OPEN UNIVERSITY

Executive Director, Students & Digital

Location
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Posted
21 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Open University
Executive Director, Students & Digital

Milton Keynes
Competitive salary + bonus

The Open University plays a crucial and unique role in the social and economic life of all four nations of the UK by promoting educational opportunity and social justice through high-quality education for all who wish to realise their potential.  With more than 170,000 learners studying OU programmes, we are the most significant provider of part-time higher education with around 40% of the UK’s part-time undergraduates.

Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, the Executive Director, Students & Digital will deliver and champion an exceptional student experience across the University, which is digital by design.  The OU aims to lead the way in its innovative, ground-breaking student experience and the Executive Director, Students & Digital will ensure that we lead globally and challenge ourselves to develop radical approaches to ensure success for all students, wherever they are, whatever their circumstances.  This is a pivotal and highly visible senior role which requires the championing of a digital culture and ways of working across the OU as we enter a period of significant organisational change.

You will be a highly experienced and intuitive digital services leader, with the skills and experience to operate at board level and have immediate impact and add value through the development and implementation of the digital strategy.  You will have gained experience in developing and sustaining a leading edge digital, customer-centric, user experience and have proven success in a strategic leadership role.  The temperament and leadership agility to transfer core skills and knowledge to a new sector is more important than previous experience of higher education.

The higher education landscape is undergoing significant change: from new funding regimes to disruptive technologies, from new providers to more demanding learners.  The OU is well-placed to respond to this more competitive and challenging environment.  We have set ourselves an ambitious strategy for growth and transformation, guided by our enduring values of inclusivity, innovation and responsiveness, and remaining true to our founding mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. 

As we approach our 50th anniversary, we are challenging ourselves to be as daring as our founders so that we may sustain our mission of reaching more students and providing life-changing learning.  With many of the assets needed: motivated students, committed staff, a spirit of innovation and dedication to our mission, this new Executive Director position will provide leadership across the University and will be vital in helping to achieve our vision and strategic goals.

To succeed, you will demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and values of The Open University.  With drive and passion to develop and transform the University, you will be excited about the opportunity to leverage your skills and experience and by the prospect of joining an executive team with an ambitious plan for the future.  With a deeply commercial outlook and a sense of urgency and can-do attitude, the Executive Director, Students & Digital will set the University’s digital agenda, helping to drive and deliver the transformation necessary to secure the University’s next 50 years of success.

For further information including details of how to apply, please visit www.odgers.com/65700.

Applications are invited at the earliest opportunity but no later than 1700 on Thursday 19th April 2018.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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