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Interim Chief Executive Officer & Dean | Institute of Law Jersey

As a centre for legal learning in Jersey, the Institute of Law offers students the opportunity to gain the internationally recognised University of London law degree and to qualify as an Advocate in Jersey, England & Wales, New York and California. The Institute is seeking to appoint an experienced and successful Higher Education leader as the Interim CEO & Dean to lead the organisation over the next 6-9 months.

  • Location: Jersey (Channel Islands)
  • Salary: Competitive, fixed-term contract

About the Institute of Law Jersey

The Institute of Law is a registered charity, incorporated by the Royal Court of Jersey in 2008 to provide the highest standard of legal training in the Channel Islands, to nurture its rich legal heritage and offer a focus for academic study and professional education in Jersey and Guernsey law.

The Institute of Law offers a variety of innovative and internationally recognised programmes that support legal professionals at every stage of their career by delivering a diverse range of courses, including:

  • the LLB degree (as an accredited teaching centre for the University of London)
  • qualification as an Advocate or Solicitor in Jersey or Guernsey
  • a double degree in English and French law (comprising the University of London LLB and the license en droit from the University of Toulouse)
  • various diploma courses, including a Certificate of Higher education in Common Law (CertHE) and Certificate in Jersey Social Work Law (in collaboration with University College Jersey)
  • LLM and PhD programmes

The Institute of Law is a recognised teaching centre of the University of London and students studying the LLB, CertHE and Graduate LLB will gain an internationally recognised and prestigious qualification.

Teaching is delivered primarily at weekends, supplemented by small group tutorials delivered in the evenings, through a cadre of visiting UK and French academics from leading universities. This approach allows students to undertake paid employment and gain essential experience with local law firms or financial institutions alongside their studies. The Institute has approximately 150 students studying across a range of courses.

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About the role

The Institute of Law is seeking to appoint an Interim CEO & Dean to lead this innovative and growing organisation over the next 6-9 months, in advance of a permanent and long-term appointment being made.

The Interim CEO & Dean is the head of the Executive team at the Institute, with overall responsibility for all aspects of the activities of the Institute and reports directly to the Governing Body through the Chairman. The Interim CEO & Dean is ultimately responsible for establishing and leading on the delivery of the strategic aims of the Institute, ensuring good governance, financial stability and the delivery of a high-quality offering across all of the Institute’s provision and ensuring an excellent student experience, with the support of permanent staff which includes an Associate (Deputy) Dean, Senior Administrator and Finance Assistant.

Recognising that this is a short-term interim post, leading a small team of dedicated academics and professionals to deliver a range of internationally recognised and niche legal courses to around 150 students every year, the priorities for the interim post-holder include some key operational activities that are essential to the running of the Institute. The Interim CEO & Dean will take responsibility for ensuring the effective management of student registry and support in the approach to the new academic year and have oversight of high-quality academic teaching delivery and assessment across the provision.

The key working relationships for the Interim CEO & Dean include:

  • The Governing Body
  • Associate (Deputy) Dean
  • Administrative and Support Staff
  • Visiting Lecturers/Academics, from Jersey, France and the UK
  • External partners, including University of London and University of Toulouse

As the Executive head, the Interim CEO & Dean will lead on the operational management and oversight of the Institute and ensure its academic activities are aligned to the Institute’s strategic vision and direction. The Interim CEO & Dean will also be responsible for ensuring the quality, standards and development of the academic curriculum and portfolio, and the quality of the student experience and outcomes. The post holder will be required to manage the organisational and administrative structures and processes across the Institute, including oversight of all aspects of student admissions, enrolment, and the student journey through to completion. With the support of the Associate (Deputy) Dean, the Interim CEO & Dean will manage the engagement of visiting lecturers who support the teaching of courses throughout the year, ensuring that the permanent and visiting staff teams work effectively together and for the benefit of their student cohorts.

The post-holder will oversee the financial management of the Institute and compliance with internal and external policies, procedures and regulations.

In addition, the Interim CEO & Dean would usually carry out some teaching on the LLB programme, although it is not essential for the interim post. An ability to converse in French would be very useful for the role, but again, is not an essential requirement.

Who we are looking for

At this exciting time in the Institute’s journey and to provide outstanding leadership support at a crucial time in advance of a permanent appointment, the Board is seeking to appoint an experienced and collaborative Higher Education leader as their Interim CEO & Dean. The Board will consider interest from candidates with a proven track record of successful leadership within a relevant Higher Education or university setting, who have gained their leadership experience either as an academic via a teaching route and with School or Faculty management experience, or as a senior leader within a relevant central, administrative or support service.

Recognising the range of operational and strategic responsibilities of the post, the Board will consider candidates who can demonstrate significant leadership experience in one of more of the following areas:

  • Head of School / Faculty, with teaching, learning and assessment experience, ideally from a Law background (not essential)
  • Student Admissions and Registry, including but not limited to oversight of applications, interviews, registration, and student records
  • Timetabling and Exams
  • Quality monitoring, assurance and compliance
  • HR and Organisational Development
  • External partnerships and strategic projects

The Interim CEO & Dean will be required to liaise effectively with internal and external stakeholders and reflect the positive academic culture and educational values of the Institute. A strong collaborative approach is essential for any application to this role.

Candidates will need to demonstrate their ability to provide effective and supportive management and development of successful teams and the ability to motivate staff to achieve KPIs and targets. Candidates should also demonstrate a proven track record of financial management and/or budgetary responsibilities on a similar size and scale of the Institute, with experience of accountability and reporting into an Executive team or board.

The Institute of Law is a small, friendly and highly rewarding place to work and study. As such and in order to effectively lead this unique organisation, candidates should be personable, approachable and bring a genuine interest in supporting the development of a dedicated and hard-working team of academic and support staff to drive excellent standards and outcomes for students.

Further information

For further information, please contact Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

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Closing date: Friday 18th June 2021

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