Director of Human Resources (part-time up to 80% ftc)

    Director of Human Resources (part-time up to 80% ftc)

  • Whitechapel
  • Permanent

Working Pattern:            0.4 – 0.8 FTE dependent on candidate

Responsible to:                CEO

Location:                           Central London – Tottenham Hale and/or Whitechapel

Welcome to Ada!

We are the Government’s National College for Digital Skills, a high performing technical college with the mission of educating and empowering the next generation of diverse digital talent.

As a small but fast-growing college with campuses in Tottenham Hale, Whitechapel and Manchester, we have a very diverse student body from a wide range of backgrounds and are committed to using tech as a tool for social mobility. We offer a supportive culture for students and staff and our excellent industry links ensure you get regular formal and informal CPD to support your development.

We are now looking for an HR Director to take our people management strategy forward driving improvements in our systems and processes and the empowerment of our line managers.

Job Purpose:

To lead the people function at Ada, National College for Digital Skills including recruitment/selection, performance, recognition, policy development and line management support and training and development of staff.

As Director of HR, you will be a key member of College’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT), accountable to the CEO for the implementation of our people management strategy, which supports delivery of our strategic goals and objectives.

The successful applicant will be a highly effective and driven individual and have a broad and thorough working knowledge of HR policies, processes and systems. They will  have a significant delivery focus and be comfortable dealing with a wide range of stakeholders from administration staff through to the Chair of the Board and potentially some of our industry partners. You will be accountable for making change happen, evidencing and evaluating progress and defining on-going milestones for future improvement.

Role Responsibilities:

  • People strategy:

Own, enhance and execute the people strategy working with the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), HR Manager and line managers. You will effectively link the people strategy to the overall organisational strategy and bring stakeholders with you to ensure its effective implementation, taking short-term decisions with a clear view of the long-term consequences.

  • HR policies and process:

Update relevant HR policies and practices and develop useful, effective management guidance to support their implementation. Work with line managers to ensure adoption and consistent implementation of these policies and guidance.

  • Staff incentivisation and Performance Management:

Work with the ELT and line managers to improve the quality of line management and performance management across the organisation and design metrics to measure progress.

  • Developing Ada as a distinct Employer of Choice:

Understands the recruitment challenges of the different aspects of the College and work with internal and external stakeholders to raise awareness of Ada as a distinct employer of choice for education and industry professionals.

  • Change & Project Management:

All of the above will require effective project management and an astute awareness of the impact and consequences of changed processes and expectations on line managers and staff. You will need to work with the ELT, HR Manager and line managers to prioritise HR-related projects and then manage them through to delivery with support from stakeholders and ensuring that rollout is effective and engaging for staff.

  • HR Support:

With the HR Manager, ensure an effective HR service for staff, which supports all aspects of an employee’s relationship and engagement with the College including recruitment, terms and conditions of employment, training and development activities, ensuring compliance with employment legislation and policies and safeguarding/DBS requirements.

  • Line Management:

Ensure the effective day-to-day line management of the HR Manager and a collaborative working relationship that maximises each other skills and behaviours to effectively implement the people management strategy and ensure all HR and People activities are conducted efficiently and support our staff to be successful in their roles.

  • Member of College Executive Leadership Team:

The post-holder would expect to have an external profile, representing Ada to our industry partners from time to time and leveraging their expertise and pro bono support to deliver our people management strategy. The post-holder would also be expected to attend weekly ELT meetings, away days and contribute to and lead parts of the College’s All-Staff days and other similar events. In addition, when required, the post-holder may be asked to carry out any other tasks, within the scope of their role or as a member of the ELT, as directed by the CEO.

Additional Requirements for the role:

  • HR experience desirably in a School/College/University but not a necessity
  • A demonstrable passion for working with young people and adults to help improve their life chances
  • A commitment to on-going personal development
  • A willingness to work flexibly and where necessary outside of normal working hours
  • Suitable to work with young people and vulnerable adults in accordance with Government guidelines for safeguarding.

Variation to this Job Description

This is a description of the job as it is at present, and is current at date of issue. The job description will be reviewed and updated as necessary to ensure that appropriate revisions are incorporated, and that it relates to the job to be performed.


The successful candidate will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check when appointed to the post.  References for shortlisted candidates may be requested prior to the interview day. 

Equal opportunities

Ada. National College for Digital Skills recognises that equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity are integral to its strengths. The following principles apply in respect of the College’s commitment to equality and diversity:

  • To provide and promote equality of opportunity in all areas of its work and activity;
  • To recognise and develop the diversity of skills and talent within its current and potential community;
  • To ensure that all employees and prospective employees of the College are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential without receiving any unjustified discrimination or unfavourable treatment on grounds such as age, disability, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender reassignment, trans status, socio-economic status or any other irrelevant distinction;
  • To provide and promote a positive working, learning, and social environment which is free from prejudice, discrimination and any forms of harassment, bullying or victimisation;
  • To promote good relations between individuals from different groups.

Applicants with disabilities

Ada. National College for Digital Skills is keen to increase the number of disabled people it employs. We, therefore, encourage applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties of the post. If you have special needs in relation to your application please contact

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