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National Director required for the Cooperative Schools Network January 2021

This really is an unusual job.

Applications are invited, with a closing date of 30th September 2020

CSNET is well established as the national network for 150+ co-operative schools. We offer support and a voice for this unique education movement.

We are looking for someone to lead CSNET from the beginning of next year: a person with outstanding organisational and management skills – who at the same time will be a tireless advocate for the cause of cooperative values and principles in education settings across the country.

We want someone with a proven track record in driving change, improvement and development.

  • Someone who will raise the national profile of our network
  • Someone who really understands how learning communities work
  • Someone who will work with our members to celebrate the impact of the international co-operative values and principles in their work
  • Someone who will communicate with and connect our membership 
  • Someone who will support our membership and their work, using all of the resources at our disposal.

Are you that unusual person?

If you are interested, feel free to get in touch with the current National Director, Jon O’Connor for a general discussion.

You can email Jon via or call him on 07958 663458

The application pack contains information about the role, including:

  1. A letter from the CSNET National Advisory Board 
  2. Background information on the cooperative education movement
  3. Current information on SCS/CSNET organisation
  4. Role description for the post of CSNET National Director
  5. Additional information for candidates
  6. Application process information and application form 
  7. Reference request form
  8. Cooperative values and principles

You can download the pack, by clicking right here….

We’d like to thank you for your interest!

Jon O’Connor, our current ND writes…. 

“Speaking from experience – this is a really unique and exciting role,
working with our growing family of schools across the country, 
building up connections, opportunities and partnerships
to help each other deal positively with the many challenges of the time!

CSNET operates as a not-for-profit, with any surpluses held for our membership for the following year and for new projects to support schools.
We operate on a really low-cost and best value basis:
in 2019, we were able to put £30,000 aside for our members 
and still keep our subscription contributions as low as possible.

Our members have the final say, with several ways of deciding priorities
– including the appointment of my successor.
Your views would be very welcome on this appointment!

The job involves strategic planning of services, policy and finance
working with and reporting to our National Advisory Board, which represents all four regions.
Operationally, we offer advice lines, guidance papers, professional CPD,
school improvement partnership, procurement… you name it. 
For me, a key part of the role is our casework and professional support, 
in a very real sense – identifying solutions and help when it counts most.”