About Police Now
Our mission is to transform communities by recruiting, developing, and inspiring diverse leaders in policing. We are working towards a day when every community, whatever the socio-economic background of its residents, can thrive without residents being fearful of crime.
Police Now is an equal opportunities employer committed to driving diversity and inclusion in policing and within our Head Office. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds, experiences and walks of life. At Police Now, our goal is to ensure our workforce reflects the communities that we serve, everyone is treated with dignity and respect as well as empowered to contribute their best. We believe that diversity in our workforce is not just a ‘nice to have’, it’s a business imperative and everyone’s responsibility.
Launched in 2014, Police Now trains graduates and career changers with leadership potential to be inspirational police officers and outstanding crime fighters on our National Graduate Leadership Programme as well as our new National Detective Programme. We are looking for individuals to join the team who can contribute effectively to the development and leadership of this evolving organisation by focusing on impact and high performance.
What you’ll do
The Head of Curriculum (HOC) is a key leadership role in the organisation, accountable for the design, development and delivery of two large degree holder entry programmes for probationary police officers (National Graduate Leadership Programme (Neighbourhoods Policing) and the National Detectives Programme), working with police forces and participants across England and Wales.
Working as part of the Senior Leadership Team at Police Now, the HOC is accountable for:
▪ Overall curriculum design and delivery of our two-year entry level leadership development programmes.
▪ Ensuring our programmes focus on impact in communities above and beyond operational skills and leadership development of participants.
▪ Development and quality assurance of all training content and resources.
▪ Driving accountability for programme knowledge to key frontline PNHQ roles.
▪ Programme validation and compliance in line with College of Policing and HEI guidance and frameworks (Level 6 Diploma)
▪ Quality assurance of course facilitation and training.
▪ Differentiation of programme design in order to reduce adverse impact and maximise opportunities for under-represented groups (gender & ethnicity) to thrive as probationary officers.
▪ Working directly and in partnership with forces and rapidly acting on customer feedback.
▪ Visible on-the-ground senior leadership at Police Now academies, working with PNHQ staff and seconded officers.
In line with the Police Now mission and Theory of Change our programmes seek to develop our participants by:
▪ Preparing participants with the operational skills and tradecraft in order to be confident and confident in role.
▪ Developing participants’ capabilities to become long-term, evidence based preventative problem solvers, focused on making tangible impact in local communities.
▪ Enabling our participants to become leaders in policing, taking personal responsibility and constructively challenging and influencing others in order to improve quality, performance and impact
This is a broad and challenging role that will require the successful applicant to lead a complex programme of work and an established team to push the boundaries of what is possible for probationary training in UK policing. It requires both tactical and strategic thinking, teaching and learning expertise and the ability to implement and deliver our programmes with clarity and purpose to participants and partner forces.
It requires a focus and attention to detail on core legislation and core content and an appetite to stretch our participants to think and act differently in order to become agents of change on the policing frontline, leading to tangible impact for the public in some of the most deprived and challenging areas of the country.
The HOC will report into the Programmes Director who is a member of the Police Now Executive Team and will have direct responsibility for the leadership of the Curriculum Team and the management of a minimum of four direct reports. This team includes individuals with both curriculum and operational policing backgrounds, giving a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw on. The role will be required to work across the organisation as well as leading the functional area. The Programmes Directorate contains two other teams who you will work closely with (Operations & Events, and Participant Impact and Development).
The HOC will be responsible, alongside SLT colleagues, for the single thread leadership of our hybrid (online and in person) Academy Training programmes. Police Now Academies form part of the initial training phase and focus on developing core policing skills and alignment to the PN mission.
Academies take place twice per year and range from 7 weeks (Neighbourhoods) to 14 weeks (Detectives).
This is a rare opportunity to directly lead and shape the initial training and leadership development of entry level police officers, working with approximately 30 Home Office funded Police Officers across the country.
Who we’re looking for
In this position of senior responsibility and autonomy we are looking for someone with a real commitment to Police Now’s mission and values who is excited by the prospect of delivery impact in communities by designing and delivering innovative leadership development programmes.
While you will work with a team that includes considerable training knowledge, you should have either extensive curriculum expertise with substantial knowledge of adult learning theory and curriculum design principles or an operational policing background with a thorough understanding of learning and development. You must have exceptional line management, team and organisational leadership experience.
While we will always continue to iterate and improve our programmes, thorough programmatic implementation and partnership work (at scale) will be a key focus within this position and we are therefore also keen to hear from those who have significant experience in this area.
What you’ll need
• Knowledge and experience of leading the design and delivery of large-scale training programmes.
• Curriculum expertise with substantial knowledge of adult learning theory and curriculum design principles or operational policing experience with a thorough background in learning and development
• Knowledge of the police education landscape (strongly desirable)
• Knowledge and experience in delivering both online and face-to-face training programmes, at scale.
• Knowledge and Experience in working with Higher Education or Programme accreditation providers.
• Experience in working closely with customers and internal stakeholders to ensure successful programme implementation.
• Team and line management experience
• Organisational leadership experience (desirable)
• High levels of resilience and the ability to manage ambiguity and complexity.
• Degree qualified (preferably at Masters level or level 7 equivalent).
• Comfortable with remote working and able to manage you own time.
• Willingness to travel within England and Wales.
• Willingness to forgo annual leave during Academy delivery periods in favour of taking leave at other times of the year.
What you’ll get from us
• A bright, airy, modern and buzzing office near Liverpool Street, Central London (Zone 1) Please note that during the Covid-19 pandemic, online/remote working and inductions will occur.
• A supported working from home set-up with the technology and equipment required.
• Competitive salary of £ 55,000 – £70,000 per annum dependent on experience
• Flexible working
• 27 days holiday each year plus bank holidays (pro-rata)
• Sanctus coaching (private mental health coaching for the workplace)
• Access to the Vitality programme which includes healthcare benefits, an Employee Assistance Programme and discounts
• Personal Development budget (after a qualifying period)
• Participation in a pension scheme (with 5% employer contributions and 3% employee contributions)
This job description is issued as a guideline. It is not exhaustive, and we would be pleased to discuss any constructive comments you may have. Due to the evolving nature and changing demands of our business this job description may be subject to change. We will continue to assess and review the organisation to ensure we are match fit for delivering impact in communities and to best serve our customers and participants. As such this role will inevitably develop and iterate over time.
Applications will be screened as they are received and invited to interview accordingly. Police Now reserves the right to close the advert prior to the advertised date, should a suitable applicant be appointed. Early applications are therefore encouraged.
Please note that some roles within Police Now require certain levels of vetting or screening in order to effectively work with our partners. Therefore, we may ask you to complete this if you are successful.
First round: 7th of June
Final round: 15th of Jun
- Address Nationwide
- Salary Offer £55,000 - £70,000 dependent on experience