Head of Department in Digital and Creative

Location: College Green Campus Salary: MS4 £50,048 - £56,337 Closing Date: 21st July 2024

Contract: 37 hour, Full Time

There’s never been a better time to join the fantastic team here at City of Bristol College, a rapidly improving college, judged “Good” by Ofsted in January 2023. With recent investments in our already outstanding teaching facilities, the College has a great deal on offer for both staff and students.

We have an exciting new opportunity for an enthusiastic and proactive Head of Department for Digital and Creative. This role will require an individual who is forward thinking and ready to ensure our offer is aligned to industry requirements and is future proofed.

The Digital and creative Department is one of the largest departments within the college and offers provision for 16-18, adults, higher education, skills bootcamps and commercial delivery. With approximately 1000 students, it is a highly diverse department that offers a variety of programmes related to multiple disciplines in the sector.

Our Benefits:

  • A generous holiday entitlement of 35 holiday days, plus bank holidays pro-rata for part time roles. Also, 10 closure days which fall over Christmas to spend time with friends and families.
  • Membership to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme with employer contributions of 23.68%
  • Great discounts on hair and beauty treatments offered on site
  • Family-friendly policies including flexible and hybrid working working, compassionate leave, enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave, parental leave, job share and fostering friendly leave
  • Up to 3 days paid volunteer leave
  • Excellent facilities including study centres, City Salon, multi-faith prayer rooms, bike storage, City Restaurant (situated at College Green and at SBSA), refectories
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • A variety of online shopping discounts and offers and cash health plan
  • Plus a supportive package to ensure continuous professional development.

Please see our Staff Benefits Booklet for more information.

About the role:

The Head of Department role is pivotal in the direction and design of curriculum and requires an individual who is innovative and forward thinking with industry knowledge and experience. You will have direct line management responsibility for the programme managers within your area and not only will you be working closely with your team but also colleagues in the wider college with whom you can collaborate and explore innovative ideas.

A significant part of the Head of Department role is to develop positive professional relationships with all our stake holders so that the curriculum offer can be well informed and meet both our local and regional priorities, ensuring that all our students can move into sustainable positive destinations.

Throughout your role your overarching focus will be on excellence from the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in the classroom/workshop, analysing data, curriculum planning to ensuring that all our students and employers have a positive experience.

The Head of Department role requires an individual who pays attention to detail and is resilient in nature as each day is different. You will be a confident communicator with the ability to build and maintain excelling working relationships with colleagues, students and stakeholders both internally and externally.

The provision is mainly based out our College Green campus with some smaller provision based at other campuses or delivered online.

You will be responsible for:

  • To lead and manage the Digital and Creative department with oversight for securing and sustaining improvements in all aspects of curriculum and quality.
  • To work in partnership with employers to effectively align current and future curriculum and qualifications to employer expectations and labour market demands.
  • To lead the development of a high-quality student experience, creating partnerships between employers, academic and professional service teams.
  • To work across the whole College as a member of the College Leadership Team promoting and actively demonstrating the College’s values of inclusivity, respect, ambition and honesty, fostering a culture of high expectations for staff and students

Further information can be found in the Job Description and Person Specification.

Contact us:

If you would like to find out more about this role, please contact Pasquale Fasulo – Director of Further and Higher Education on  Pasquale.Fasulo@cityofbristol.ac.uk  who will be happy to discuss the role in more detail.

About us:


At City of Bristol College, we have one goal: to help our students succeed. We offer the widest range of academic and vocational qualifications in the area, with more than 1,000 courses available from entry to degree level.  We provide education and training to approximately 12,000 students each year. The College is made up of five centres across Bristol and each centre offers excellent, well-equipped, purpose-built facilities. In addition, we have a wide range of community partners allowing us to offer courses in venues across the city. More information about the College can be found on our website. 


We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed.  We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join us.


We are also committed to becoming a Trauma informed setting. We recognise that some of our students have experienced adversity and Trauma and that for some, these experiences may be an ongoing part of everyday life. With this awareness a Trauma Informed approach is embedded in how we work in all departments across the college and this is enhanced by regular staff training and support.


City of Bristol College is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. The search of the online presence will be conducted for the successful candidates. All new employees to the College are required to complete and obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure. A copy of our Safeguarding Policy can be found on the College website. 


Please see our Job Description, Person Specification, Conditions of Service and Applicant information for more information.  


Closing date: 21st July 2024

Interview date: W/C the 12th of August Subject to availability of successful shortlisted applicants*.


*We appreciate that due to the timing of this posting, applicants may have summer holidays booked, and our aim is to ensure that successful applicants for shortlisting are contacted to review availability and reasonable considerations of this are put in place.

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