 
It is expected that the post holder will support practitioners to turn policy into practice in order to create a positive impact on learners. This will be based on identification of practitioners’ needs, with particular reference to the place of Mandarin within the “1+2” languages policy and Curriculum for Excellence. The post holder would, therefore, need extensive experience of leading recent initiatives that include the learning and teaching of Mandarin and Chinese culture. A sound knowledge of the curriculum in both primary and secondary sectors is also essential.  Ideally s/he will be able to demonstrate experience of external partnership working both at home (parents, community, business, FE/HE) and abroad.  The successful candidate will have the ability to work not only on her/his own initiative but also as part of a team and excellent organisational, ICT and communication skills are essential.  Please note, the successful candidate need not be a fluent Mandarin speaker but should be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the design principles of the Scottish curriculum and have a record of leading innovation in language learning at school, cluster or local authority level.

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

The post is until March 2019 in the first instance, on a seconded or fixed term basis, with a strong expectation that this will be extended.

Job Description 

Brief Outline of Job:

The postholder will be responsible for developing and delivering a broad range of support measures for practitioners and managers to develop the learning and teaching of Mandarin in Scottish schools and communities through the strategic implementation of the 1+2 policy and its place in the National Improvement Framework.

Main Activities/Responsibilities:

1.    Lead the development and delivery of a wide range of support measures for Mandarin practitioners, school managers and local authorities.  Given the recent innovations in Scottish education, a large element of this post will involve dedicated support for practitioners and managers in planning for effective change.
2.    To develop and deliver career-long professional learning workshops tailored to local needs and delivered at regional level. In addition, the post will involve the identification of examples of good practice in language education, dissemination of this good practice and contribution to SCILT/CISS knowledge exchange events.  
3.    To keep abreast of current developments in Scottish and international education pertinent to Mandarin, as well as relevant educational research.  The post holder will be expected to provide regular updates for language teachers using a wide variety of media, such as newsletters, webpages, social networking sites and the Scottish schools’ intranet, Glow.
4.    To lead existing projects and develop a range of new initiatives that support and encourage Chinese language learning.
5.    To support the learning and teaching of Chinese language and culture in communities in Scotland through the hub network, building effective relationships and partnerships with new and existing stakeholders.
6.    To travel around Scotland and sometimes further afield, including China.

Person Specification 

Educational and/or Professional Qualifications
(E=Essential, i.e. a candidate must meet all essential criteria to be considered for selection, D=Desirable)
E1 A relevant degree.
E2 A GTCS-recognised teaching qualification
E3 A demonstrated commitment to Career Long Professional Learning


E4 Recent experience of leading modern languages including Mandarin
E5 Knowledge and understanding of the development and activities of CISS and the Confucius Classroom hubs
E6 A demonstrated willingness to learn about Chinese language and culture
E7 A thorough knowledge and understanding of Curriculum for Excellence within the context of modern languages, and how this is translated into practice in Scottish schools
E8 A sound grasp of recent policy and educational drivers in Scotland
D1 Experience of leading projects and initiatives at whole school or local authority level
D2 Experience of developing or supporting partnerships with, for example, business, FE/HE and building international links
Job Related Skills and Achievements
E9 Strong ICT skills with an excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office
D3 Sound knowledge of Glow and how ICT supports learning, for example use of an interactive whiteboard, apps etc
E10 The confidence and ability to deliver presentations and facilitate professional dialogue both with practitioners and with decision makers
E11 Strong organisational, planning and problem-solving skills with the ability to work to tight deadlines
E12 A proven track record of partnership working

Personal Attributes 

E13 A good team player who is able to build and sustain professional relationships/ communities of practice
E14 Able to adapt, work flexibly and show initiative in times of peak activity
E15 Able to think creatively and demonstrate a can-do and solution-focused attitude

Other Relevant Factors 

E16 Knowledge of key research and information regarding language learning from across the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond, particularly China

Application Procedure

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.

Other Information 

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 Fan Lin , Depute Director ( 444 8168).  

Rewards and Benefits

Our staff have access to a wide range of outstanding benefits that include financial rewards, family friendly and wellbeing benefits and career development opportunities, details of which can be found here.

Conditions of Employment 

Conditions of employment relating to the Teaching staff category can be found at: Conditions of Employment.

Pre-employment health screening 

An offer of appointment will be subject to a medical assessment by Occupational Health. An individual who accepts an offer of employment must complete a confidential medical questionnaire and forward it to the Occupational Health Nurse within 5 days of receipt. If further information is required the individual may be contacted by the OHN or a Medical Advisor and a personal appointment with the individual may be arranged. An unconditional contract of employment will not be issued until Human Resources receives confirmation that applicant is fit to undertake the duties of the post.


Where applicable, the successful applicant will be required to serve a 12 month probationary period.


The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding this scheme is available from Payroll and Pensions.


Where applicable, the University offers a relocation package to support new employees who meet the eligibility criteria. The relocation package is offered as a contribution towards costs incurred, and is designed to be flexible, allowing staff to use the financial support available in the way that will be most helpful to them. Further details are outlined in the Relocation Policy.


Formal interviews for this post will be held on Thursday, 28 June 2018

Equality and Diversity

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

The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

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