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Area Schools Officer

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/819/31690
  • Published: Fri 24/03/2023, 12:25 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 21/04/2023, 13:25 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £46634 - £52625 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Workplace: On-Site
  • Location: Reiagte

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Area Schools Officer

The starting salary for this position is £46,634 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.

Passionate about education and committed to delivering exceptional customer service? We have a great opportunity for someone who is looking for a new challenge, where every day is different!

We have a rarely available opportunity for an Area Schools Officer to join our highly valued and established Area School Support Team. In this role you will be at the heart of delivering a high quality and responsive support service to retain the existing traded offer and to develop new commercial opportunities, within a changing education landscape.

About Us

The Area School Support Service sits within our Education and Lifelong Learning Directorate under the well-established Directorship of Liz Mills. The directorate is committed to working in partnership with education providers to ensure Surrey's children and young people have access to full time education, and to ensure vulnerable learners are supported to achieve their full potential.

Our Service contributes fully to the county council's commitment to deliver a child centred and coordinated approach to keeping children safe, high-quality teaching and learning experiences and professional curiosity, support and challenge, in partnership with schools and education settings.

The Area School Support Team operates within a fast paced and varied environment where no one day is the same and where you will be at the forefront of developing and securing strong relationships with our colleagues and partners in schools and education in Surrey.

The service we deliver really can make an impact in school improvement and performance to provide better outcomes for all our children and young people.

Who are we looking for?

As an Area Schools Officer you will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of support to education leaders, often in challenging and complex situations. At its heart this role requires someone with a flair for relationship management, with the ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships, underpinned by trust and integrity. You'll bring your resilience to remain calm under pressure, with skilled customer service, coaching and influencing abilities and the courage to challenge appropriately when required.

Your strong and visible leadership will both inspire and motivate colleagues, modelling behaviours that demonstrate how accountability, a positive and solution focussed outlook supports the agile delivery of highly valued services that respond to the changing needs of our education customers.

Key Knowledge

The skills and experience you bring are important to us but equally, your values and behaviours will be key to your success in this role.

We're looking for customer focused people who:

  • Have high levels of commitment, energy, and passion with a 'can-do' attitude
  • Are resilient in a challenging and changing working environment
  • Have exceptional oral and written communication skills

If you would like to be part of an enthusiastic and well supported team, delivering an exceptional service to schools that really makes a difference, then we'd love to hear from you!

For more information, please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

This advert closes at 23:59 on the 17th April 2023.

Shortlisting will take place between the 18th - 20th April 2023.

First stage telephone interviews will take place on the 21st April 2023.

Final Stage, in person presentation, tasks and interview panel will take place on the 5th May 2023 at Woodhatch Place, Reigate, Surrey.

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit the advert on the employer site.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.