Appointment of Chief Executive Officer and Head of Membership Engagement

Welcome

I am delighted as Chair of ARMA (UK) to present this excellent opportunity to lead our organisation. As the UK association for research managers and administrators, our purpose is to provide professional development opportunities, to connect the RMA community and to advocate the views of the profession in relation to national policy and matters directly affecting RMAs and researchers.

As an organisation, we have developed significantly over the past 5 years, greatly expanding our offering and profile in that time. We now have around 2,800 individual members from 250 organisations, ranging from universities and research institutes to research funders and the National Health Service.

We represent research leaders, managers, and administrators, offering professional development and opportunities to build networks, knowledge, and skills. We also play an important role working with UK-wide and international bodies to influence and understand the changing research management agenda, translating the impacts of that change for our members. Member-focussed, inclusive, collaborative, and professional, we are a highly values-led team, committed to the work and future development of ARMA.

In Autumn 2021, ARMA’s Board of Directors commissioned an independent review of ARMA’s finance, organisational and governance structure to ensure that it would be able to deliver its new Strategic Plan. As a result, we are now seeking to appoint a Chief Executive to help drive us into this next phase or our development. With a clear focus on membership growth, income generation and cultural change to help us achieve our far-reaching ambitions, we are looking for a visible, influential, and respected leader to represent our small staff body and members.

The review also identified that the appointment of a Head of Membership Engagement would help enable ARMA to better articulate the membership offer to attract and retain members from a wider representative group.

Both roles will be integral to our future success and ensure that we maintain our world-class reputation as a membership service that offers a good range of value-for-money services and activities.

We hope that the following information is helpful to you and that if you have any further questions, you will take the opportunity to have a conversation with our advising consultant at Anderson Quigley.

Kind regards,

Jennifer Stergiou
Chair, ARMA

About

About ARMA

ARMA (UK) is the professional association for research management in the UK. We currently have around 2,800 individual members from 250 organisations, ranging from universities and research institutes to research funders and the National Health Service. We represent research leaders, managers and administrators, offering professional development and opportunities to build networks, knowledge and skills. Our main website can be accessed at https://arma.ac.uk/ 

We work with UK-wide and international bodies to influence and understand the changing research management agenda, translating the impacts of that change for our members. We work with others to promote public trust in research, communicating its benefits and value.

Most of all, we work to enhance research management as a professional partner in the UK research environment. We provide a wide range of membership benefits and development opportunities, including a comprehensive programme of live and recorded workshops and webinars, Virtual Study Tours in partnership with funders, an annual conference, a comprehensive website, and regular communications including a weekly e-Newsletter and biannual members’ magazine.  Our members can join a number of Special Interest Group forums and receive careers advice and mentoring.

Our vision is to drive the professional recognition of research management, to influence the development of UK research policy and to support a vibrant and inclusive community of RMA professionals.

We will set the standards of professionalism for research management and administration and provide development opportunities which support members to deliver their roles to the highest standard and to progress their careers. We will promote the cause of professionalism throughout the sector, highlighting the knowledge and skills of our membership, influencing and advocating for their interests and representation in matters of national research policy.

We will provide a platform for our members to establish and grow their networks, to share their knowledge and to benefit from increasingly connected UK and international RMA communities. We will strengthen partnerships with those who share our values, to collaborate for the benefit of our profession and the sector and provide new opportunities for members to have their say in the running of the association.

We will take proactive steps to embed the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion throughout ARMA operations and activities. We will promote the value of embracing EDI with our staff, volunteers, members and partners, and will support members to challenge behaviours and attitudes which undermine these principles.

We will exhibit the highest standards of professional conduct. We are committed to continuous improvement and proactively seek out opportunities to advance our knowledge and find new ways to carry out our roles more effectively.

Our decisions will always be led by what we believe is in the best interests of our members, for the profession and for the sector.

We will build new partnerships and expand our network for the benefit of our members. We will seek out collaborators who share our values, to work together in order to advance our mission.

You can learn more about ARMA through the latest issue of our membership magazine The Protagonist, our 2022 Governance Review Report, and the International Research Management and Staff Development Programme (IRMSDP) 2021 publication.

The roles

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Chief Executive Officer

Job reference:
AQ1468

Reports to: Chair of the Board of Directors
Term: Permanent
Salary: Starting from £80,000 WTE, plus pension, and an attractive annual leave entitlement.
Location: Fully remote, enabling residence anywhere in the UK with the ability to work flexibly.
Hours: This is offered as a full or part-time role for negotiation with the successful candidate.

The role

Summary

ARMA is entering an exciting new phase.  We have just launched our new strategy and completed a Finance & Governance review to assess our readiness to be able to deliver on our bold ambitions.  This is one of three new roles that has arisen from the recommendations of the review.  We are looking for an inclusive leader who can support ARMA to grow its membership, influence and impact.  The CEO will be supported by the new Head of Membership Engagement and Head of Programmes, to complete the new ARMA leadership team.

