Director Strategy & Policy

Ref: 3711

University of Twente


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Role Managed by:

Emi Saliasi

Senior Research Associate

t: +31 (0) 2 02 40 43 73


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 14/09/2018

Formal Interview Date: 2 October, 9 November, 19 November

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University of Twente, Director of Strategy and Policy

The Directorate for Strategy and Policy at the University of Twente (UT) seeks to appoint a new Director to play a pivotal role in strategic developments within the university and help strengthen the Directorate supporting role in in formulating, shaping, monitoring, evaluating and updating the institutional strategy.

The Directorate for Strategy and Policy (S&P) is developing into an innovation-oriented directorate with a strong external focus on the outside world. Strategy and Policy anticipates strategic external developments and seeks out appropriate opportunities for the University of Twente. The Director of S&P has the role of setting an example for the rest of the directorate in this regard. The Directorate for S&P enjoys a reputation as a directorate whose employees are both dedicated and professional. The Directorate’s advisers demonstrate increasing versatility while also focusing on a specific area in their work, such as education, research, valorisation or internationalisation. The Directorate helps to shape the further development of the UT’s strategy.

The UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE is a young and enterprising research university. Their scientists, lecturers and students are pioneers in bringing together technology, engineering and the social sciences and operate under the approach High Tech, Human Touch.

With a proven successful track record as a senior leader, the successful appointee will have a strong focus on identifying strategic developments which could be promising for the UT and then translating these developments into concrete innovations; will have experience in academic organizations preferably at the intersection of universities and the business community; will provide the Executive Board and deans with firm, all-round recommendations concerning policy to be implemented; and will hold an authoritative, balanced personality, a strong sense of responsibility and an enterprising attitude; will provide leadership to independently operating professionals. The desired candidate possesses firm administrative capabilities and political sensitivity, is able to understand the complex governance structure of a university and is able to navigate it in a tactical and determined manner.

The full-time position has been assigned to scale 15/16 (Policy Director 2 or 1) as defined in the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities. The initial offer will be for a one-year contract, with the intention to subsequently extend a permanent contract.

 An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on +31 20 2404 373 or by emailing Applications can be uploaded at, quoting reference 3711. The closing date for applications is 14th September 2018 at 09:00 am (CET).

Applications will be considered by the Selection Committee in late September and longlisted candidates will be invited to meet with Perrett Laver in the first week of October. Shortlisted candidates will be selected by the committee in early November and formal interviews for the position will take place on 9th  and 19th November 2018.

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