Apply for the Office For Students Leadership Development Scheme 2023

Our two-year Leadership Development Scheme is designed to provide you with a broad range of experience in different roles at a regulator.

You will contribute to different aspects of regulation and policy development in higher education and focus your time on rapidly developing transferable skills.

Based in the Chief Executive’s Unit, in your first year you will complete two six-month rotations in different roles across the organisation. You will then spend your second year in our core regulation teams, while supporting a policy development project.

What will I do?

Through your placements, you will be working collaboratively to support colleagues in all parts of the organisation.

The role is dynamic and varied, and you are likely to be working on several different projects at any one time.

One day you might be helping to support our student panel, another helping facilitate a strategic planning workshop with senior staff. You could be assessing regulatory information submitted by a university or college.

Throughout the scheme you will be encouraged to be proactive, stretching yourself where appropriate and looking for ways to build the development of skills and knowledge into your role.

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What will I learn?

We will introduce you to different aspects of our work as a regulator so that you can build the skills and experience that will assist and support you throughout your career.

We will give you time to reflect on your performance and development and, where possible, we will consider your own preferences when allocating placements.

Throughout the scheme you will be assigned a mentor who will help guide you through your time at the OfS and reflect on the skills that you wish to develop.

We cannot guarantee employment with the OfS after the two years. However, we offer all Leadership Development Officers the chance to apply in their second year for a role in our core regulation teams. If other vacancies in other parts of the OfS arise towards the end of the scheme, you will be in a strong position to apply for them.

What do I need?

This is an entry level role, so no prior experience is necessary. Although we receive a lot of applications from those in the first stages or their career, where you are in your career makes no difference to your application.

You will care about making a difference for students and citizens, and be able to apply analytical rigour and creativity to do so.

You will be keen to stretch yourself, learn on the job, consider perspectives that differ from your own, and reflect on your own performance.

How to apply?

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The next round of applications will open in February 2023, for a September 2023 start.

The application process will broadly be as follows:

  1. An application form asking you to demonstrate how you meet the criteria for the role.
  2. If selected for the longlist, a written task, taking no more than 90 minutes to complete.
  3. If selected for the shortlist, a 45 minute interview.

Full details, including the criteria for the role, will be provided in February 2023. Follow up on this application details here