The Chief Executive will be a valued member of the Board and Executive Office.  They will report to the Chair and be accountable to the Board of Directors and relevant committee.  They will lead the Executive Office, motivating and inspiring the team to be member-focused, inclusive, collaborative and professional in their approach.  They will carry overall responsibility for ARMA delivering on our vision, mission and strategic goals and doing so in accordance with our values.

Please click here to view our strategy and our team.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Responsibilities

We have identified the following as the core responsibilities for the role:

Leadership and Management: Lead the Executive Office in the effective delivery of the vision, mission and strategic goals of the organisation, consistently practising our values and modelling inclusive leadership for the whole ARMA community.

Governance and Strategic Planning: Lead on the development and implementation of the strategic implementation plan to ensure delivery of the vision, mission and strategic goals set by the Board.

Business Operations: Ensure the operational effectiveness of the organisation, including risk management, financial management, compliance and people management.  You will work collaboratively with the Senior Administrator, reporting to the Finance & Governance Committee, led by the Deputy Chair, and proactively seek their guidance, support, challenge, input and approval, as needed.

Relationship Management: You will manage a range of key relationships for ARMA with stakeholders including sister associations, research organisations, research funders and government

Policy Engagement: You will work with the Head of Membership Engagement to understand the issues that matter most to our members and seek opportunities to influence stakeholders and policy decisions for the benefit of our community.

Values

ARMA adopts the following values in its activities and we are seeking a leader who feels alignment to, can embody and can model appropriate behaviours according to these values:

Member Focused: Our decisions will always be led by what we believe is in the best interests of our members, for the profession and for the sector.

Inclusive: We will remove barriers to active participation in our profession and champion the cause of inclusivity, diversity and social justice for our colleagues and for the sector.

Collaborative: We will build new partnerships and expand our network for the benefit of our members. We will seek out collaborators who share our values, to work together in order to advance our mission.

Professional: We will exhibit the highest standards of professional conduct. We are committed to continuous improvement and proactively seek out opportunities to advance our knowledge and find new ways to carry out our roles more effectively.

Skills

We have identified the following as key skills that we need candidates to bring to the role:

Strategy: You will have the ability to contribute meaningfully to strategy development, to develop strategic implementation plans that effectively operationalise strategic objectives and to consistently review and analyse performance against agreed objectives, making appropriate recommendations for adjustments and course correction, as may be required from time to time.

Communication: You will have the ability to communicate with a broad range of stakeholders confidently and clearly.  You will adapt to your audience and represent the organisation with integrity and authenticity.  You will influence the people you engage with and expand our community, impact and influence through your stakeholder management, policy engagement and thought leadership within the research and innovation community.

Organisation: You will have an understanding of the complexities of running a small enterprise and the ability to maintain composure while managing a broad range of responsibilities.  You will work collaboratively with the Senior Administrator, reporting to the Finance & Governance Committee, led by the Deputy Chair.  You will proactively seek the guidance, support, challenge, input and approval of colleagues, professional advisors and the Board, as needed.

Creativity: You will be able to creatively problem solve and navigate new scenarios, providing supportive and effective solutions to the issues raised by staff, members and stakeholders.  You will be open to new ideas and innovation, driving continuous improvement and evolution.

Leadership: You will be able to lead with empathy and inclusion, empowering team members to grow, develop and thrive in their roles.  You will be able to take responsible risks and effective decisions to foster agility and innovation within ARMA.

Please note that these are the criteria are indicative. If they don’t quite fit your career journey but you still know you have a lot to offer our membership, we’d still love to hear from you.

ARMA is actively seeking to address underrepresentation within in its leadership and governance.  We therefore warmly welcome applications from groups who are underrepresented across the research and innovation sector.  We will be taking active steps to reduce barriers to participation, including through inclusive recruitment practice and positive action in our recruitment process.  We welcome any requests for further adjustments that would make our process more accessible.

We are keen to advertise this role as widely as possibly. If you know someone or are part of networks that may be interested, we’d love for you to share.

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Head of Membership Engagement

Job reference:
AQ1469

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Term:
Permanent
Salary:
Starting from £45,000 WTE, plus pension, ability to work flexibly, and attractive annual leave entitlement.
Location:
Fully remote, enabling residence anywhere in the UK with the ability to work flexibly, with regular opportunities to travel and meet colleagues.
Hours: This is offered as a full or part-time role for negotiation with the successful candidate.

The Role

Summary

ARMA is entering an exciting new phase.  We have just launched our new strategy and completed a Finance & Governance review to assess our readiness to be able to deliver on our bold ambitions.  This is one of three new roles that has arisen from the recommendations of the review.  We are looking for an inclusive manager who can enable ARMA to grow its membership and develop its membership offer.  The Head of Membership Engagement will be directed by a new Chief Executive and will work alongside a new Head of Programmes, to complete the new ARMA leadership team.

The Head of Membership Engagement will be a valued member of the Executive Office. They will report to the Chief Executive and will lead a small Membership Engagement team, motivating and inspiring them to be member-focused, inclusive, collaborative and professional in their approach.  They will have a strong connection to the Director (Membership Engagement) on the Board who chairs the Membership Engagement Committee.  It will be a key role in our newly established leadership team.

