Independent Specialist on Professional Learning Solutions
Learning Change-Programme Board
The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is a chartered professional body dedicated to educating, developing and regulating actuaries in the United Kingdom, and increasingly around the world. It has offices in Beijing, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, London, Oxford and Singapore. Educating and supporting its 33,000 members is central to its mission; a large number of whom are studying for professional qualifications. With a growing membership and an increasingly global reach, this activity has become increasingly complex, supporting the qualification of actuaries in 70 countries, and until recently running examinations across 170 global centres. The COVID 19 pandemic has required a number of immediate changes to this activity, the greatest of which has been the move to online examinations in April 2020. This online delivery will now continue into the future.
In 2020 the IFoA undertook a strategic review of its full learning offer. The purpose of this was to ensure that our Learning is fit for purpose, and fully supports IFoA strategy in providing both current and future actuaries with an enhanced skillset to help secure fulfilling and sustainable careers.
Recommendations from this review reflected a more holistic approach, providing members with access to seamless, ‘just in time’ learning, whatever the stage of their career, and wherever they are located globally.
The recommendations were founded on the principles of:
- Providing meaningful learning opportunities at all stages of ‘Career-Long Learning’, from pre-professional qualification to advanced-career learning
- Delivering learning digitally by default
- Designing our offer from an ‘outside-in’ perspective, leveraging expertise from both within and external to the IFoA
- Focusing on the skills and mind sets actuaries will need in the future; equipping learners to thrive in a diverse range of professional domains
- Tailored to different member groups and geographies
- Agile and experimental, with offerings aligned within a consistent and sustainable strategic framework
These changes reflect a shift in focus towards career-long personal ownership of a member’s professional learning, and content which is more relevant to our members’ future professional needs.
A major Learning Change-Programme is now underway to start implementation of this change. Initial elements are:
- Growing the habit of professional learning throughout our membership
- Enhancing modularisation and introducing limited optionality into our pre-qualification curriculum
- Modernising our methods of assessment for pre-qualification learning
- Evolving delivery of our learning and support to members
- Holistically managing future developments and the shape of our whole learning offer.
This initial programme is one of the largest financial investments the IFoA has made in decades.
Learning Change-Programme Board
A Learning Change-Programme Board has been established to formally oversee delivery of these initial changes. The Board is responsible for overall success of the programme, for making key decisions on it within an agreed scheme of delegation from the IFoA Management Board, and for providing assurance to Management Board on delivery of the Programme.
The Programme Board also acts as a ‘critical friend’ and source of advice and guidance for the executive team delivering the programme.
The Board is made up of key programme stakeholders along with a small number of independent specialists.
We are currently seeking an independent specialist with experience of professional learning solutions to bring the following to the work of the Board:
- professional experience in contemporary professional Learning and Teaching/Assessment
- independent judgment
- ideas and proactivity in driving the programme forward
- to take special interest in specific elements of the projects if required on behalf of the Board
Independent board-members cannot be in any category of IFoA membership.
For the duration of our Learning Change-Programme – until 2023 - subject to annual appraisal by the Programme-Board Chair.
The Board meets either face-to-face or via video conference on a cycle determined by the schedule of decisions required by the programme, but not less than once every two months. The time of the meetings will be arranged to be sympathetic to the time zones of any international members. In addition to these meetings there will be follow up actions and communications between meetings, by email and telephone. Board members are expected to be suitably prepared for these meetings, having read all papers prior to attendance. Programme-Board meetings will typically last for two hours.
The position is remunerated, including out of pocket expenses, paid through the IFoA’s payroll. The fee will be discussed with candidates taken forward to interview.
We encourage applications from a diverse range of potential candidates, in terms of, but not exclusively, gender, age, disability, and ethnicity, as well as reflecting the geographical spread of our membership. We are seeking open-minded strategic thinkers with a diverse range of viewpoints on the future of professional learning.
- Professional educational experience related to Learning & Teaching/Assessment
- Awareness of the role of Career-Long learning in the professional transformation of individuals
- Global context of professional learning
- Senior board-level experience
- Ability to act as an effective non-executive director
- Ability to exercise independent judgment and to think objectively
- Strong and effective communication and interpersonal skills
- Sound business acumen.
- Psychology of corporate training and development in the workforce
- An understanding of not for profit membership organisations with public interest responsibilities
- An appreciation of the challenges facing professions in a global environment
- Awareness of the challenges to professions from digital and technological advances
- An understanding of the role of actuaries.
The closing date for this role is 22 June 2021.
To express an interest in this paid role please contact email@example.com providing the following:
- your full contact details and CV
- a synopsis of your relevant background and experience
- a note of your reasons for wishing to take on this role
- what you feel you could bring to this role.
We aim to respond to all enquiries within three working days. To apply for this role, please send your CV, cover letter and your current salary details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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