Associate Director for Employability and Employer Engagement

Keele University

Competitive salary level plus excellent benefits

We’re Keele University and we’re different. Founded more than 60 years ago on the belief that we meet the demands of a new kind of society, economy and world, our principles resonate now more than ever. Keele University is a world class campus-based university committed to providing the highest quality learning and living environment in which our students and staff can flourish. Keele is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student life.  With a turnover in excess of £150 million, over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2,000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects.

Keele University is at a crucial point in its history, with a new management team and a refreshed vision seeking to position the University effectively in a complex external environment. Keele is seeking to make the key senior appointment of an Associate Director for Employability and Employer Engagement to take the lead role in advancing the University’s employability and employer engagement activities. 

The post holder will provide strategic leadership and enable collaborative delivery across a range of established activities and areas, including the employability programmes in our Schools, new degree level apprenticeship provision, careers & employability advice and guidance, volunteering, alumni mentoring, student & graduate enterprise support, student societies, placement & work experience programmes and our wider engagement and partnerships with private, public and charity sector employers. In leading and delivering against this important agenda, the role holder will champion the University’s commitment to realising the graduate outcomes our students and the University want to achieve, after both undergraduate and postgraduate study with us. 

We are seeking an individual with experience gained responsibility for employability and employer engagement at an influential level and with a proven career track record in improving graduate level employment, employability and business/partner engagement on behalf of one or more HEIs.

You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills as the ability to successfully influence and lead a broad range of stakeholders is essential. It is also key that the appointed candidate is resourceful as the post holder will be required to identify and successfully generate the resources required to achieve the desired outcomes. 

This role offers a unique opportunity to work in a leadership role at a strategic and influential level and is integral to the continued advancement of the University.

For a confidential discussion and/or a full job description, please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( and Sian Gardiner ( at The Management Recruitment Group on 0208 892 0115. Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to

Interviews will be held on: 29th January 2018