Vacancy – Assistant Quality and Development Officer

Job title: Assistant Quality and Development Officer

Reporting to: Quality Manager

Job purpose:
To operate the quality and administrative systems within CAVA and to support development projects which assist CAVA to meet its strategic targets.

The Officer will perform these key functions: 

  • operate the CAVA quality systems and procedures efficiently;
  • operate administrative systems efficiently including the database, student registers and the preparation of annual statistics;
  • manage discrete projects in liaison with others to assist CAVA to meet its strategic targets ;
  • handle enquiries from college staff, prospective students etc;
  • deputise for and support the  quality officer role as required;
  • any other duties appropriate to the role and deemed necessary for the effective operation of CAVA;
Workbase: Gwydir Street Enterprise Centre, Cambridge
Hours: Full Time (37.5 hours p.w.)

About The Cambridge Access Validating Agency:The Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA) is licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to validate Access to Higher Education Diplomas. CAVA is a private, non-profit-making Company Limited by Guarantee.

CAVA design and validate an impressive range of Access Diplomas at Further Education Colleges. We work with these colleges to ensure the courses meet the needs of students and the receiving universities. We are a small, interesting and complex organisation that is currently experiencing growth. Our focus is on continuing to develop our courses whilst maintaining excellence in our quality and service. An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to join our team to help us to realise our aims.

About the role:You will be highly competent and enthusiastic and ideally have relevant work experience, although the post may be suitable for an ambitious graduate who would like a challenging introduction into the sector.

CAVA is seeking a self-motivated, reliable and well-organised person to join our small dynamic team, and to support the quality and development processes. Responsible for a wide range of duties, you will be required to handle a variety of tasks relating to the promotion and the quality assurance of our courses, such as operating the quality and administrative systems efficiently, assisting in the preparation of annual statistics, liaising with colleges staff and students, organising meetings and planning events.

You will have a good first degree, an interest in education and be IT literate.

The successful candidate should have excellent organisational and communication skills and the ability to understand, retain and apply complex procedures. Accuracy and confidentiality are vital in all areas, as is the ability to work without close supervision and on your own initiative is also important.

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Job description and person specification

Person Specification:

Essential Skills: Desirable Skills:
  • G GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English,
    Grade C or above.
  • Educated to degree level or above.
  •  Excellent computer skills
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and coordinate workload with others
  • Experience in education sector.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Experience of running relevant quality assurance systems
  • Experience of committee work


21,712.81 – £25,369.71 p.a
Local Government Pension Scheme
28 days annual leave exc bank holidays

How to apply:
Interested candidates should apply in writing (email preferred) , including a curriculum vitae directly to:Jill Cox
Chief Executive Officer
The Cambridge Access Validating Agency
Unit 8
23-25 Gwydir Street