Head of Enterprise and Engagement
Contents 1. Introduction 2. Our Campuses 3. Our Strategic Framework 4. The Role 5. Application Process
INTRODUCTION Inspired by our Church of England foundation, we are strongly committed to transforming individuals, creating knowledge, enriching communities and building a sustainable future. We want to do more than just provide our students with a high-quality education. We also want to work in partnership with our students to ensure they graduate with an understanding of the challenges facing society and our world, and have the skills, commitment and personal qualities needed to help address them. For more than 50 years, Canterbury Christ Church University has been a big part of the Kent community, providing education which makes a real and positive difference to people’s lives. The University’s mission is to pursue excellence in higher education: trans- forming individuals, creating knowledge, enriching communities and building a sustainable future. Read more HERE. Our network of campuses and centres stretches across Kent and Medway and is a vital part of local communities. The University has enjoyed substantial growth in student numbers over recent years and we have developed into a broad based University offering some 15,300 students a wide range of programmes. As Vice-Chancellor it is my intention to create an environment where the University is an inspiring place to work, where every individual feels able to contribute towards the wider educational and societal mission of the University so that higher education has the potential to transform the lives of individuals and communities.
If you are seeking to join an institution with ambitious plans for the future, we look forward to receiving your application.
Yours faithfully Professor Rama Thirunamachandran Vice-Chancellor & Principal
Our Campuses An overview We are privileged to be situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site occupying part of the same grounds as St Augustine’s original abbey in the historic and cosmopolitan city of Canterbury. As one of only a small number of universities in the UK to enjoy this prestigious connection with a World Heritage Site, we are proud of our location and unique link to this wonderful city. Our main campus in Canterbury attracts students from all over the world and the majority graduate in one of the UK’s most important historic buildings – Canterbury Cathedral. This special city is home to three universities. It’s vibrancy, history and connectivity to London and the continent make it a great place for staff and students to work and study. We also have campuses and centres in other key Kent and Medway locations.
Our Medway Campus, part of the Universities at Medway specialises in health and education courses alongside an Institute of Medical Sciences. Our postgraduate centre, which specialises in Applied Psychology, is based in Tunbridge Wells.
Canterbury Christ Church University STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK 2022 MISSION
“Inspired by our Church of England Foundation, the University’s mission is to pursue excellence in higher education: transforming individuals, creating knowledge, enriching communities and building a sustainable future” VALUES We Value: • the development of the whole person, respecting and nurturing the inherent dignity and potential of each individual • the integration of excellent teaching, research and knowledge exchange • the power of higher education to enrich individuals, communities and nations • our friendly, inclusive and professional community of students and staff, preparing individuals to contribute to a just and sustainable future
Head of Enterprise and Engagement The Post Job Title: Head of Enterprise and Engagement Location: Canterbury Reports to: Director of Enterprise and Employability Responsible for: Staff within the Enterprise and Engagement team About the Department: The Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development (EE:RD) is located within the Directorate of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise). It provides leadership to support the achievement of the University’s strategic goals and KPIs in relation to employability, research and enterprise. The Department comprises four teams, and this post leads the Enterprise and Engagement Team. The Enterprise and Engagement Team is responsible for driving forward external engagement with businesses and other key stakeholders in support of University strategic ambitions for enterprise, income diversification and employment outcomes. This includes promoting the University’s full offer to businesses and stakeholders, including access to our student and graduate talent; promoting the insight, innovation and consultancy services available at the University, and opening up University spaces for business and stakeholder use. The Team also links businesses and stakeholders with our strategic projects and developments, supporting regional growth and the development of longer-term collaboration and partnership. The University’s student employment agency, Unitemps, is also located within the Team, which comprises four managers, two officers and a graduate trainee. Main Purpose of the Role The Head of Enterprise and Engagement will be responsible for leading and managing the promotion of the University’s offer to businesses and stakeholders to support and enhance graduate employment, to develop enterprise outcomes, and to diversify income. This includes a range of income-generating and student enrichment opportunities, for example graduate employment, work experience and volunteering; consultancy, knowledge exchange and innovation projects; and wider enterprise and income diversification activity. The Head of Enterprise and Engagement will also be responsible for the Unitemps franchise and provide assistance with strategic leadership. Main Duties • Leading and managing a team that develops and delivers integrated business and stakeholder engagement activities, with a particular focus on bringing these relationships to fruition within the context of strategic priorities, targets and performance indicators for employment, enterprise and income diversification. • Developing and delivering an integrated employment and enterprise offer that meets the
