Are you passionate about education and leadership? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of young people and help shape the future of learning? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for our College Director and Principal (CDP) role in Plymouth!

University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) is one the European division’s fastest growing colleges. In partnership with the University of Plymouth, the CDP will build on the five-year plans the college has developed leading the partnership relationship, driving student recruitment, optimising the student experience and contributing to the internationalisation strategy of the university. The CDP of UPIC will have an entrepreneurial approach, being both strategic as well as hands-on with operations, growing and motivating a high performing team. This is an excellent opportunity to make this role your own and make a real impact within Navitas.

Reporting to the Executive General Manager, you will lead the college team, covering Strategic Planning and Growth, Finance, Teaching   & Learning, Marketing & Admissions, Student & Academic Services. You will create and sustain a positive workplace culture underpinned by the Navitas values. You are the custodian of the college strategic plan, academic quality, compliance, and day to day operations. The CDP holds accountability for meeting the college student recruitment   and EBITDA targets, leading on new product development and ensuring cost effective practices are in place. To achieve this the CDP is expected to lead the college growth agenda, working effectively with the University Partner and Navitas global networks, and contributing to broader divisional initiatives as required.

College Director and Principal Requirements:

  • Degree level or above, with 5+ years leadership experience, preferably in an HE or similar environment.
  • Significant proven experience of leading and delivering strategies for expansion and organisational change.
  • Experience of working in a regulated environment requiring high level of compliance.
  • Proven experience of building and developing high performing teams.
  • A track record of setting, responding to, and successfully delivering challenging performance targets through robust quality management procedures.
  • Experience of successfully developing and sustaining key relationships both internally and externally.
  • Proven ability to grow an organisation while retaining quality in its core provision and services.
  • High level of commercial acumen, with the ability to manage resources, scrutinise finances, and address risk for the College.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, matched with an ability to identify and develop new opportunities to enhance the College’s reputation, brand, status, and growth potential.
  • Excellent negotiating and influencing skills with the presence and credibility to represent the College effectively, whilst demonstrating necessary political awareness and flexibly with stakeholders.
  • Ability to spot market opportunities and positively contribute to discussions around new methods of generating leads and improving conversion.
  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal skills, communicating clearly with staff, students and stakeholders from a diverse range of cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • Willingness to travel and work non-standard hours as reasonably required to fulfil role.



  • Experience in working in the international student pathway sector.
  • Experience of working in a matrix organisation.
  • Project management experience.

Meet the Organisation: Who We Are and What We Do

Navitas Limited is an Australian-owned global education provider. An industry leader, we provide pre-university, university pathway programmes and managed campus services to predominantly international students but also domestic students.

We have an entrepreneurial culture and believe success is achieved through personal leadership and strong collaborative working. As a College Director and Principal (CDP), you will be a member of the Senior Leadership Team, influencing the future strategic direction of University Partnerships Europe division and the college that you run. With us, you can develop your skillset, receive coaching, and unlock your true leadership potential.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join our amazing team and make a positive impact on the world of education. This is your chance to showcase your skills, talents, and vision as the College Director and Principal. Apply now and let us know why you are the best person for the job!

Closing Date: 4th October 2023

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