Chief Social Purpose Officer
University of the Arts London
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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research
Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience
Closing Date: 03/01/2022
Formal Interview Date: late-February
University of the Arts London (UAL) is a world-leading creative university for teaching and research in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. UAL is made up of six renowned colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.
Under the leadership of our new President & Vice-Chancellor, James Purnell, we are designing the University around social purpose; through the students and ideas we send out into the world, and the partnerships we build to achieve social, environmental, and economic progress.
We are now seeking to appoint a Chief Social Purpose Officer, a new position and member of the University’s Executive Board. Working with the President & Vice-Chancellor and Executive Board colleagues, this role will develop, define and deliver the Social Purpose Strategy for UAL. The CSPO will work with colleagues from across the university, and lead the teams in Policy, Public Affairs, Communications, Marketing and Brand, Development and Alumni Relations.
The ideal candidate will have extensive and current knowledge in the areas of social purpose and policy development. Experience may have been gained beyond the Higher Education sector, in complex and public-facing organisations. You will possess a demonstrable record of advising and guiding transformational change through influencing, persuasion, and advocacy. You will be a proactive strategic thinker and problem solver with high level communication skills across multiple audiences and stakeholders. You will be collaborative, enjoy building trusting, reciprocal relationships at work, and be as comfortable leading your teams as inspiring change across the organisation.
You will share our values and will possess exceptional communication and relationship-building skills, representing UAL with a wide range of stakeholders. Like us, you believe that equality, diversity and inclusion are integral to thriving organisations and you will share our commitment to creating a university where we can all be ourselves and reach our full potential.
UAL aims to be an equal opportunities employer embracing diversity in all areas of activity and positively welcomes applications from black and minority ethnic, female and disabled applicants who are currently underrepresented at this level.
We are working to make UAL an anti-racist university and pledge that 30% of our staff will be people of colour by 2024.
Application is by submission of a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter of application, addressing the job description and person specification and including suitable daytime and evening telephone contact details.
The closing date for applications is midday (GMT) on Monday 3rd January 2022.
For informal inquiries please contact Ilona Motyer on Ilona.Motyer@perrettlaver.com.
UAL is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments for all staff and students to work and learn – a university where we can be ourselves and reach our full potential. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.
Perrett Laver believes that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. A broad range of perspectives, backgrounds and opinions amongst our global community of colleagues is crucial in maintaining our culture of openness, intellectual curiosity, and creativity. We take an active role in supporting under-represented communities and groups in becoming better and more fairly represented in the leadership of all organisations. We also know that diverse and inclusive teams have a positive impact on our ability to identify, engage and secure candidates from these groups.
Our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, identity, and experience drives us every day – for clients, for candidate identification and in the recruitment, development and retention of colleagues.
To ensure inclusion on the basis of age, disability, ethnic or national origin, family circumstance, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, political or religious beliefs, race, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, we would like to specifically invite applications from under-represented groups.
For a conversation in confidence, please contact Ilona Motyer.
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