Aberdeen University Students’ Association is the representative body for the 14,000 students at the University of Aberdeen. It is constituted as a Scottish Charity and whilst maintaining strong working relationships with the UOA, operates independently. It is governed by a Board of Trustees and all operational matters are delegated to the Chief Executive Officer. The students are represented by five elected Sabbatical Officers. The CEO works closely alongside these Officers and a small team of staff to effectively deliver services to students.
AUSA has much to be proud of. It strives to live its values of promising students that the organisation and its staff will be:
•Democratic •Professional •Transparent •Inclusive •Supportive •Approachable •Friendly •Collaborative
A full range of dynamic, popular and much-valued services are offered. There are 56 sports clubs and 180 societies as well as a range of other functions. It also runs the Bar Café in the Students’ Union building. There is a strategic plan that has been influenced by the students which highlights the issues that they really care about: inclusion and recognising the diversity within the student population, sustainability, innovation and the importance of cutting-edge technology. This plan lays out exciting and ambitious plans for the future.
As you would expect, this comes hand in hand with challenges including the block grant, which has not increased for the past three years, a drive to get greater engagement with the membership and the service delivery environment created by Covid-19 that places more emphasis on a blended and more on-line approach.
AUSA’s next Chief Executive needs to be highly motivated by empowering the students to have a voice and shape their own services while providing a supportive and mentoring approach. They will need to ensure deeper engagement with the membership by using modern technology and a range of other strategies. This will be a key objective for this role. You will also need to have the relevant skills and professional experience to run a complex charity which includes a commercial entity. The turnover is just under £2 million, of which an unrestricted grant of around £800,000 comes from the University. This covers the main operating costs. You will need to have all the relevant leadership, finance and management skills to run an organisation of this size. To succeed in this role you will need to be an excellent and sensitive communicator while being diplomatic, tactful and open-minded. You should have an awareness of the issues affecting the Higher Education sector. Experience of running a membership organisation would be an advantage as would experience in marketing and communications. You need not necessarily have a background in the third sector or be an existing CEO, though you should be a senior/Director level manager of a similarly sized organisation.
If you love what AUSA does and are highly motivated by working closely with its membership, then this could be the next ideal career move for you.
If you are interested in reading more about this fantastic opportunity, get in touch with the BTA Recruitment team today.
Please email us at [email protected] or call us on 01786 542 224 to request an information pack, full job description and person specification.
You are advised to get in touch well in advance of the closing date to give us time to consider your application and pre-interview the strongest applicants.
Closing Date: Midnight, Sunday 2nd August
Interview Dates: Friday 14th August Second Interview (For top placed candidates only): Monday 17th August
This search is being conducted exclusively for AUSA by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). Our leadership team has all worked in the voluntary sector and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.