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Associate Head of College (External Relations)

University of Westminster

Location: London
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 24th November 2023
Closes: 4th January 2024
Job Ref: 50051183

The University of Westminster has a long and distinctive history. Founded over 180 years ago as London’s first polytechnic institution, it has become known for the many ways in which it helps students to realise their full potential, regardless of background. Westminster’s founding values are to be inclusive, progressive and compassionate, with a spirit that reflects the University’s global reach and location at the heart of a world city which is home to diverse communities. Its teaching is practical, relevant, and contemporary. Providing grounded, holistic education with wide horizons and opportunities, it develops graduates who will help fuel growth and prosperity, and who become responsible citizens of the world.  

The University now seeks two Associate Heads of College (External Relations) – one within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and one within Westminster Business School. 

A key member of the college Executive Group, the postholder will be required to bring strong and visionary academic leadership and strategic direction for the College, supporting and undertaking responsibilities for the PVC Head of College and working closely with the DVC for Employability and Global Engagement to lead and enhance the quality of, its international, employability, corporate social responsibility and public and community engagement plans and achievements, both within the College and across other Colleges. 

A reputable and inspiring leader, the new Associate Heads of College will be focused on strategic planning, proactive development and oversight of operational management of the College’s portfolio of activities. This will include driving innovation across all the College’s external relations plans, and lead in the opening of new employability opportunities and international partnerships.

A skilled communicator, with exceptional people and management skills, they will bring a track record of successful international development and partnerships, growing external professional engagement and setting up collaborations with a range of employers and demonstrable success improving TEF, KEF, REF, NSS and other measures of quality and success for the University. Prospective candidates should demonstrate the ability to think and act strategically; engage and motivate staff; and will possess a high level of analytical and administrative ability. Critically, they will evidence a passion for the College and align with the values and mission of the institution. 

The University of Westminster will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm, Society. For any enquiries or to book an informal conversation about the role, please click through to Society’s website – Westminster Business school post / Liberal Arts and Sciences post or contact Phoebe.Brereton@society-search.com or Sabina.Messent@society-search.com 

Please do not apply via our website. 

At the University of Westminster, diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity are at the core of how we engage with students, colleagues, applicants, visitors and all our stakeholders. 

We are fully committed to enabling a supportive and safe learning and working environment which is equitable, diverse and inclusive, is based on mutual respect and trust, and in which harassment and discrimination are neither tolerated nor acceptable. 

The University has adopted Smart Working principles to support and further our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion aims of being an inclusive, collaborative and flexible employer. Further details of Smart Working can be discussed at interview stage. 

Closing date: midday on 4 January 2024

Interviews are likely to be held mid to late January 2024 

Administrative contact (for queries only): Recruitment@westminster.ac.uk

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