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Responsible to

Head of DANCOP


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£37,815 to £40,611 per annum

Closing date

Wednesday 27 October 2021

Contract type

Fixed term contract until 31/10/2022

Post type




About the role

We have an excellent opportunity for a strategic and motivated leader to join the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme (DANCOP) in the critical role of Deputy Head.  

DANCOP is one of 29 partnerships within Uni Connect, an Office for Students funded programme that aims to:

Established in 2017, the Uni Connect programme moved to Phase 3 in August 2021; this phase will run until July 2025, subject to an annual consultation and funding process.

As the Deputy Head, your role will be fundamental in supporting the Head of DANCOP to manage, develop and deliver the programme; ensuring strong leadership of the DANCOP team, as well as excellent networks and relationships with our partners and stakeholders. 

You’ll have line management responsibility for the Operations Manager and the Data and Research Manager and will work to ensure that all deliverables are achieved on schedule and efficiently. 

This is a hybrid role, split between onsite work, external meetings where required, and remote working.

Please note, if you are interested in this role as a potential secondment opportunity, please ensure that your current line manager is aware of your intention to apply and discuss whether or not the secondment will be supported.

Principal accountabilities

  1. Working closely with the Head of DANCOP in support of the management, development and delivery of the programme.  This may include consultation with schools and colleges; development and analysis of relevant management information; negotiation with HE partners and other stakeholders; business planning and drafting budgets.
  2. Provide strong management and leadership through: setting objectives and carrying out appraisals, developing staff, and managing performance of the Operations Manager and the Data & Research Manager; motivating the team to achieve targets, milestones, and key performance indicators; supporting them to achieve this; ensuring that processes are robust and fit for purpose, suggesting, and making changes where necessary.
  3. Building relationships and supporting the performance of DANCOP-funded roles in partner institutions.
  4. Building networks and relationships to support the aims of DANCOP and Uni Connect e.g. working with both D2N2, the Derby Opportunity Area, Careers Enterprise Company etc and also not for profit organisations who may benefit from the strategic outreach work of DANCOP
  5. Support with the management of tasks and strategies relating to contracting, quality, monitoring and evaluation. This will include: working with Legal Services, lead on procurement and contracting for all Partner and third parties and DANCOP; developing quality management processes, systems and working practice, and directing others to develop these as required; in consultation with the steering group and evaluation partners, developing and implementing mechanisms to monitor/evaluate project activity and budget spend; analysing and interpreting data and preparing reports, supervising and/or liaising with others as appropriate.
  6. Provide strong leaderhsip for the DANCOP team by: acting as a support to the Head of DANCOP, deputising at meetings where required and sharing actions arising from Governance Board and Steering Group; ensuring there is strong cross-functional oversight of all teams and assist the Head in developing relationships across the partnership; ensuring that DANCOP meets the requirements set by the funder as well as the specific objectives set by the Governance Board and Steering Group. This includes supporting the review, transition and implementation of any revised strategic or operational plans and structures; producing reports and other information as required; managing and reporting on expenditure, including producing a monthly funding profile; and facilitating the production and dissemination of evaluation results; acting professionally and with discretion in supporting with the development of plans for DANCOP.
  7. Represent DANCOP at identified meetings, conferences and committees, making value judgements and influencing agendas where appropriate.
  8. Keep abreast of professional, regulatory and policy developments relating to education and widening participation, as relevant to the project. In consultation with the Head of DANCOP and steering group, identify and implement adjustments as required.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to Continuing Professional Development.

This is not a complete list of all duties and responsibilities, the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the level and skills/qualifications of this role.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge & abilities

Business requirements

Desirable Criteria


Skills, knowledge & abilities


As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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How to apply

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Important information

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