New Director to be appointed

The term of office of the current ECPR Director, Martin Bull, finishes on 31 August 2019, and the ECPR now wishes to appoint a new Director to replace him. The Executive Committee has decided to change this post from one based on secondment of an academic from a university to a full-time, permanent position based at the ECPR Headquarters in Colchester. The new Director will not, therefore, be a practising academic, and an academic background is not regarded as essential for this post. The post-holder will be subject to a year’s probation from the date of appointment, and the start date is 1 June 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter, thus allowing for some overlap with the outgoing Director.
 
Salary: up to £60k (enhanced pension scheme and other benefits)
 
The Director will be appointed by and is responsible to the Executive Committee (EC) of the ECPR and will exercise his/her main responsibilities via chairing the Management Group (MG).

Major Responsibilities

  • managerial oversight/responsibility for staffing, policy and procedural matters;
  • overriding responsibility for all operational matters;
  • direct line-management of all Managers (currently 5);
  • supporting and advising the Executive Committee in strategic decision-making;
  • leading, where appropriate, the development of the organisation’s strategy;
  • ensuring the organisation is in good financial, organisational and operational shape;
  • leading the Management Group in implementing/operationalising EC decisions;
  • supporting the EC’s governance requirements (including attendance at EC meetings);
  • ensuring that the ECPR meets its constitutional, Charity and membership obligations;
  • representing the ECPR at events/meetings, as appropriate;
  • management of the ECPR’s risks and liabilities.
The Director also has delegated authority to act in various sectors of the ECPR, all of which are detailed in the ECPR’s Scheme of Delegation, including appointments of staff below the grade of Manager, signing contracts of employment and other contracts, use of consultants, etc.

The Profile

The successful candidate should have:
  • substantial experience with senior non-profit management or academic administration;
  • a proven record of staff management;
  • demonstrated capacity to think creatively and strategically;
  • commercial and entrepreneurial acumen;
  • outstanding leadership, management and advocacy skills;
  • experience in an international organisation or of working across different cultures;
  • a good understanding of the workings of the ‘academic world’;
  • awareness of the challenges and opportunities present in the Higher Education sector;
  • an interest in the use of IT and new media for public outreach and service provision;
  • an understanding of Open Access as a means of delivering published research;
  • a knowledge of UK Charity law obligations/requirements (or willingness to acquire it);
  • a willingness to acquire a working knowledge in Human Resource law;
  • awareness of ECPR’s mission in promoting political science research and teaching;
  • an ability to write reports and documents to a high standard;
  • excellent speaking and writing abilities in English.

To Apply

Applicants should submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae no later than 31 January 2019 via Charity Job. Consideration of candidates (with possible first interview) will take place during February 2019, followed by interviews of short-listed candidates on Friday 22 March 2019 at the ECPR’s Headquarters in Colchester.
 

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