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Chief Executive Union of Students

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.

  • Location: Derby
  • Salary: £60,000 - £70,000
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 18th June

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.

Your Union

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.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063

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About Union of Students

We are a value driven organisation, existing to meet the needs of our members who are students at the University of Derby. Every University is required to have a students’ union by virtue of the 1994 Education Act. The broad objective for each union is to represent the needs of students to the University, provide (where relevant) welfare services, ensure there are opportunities to play sport and engage on recreational activities, and to run free and fair elections for our own governance.

We have a team of up to 35 permanent employees and up to 50+ part-time student employees all of whom play a key role in delivering a wide range of activities and support services for students. We provide a high level of student representation at the University via our four full time elected Officer Trustees: President, Vice President (Activities), Vice President (Education) and Vice President (Welfare).

Our vision:

To have a positive impact on every student

Our mission:

To be relevant to every student, ensuring that they know the Union offers something for them

Our values:

The rules we follow when no one is looking will help us make decisions when the way forward is not clear.

Our values are the epitome of who we are and what we strive to be.

Student-Led

We are here for our students and in order to be relevant to all, we will always strive to be student-led in everything that we do – either through student-informed decisions or direct student delivery.

Transformative

We embrace, enable and celebrate change, not for the sake of change but because we are reflective in our approach and always seeking to improve and develop; the experience, our students and our staff.

Supportive

We are supportive to one another, in our actions and in our approach and are here to support the welfare of students and our staff, so that they may be successful in all areas of life.

Empowering

We empower students, our staff and stakeholders to take action in an informed

and informing way, for the good of many and to develop individually.

Challenging

We are able to provide healthy challenge; of one another within the workplace, of our students and the University to strive to do better.

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

    Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063

    As a sector-leading executive search consultancy, we know the importance of creating recruitment processes which are fair, inclusive and free from bias. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a process that values differences.

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    Recruitment selection processes are based on evidence of competence stated in the person specification and in relation to our values.

    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 18th June 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Thursday 20th June 2024
    First stage interviews: Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June 2024
    Second stage interviews: Monday 8th July 2024


    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and Union of Students are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We will send you an equality monitoring survey at the point of receiving your application, in the interview phase and at the time of placement. This ensures that our processes remain inclusive and equitable throughout, and provides us with important data to help us showcase our impact. The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practices. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.


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