Chief Executive

  • Job Reference: 00000577-1
  • Date Posted: 29 May 2024
  • Employer: Derby Union of Students
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  • Location: Derby Union of Students, University of Derby
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £60,000 to £70,000
  • Sector: Leadership
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full time

Job Description

Who we are.

The Union of Students exists to positively impact every student at the University of Derby. We achieve this through five key strands of activity:

  • Ensuring strong awareness of the Union and how we can assist.
  • Supporting the needs of our students.
  • Focusing on accessibility and inclusion.
  • Providing excellent digital provision.
  • Reducing the financial pressures facing our students.

In everything we do, we seek to uphold our values of being student-led, transformative, supportive, empowering, and challenging.

We are emerging from a transformation period where we have restructured our teams, secured our financial position, enhanced our relationships with key stakeholders, and built a positive working culture.

It’s an exciting time to join as we continue to evolve to meet the needs of our diverse student population. We are proud to serve a high number of apprenticeship learners and students who take industry placements, requiring us to rethink what student engagement can and should be.

Delivering for our students requires working collaboratively with our university partner, challenging the norm, and ensuring that the student voice is integral to all we do.

Who we are looking for.

We are looking for a Chief Executive who can provide visionary leadership, strong management and governance skills, a collaborative style, excellent communication skills, and an ability to model our values.

We are open to leaders seeking their first Chief Executive role. As a Union with sizeable operations in both membership and commercial areas, we require experience in at least one of these areas, with the ability to lead across both as student engagement and financial sustainability are critical to our success.