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Search for the new priority schools chief begins

The Department for Education has begun its search for a head of the schools capital programme to oversee a budget of £4.5 billion in 2012.

The £130,000-a-year director of capital role will be part of a reorganisation which will see the Education Funding Agency take on the functions of Partnerships for Schools which is to be wound down in March 2012.

The director of capital will sit on the government construction board and will join the senior team of the Education Funding Agency under the leadership of EFA chief executive designate Peter Lauener.

The Standards & Testing Agency opened last month while the other three agencies will begin operation on 1 April 2012. 

Among the responsibilities listed for the vacancy is:

Gather data from schools and local authorities on building condition and basic need (pressure on school places) and use this information to make allocations to local authorities in line with Ministers’ agreed policies

Deliver the Priority School Building Programme and complete the pipeline of Building Schools for the Future projects to time and budget, ensuring superior value for money

Lead, motivate and manage three teams of expert project leads from different professional backgrounds working on different school building and refurbishment programmes, and associated Technology and Planning and Commercial advisory teams

Respond to external developments in construction and property, and exploit lessons for public sector procurement and delivery, working with the EFA’s nominated lead board member from the DfE and the Agency’s external expert

Represent the EFA within Government and externally, particularly in matters relating to capital programmes, for example appearing on public platforms and as member of the Government Construction Board under Paul Morrell, the Government’s Chief Construction Adviser

Of the £4.5bn capital programme in 2012, £3.5bn will go to local authorities while the remaining £1bn will be allocated to projects delivered in-house by the EFA including new builds, refurbishments and maintenance across Free Schools, Voluntary-Aided schools, Academies, Studio Schools, University Technical Colleges and University Training Schools.

A shortlist is due to be drawn up in the week commencing 19 December before security checks take place in the week commencing 13 January.

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