Policy Advisor/ Director of Policy to the Vice-Chancellor

University of Bedfordshire

The University of Bedfordshire is a modern, innovative university that prepares its students to be educated, employable and entrepreneurial global citizens. The university has an impressive reputation for its excellent teaching, community engagement and international reach, and it has a strong commitment to provide the highest quality facilities and student support. Its 22,000 students from over 100 different countries enjoy high graduate employment rates.

The Vice-Chancellor, Bill Rammell, former Minister of State for Higher Education (2005-08), now seeks to appoint a dynamic individual as Policy Advisor/Director of Policy. Reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor, and as a full member of the Vice Chancellor’s Executive Group, the appointee will have oversight of a broad range of activities, including internal and external communications, policy analysis, and operational and strategic matters.  In particular, they will be the lead speech, presentation and report-writer for the Vice-Chancellor. They will lead a small and highly capable team covering policy, external relations and events.

Ideal candidates will have experience of providing high-level policy, communications and/or strategy advice in a fast-paced HE environment and will have developed effective networks and partnerships, including at the highest level of Government. They will bring a national policy perspective, as well as the ability to build effective relationships locally. Candidates must demonstrate superb writing skills as well as the ability to influence across the organisation, and must be resourceful, organised and connected. Self-awareness, strategic vision and a fine sense of judgement will be critical.

This is an opportunity to play a central role in the strategy and policy development of a vibrant and ambitious university.

For further details on the role, please visit www.minervasearch.com/bedfordshire. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to bedfordshire@minervasearch.com by 27 October 2017.

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