About us

Here at the Co-operative College, we’ve always done things differently. Born over 100 years ago out of a need for radical education that fights for social justice, our mission hasn’t changed.

We are fearless thinkers, innovators and passionate about change. We are small, but have big plans to make the world a more co-operative place. One where we all work together to put learning at the heart of our communities, workplaces and homes. 

We invite you to join us as we pioneer a future that benefits more than just a select few. This is education done with, not to people. We’re committed to inspiring a whole new generation of co-operators through the values and principles set out by the founders of our movement. 

Up for the challenge? Keep reading.

Hints and tips

Before making an application, make sure you have a look around our site. There's lots of information available in our About Us pages, whilst you'll find out what co-operative values are and why they're so important here.

Our latest vacancies

Great news, we're hiring!

This is a chance to be part of something special, a new team, a new organisational structure, a revised purpose and huge ambitions to positively impact the lives of thousands of learners across the globe.

It’s a big, beautiful, colourful world out there and we should celebrate that. That’s why we’re working hard to be a fully diverse and inclusive place to work. Every day we strive to create an atmosphere where everyone feels valued, listened to, supported and where we can do our best work.

Sure, there’s always more that can be done. But together with our team, learners, partners and community, we can make everyone welcome. As an organisation that's embraced flexible home working, we’re open to anything if it works for you, the team and the wider College. That includes amended work hours or shift patterns and initiatives such as job shares.

We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of ethnicity, but as members of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups are currently under-represented in the organisation we particularly encourage applications from BAME candidates. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

If anything prevents you from following our online application process, please contact us via [email protected] so we can provide an alternative way for you to apply. We are happy to make adjustments to our hiring process to ensure we are accessible to everyone – please let us know what we can do to support you.  

CEO and Principal

Four days per week

Home based. (With regular travel to our Manchester hub)

£52,000 (0.8 £65,000 FTE) 

As our CEO and Principal, you'll provide clear leadership in policy making, strategic planning and executive management to deliver our objectives and ambitions, all while demonstrating commitment to the internationally shared co-operative values. 

The role includes responsibility for the strategic planning, co-ordination, development and oversight of our work and the wider College team, as well as responsibility for the quality of our educational design and delivery, partnerships and programmes of study.

This is no ordinary CEO position - you'll need to apply your expert knowledge, experience and scholarship to lead our wider thinking and planning. You'll act as an inspiring figure across the wider co-operative movement, raising both the profile and importance of co-operative education as we look to build a fairer world for all.

How to Apply

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the Co-operative College on this appointment. 

For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference FAOAV. 

Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). 

Applications should be received by noon on Monday 17 May.

Key documents

Candidate Pack PDF

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