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Job id: 089665. Salary: £62,696 - £71,857 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 16 May 2024. Closing date: 22 May 2024.

Business unit: Chairman & College Secretariat. Department: OCCS Central Office.

Contact details: Irene Birrell.

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Professional & Support Services.

About Us

The Office of the Chairman & College Secretariat supports high-level decision making at the university by senior governing bodies and the Vice-Chancellor & President and his team.  We are responsible for ensuring statutory and regulatory compliance across the full range of the university’s activities. Our departments include Audit Assurance, Research Assurance. Information Compliance, Corporate Records Management, General Counsel and Governance.

About the Role


Reporting to the College Secretary, the Senior Governance Manager is responsible for the efficient operation of senior governance services at the University. The SGM provides and oversees business and secretariat support for Council, the Academic Board and all standing committees and subcommittees within the University’s governing structure, tracks and maintains policy and procedure updates approved through governance bodies, maintains membership records, and liaises with members of the senior executive team and their staff to develop and maintain agenda plans for current and future years.

The individual in role is expected to act with a high degree of independence, focusing not only on the day-to-day operations of the governing structure, but looking forward strategically to anticipate issues and ensure delivery of a sector-leading governance service that supports not only the governors but the members of the senior executive in achieving their strategic goals and objectives.

This is a full time role and you will be offered an indefinite contract.

About You

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

  1. Undergraduate degree or equivalent
  2. Significant experience in a higher education environment and good understanding of the principles of good governance and their application in a higher education setting
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to present detailed and complex information to a wide audience
  4. Evidenced ability to interact and sustain relationships with senior management and distinguished independent members as well as colleagues across a diverse organisation
  5. Flexibility and diplomacy with the ability to think creatively in resolving governance issues
  6. Rigorous, analytical approach with an eye for detail and demonstrated commitment to a high service standard
  7. Extensive experience of supporting institutional governance at a senior level
  8. Well-developed understanding of regulations, policies and procedures and the implications of non-compliance with internal and external regulatory frameworks

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience leading and managing a high quality team
  2. Understanding of/experience with King’s finance system
  3. IT literacy across the Microsoft Office suite

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

Further Information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers will review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’  pages.

Interviews are due to be held in the week of 27th May