New Vacancy - Head of Higher Education Engagement

Head of Higher Education Engagement

Salary: Competitive

Hours: Fulltime

Location: Cambridge, CB5 8LA

Are you a dynamic and outstanding leader with extensive knowledge and experience of researcher development in higher education?  Do you have excellent project leadership and management experience?

We are seeking an exceptional Head of Higher Education Engagement who can work with our community and membership to lead and deliver our higher education engagement strategy and support the Senior Management Team (SMT) by contributing to our overall strategic development and growth. Working with counterparts in stakeholder and partner organisations, you will develop and deliver agreed strategic aims and contracts, gathering evidence of reach and impact and provide regular reporting to senior management, Trustees and the higher education community.

Reporting to the CEO, you will provide strong management of the team and our associates, responsible for performance and delivery in a matrix environment; working closely with the Director of Development and Head of Finance.

The successful candidate will relish the opportunity to drive forward the aims and ethos of CRAC. Since 1964 we have been the leading expert in the field of career development, in higher education we manage Vitae; providing membership and consultancy to over 200 organisations around the world to build their capacity in the global professional development of researchers. We passionately believe that individuals have the ability to achieve their career goals if they are inspired, empowered and equipped with the skills and information to do so.

Ideal candidate:

  • Substantial experience of working with universities in the UK and internationally in relation to researcher, staff or career development
  • Experience of training and career development activity, and/or research in HE education or careers
  • Experience of building engagement strategies
  • Excellent proven programme and project management skills, preferably recognised through a professional qualification
  • Experience of successfully delivering a wide variety of projects on time and on budget
  • Confidence and authority to build trust and respect with internal and external stakeholders
  • Track record of growing business following successful delivery of projects
  • Knowledge of research skills
  • Business awareness with sensitivity to non-commercial goals
  • Customer and member focused
  • Preferable experience of developing researchers within a higher education institution

In return we offer:

  • Excellent professional development
  • A growing not-for-profit organisation
  • An opportunity to develop multi-disciplinary proactive strategies
  • A supportive ethos where everyone is valued
  • A dedicated and enthusiastic staff and community

CRAC and Vitae focus research, development and innovation expertise in fields related to career development, career-related learning and development of employability and related skills. Our partners include governments, funders of research, academies, professional bodies, trusts and foundations, universities and research institutes.

For more information please visit the CRAC website

To apply please send your application with CV and covering letter evidencing how you meet the criteria and what you can bring to the post, to arrive no later than 5.30pm Friday 4 August 2017 to or by mail to Hayley Evans, Office Manager, CRAC,22 Signet Court, Swanns Road, Cambridge, CB5 8LA.  Interviews will be held on Wednesday 16 August and Monday 21 August 2017.