Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University

Chief Executive Officer - Full Time

United Kingdom

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Chief Executive Officer - Full Time

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Edinburgh Napier Students' Association ( ‘ENSA ' to our friends) exists to enable students to make the most of their university experience. We do this by representing, supporting, and developing Edinburgh Napier students to be successful in their studies; to try out new things; to engage in, and contribute to university life; to be healthy and happy; to bring about positive change; and most importantly have fun to make it an unforgettable experience.

As our CEO is moving on to pastures new, we are now looking to recruit a new Chief Executive Officer who will lead a motivated and dynamic professional staff of 14 and develop and support our three sabbaticals who, each year, are elected by the student community at Edinburgh Napier. The post-holder will have the opportunity to lead on the development and delivery of a new strategic plan as our Strategy 2021 – 2024 comes to an end.

About the Role:

Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer is accountable for the leadership, management, and sustainability of the Students' Association, alongside providing support to the Elected Officers enabling them to fulfil their duties to the best of their potential.

In this role, you will be required to coach, develop, and provide leadership to the Students' Association's staff and to take responsibility for ENSA's management and administration within the accountability frameworks established by the Board of Directors.

The role holder will not only be forward-looking, with a continuous focus on improvement but also have a deep understanding and appreciation for student issues and student experience.

We truly believe in the power of diversity and understand that different viewpoints are important to achieving goals, that's why we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and experiences.

For a comprehensive list of duties and full job description, please click here.

What we will need from you:

  • Experienced working at a board-level, either reporting to, or serving on a Board
  • Excellent leadership, coaching and influencing skills to drive change forward.
  • An excellent understanding of governance, compliance and university structures

  • Writing high-quality reports and policy pieces

  • Managing budgets and setting and overseeing internal controls
  • Developing strategies and implementing strategic change Forging productive partnerships with stakeholders
  • Location: ENSA's main office on the Merchiston Campus in Edinburgh; the post-holder will also travel regularly to the Craiglockhart and Sighthill campuses in the city.

    How will we reward you?

    Salary: £65,000

    Hours: 35 hours per week, 7 hours per day

    Holiday entitlement: 38 days including 10 days when ENSA offices are closed.

    Application Process:

    For all informal inquiries regarding the role, please contact [email protected]

    If you would like to apply for this position, please do so via our partners in Talent Acquisition at Edinburgh Napier University by submitting the following through apply link:

  • A cover letter (maximum two sides of A4) highlighting your experience, what you would bring to the role, and your motivation to join ENSA.
  • A CV showing your experience to date, highlighting responsibilities and achievements.
  • Contact details for two referees (at least one professional). Referencing will not be conducted unless successful and referees will not be contacted without prior permission.

    Additional Information

  • Closing date – Monday 22nd April (mid night)
  • Interviews. We envisage a two stage process with the 1st stage interviews being scheduled on either the 2nd or 6th of May.
  • Job details


    Chief Executive Officer - Full Time


    Edinburgh Napier University


    United Kingdom


    March 23, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 22, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    Established in 1964, the Edinburgh Napier University is a publically-owned institution for higher education in Edinburgh, Scotland. Founded as Napier Technical College, the institution started operating with 800 students enrolled for courses like cabinet making, chemistry, engineering, and boat building.

    It was granted the university status in the year 1992 as Napier University. Institution's name was changed four times before it finally adopted the current title in 2009. Named after John Napier, the designer of the decimal point and logarithms, the university is affiliated to MillionPlus.

    The university has three campuses: Sighthill, Merchiston, and Craiglockhart. The Sighthill Campus serves more than 5,000 students and staff of the Schools of Applied Sciences and Health & Social Care. Facilities include life-like hospital wards, a clinical skills suite, sports science labs and [EN]GAGE sports center. The Craiglockhart Campus houses the law and business schools and buildings of Craiglockhart Hydropathic Hospital. It also incorporates an extensive library, two lecture auditoria, language, and multimedia labs.

    University's third campus in Merchiston is home to the Schools of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, Arts and Creative Industries. It also includes a 500-seater Computing Centre, a computer games lab, a newsroom, TV and radio studios, and State-of-the-art music studios. The university library renders a wealth of printed and digital resources for teaching, learning, and research. The residences are close to entertainment hubs, shopping complexes, and recreational centers. Also, they are well-connected to university campuses via public transport.

    The university has nearly 19,500 students studying with Edinburgh Napier across our three campuses in Edinburgh and through transnational education overseas. There are around 3,500 international students from 140 countries at the university. The academic structure of the university is divided into six specialist schools and Institutes of Research and Innovation. The university offers a plethora of programs in accounting, education, law, arts, applied sciences, engineering, business, tourism, management, health, social service, and computer science. It also extends a range of courses in creative studies such as graphic design, music, communication, publishing, filming, acting, and product design. Students can pursue different degree programs on-campus or online.

    Edinburgh Napier has academic partnerships with several universities in China, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and other countries of the world. These partnerships facilitate students and faculty exchange programs for enhanced learning and international exposure.

    The university maintains a comprehensive list of its alumni and takes pride in honoring their accomplishments. Notable names in the list are Shehzad Afzal (Screenwriter and Film Director), Alan Fisher (Al Jazeera's Senior Correspondent), Neil McIntosh (BBC Online's Managing Editor), Jim White (News Presenter), Kaberi Gain (Author), Jamie Mayer (Former Rugby Player), Jayne Baxter (Scottish Politician), Neil Poulton (Scottish Industrial Designer), Moray Callum (Automobile Designer), Tavish Scott (Scottish Politician), Kyle Traynor (Scottish Rugby Player), Catriona Shearer (Journalist), Amanda Hamilton (Entrepreneur and Broadcaster), Alex Salmond (Scottish Politician), El Mafrex ( Lyricist and Singer) and David Hamilton (Australian Tenor).

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