Executive Director of Academic and Strategic Planning

Ref: 4731

Staffordshire University


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Role Managed by:

Thomas Eade

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 3928 7349

e: Thomas.Eade@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with the seniority of the role

Closing Date: 27/07/2020

Formal Interview Date: Wednesday 30th September 2020

Staffordshire University is an innovative, connected university, acting as an anchor institution of and for the region. Its fundamental contributions to the economy and society are underpinned by a commitment to social mobility and challenging disadvantage. Whilst it has a heritage stretching back over 100 years, it is recognised today for its pioneering digital approach and for pushing boundaries. It aims to support students and the wider community to compete and thrive in the modern world.

After a highly successful year in 2019, which included entering THE World University rankings for the first time, securing TEF Gold, and climbing in all the league tables, the University has already exceeded goals set previously and is now considering its 2030 strategy. To continue this rapid advancement, they now seek an Executive Director of Academic and Strategic Planning who will further enable this pace of transformation.

Joining the University Executive Board, the postholder will report to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor to develop and deliver the new Academic Strategy, translating the strategic vision of the university into the size and shape of the academic portfolio, whilst ensuring academic credibility and financial sustainability. The Executive Director will be responsible for strongly positioning the University in the light of external changes and ensuring that the opportunities presented are maximised. Evidence driven and horizon scanning, they will work across planning, business intelligence and quality assurance, working closely on forecasting/ scenario planning with the Chief Financial Officer and the regulatory system with the Chief Operating Officer. They will have a strong appreciation of the higher education sector, and be an impactful ambassador with ability to lobby relevant stakeholders, locally and nationally. Analytical and with exceptional judgement and strategic foresight, successful candidates will bring strong stakeholder management skills and agility.

At the University we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background. We particularly welcome applications from Women and Black and Asian Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the University at a senior level.

Location: Staffordshire

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on Monday 27th July 2020.

An executive search process is being managed by Perrett Laver. For details of the appointment, including further information about the person specification and how to apply, please visit https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 4731.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further or have any questions about the role, please contact Research Associate, Thomas Eade at Thomas.eade@perrettlaver.com or +44 (0)20 3928 7349

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