Non Executive Directorships

Chair, Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission

Location: London

Date Posted: 27/07/2020

Closing Date: 28/08/2020

Vacancy Description

The Chair will lead the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, and will have responsibility for:

  • Providing effective leadership of the Commission and ensuring that strong and effective governance is in place.
  • Together with the Commissioners, setting direction for the Marshall Scholarship programme and monitoring performance.
  • Ensuring that the Commission sets a clear vision and strategy for a vibrant and effective Marshall Scholarships programme that is effectively and appropriately communicated, in the context of changes in funding, in higher education and in the UK/US relationship.
  • Effective management of the key stakeholder relationships, particularly with the following:
  • Working closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as sponsoring department, including ensuring close alignment with FCO strategic objectives.
  • The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as managing agency.
  • The Association of Marshall Scholars (AMS) – the alumni association.
  • UK Universities and other partners.
  • Acting as the public face of and ambassador for the Commission, promoting and communicating the Commission’s views as required.
  • Securing the future of the programme through effective university partnership building, including through and with the Marshall alumni network; and by taking other appropriate actions to secure long-term programme sustainability.
  • Co-ordinating and directing the contributions of Commission members presenting different views and opinions, and doing so by establishing good team working.
  • Carrying out periodic appraisals on individual Commissioners’ performance.
  • Acting as the Accounting Officer responsible for the expenditure of public money.

 

 

Person Specification

Person Specification

One candidate is sought whose attributes will range across the following criteria.

Essential:

  • A keen interest in UK-US relations, and a commitment to improve and deepen that relationship.
  • The ability to demonstrate strategic leadership at Board level of a significant organisation in the public or private sector, including the ability to lead and chair an interdisciplinary group.
  • Ability to network at the highest level and an awareness of how to use networks effectively to achieve an organisation’s goals.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • An ability to engage with the best and brightest American students, and a keen concern for their well-being.
  • Ability to seek out and conclude strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders and organisations that can further bolster the scholarship and work of the commission.
  • The right to work in the UK.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of finance and governance issues.
  • Knowledge or experience working with or on behalf of UK higher education and its institutions.
  • Experience of dealing with Ministers, senior officials and stakeholders.
  • Skills in stakeholder engagement, and monitoring and evaluation of organisational impact.
  • Knowledge and experience of engaging with dispersed and widespread communities and alumni, including through the use of technology.
  • Commitment towards and demonstrated ability in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience or knowledge of fundraising and commercial sponsorship.

At Marshall, we want to represent the breadth and diversity of the UK and particularly welcome applications from candidates from a diverse range of professional and personal backgrounds.

 

Additional Information

More information about Marshall Scholarships and the Commission can be found at www.marshallscholarship.org

 

How to Apply

Equality of opportunity – We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people with diverse experience and backgrounds.

How to apply – All applicants are required to submit a letter no longer than two pages detailing their experience against the specification and relevant skills together with a full CV. Please also provide the names and contact details of two referees who can be contacted if you are short-listed for interview. If alternative formats of this information pack and the monitoring form (below) are required, please contact us at an early stage well before the closing date for applications. Applications must be received by the closing date. Late applications will not be considered. Contact details: Stephanie.Kouloumanou@fco.gov.uk

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