Head of School – Aviation and Security

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Buckinghamshire New University

High Wycombe

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Role Managed by:

Phil Entwistle

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6239

e: Phil.Entwistle@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 08/02/2021

Formal Interview Date: April 2021

Buckinghamshire New University
Head of School – Aviation and Security

We are seeking an ambitious and inspirational leader to lead the University’s School of Aviation and Security in the delivery of the School’s strategic business plan and key performance indicators in line with the University’s strategy. You will be responsible for a team of Professors, Associate Professors and other academic staff and you will establish a School leadership team that delivers an outstanding student experience and educational excellence. You will build on the quality and successes already achieved by the School and continue the drive to lead the culture changes required to build employee engagement and deliver high levels of performance in the School.

Reporting directly to the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, you will provide a clear vision, direction, strategic and operational leadership for the School of Aviation and Security. You will work closely with the Lead for Security, Resilience and Military activities, relevant professional regulatory and statutory bodies, as well as other colleagues in Aviation, Hospitality and Tourism, and Security within the University.  

You will be courageous, innovative, bold, passionate, commercially minded, possess excellent communication skills, with a track record of successfully leading an academic team in aviation and security. You will have significant experience in aspects of aviation operations and management, with the relevant accreditation and professional qualifications.

You will role model our values and bring professional credibility to the School and University and demonstrate excellent stakeholder and influencing skills to work closely with the University Executive Team and the University Management Group.

Buckinghamshire New University is an ambitious, modern university; one that is always open to fresh ideas and thinking. Throughout our 125-year history, we have kept true to our core values of widening participation, social mobility and the transformative power of education. We change lives. Our staff combine the very best professional practice with inspirational teaching and the University is consistently in the top quartile of the NSS for higher education institutions in the UK, exceeding the sector average in almost every area of the Survey (NSS, 2020). An anchor institution, we develop partnerships that shape the social, economic and cultural fabric of our region, including an employment-led approach to learning that ensures students from a wide range of backgrounds achieve their ambitions.

This is an exciting time for the Institution with the implementation of our new University Strategy (Impact 2022), our revised values and the investment we are making in our infrastructure and education offer, including our health-related portfolio. The University is poised for the next phase in its development as we seek to develop our impact further, enrich the student experience through innovative and employment-focused education, and realign our professional services in support of our strategic aims.

We have improved the University’s financial sustainability, agility, responsiveness, student retention and buoyed our student recruitment through a vigorous programme of portfolio growth, including apprenticeship programmes. In addition, we have delivered strong educational outcomes, including TEF Silver and a consistently high performance in the NSS. As a result, we are well-positioned to develop a distinctive and innovative educational offer that resonates with the University’s historical mission and develops a transformative culture where innovation, creativity and enterprise flourish.

If you have the qualities and attributes we seek, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Buckinghamshire New University will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm, Perrett Laver.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Phil Entwistle on phil.entwistle@perrettlaver.com.

Application procedure

To apply please send a full CV which should include:

• educational and professional qualifications

• full employment history

• responsibilities held, relevant achievements

• information on budgets held and staff managed

• current salary, including any relevant benefits.

You should also include a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to meet the job specification requirements.

Please include, in a separate document, the names and addresses of three referees. Referees will not be approached until the final stages of the selection process and not without prior permission from candidates.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 8th February 2021.

Interviews for the Head of School Aviation & Security position will be held in April 2021.

At Buckinghamshire New University equality of opportunity and diversity is at the heart of all we do and fully integrated into our values. Our aim is to create an inclusive environment where everyone thrives and feels a sense of belonging. We are committed to diversity and welcome applications from different backgrounds and experiences.

Buckinghamshire New University is a Disability Confident employer and as such you will be given the opportunity to declare a disability as part of the application process.

The University is also committed to achieving the Race Equality Charter.

Applicants must have work authorisation for the UK.

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