Director of Engineering and The Built Environment

Employer: Canterbury Christ Church University
Job location
Canterbury
Job salary
£51,799 - £60,022 per annum
Job term
Permanent
Job closing date

The Faculty and School wishes to appoint an inspirational academic to lead the development and delivery of the new inclusive engineering and built environment programmes at the School of Engineering, Technology and Design. This is part of the Kent & Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub vision.

We require a Director to join our growing dynamic, inclusive, diverse and motivated team to:

  • continue to shape and manage the engineering provision,
  • identify new areas for inclusive curriculum development with focus on the new trends in the built environment working collaboratively with the Head of School

They will be expected to have excellent interpersonal skills, a polymath engineer (by education /training/work experience) with the capability to support the Head of School as a member of the School Executive Team.  

The successful candidate will be expected to be responsible:

  • Learning, teaching, quality and standards, accreditation, and student experience,
  • Curriculum innovation, and embedding of CDIO in the curriculum,
  • Course development, evaluation and review,
  • Line management of Senior Lecturer and Lecturer engineering staff,
  • Lead on student recruitment and partnership development locally, nationally and internationally

Applicants should have a track record of programme development and delivery for undergraduate, postgraduate and apprenticeship programmes.    Also, accreditation of programmes by professional bodies.   Engagement in Engineering Subject research or Engineering Education Research or Knowledge Exchange activities.

This is an exciting opportunity to help grow the engineering courses provision and develop new courses in the built environment, leveraging the Faculty’s inclusive engineering facilities in the newly opened Verena Holmes Building.  This position will provide opportunities to work with a wide range of partners to transform engineering education in the region and beyond.

 

Additional Information

Canterbury Christ Church University is committed to equality of opportunity, supporting and encouraging underrepresented groups as well as valuing diversity. We promote wider inclusion through our polices such as the Race Equality Charter, StoneWall for LGBT+ groups and the Disability Covenant, guaranteeing an interview to all disabled candidates which meet the essential criteria for our roles.

We aim to create an inclusive working culture in which all employees feel valued. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, which are currently underrepresented throughout Canterbury Christchurch. We are committed to improving employment opportunities for ethnic minorities. We also welcome applications from LGB, Trans and Non-binary candidates. All applications decisions and progression opportunities through the University will be determined by personal merit only.

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How to Apply

Start date for applications:          Wednesday 27th October 2021
Closing date for applications:      Thursday 25th November 2021
Interviews are to be held:            W/C Monday 6th December 2021

If you require further information regarding the post please feel free to contact Anne.nortcliffe@canterbury.ac.uk – Head of Engineering, Technology and Design quoting reference number REQ02558.

Please ensure you include contact details of two employment referees in your application, one of which must be your current/ most recent line manager.

Please note applications must be made online via the University website; details sent directly via email cannot be considered.

Prior consideration will be given to applicants in the University’s redeployment pool. No agencies, thank you.

We can only accept applications submitted via the Canterbury Christchurch University vacancies page:

 

Main Purpose of the Role

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a unique and highly strategic enterprise with business and also new engineering education provision for the University and local community. The School of Engineering, Technology and Design is part of the Kent & Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub vision, please see appendix 1.

We require a Director to join our growing dynamic, inclusive, diverse and motivated team to:

  • continue to shape and manage the engineering provision,
  • identify new areas for inclusive curriculum development with focus on the new trends in the built environment working collaboratively with the Head of School

This is a great opportunity to play a leading role to support the School and the University in developing the engineering and built environment section. You will lead and support the engineering academic team to deliver sustainable education provision locally, nationally and internationally. You will build and maintain local, national and international partnerships and leverage these to transform our engineering and built environment education provision.

We are looking for an inspirational inclusive educator, ideally a polymath engineer who has experience in;

  • Engineering

or

  • built environment engineering

or

  • demonstrating a proactive approach to developing themselves or track record of working in different fields of engineering

We are seeking a professional with the leadership skills, knowledge and motivation to help shape, deliver and manage the current, new inclusive engineering and future built environment undergraduate, postgraduate, CPD and apprenticeship curriculum that will produce “Industry-ready graduates” and industrial professionals. Therefore, supporting the regional, national and international economy and engineer inclusive solutions for society.