needs of businesses, stakeholders, employers and funders across our broad subject portfolio. • Building long lasting, impactful and mutually beneficial relationships with local, national and international businesses and stakeholders, and internal departments, with a view to increasing the quality and quantity of opportunities for students and staff. • Leading and managing a team that sources a range of employment opportunities for students and graduates including placements, work experience, internships and volunteering • Working closely with the Directors and other Heads of function to ensure that the Department works together to deliver an effective enterprise, employment and research development service to the University • Taking strategic responsibility for the development of the Unitemps franchise, and for developing and supporting strategic enterprise, establishing appropriate processes, procedures and systems and ensuring relevant targets and KPIs are met across this broad agenda. • Leading on the wider implementation of the CRM database and ensuring it continues to meet the evolving needs of the University as the single source of data for stakeholder and employer data. • Operating as an effective and collegiate member of the management team for the service to ensure the Department, the PVC Directorate, and the University is well placed to meet future challenges. • Working closely with the Employability and Skills Team to ensure that opportunities sourced reflect requirements in the Faculties, and that employer feedback informs programme development and student preparation.
Person Specification Qualifications and Training: Essential • Education to degree or equivalent Desirable • Higher degree in business or similar
• Professionally qualified with membership of a relevant professional body • A qualification or substantial training in professional management skills
Experience and Knowledge: Essential • Significant experience in a management role • Experience of commercial environments, and of the demands of working in the commercial sector • Confidence and proven ability to motivate, lead and develop staff with a mixed range of skills and experience, including managing poor performance and leading staff through periods of change • Understanding of the provision, trends and issues relating to enterprise and graduate employment at HE level, including current and emerging measures and policies for university-business interaction, graduate employment, enterprise and knowledge exchange • Extensive knowledge of the regional economy and its economic development needs, and the local labour market and employers’ graduate employment needs Desirable • Proven experience of working with multiple external stakeholders, employers and businesses, managing a portfolio of relationships to deliver strategic outcomes for enterprise and/or graduate employment • Understanding of the needs and challenges of students regarding employment • Experience of working in Higher Education, and of the Higher Education context for enterprise and graduate employment Skills and Attributes: Essential • Effective people management skills in order to manage, motivate and empower staff within the team • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships at all levels and work collaboratively across the University • Effective networking, social and emotional intelligence skills to build rapport with key stakeholders outside the University • Highly effective oral and written communication skills which can be employed in a range of contexts (e.g. presenting reports to senior colleagues, building strategic
relationships externally) • Well-developed interpersonal, influencing and leadership skills • Ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines, with good organisational and administrative skills Desirable • Experience of financial and budgetary planning and management, and reporting at board level Qualities: Essential • Committed to enhancing employment outcomes for our students, and enterprise and income generating opportunities for the University • Committed to the University’s values and behaviours including equality and diversity principles • Leads by example, has a positive and professional attitude and is a role model for others • Able to use own initiative, be innovative, co-operative and conscientious • Willing to work flexible hours including occasional evening and weekend work, and prepared to travel to different locations when needed • Able to work under pressure, prioritise, schedule and balance workloads to meet deadlines • Displays a committed and pro-active approach to continuing professional development
APPLICATION PROCESS For a confidential discussion to learn more about the role and opportunity please contact the University’s appointed recruitment partner Sian Gardiner of The Management Recruitment Group.
Sian Gardiner T: 0208 892 0115 M: 07932 717 458 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of not more than 4 pages) and supporting cover letter (of not more than 2 pages) outlining key matching experience and rationale for applying for the post. Applications should be sent to email@example.com The closing date for applications is 26 January 2020. Preliminary selection meetings will be scheduled for week commencing 27th January 2020 with a panel interview at the University scheduled for Monday 10th February 2020.
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