Executive Director - Education

The Role

Executive Director (Education)

The Role

Reporting to the Chief Executive, you’ll be the strategic lead for Education, helping to raise attainment, share best practice and create inspiring learning environments and opportunities across more than 150 schools. The directorate also provides a range of early learning and childcare services, from nurseries and family nurture centres, to out of school care clubs.

Fife’s Education Directorate provides high quality education services to children, young people and families.

Our purpose is to improve life chances for all. We do this by working together to improve opportunities for children, young people and families across Fife, with a particular focus on closing the equity and equality gap faced by many disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.

All children and young people matter regardless of race, age, sex, gender, disability or family circumstances. We want to ensure that all children and young people experience an inclusive, equitable and supportive environment that encourages them to have a strong voice in their learning and development.

Our approach is founded on the values of:

  • Compassion
  • Ambition
  • Respect
  • Equity

Our priorities for 2023-26 are to improve:

  1. health and wellbeing
  2. attendance and engagement
  3. achievement (including literacy and numeracy, as well as wider achievement)
  4. positive destinations

The Directorate Improvement Plan* sets out, at a high level, the challenges and barriers faced by children and young people in their lives and learning and how our services plan to address these. It aligns with a number of other strategic plans that support our work, and contributes to delivering the Plan for Fife.

Partnership and collaboration with a range of other national and local agencies and services is key to ensuring positive outcomes for all. Education Services play an important role in the wider Fife children’s services partnership and contribute to the Fife Children's Services Plan.

Useful links

See also - Fife Council's management structure

*Until the end of 2023 Education and Children's Services formed part of one directorate. The current Directorate Improvement Plan therefore includes the Education Service Improvement Plan and the Children & Families Improvement Plan. However, the Children, Families & Justice Service now sits within our Communities Directorate as we strive to better tailor and target preventative support packages for families.

Key Terms and Conditions



Pay Method and Frequency:

Payment is every 4 weeks by credit transfer to your nominated bank or building society account.

Pension Provision:

You will be automatically enrolled to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). You may opt out. Full details of the terms and conditions relating to pensions and the LGPS are available at www.fifepensionfund.org

Sick Pay:

If you are unable to work due to illness or injury, you may be eligible to receive sickness allowance, as below:

  • Less than 26 weeks continuous service  - SSP
  • 26 weeks or more but less than 1 year  - Full allowance for 5 weeks; half allowance for 5 weeks
  • 1 year, but less than 2 years  - Full allowance for 9 weeks; half allowance for 9 weeks
  • 2 years, but less than 3 years  - Full allowance for 18 weeks; half allowance for 18 weeks
  • 3 years, but less than 5 years  - Full allowance for 22 weeks; half allowance for 22 weeks
  • 5 years or more  - Full allowance for 26 weeks; half allowance for 26 weeks
Employee Benefits:

A range of employee benefits, such as discounts with local businesses, childcare vouchers and lifestyle benefits such as cycle scheme and technology scheme, is available.

Relocation Expenses:

The Council can provide financial assistance up to a maximum of £5, 000 if you are moving home in order to take up an appointment with the Council. Further details can be found here RS13 Relocation guidelines.doc (fife.gov.uk)

Hours of Work:

Your contracted hours of work are 36 hours per week. The nature of your position requires flexibility to meet demands and, subject to the provisions of the Working Time Regulations, you are required to arrange your hours of work to meet organisational needs. This may require working outwith standard hours of work and working more than 36 hours in a week, for which no additional remuneration will be received.

Annual Leave:

The leave year runs from 1 January to 31 December. Annual leave entitlement for full-time is:

  • 25 days for up to 5 years continuous service at the commencement of the leave year
  • 30 days after completion of 5 years continuous service at the commencement of the leave year
Public Holidays:

There are 8 fixed public holidays, as follows:

  • 6 days over the festive and new year period
  • 1 day in May
  • 1 day in July
Other Paid Leave:

The Council provides a range of statutory and other leave, such as family-friendly leave.

Notice Requirement:

The period of notice to be given by either party to terminate employment will be 12 weeks.

Place of Work:

Your place of work will be Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes. A blended workstyle arrangement applies, allowing flexibility in working from home and working from base to meet the demands of the role.

Whole-time Service:

Chief Officers will be expected to devote their whole time service to the work of the Council and shall not engage in any other business or take up any other appointment without the express consent of the Council.


Canvassing of members or officials, directly or indirectly, will be a disqualification for consideration for appointment.

Restrictions on Political Activity:

This post is designated as politically restricted within the terms of Section 2 of the Local Government & Housing Act 1989.

Application process

Thank you for your interest

To access the full role profile and proceed further with your application please register your interest.


If you have any queries about the role or the recruitment process, contact Evelyn Dougherty or Sharon Davies at Solace in Business on 020 7976 3311.

  • Closing date
    Noon 14th April 2024
  • Longlisting 
    Thursday 18th April 2024
  • Stakeholder Panel & Professional Interview
    Thursday 2nd May 2024
  • Shortlisting
    Wednesday 8th May 2024
  • Final Interviews
    Tuesday 14th May 2024

Visit the apply page to register your details and access full details of the role and the recruitment process.