University of Kent

University of Kent

CSF-719-23-R - Head of Secretariat

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Head of Secretariat Governance and Assurance Location: Canterbury

Salary: £44,737 to £50,300 per annum Grade: Grade 8 Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Permanent Release Date: Friday 15 September 2023 Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Sunday 01 October 2023 (unless otherwise stated) Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: CSF-719-23-R

The University of Kent is looking to the future, having set out a vision and strategy that builds upon strong foundations in education, student experience and research. In the context of this vision, the University has refreshed key roles within the newly created Directorate of Governance and Assurance. As such, the opportunity has arisen for a professional manager to join our team in the role of “Head of Secretariat”.

In this role you will oversee and co-ordinate the University's academic and corporate governance secretariat function, acting as Deputy Secretary to Council and to Senate.

With the aim of streamlining, enhancing and running the University's governance secretariat function, you will provide professional expertise and support to the Assistant Director (Governance) and/or Director of Governance and Assurance (Secretary to Council). You will particularly focus on strategic advice, professional secretariat services and project support for the governance structure of Council, Senate and their boards and subcommittees.

What will be your key accountabilities?

  • Proactively co-ordinate, oversee and operationally discharge a high-level Secretariat function to support the University's governing body, key committees and ad-hoc working groups, utilising previous experience, skills and knowledge of working within a professional secretariat role
  • Provide professional advice and support in the development of policies and processes to ensure the effective operation of all University corporate and academic governance structures
  • Lead, motivate and develop relevant staff, providing clear objectives and managing performance against these, to ensure that staff are appropriately motivated and trained to carry out their responsibilities to the required standards
  • Support the running of the Governance & Assurance directorate, and provide cover for the Director of Governance & Assurance in their role as Secretary to Council as required
  • Support the ongoing review and drafting of the University's governing documents to ensure they are fit for purpose and take account of relevant legal framework(s)
  • What will you bring to this role?

  • Degree in a relevant field, or equivalent qualification or experience
  • Experience of working within, and substantial knowledge of, the higher education (or related) sector
  • Significant, demonstrable experience of servicing and supporting high- level committees
  • Proven senior-level administration experience in a large and complex organisation
  • What can you expect from us?

    A friendly, open and collaborative working environment and support in your development and wellbeing, along with a range of great staff benefits including:

  • hybrid working options allowing a flexible blend of office and home working (to be agreed in line with business needs)
  • 43 days' leave per year (personal leave, bank holidays and additional days allocated for the Christmas period, pro rata for part-time staff)
  • an excellent pension scheme with generous employer contributions
  • on-campus cinema/theatre, sports facilities, library, nursery and food outlets, set among green, open space overlooking the Cathedral
  • study while you work discounts, cycle to work scheme, local business discounts
  • on-site parking
  • The University of Kent is a distinctive and attractive place to work. We employ over 6,000 staff, including academic and research staff and a full range of support and administration staff. Our stunning main campus in Canterbury, Kent was founded in 1965 and is set among green and tranquil open space overlooking the spectacular Cathedral. Our staff enjoy competitive salaries, an occupational pension scheme, generous holiday entitlements and a great working environment.

    Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact [email protected] quoting ref number: CSF-719-23-R

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    Please note that we prioritise applications from current University of Kent redeployees. We will let you know if this post is to be filled by a redeployee as, in this instance, your application will unfortunately not be taken forward.

    Applications must be made via the University's online application system; CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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    Job details


    CSF-719-23-R - Head of Secretariat


    University of Kent


    United Kingdom


    September 16, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 01, 2023

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education

    About the employer

    The University of Kent (formerly referred to as the University of Kent at Canterbury) is a well-known semi-collegiate public research university which is based in Kent in the United Kingdom. It was established in the year 1965 and is recognized as a Beloff's plate glass university. In 1960, sponsors of University of Kent sent University Grants Committee a proposal for creating a University in Canterbury. On the acceptance of the proposal, an Interim Committee was set up in 1962 and the university was named. It was in the year 1965 that the university was granted its Royal Charter. The institution started operating this year with just 500 students and 150 staff members. Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent, was appointed as the university's first chancellor. Currently, the university has six colleges and its academic structure comprises of 3 academic centres and 18 academic schools. The university has won two Queen's Anniversary Prizes in eleven years for Higher and Further Education.

    The university has three campuses in Kent. Located in Parkland, the Canterbury Campus is the main campus that includes six colleges, the Gulbenkian arts centre, the Templeman Library and the Mandela Building. The campus is spread across 300 acres and is well-linked to the city centre as well as London. It offers excellent academic, residential and dining facilities. The Tonbridge campus was established in 1982 as the School of continuing education. Currently, it collaborates with the Kent Innovation and Enterprise and Kent Business School. The Medway Campus is situated near the towns of Chatham and Rochester on the site of a former naval base. The campus is divided into two sites, the Dockyard Chatham and Pembroke. Pembroke houses Drill Hall Library, centres for professional practice and journalism, the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the Student Hub social space and the Medway branches of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and the School of Computing. The Dockyard is home to Centre for Music and Audio Technology and the Medway branch of Kent Business School. The university also has centres in other parts of Europe including Athens, Paris, Brussels and Rome.

    The university provides numerous postgraduate and undergraduate a degree programmes in various fields such as architecture, environment, arts, media, English, philosophy, social sciences, history, music, science, pharmacy, finance, sports, medicine, law, journalism, psychology, anthropology and economics. The university has over 20,100 students and more than 2,000 faculty members. 16% of the student population consists of international students. The university has a faculty-student ratio of 1:12. More than 6,700 students and 132 companies were engaged with the nationally-recognized Employability Points scheme of the university in 2015-16. Kent has collaborations with 388 institutions across the world.

    The university has 160,000 alumni over 180 countries including many notable personalities. Gavin William James Esler is a popular journalist, author and television presenter. Kazuo Ishiguro is a novelist, short-story writer and screenwriter. Tom Wilkinson is an actor best known for his roles in 'Michael Clayton' and 'In the Bedroom'. Alan Davies is an actor, stand-up comedian and writer famous for his role in Jonathan Creek, the mystery drama series by BBC. David Mitchell is a novelist whose works Cloud Atlas and number9dream were nominated for the Booker Prize. Paul Telfer is an actor renowned for his role of Xander Kiriakis in the Days of Our Lives. Many other successful people are associated with the university

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