Job vacancy: Quality and Development Officer

Location: Hybrid working (office based in Central Cambridge)
Contract term: Permanent
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Salary band: £30,800-£36,150
Reporting to: Deputy CEO


  • 28 days annual leave (pro rata) plus bank holidays
  • Generous company pension contribution (15% of basic salary, increased by an additional 1% for every 1% employee contribution to a maximum of 5%)
  • Reimbursement of health expenses through Group Cash Plan
  • Group Life Assurance Plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Professional development annual budget
  • Biannual team building outings
  • Join a small and dedicated team in a welcoming work environment.

About CAVA

The Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA) enables adults to achieve their aspirations through education. We do this by designing, validating, quality assuring, and awarding Access to Higher Education (HE) Diplomas. We have thousands of adult students studying our Access to HE courses at 32 CAVA-member colleges nationwide.

CAVA is a non-profit membership organisation: a strong and equal partnership between six universities and more than 30 further education providers. Together, we are committed to aiding social mobility by increasing the opportunities for people from all backgrounds to study at university.

At CAVA, we are driven by our values and passion for Access to HE Diplomas. We are a close-knit and dedicated team of six staff members, all hybrid working partly from home and partly in our Cambridge office. We look forward to welcoming you to the CAVA team.

About the role

As the Quality and Development Officer you will be responsible for the implementation of CAVA's quality and development systems. This will involve:
  • implementing effective operation of the CAVA quality systems and procedures
  • managing and developing support services for CAVA members
  • supporting the preparation of reports on quality and development matters to the QuAD committee
  • participating in self assessment and evaluation of CAVA services and operations
  • assisting the Deputy CEO in the preparation of the QAA reports on quality and development issues and return of statistics
  • liaising with outside agencies relevant to the role and promote CAVA interests
  • designing and running CAVA professional development events.

About you

To join us as the Quality and Development Officer, you will have:


  • GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English Grade C or above
  • Achieved Level 5 qualification or above (for example, HND)
  • Strong digital and IT skills
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Experience of running relevant quality assurance systems
  • Background in education sector
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and independently
  • Commitment to CAVA mission and values


  • Experience with committee work
  • Experience with project management
  • Teaching and/or assessment experience
  • Data analysis experience

How to apply

If you share our values and passion for social mobility through lifelong learning, we would love to hear from you. Please email Jacky Kelly via to receive the application form for the vacancy.

If you have a disability and require adjustment to the application process, please contact us at or on 01223 302148 to discuss your requirements. Please let us know if you require the application form in an alternative format.

The closing date for this role is 5pm on Friday 2 June. Candidates will be shortlisted on Tuesday 6 June, with interviews taking place on Tuesday 13 June at the CAVA office.