Head of Operations (Scotland) for IntoUniversity

Location: Glasgow or Edinburgh with routine travel between both cities and regular trips across the IntoUniversity network in London and other UK cities

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £40,000

Working Hours: 9:30am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday (Some additional weekend & unsocial hours will be required – where appropriate time off in lieu will be awarded)

Reporting into: Director of Operations / Chief Strategy Officer

Annual Leave: 33 days (inc bank & public holidays)
+ additional 2 closure days in December
+ additional length of service entitlement
(one day per year of service, up to 5 days)

Closing Date: Tuesday 12th July 2022 at 12 noon

Interview Date: Thursday 4th August (in Glasgow)


The recruitment for this position is managed by AWS Charity Jobs

My name is Rachel Carr and I am one of the founders of IntoUniversity and its current CEO.

We’re an award-winning charity that runs local learning centres in the heart of communities where the young people we support live. Our centres provide an innovative education programme which includes practical learning support and motivational and confidence-building activities for children and young people aged 7-18. Our aim is to inspire students from the least advantaged neighbourhoods to broaden their horizons and achieve their full potential.

As the UK’s leading university access organisation, our staff team is helping thousands of young people each year. From Autumn 2022 we will have thirty-nine centres and extension projects across England and Scotland, with ambitious plans to scale-up our provision further over the coming years.

We are looking for a high-calibre candidate to take on the role of Head of Operations (Scotland).  You will have responsibility for overseeing the charity’s work in Scotland and will play a key role in leading further expansion of IntoUniversity’s work in Scotland, including the development of new projects.  You will be responsible for sustaining and developing the charity’s complex range of partnerships and stakeholder relations, including with our key partners, Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities and with local and national government.

You will have substantial experience of managing projects and people and will have excellent written and oral communication skills. You will have a minimum 2.2 honours degree, and ideally three years’ full-time paid experience working with children and young people in a relevant role, for example working as a teacher or youth worker.

The role will be fast-paced and challenging. Each day you will be contributing directly to the success of the charity and the transformation of the lives of some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people. Flexibility, attention to detail and the ability to multi-task are all necessary for your day-to-day routine. You will be proactive and able to use your initiative at all times. You will have excellent organisational skills and be highly efficient.

As a charity with social mobility as its core objective, IntoUniversity is wholly committed to equality of opportunity. We work with children and young people from a diverse range of backgrounds, and we believe that our staff team should be similarly diverse and representative.

The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be, and we recognise that we have much more to do in this regard. We are committed to building a culture where students, staff and volunteers are valued for the unique people they are. We therefore encourage applications from candidates from as wide a range as possible of ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds. In particular, we actively and warmly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, male candidates and candidates with a disability as they are currently under-represented within IntoUniversity.

If you believe that all young people deserve the chance to develop their talents regardless of their background and want to play a part in helping them succeed, then we would be delighted to hear from you.Thank you very much for your interest and I look forward to receiving your application.

Dr Rachel Carr

Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder


  • Ideally have a minimum of three years’ full-time paid or voluntary experience working with children and young people, or working on curriculum or programme development (or a combination of both).
  • Have a minimum of one year’s experience of people management and/or high-level project management; for example, a qualified teacher might have experience leading a subject stream or holding a whole-school responsibility.
  • Ideally have experience of programme review and development.
  • Ideally have experience of safeguarding young people and implementing safeguarding practice.
  • Ideally have a good working knowledge of the Scottish school system and Higher Education sector.


  • Completed an undergraduate degree to a 2.2 or higher level
  • Achieved a grade C or higher in GCSE Mathsand English/ achieved National 5s or Standard Grade at Credit level (grades 1-2) in Maths and English (or equivalent).


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