United Kingdom

Course Director (Bristol and the West of England)

Common Purpose are looking for a dynamic and ambitious person to join our Common Purpose Bristol team, to work as a Course Director based out of Bristol.

The role

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone full of energy, drive and with a can-do attitude to join us and have a big impact on Common Purpose. Key responsibilities of this role is to design, sell and deliver Common Purpose leadership programmes across Bristol and the West of England region, including both open programmes and customised work.

The ability to deal with a demanding workload and remain calm and team spirited even under pressure is essential. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a confident, proactive, resilient approach is a must.

Position: Course Director (Bristol and the West of England) Maternity Cover

Department/Office: Bristol and the West of England

Responsible to: CEO, UK

Salary: £30,000 - £32,000 per annum

Physical Location: Bristol              

Duration: Part-time, contract

Person specification

Qualifications, experience and competences

  • Demonstrable experience of generating high levels of income from appropriately marketing and selling goods and services across a range of sectors
  • Experience of building sustainable relationships, persuading, and gaining support for campaigns and programmes at a senior level across all sectors.
  • The ability to recruit high quality participants for programmes from across all sectors.
  • Ability to demonstrating sensitivity; being responsive to different situations and personalities.
  • Experience of chairing programmes and inspiring confidence in senior and diverse groups.
  • The ability to steer a balanced and non-aligned path especially under pressure.
  • Ability to use diversity to strengthen the programme.
  • Demonstrable sound knowledge of local, national issues and current affairs.
  • The ability to motivate, manage a small team and work effectively within a team.
  • Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English
  • Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office
  • Experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different functions and cultures
  • Experience of a flexible approach to managing and prioritising a high workload and multiple tasks in a fast paced environment with tight deadlines
  • Experience of proactively identifying and addressing issues
  • Able and willing to travel to locations for short periods of time and at short notice
  • An understanding of and commitment to Common Purpose’s mission, values and behaviours

  • Experience of managing budgets and making financial forecasts
  • Experience running an effective and efficient office.

Main purpose of the role

The main purpose of this role is to design, sell and deliver Common Purpose leadership/ educational programmes across Bristol and the West of England region. This includes both open programmes and customized work.


Common Purpose has an office in Central Bristol and our region contains over 2,500 Common Purpose alumni who have taken part in our programmes. Our office forms part of a UK-wide network of regional offices delivering Common Purpose programmes. We deliver programmes for senior leaders from Bristol and the wider region, we also work closely with the Birmingham office to deliver a combined course for emerging leaders.

We offer customised workshops and programmes for organisations looking to create something more bespoke for their staff teams, as well as programmes for students at undergraduate level with local Universities. Whether open programmes, customised or student programmes, we involve a diverse mix of individuals from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in order to broaden participants' vision and perspectives.


Closing Date: 26 September 2016, 09.00am

Interview Date: w/c 3 October 2016