Please click here to view our strategy and our team.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Responsibilities

We have identified the following as the core responsibilities for the role:

Engagement: You will be responsible for listening to, engaging, and responding to the needs of our members, as well as communicating these throughout the Association to ensure that we continue to live our commitment to put member needs at the heart of all decision making.

Policy and Research: You will develop an understanding of the policy landscape and research opportunities for influence and impact, working with key stakeholders and communicating effectively across the sector.  You will work with the Head of Programmes to identify projects that ARMA could undertake to respond to the issues that our members care about and to provide them with further opportunities to engage.

Communications and Events: You will be responsible for instigation, delivery, evaluation, and evolution of ARMA’s portfolio of membership services and benefits, including its highly successful flagship Annual Conference, special interest groups, member publications, mentoring programme, and funder virtual study tours. You will also lead on the communications and marketing strategy, developing our value proposition and communicating it effectively.

Leadership and Management: You will be a key member of the newly established leadership team, alongside the Chief Executive Officer and Head of Programmes, working collaboratively with them to run and lead the Association.  You will lead a small team, including the Conference Manager and Delivery Officer.  You will also provide secretariat support to key Committees, Working Groups and Special Interest Groups, aligned to your responsibilities.

Values

ARMA adopts the following values in its activities, and we are seeking a manager who feels alignment to, can embody and can model appropriate behaviours according to these values:

Member Focused: Our decisions will always be led by what we believe is in the best interests of our members, for the profession and for the sector.

Inclusive: We will remove barriers to active participation in our profession and champion the cause of inclusivity, diversity and social justice for our colleagues and for the sector.

Collaborative: We will build new partnerships and expand our network for the benefit of our members. We will seek out collaborators who share our values, to work together in order to advance our mission.

Professional: We will exhibit the highest standards of professional conduct. We are committed to continuous improvement and proactively seek out opportunities to advance our knowledge and find new ways to carry out our roles more effectively.

Skills

We have identified the following as key skills that we need candidates to bring to the role:

Communication and Marketing: You will develop our voice, our brand, and our overall communications strategy.  You will lead on our social media, publications, and member engagement activities, including providing secretariat services to the Membership Engagement Committee.  You will develop our value proposition and ensure that our members are fully appraised of our membership offer, as well as the key issues affecting the sector.

Relationship Management: You will develop strong relationships with members, volunteers, partners, board, committee and working group members, and stakeholders across the sector.  You will expand and engage our network to ensure that ARMA is best placed to serve our members.  You will be responsible for further developing and maintaining our reputation and profile as a collaborative and inclusive partner amongst these groups.

Policy Development: You will work collaboratively with the Head of Programmes and your team, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer to identify the issues that matter most, where we can use our influence to generate impact for our members, the profession and the sector.  You develop our positioning and plans to advocate for and initiate change.

People Management: You will be able to lead your team with empathy and inclusion, empowering team members to grow, develop and thrive in their roles.  Within the parameters set by the Chief Executive, you will be able to take responsible risks and effective decisions to foster agility and innovation within ARMA.

Innovation: You will proactively identify opportunities for improvement within the Association, the profession and the sector.  You will encourage, promote, and generate new and innovative ways of working.  You will involve and include stakeholders throughout, taking an impact led approach.

Please note that these are the criteria are indicative. If they don’t quite fit your career journey but you still know you have a lot to offer our membership, we’d still love to hear from you.

ARMA is actively seeking to address underrepresentation within in its leadership and governance.  We therefore warmly welcome applications from groups who are underrepresented across the research and innovation sector.  We will be taking active steps to reduce barriers to participation, including through inclusive recruitment practice and positive action in our recruitment process.  We welcome any requests for further adjustments that would make our process more accessible.

We are keen to advertise this role as widely as possibly. If you know someone or are part of networks that may be interested, we’d love for you to share.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an employment advisor to Association of Research Managers & Administrators (ARMA). An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisements. 

Should you wish to discuss any of these roles in strict confidence, please contact Helene Usherwood on +44(0)7719 322 669 or helene@andersonquigley.com.

The closing date for all applications is noon on Friday 10th June 2022.

Your application should consist of: 

  • A full CV. 
  • A covering letter (maximum of 2 pages) outlining how you meet the points under the person specification for the relevant role. 
  • Please include details of two referees, though please note that we will not approach referees without your prior consent and only should you be shortlisted. 
  • Please complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form:

Completed applications should be uploaded at  www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference numbers:

  • Chief Executive Officer AQ1468
  • Head of Membership Engagement AQ1469
TIMELINE CHIEF EXECUTIVE HEAD OF MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT
Longlist meeting  Tuesday 14 June Tuesday 14 June
Preliminary interviews w/c Monday 20 June w/c Monday 27 June
Shortlist meeting Tuesday 28 June Monday 4 July
Informal conversations and
Psychometrics Assessments
w/c Monday 04 July w/c Monday 11 July
Formal panel interviews Monday 18 July & Wednesday 20 July (please hold entire day) – TBC Monday 25 July & Wednesday 27 July (please hold entire day) – TBC