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Head of Governance and Assurance

Department: Secretary's Office
Salary: £50,132 to £59,828 per annum
Closing Date: Friday 30 August 2019 at midnight
Interview Date: Thursday 19 September 2019
Reference: 082-19
The Role

Full-time, permanent role

Salary is paid at Grade 9 - £50,132 to £59,828 per annum

Location: York

York St John is an ambitious, modern university at the heart of historic York, and there has never been a more exciting time to join us.

We have recently developed a new strategy for the next decade, emphasising our commitment to widening opportunity through the power of education and contributing our talents to creating a fairer world, and a more prosperous region. We are putting inspirational learning and impactful research at the heart of this strategy, recognising our academic expertise as our greatest asset and investing in enabling this expertise to thrive.

All of this takes place at the heart of beautiful York, recently named by the Sunday Times as the best UK city to grow up in because of the quality of education, culture and community spirit that we form part of.

In recognition of the significant changes taking place in the external regulatory environment, we are seeking to appoint a Head of Governance and Assurance. This new role, which will report to the University Secretary, will be responsible for and provide strategic direction to the development of the University’s governance and assurance framework.

You will focus upon the provision of leadership and accountability for governance and audit across the institution and play a significant role in shaping structures and systems to support these processes. Your considerable knowledge of higher education governance within the UK and experience of managing a service delivery operation will enable you to engage and provide advice to stakeholders within the institution and externally, including the Chair of Governors, Vice Chancellor, University Secretary and members of the Executive Board (amongst others).

As our ideal candidate, you will share our values of fairness, sustainability and inspiring others to succeed. With line management responsibility for a small team of professionals, you will ensure that the University’s governance supports compliance, reduces administrative burden and is aligned with modern governance best practice.

This role offers you the opportunity to play a significant part in the progression of an experienced department and act as the lead for all governance and compliance-related University matters.

We look forward to receiving your application.

In addition to a competitive salary and the opportunity to work at our beautiful campus in the heart of York, YSJ employees enjoy access to a superb range of benefits including –

  • Generous annual leave entitlement (plus additional leave days during our Christmas closure period)
  • Pension scheme
  • Health cash plan
  • Training and development
  • Discounts at a wide range of high street brands and local companies, including shops, cinemas and gyms.

We welcome all applicants and particularly people from minority ethnic backgrounds as they are underrepresented within the university. 

As part of our commitment to providing an inclusive working environment, consideration is given to all request for job share or flexible working arrangements.

Please note that CVs are not accepted in place of the application form.

Closing Date - Friday 30 August 2019 at midnight

Provisional Interview Date - Thursday 19 September 2019

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