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Governance & Secretariat Manager
Manchester Metropolitan University
North West England
Are you an experienced governance professional with in-depth knowledge of higher education governance and regulatory compliance? Are you able to contribute at a strategic level and help shape the future development of our University? If you have significant leadership and management experience gained in a higher education setting, excellent leadership and organizational development skills, and the strategic ability to shape and guide planning and decision-making, the Manchester Metropolitan University could be your ideal next career choice.
Manchester Metropolitan University is a creative, confident, passionate and proud community; attributes that we share with our great hometown. Manchester is one of the most extensive centers of higher education in Europe and the most popular city for students in the UK. Manchester Metropolitan University offers cutting-edge skills to people from 130 countries. We share the ambition to provide an excellent education to transform the lives of our students and to provide excellent research with powerful real-world impacts and benefits. People are at the heart of everything we do and we have a talented and passionate workforce. We are proud of our accomplishments and continue to innovate and invest in the development of the institution. Recent successes include our new Sports Institute and School of Digital Arts, our joint institute with Hubei University in China, a triple-accredited business school and a Queen’s Anniversary Award.
where you will work
Our professional services directorates and departments, which include governance and secretariat, have the critical role of providing the strategies, services, systems, and processes that underpin our academic mission. Supporting a community of 40,000 people within an organization with an annual turnover of over £245 million, the Principals deploy extensive professional expertise to ensure the University’s continued success and well-being of its staff and students.
About the role
You will provide professional leadership for the University’s governance strategy, including policies, procedures and processes. You will be responsible for ensuring that the University operates within its prescribed constitutional and regulatory framework and that the affairs of the Board of Governors and Academic Council are properly conducted, providing relevant and expert advice to the Board of Governors, Vice Chancellor , the chief operating officer and other members of the university’s leadership group. You will be the primary point of contact for the Board of Governors and lead the committee’s service standards across the University. Your impact on the strategic delivery and continued success of the University will be enormous.
You will be able to demonstrate a proven track record of governance and leadership at the senior level and have substantial experience working in a dispersed and complex organizational structure. You will have a high degree of integrity and excellent judgment and will also have a genuine commitment to the mission and ethos of the University. You will be highly organized, self-motivated, with excellent written and verbal communication skills, a good eye for detail and excellent proofreading skills. You will be able to manage your workload under tight and conflicting deadlines while providing first class service and building effective working relationships with colleagues at all levels, including the most senior members of the University and governing body.
To apply for this position, please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the position.
How to register
Applications must consist of a CV accompanied by a cover letter meeting the criteria of the person’s description.
For an informal chat, please contact Liz James at
Email: [email protected]
Such. : 0121 654 5924
M: 07715 993 443
Deadline for receipt of applications: Monday, May 30, 2022
Date of interview: Tentatively, Friday, June 24, 2022
Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and well-being of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
We encourage applications from all sections of the community, regardless of background, creed or identity, recognizing the benefits that a diverse organization can bring. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, who we recognize are underrepresented in this field.
We recognize the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.