Vacancy - Director of Education

Job Summary

The responsibilities of the Director of Education cover the following areas:  

  1. Outreach and scholarships. Running a programme to ensure that students (both at school and university) are aware of the opportunities afforded by Gray’s Inn to prospective barristers and the subsequent recruitment of students. This latter role encompasses direction of the Inn’s Scholarships programme which currently allocates £1.2m pa to students, pupils and to others for internships.
  2. Career services. Career services includemanagement of the regulatory processto enablemembers who have satisfied the necessary academic and good conduct requirements to be Called to the Bar. The provision of continuous professional development (CPD) courses to Members of the Inn based in London and the Circuits. The provision of other services such as pupillage application advice, mock interviews and the management of a mentoring service.
  3. Education and training. Designing and running a series of education events to train student members of the Inn, those undertaking pupillage and new tenants (referred to as New Practitioners) in specific aspects of the barristers’ profession. The Trainers at these events are generally experienced barristers or judges who are members of the Inn providing their services pro bono. This training process is at the heart of the Inn’s activities and must be nurtured.  It must be supported by a programme of continuous improvement.
  4. Policy Development. All of the above roles require consideration of policy issues, often through liaison with third parties such as the Bar Council, the Bar Standards Board, the other Inns and the Council of the Inns of Court. The Director of Education will take the lead role in these areas and will sit on the Inn’s main governance committees.           

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage a team of eight staff with full budgetary responsibility for the department.
  • Supervise the processes for student applications and granting of scholarships.
  • Provide the direction and management of services relating to students including the prospectus, website information, articles for the in-house magazines and any other information provided externally concerning the Inn’s education and training programme.
  • Oversee the Inn’s Registrar who has responsibility for admissions to the Inn and Call to the Bar.
  • Liaise with regulators and third parties involved in legal education to ensure the Inn makes the appropriate contribution to developments in these areas, both in London and in the Circuits.
  • Direct the outreach activities of the Department and the wider Inn, to ensure they are coordinated, coherent, consistent and targeted.
  • Ensure there are sufficient barristers trained to deliver training to Student Members, Pupils and New Practitioners both in London and on the Circuits.
  • Manage the programme of Qualifying Sessions delivered at the Inn and on Circuit and ensure that they encompass a quality assurance regime.
  • Manage the programme of instruction to Pupils and New Practitioners in accordance with the direction of the Regulator and encompassing quality assurance.
  • Provide oversight of Vocalise (debate training for those in some HMP Prisons), Griffin (debate training to sixth form students) and the Association of Gray’s Inn Students (AGIS).

Personal qualities

  • An energetic leader and manager with excellent organisational skills and a positive attitude.
  • Capable of managing at both the operational and strategic level.
  • Possessing the experience and gravitas to represent the Inn in senior policy forums.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a knack for productive collaboration across varying departments and members of the Inn.
  • Can organize and influence teams of people without having direct line management authority.
  • Impeccable time management and multi-tasking skills.
  • Proven problem solver who can make clear-headed decisions while under pressure.
  • Ability to analyse and compile large swaths of data and present effective reports.
  • Willingness to work at weekends and evenings when required as that is when some of the education programme is delivered.
  • Empathy for students who are usually at a critical stage in their career development


  • Graduate.
  • Significant experience in leadership/management role.
  • Proven capacity to design and deliver a programme of educational events.
  • Experience of working in Professional or Higher Education is essential whilst experience of legal education is desirable.
  • An appreciation of the potential for use of technology in delivery of training.
  • Experienced at leadership level in the design of strategy and projects that influence education policy development and/or implementation.
  • Experience in marketing and student recruitment.
  • Experience in working alongside other educational organisations in the design and implementation of educational policies and change programmes.


Please contact Thewlis Graham Associates for further information and to apply.

Applications will close on 27 November 2019. 

Date posted: 07 November 2019