Head of Governance & Secretariat - Manchester Metropolitan University

Head of Governance & Secretariat Manchester Metropolitan University

North-West England

Are you an experienced governance professional with expert knowledge of HE governance and regulatory compliance? Are you able to contribute at a strategic level and help shape the future development of our University? If you have significant leadership and management experience gained in a higher education setting, excellent leadership and organisational development skills and the strategic ability to shape and guide planning and decision making, Manchester Metropolitan University could be your ideal next career move.

 

About Us

Manchester Metropolitan University Is a community that is creative, confident, passionate and proud; attributes we share with our great home city. Manchester is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and the most popular city for students in the UK. Manchester Metropolitan University delivers cutting-edge skills to people from 130 countries. We have a shared ambition to provide excellent education to transform our students’ lives, and to deliver excellent research with powerful real-world impacts and benefits. People are at the heart of everything we do, and we have a talented and passionate workforce. We are proud of our accomplishments and continue to innovate and invest in the development of the institution. Recent successes include our new Institute of Sport and School of Digital Arts, our Joint Institute with Hubei University in China, a triple accredited Business School, and a Queen’s Anniversary Prize. 

Where You’ll Work

Our Professional Services Directorates and Departments, which include Governance and Secretariat, have the vital role of delivering the strategies, services, systems and processes that underpin our academic mission.

Supporting a community of 40,000 people within an organisation with an annual turnover of more than £245 million, the Directorates deploy extensive professional expertise to ensure the continued success of the University and the wellbeing of its staff and students.

 

About the Role

You will provide professional leadership for the University’s governance strategy, including policies, procedures and processes. You will be responsible for ensuring that the University operates within its prescribed constitutional and regulatory framework and that the business of the Board of Governors and Academic Board is properly conducted, providing relevant and expert advice to the Board of Governors, the Vice-Chancellor, the Chief Operating Officer and other members of the University Executive Group. You will be the main point of contact for the Board of Governors, and you will lead on committee servicing standards across the University. Your impact on strategic delivery and the ongoing success of the University will be enormous. 

 

About You

You will be able to demonstrate a proven record in governance and leadership at senior level and will have substantial experience of working in a dispersed and complex organisational structure. You will have a high degree of integrity and excellent judgement and will also have a genuine commitment to the mission and ethos of the University. You will be highly organised, self-motivated, with excellent written and verbal communication skills, a good eye for detail and excellent proof-reading skills. You will be able to manage your workload to tight and conflicting deadlines whilst providing a first-class service and building effective working relationships with colleagues at all levels, including the most senior members of the University and the governing body.

 

To apply for this post, please submit your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role. 

 

How to Apply

Applications should consist of a CV accompanied by a covering letter addressing the criteria in the person specification.

For an informal discussion, please contact Liz James on

E:        elizabeth.james@berwickpartners.co.uk 

T:        0121 654 5924

M:       07715 993 443

Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday 30th May 2022

Interview Date: Provisionally, Friday 24th June 2022

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, who we recognise are underrepresented in this area.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.

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