Head of Finance & Strategic Development
The Architectural Association
HEAD OF FINANCE & STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT
The AA is an independent architectural school and an international cultural institution that serves as a forum for ideas. Being a major Centre for debate, the AA offers an unparalleled public programme of lectures, symposia, and exhibitions, together with accompanying publications.
Founded in 1847 by young architects wishing to educate themselves, the AA has a broad commitment to bringing issues regarding contemporary culture, architecture, cities and the environment to a large public audience, remaining focused on the education of architects; The AA campus is located in historic 18th century Bedford Square in London with a 350 acre woodland setting in Hooke Park in Dorset. The AA has an annual revenue of £18 million, a student body of 750 students, 200 faculty, 90 staff, 6,500 members and thousands of visitors that come to engage with the most relevant debates in architecture today.
Whilst the higher education sector is enduring some turbulence, and the Architectural Association has not been exempt from it, a stable financial structure is in place and the AA is taking a strategic approach to income generation and cost control, resulting in balanced financial results and stability.
The AA is seeking an experienced Head of Finance & Strategic Development with the operational and leadership capabilities to provide excellent financial guidance and stewardship, as the institution develops into the future.
Candidates will be able to develop the day-to-day effectiveness of the finance function and demonstrate the capability to lead on key strategic objectives related to finance and delivery of change. They will also be able to respond quickly to the changing economic and political environment in the UK and internationally.
The appointed candidate will report directly to the School Director and will play a key role as a member of the AA Senior Management Team (SMT), taking forward strategic priorities, including enhancing student experience, delivering teaching and research resources that address global challenges, expanding local and international impact, delivering capital programme developments, and growing commercial and knowledge exchange activities. There will be a strong emphasis on developing excellence in all of these areas, on team leadership and on the provision of outstanding advice to the School Director and the AA Council.
Whilst experience of working within higher education is not a prerequisite, candidates must be interested in playing a key role in the leadership of a global cultural organisation.
The Head of Finance is responsible for developing and executing a sustainable financial model for the organisation that anticipates and responds to the opportunities and challenges inherent in the higher education environment. This position provides leadership and coordination of all the organisation’s financial practices.
As a member of the SMT the Head of Finance provides strategic leadership and management to the School as delegated by the Director. The Head of Finance leads distinct operational areas including the management of reporting staff, department planning, and budgets.
The Head of Finance position advises the School Director, is a member of the Senior Management Team, and reports to the relevant sub-committees of the AA Council to advance the academic mission and objectives, strategic plan and goals of the institution, and fosters collaborations among the AA community. The Head of Finance is also responsible for providing regular reports and support to the AA Foundation, AA Publications Ltd. and the AA’s external regulators.
The Head of Finance manages a team of 6 people and is responsible for the hiring and managing of all Finance personnel, supervising departmental assistants, interns, and other team members as required. For further details please see attached Job Specification.
- Master’s Degree in a related field or qualified accountant status preferred
- Minimum five years of senior administrative experience in finance and business,preferably in higher education
- Strong leadership and management skills coupled with excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Familiarity with academic financial management practices preferred
- Demonstrated skills in management, planning and strategic analysis
- Experience in investment oversight and implementing financial systems
- Collaborative team member and skilled communicator of impeccable integrity
- Ability to lead in an inclusive manner with a wide range of internal and external constituencies, as well as, excellent interpersonal and team building capabilities
- Expertise in financial management, accounting, strategic planning, budgeting, internal controls and regulatory compliance in the non-profit sector
- Experience in managing an entity’s financial condition, investment decisions and risk management
- Experience as financial and administrative leader with a successful record of managing diverse financial operations
Creative thinking and problem-solving are essential skills for AA employees. Ideal candidates will be high energy individuals with the ability to be team players. Interest in higher education and architecture is a plus.
What We Offer
Salary is commensurable to experience and is complemented with a generous holiday and a defined-contribution pension scheme.
How to Apply
Email a one-page statement of interest and your CV and salary expectations to email@example.com by Friday 27th July 2018 clearly stating the job title and your name within the subject heading.
Please note only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
The AA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity.
To learn more about the AA, visit us at 36 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES or aaschool.ac.uk