Director of People

Tottenham Hale, Whitechapel and Manchester
£55,000 - £65,000 pro rata
16 Apr 2021
03 May 2021
Job Function
Human Resources
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Would you like to be our first Director of People and take a lead in areas such as: HR strategy, HR technology (systems) and HR processes and controls? 

Type of role:                  0.8 FTE / Fixed Term (24 months)

Reporting to:                 Our CEO

Annual Salary:               £55,000 - £65,000 pro rata

Working Pattern:           0.8 FTE with the option for some remote working

Start date:                      June 2021

Interview dates:             Initial conversations - 7 May
                                        First round - 12 May
                                        Second round - 19 May
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. We currently employ 45 staff members educating just under 400 students and apprentices working with a fantastic range of industry partners from Google and Deloitte through to the MHRA and a range of SMEs.

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 have a wide range of talented staff members from education, corporate and non-profit backgrounds. We’re passionate about building a supportive, values driven environment for both our students and staff and this is where you come in!

We are now searching for our first Director of People to take a lead in areas such as: HR strategy, HR technology (systems), HR processes and controls, service delivery, communications and engagement strategies and leadership development including succession planning.

What’s your mission? 

To build and lead the people function at Ada, looking at every stage of the people lifecycle to make sure we’re building our College in the most inclusive, high performing and values driven way. You’ll be responsible for defining our strategy for recruitment, performance management, compensation, engagement and making sure our managers have all the tools to support our people.

As Director of People, you will be a key member of the College's Executive Leadership Team (ELT), reporting into our CEO and regularly updating our board on the implementation of our people management strategy, which supports delivery of our strategic goals and objectives.

Role Responsibilities:

People strategy 
Own, enhance and execute the people strategy working with the ELT, our wonderful HR Manager and various line managers across the college. Your mission will be to 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.

Building our Employer Brand  
You’ll be responsible for attracting and retaining the best talent. We’re looking for someone who can create a transparent and honest brand externally to help us welcome more amazing people. 

Diversity and Inclusion 
With the Executive Leadership Team, lead the delivery of an ambitious Diversity and Inclusion strategy for the organisation, ensuring delivery of actions to position Ada as a leading inclusive employer that is truly representative of the diversity of our locations and our stakeholders.

Policies and processes 
In order for us to support our people we need to be constantly making improvements to our people policies, as we continue to scale and attract more brilliant talent. Your role will be to make sure managers have all the tools they need to support their people as much as possible.

Performance Management
At Ada we’re extremely mission driven and look to hire people with a real growth mindset. We need your help to define and implement a performance management strategy, which drives a culture of high performance, meaningful feedback and continuous development to make sure we are developing our people as much as possible.

People Projects
All of the above will need seamless project management for you to take everyone on the journey with you, making sure real change and improvements are being made. You will be responsible for the people roadmap and so prioritisation will be key.

Manager training
You will be the point person for all managers at Ada, making sure they have all the tools that they need to support their people. You will be there to guide them through any people issues and coach them to become better people managers.

We’d really like to hear from you, if…

  • You care deeply about providing a world class people experience
  • You’re passionate about the College we’re building at Ada and want to make a positive difference to our next generation
  • You love solving problems and going above and beyond for those around you
  • HR is your thing, you understand how to build a strong, high performing and values led organisation 
  • You have a thorough working knowledge of employment legislation and related compliance and regulatory issues affecting the HR function
  • You have a real growth mindset and constantly want to be better
  • You have a vision for our values led, engaging and honest brand
  • You’re comfortable to work flexibly in order to support the College
  • You are committed to equality and diversity


The successful candidate will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check when appointed to the post. 

We care about equality, diversity and inclusion

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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