Deputy Director, Digital Learning

Welsh Government

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 19th October 2021


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SCS Pay Band 1

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WG - Education and Public Services

Type of role

Senior leadership

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You may work from any of the four Welsh Government offices based in Wales, which are located in Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Llandudno Junction and Aberystwyth. We are supportive of home working and tailoring patterns to suit individuals’ circumstances. The majority of Welsh Government staff are currently working from home/working remotely..

About the job


This post provides the opportunity to lead our approach to Digital Learning across Wales – to ensure our learners have the best possible learning experience through use of new technology and innovation, and for schools to have the digital platforms and capability they need to help learners.
The past year has seen the critical importance of digital platforms to support learning. Building on the work of the Digital Learning Division over the last few years, schools in Wales were able to swiftly deliver a smooth transition to distance and blended learning in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Digital Learning team also worked with others to deliver an ambitious programme to ensure digitally excluded learners had the equipment they needed to be able to participate in learning throughout the pandemic.

Job description

The successful candidate for this post will have a key leadership role in taking forward this agenda in the future. They will be expected to build on the work of the Hwb programme, and the learning from the pandemic, to ensure we are continuously improving and further developing Hwb as a leading edge, innovative, service for teachers and learning to support our national mission Education in Wales.

They will also be a part of an ambitious and exciting digital agenda in Wales, working with the Chief Digital Officers in Welsh Government, Local Government and the NHS, and the Centre for Digital Public Services, to deliver Ministerial ambitions set out in the Digital Strategy for Wales.

The post holder will therefore work with other colleagues within the Education and Public Service Group to ensure digital is at the forefront of our education mission, across professional learning, qualifications and the curriculum.

The post holder will have strategic responsibility for developing, and delivering on digital learning policy and will direct a number of high-level projects relating to Ministerial priorities which they will be expected to drive these forward to specification, within budget and on time. The post holder will also provide policy and professional advice to Ministers on best practice, future trends, investments and value for money within the rapidly changing digital learning agenda, aligning work to the wider digital landscape.

The Digital Learning Division is part of the Operations Directorate, within the Education and Public Services (EPS) Group.

The Division comprises 41 staff currently grouped in two branches with responsibility for a revenue budget of £4.4 million and a capital budget of £15 million in 2020-21 reflecting current delivery priorities. Budgets will vary year on year in line with current delivery priorities and the post holder will need to lead on optimising the Welsh Government’s investments in digital learning through collaboration and co-creation with stakeholders including suppliers. As such a high degree of commercial acumen, excellent engagement skills and a high degree of credibility with the sector are required.


Accountable to the Director of Operations, the post holder will:
• Lead on all digital and technology-related activity aligned with the delivery of the Education in Wales: Our national mission agenda and the 2021-16 Programme for Government, ensuring that Ministerial commitments are met.
• Develop future policy and delivery for technology in digital learning in the context of wider strategic developments; adapting rapidly and advising on future trends, risks and leading edge practice. Raising digital awareness with colleagues and ensuring digital thinking is embedded across our Education mission.
• Embed user-centred design and modern service design approach throughout the programme of work, involving educational practitioners, children and young people and parents wherever possible as users of the services.
• Working with a wide range of stakeholders, such as local authorities, Estyn and regional consortia, to develop and deliver digital learning policy with a sound governance basis in place• Bridge the gap between the technical aspects of delivering the digital learning
agenda and the need to provide coherent advice to Ministers and others that may be several steps removed from that technical delivery.
• Establish and maintain effective relationships with key external and internal partners and stakeholders, including the Chief Digital Officers network and the Centre for Digital Public service, to optimise investments in the digital learning agenda and to drive forward good practice across schools, education and where relevant the wider public sector.
• Lead, manage and motivate staff located in dispersed offices across Wales, ensuring robust systems are in place for delivery.
• Ensure team targets are met and reports to the Group Director are delivered to quality, budget and time


• Learning and development tailored to your role
•An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know


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Selection process details

Shortlisted Candidates Only

On Line Psychometric Tests - these will include numerical and verbal reasoning and a discussion with a psychologist.

Stakeholder Engagement Exercise

Panel Interviews

All of the above will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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