Chief of Staff

Ref: 6205

University of East London


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Role Managed by:

Elizabeth Owusu-Apenten

Research Associate

t: 020 7340 6213


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive for the role

Closing Date: 11/12/2022

Formal Interview Date: tbc

The University of East London is one of the most diverse and vibrant universities in the global capital. Our pioneering and forward-thinking vision is making a positive and significant impact on the communities we serve, inspiring both our staff and students to reach their full potential. The University is four years into its transformational ten-year Vision 2028 under the leadership of our Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Amanda Broderick, and establishing itself as London’s careers-first University, working hand-in-hand with industry to reshape education for all and giving students from any background skills and opportunities they need to thrive.

The Chief of Staff is a unique opportunity to play a key role in this transformation. Working directly for and with the Vice-Chancellor and President, you will play a critical role supporting her across the delivery of her full breadth of responsibilities. You will join up and lead key strategic initiatives, support effective communication across the University, and ensure that the Vice-Chancellor and President is connected to key external and internal groups. Maintaining an outward facing perspective, you will monitor sector-wide political and policy developments, ensuring that the University is positioned to respond with agility in a rapidly changing environment.

The role offers a significant opportunity to an exceptional individual. You will be excited and inspired by our vision, and motivated by making a positive impact on the communities we serve. A gifted communicator, you will be confident working alongside our senior leaders to develop and implement strategy at an institutional level, with leadership experience within a university or similarly complex environment. With exceptional analytical skills, you will be able to maintain a maintain a strategic perspective while balancing a busy workload, operating with tact and discretion at all times. 

Applications should consist of full curriculum vitae detailing professional qualifications and experience, accompanied by a covering letter describing briefly how candidates meet the candidate specification outlined in this document, why the appointment is of interest, and what they believe they can bring to the role.

 The closing date for applications is 12:00pm GMT, Sunday 11th December 2022.



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.


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