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Huddersfield Students' Union - Chief Executive Officer

We are looking for a new Chief Executive Officer to lead our highly successful organisation. We are seeking an exceptional candidate who will manage the SU in the context of a significantly changing HE landscape; TEF; growing but increasingly competitive international recruitment and a recognised need for greater welfare support for students. The successful candidate is likely to have a background in higher education, students’ unions or marketing. An ability to increase our engagement with the student community is essential, recognising the needs of all students including, for example, commuting students.

The SU is physically located on campus in the Student Central building so that all the University support services are under one roof with a significant passing footfall.

The Students’ Union runs activities and events throughout the year and it is a focal point for socialisation between lectures. The SU is responsible for helping run all the sports clubs and societies across campus. The Students’ Union Advice Centre provides students with information and advice on all things related to life at University from course and academic issues to housing, finance and safety issues.

The Chief Executive Office

It is the role of the CEO to ensure effective and efficient strategic and operational leadership and management of the Students’ Union, in conjunction with the Union President, driving income generation and ensuring effective delivery of all our services. The successful candidate will work closely with the elected officers supporting them to ensure that the vision, goals and core values of the Students’ Union through effective management of the organisation’s resources.

The CEO is supported by a professional management team who have specific responsibilities for membership services, finance and human resources and staff development. As the senior member of staff the CEO will have overall responsibility for the staff management, motivation and development of all the staff team.

It is essential that the CEO acts as a source of continuity within the Students’ Union to build and develop constructive working relationships with all the organisation’s stakeholders.

The organisation is facing an exciting and challenging future including work on the next five year strategy.  It is expected that the CEO will make a significant contribution to that strategy.

Our Finances

The Students’ Union has two main sources of income – an annual grant from the University and the income generated through our commercial activities. We are a registered charity and a ‘Not for Profit’ organisation. All surplus generated within the organisation are invested back into the facilities provided across the organisation for our members.

The closing date for applications is 24 April 2017

Interviews will take place on 4 and 5 May 2017

For more information about this role and details how to apply, please download the CEO Recruitment Pack.

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