Director, Public Affairs

Durham, United Kingdom
Grade 10, £63,464 - £75,629 (pro rata)
26 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
25 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Vice-Chancellor's Office

Senior Management
Grade 10 - £63,464 - £75,629 (pro rata) plus London weighting and potential market supplement commensurate with experience

Durham University has an ambitious ten-year strategy to achieve its objectives of becoming world-leading in research, teaching and the wider student experience. Successful implementation of the Strategy is in part dependent on our approach to engaging, influencing and informing relevant politicians, policy makers and enabling organisations at regional, national and international level, in support of our institutional objectives.

The University is therefore creating a presence in London with the aim of increasing our capacity to develop an approach to public affairs and engagement that is consistent with our wider strategic objectives; creating greater opportunities for our academic and professional services staff to engage directly in policy debate and development related to our strategic objectives; and increasing our ability to engage proactively with policy developments across the higher education sector.

We are therefore seeking to appoint a Director (Policy Engagement), based in London, to develop and cultivate networks of influence within the national and international policy sphere, working closely with the Director of Public Affairs (also based in London). The successful candidate will have significant experience of working in government, advocacy, or related business activities, and will have the credibility to connect with those at the highest levels of government and other political settings.

This senior role will involve shaping and raising the reputation and profile of Durham University with stakeholders at the highest level in national policy making. The role holder will engage with senior representatives of embassies, high commissions and enabling organisations in order to support the University in achieving its ambition to increase global profile and influence.

A key aspect of the role will be to report to the University’s Executive Leadership team on national and international policy developments such as HE policy, post-Brexit strategy, industrial strategy and international affairs and advise on their potential implications for the University.

The post holder will be an outstanding communicator, diplomat and influencer with the credibility, stature, networking ability and influence to represent Durham at the highest levels.

The successful candidate will be expected to possess specialist knowledge of UK, EU and international political institutions, have an deep and broad knowledge of the higher education policy and regulatory landscape, and the gravitas to act as a spokesperson for the University in a range of contexts.

Closes midday on : 25-Apr-2019