The Director with the Head of School is to research and develop the School’s ability to support the evolution in facilities management, construction management, built off-site, and smart building agenda.

The Director will be responsible for the over-arching delivery, management and development of the UG/PG/Apprenticeship engineering, including quality and standards, accreditation, student experience, curriculum innovation, embedding of CDIO in the curriculum, course review and the line management of Senior Lecturer and Lecturer engineering staff.

They will also make a significant contribution to the Kent & Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise Hub.

Leadership

Reporting to the Head of School of Engineering, Technology and Design and working closely with the School Industry Engagement Lead, the Engineering Team and the Course Directors you will provide leadership:

  • To the development of new curriculum in facilities management, construction management, built off-site, and smart building agenda, working closely with the Head of School.
  • The continued development, management and delivery of the engineering (mechanical engineering/chemical engineering/biomedical engineering/product design) curriculum provision at Canterbury Christ Church University. 
  • The continued development and management of degree apprenticeships and CPD short courses to support local industry and to be developed in collaboration with local employers, further Education partners and other staff in the University.

The successful candidate will be expected to embrace, embed and deliver the CDIO pedagogy approach that includes the integration of the Engineering Habits of Mind, as well as meet the expectations of professional bodies.

Ideally, applicants should also have track record in:

  • Course development and delivery, accreditation of programmes by professional bodies and engagement in either research or knowledge exchange activities.

Regional, national and international student recruitment, retention and progression.

 

Main Duties:

 

1

Lead the development and delivery of the engineering and new opportunities in the built environment programmes in collaboration with colleagues and industrial partners

2

Work in partnership with the School Industrial Engagement Lead to ensure curriculum is current and industry co-designed provision for UG/PG/Apprenticeship

3

Oversee the accreditation by professional bodies of engineering programmes

4

Lead on regional, national and international student recruitment, retention and progression

6 

Actively engage in research & publication or knowledge exchange activity 

 

7 

Be responsible for the delivery of the engineering programmes including quality and standards, accreditation, student experience, curriculum innovation, programme review 

 

8 

Line manage the Engineering and Built Environment team (L/ SL) 

 

9 

Lead the quality management of the student learning and experience (covering all aspects of the student journey including assessment, marking and monitoring students and student outcomes). 

 

10 

Make a significant contribution to the leadership and management and success of the KM EDGE Hub. 

 

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training

Essential

Desirable

Method of assessment

A first and higher degree in a discipline related to the post.

X

Application form and certificates

PhD in a discipline related to the post OR extensive engineering practitioner experience.

X

Application form and certificates

Ability to contribute to the School’s REF submission OR ability to generate income through partnership developments

X

Application form and certificates

Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy or potential to achieve this within 12 months

X

Application form and certificates

Experience and Knowledge

Essential

Desirable

Experience of successful teaching and assessing at undergraduate level in a Higher Education institution

X

Application form and interview

Experience of successful teaching and assessing at postgraduate level in a Higher Education institution

X

Application form and interview

Experience of developing, designing, implementing and reviewing Higher Education programmes

X

Application form and interview

Evidence of knowledge exchange, industrial experience or research in engineering

X

Application form and interview

Experience of Managing an Academic Programme in a Higher Education institution

X

Application form and interview

Experience of Managing a team of people

X

Application form and interview

Evidence of understanding of TEF, REF, NSS, DLHE & other key initiatives.

X

Application form and interview

Evidence of leading teams to secure accreditation of programmes from professional bodies.

X

Application form and interview

Skills and Attributes

Essential

Desirable

Able to manage a programme of study and undertake curriculum innovation activities

X

Application form and interview

Able to manage a team providing teaching, assessment, student feedback and student support

X

Application form and interview

Able to communicate effectively with students and staff via a range of methods and computer literate

X

Application form, interview and presentation

An enthusiasm for and commitment to the CDIO approach to curriculum design and delivery

X

Application form and interview

An understanding of quality assurance mechanisms

X

Application form and interview

Able to work effectively with a multi-disciplinary professional team of colleagues

X

Application form and interview

Excellent oral and written communication skills

X

Application form and interview

Commitment to enhancing standards in the practice of teaching

X

Application form and interview

Commitment to people; students, School staff and CCCU

X

Application form and interview

Ability to take responsibility for own continuing professional development and support colleagues with professional development

X

Application form and interview