We are looking for a Personal Assistant to support the Director of Secondary Education within the Harris Federation central team. Harris operates 25 secondary schools educating some 26,000 young people. The Harris Federation Secondary Director leads a team of professionals providing support and challenge to our growing group of secondary Academies.
We specialise in taking over and making a success of underperforming schools in disadvantaged areas. If you want a role where you can make a real difference this could be for you.
The post is office based at our central offices at East Croydon. It is a fast paced, varied and interesting environment. No previous expertise in an educational environment is required as training will be provided as necessary. As an employee with the Harris Federation, you will receive a generous benefits package, including performance and loyalty bonus, pension scheme (LGPS), Harris wellbeing cash plan and additional Harris benefits.
You should have the ability to help build the commitment of all stakeholders to a culture of constant excellence that will put learning first. You will also need:
- General administration experience, with advanced MS Word, Excel and Outlook skills;
- The ability to communicate with a wide range of people, both orally and using written communication;
- The ability to manage your own time effectively and prioritise work in a demanding environment;
- The ability to work effectively within a team;
- To be a professional who understands the need for discretion and confidentiality.
For a full job description and person specification, please download the Applicant Pack.
Why work for the Harris Federation?
The Harris Federation is a top performing Multi Academy Trust with an established track record in school improvement, and at the forefront of developing exceptional practitioners and senior leaders. The Federation provides a highly supportive network of Academies, Executives Leaders, Principals and mentors to help develop and progress your career.
Professional development and collaboration are key to our success, and we provide top quality training at every level from Beginner Teachers to Executive Leaders. We invest in our staff with coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of training programmes, delivered by our Teaching School Alliance. Two Harris academies hold Teaching School status and Harris also runs the highly successful London Thames Maths Hub, as well as working in partnership with a number of external organisations.
The Harris Federation offers exceptional opportunities for personal and professional development. No matter what stage you are at or what job you do, we will support and develop your skills, with our Teaching School delivering outstanding courses for staff at every level.
Harris is a Federation and not a chain; each academy is different, reflecting the particular aspirations and leadership style of its Principal. All of our primary and secondary academies are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and we are recognised for transforming the life chances of the children that we educate.
We look for talented individuals who want to help transform education in London, and create exceptional places of learning.
Please note: academies may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and this job may be withdrawn at any point without notice. You will still be able to add information until the closing date, but you will not be able to submit your application. With this in mind, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Harris academies are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. In line with our commitments to safeguarding, the Harris Federation uses preferred agencies and is unable to work with any agencies where Terms of Business have not been agreed by both parties prior to an engagement.
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