Appointment of Head of Programmes

Welcome

ARMA is entering an exciting new phase. 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.

Member-focussed, inclusive, collaborative, and professional, we are a highly values-led team, committed to the work and future development of ARMA. 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.  As a result, we are now looking for a Head of Programmes to join our newly appointed Chief Executive and Head of Membership Engagement.

This role will help enable us to build new partnerships that expand our network for the benefit of our members, seeking out collaborators who share our values and will work with us to advance our mission. We also want to provide a platform for members to establish and grow their networks, sharing knowledge to benefit our UK and international RMA communities.

We are looking for an inclusive manager to develop and deliver the strategic programmes and projects that ARMA either leads or is involved in as a partner. ARMA is committed to maintaining and developing strategic partnerships with several organisations including Government departments, research funders and sister associations, in the UK and overseas.

You will enable ARMA to grow its portfolio of projects and professional development activity, to ensure that such growth responds directly to member need, to complete the new ARMA leadership team.

Help us ensure that we maintain our world-class reputation as a membership body and that we can help support a collaborative community.

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 Johnson
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.

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.

The role

Head of Programmes

Job reference:
AQ1551

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Term: Permanent

Salary: circa £45k per annum / pro rata thereof, plus pension, ability to work flexibly, and attractive annual leave entitlement

Location: Fully remote, enabling residence anywhere in the UK, with regular opportunities to travel and meet colleagues

Hours: ARMA are open to the role being held on a full-time or part-time basis

SUMMARY OF THE ROLE

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 to develop and deliver the strategic programmes and projects that ARMA either leads, or is involved in as a partner. ARMA is committed to maintaining and developing strategic partnerships with a number of organisations including Government departments, research funders and sister associations, in the UK and overseas. We are looking for an inclusive manager who can enable ARMA to grow its portfolio of projects and professional development activity, working alongside our new Head of Membership Engagement to ensure that such growth responds directly to member need, to complete the new ARMA leadership team.

The role will report to the Chief Executive Officer, with a strong connection to the Director (Professional Development) who chairs the Professional Development Committee and Training & Development Working Group and those providing strategic leadership on key initiatives, including international programmes and equity, diversity and inclusion.  It will be a key role in our newly established leadership team.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Responsibilities

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

  • Programme Management:

You will be responsible for the full suite of projects that ARMA undertakes.  You will scope, identify, and secure opportunities that align with our member needs and values.  You will be responsible for their project management and effective delivery, evaluation and communication to external stakeholders.  This includes managing and supporting project personnel to deliver.

  • Professional Development:

You will work closely with the Professional Development Committee and Training and Development Working Group to develop ARMA’s Professional Development programme.  You will be responsible for co-ordinating, delivering and evaluating ARMA’s comprehensive range of member-led Training & Development webinars, workshops and recorded presentations. You will also be responsible for the development, delivery and quality assurance of ARMA’s Certificate in Research Management qualifications.

  • Operational Effectiveness:

You will ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of the organisation is maintained throughout our delivery of programmes and professional development activity.  You will ensure that we have planned appropriately to ensure the people and resources are in place to meet the demands of the commitments we make.  You will ensure that we operate at all times in the interests of our members, in accordance with our values and in alignment with our strategic goals.

  •  Leadership and Management:

You will be a key member of the newly established leadership team, alongside the Chief Executive Officer and Head of Membership Engagement, working collaboratively with them to run and lead the Association.  You will lead a small team, including the Delivery Officers for Training & Membership Engagement and Qualifications & Projects.  You will also provide secretariat support to key Committees and Working 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.

  • Business Operations:

You will ensure that our core programmes are delivered effectively, efficiently, on budget and on time, and always in alignment with our values and strategic aims.  You will ensure each initiative provides value and benefit for our members. You will apply your project management skills and business operations knowledge to scope out, secure, resource, deliver and communicate to our members, partners and external stakeholders.

  • 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.

  • Programme Development and Management:

You will work collaboratively with the Head of Member Engagement and your team, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer to understand and respond to the issues that matter most, identifying where we can use our resources to generate impact and opportunities for our members, the profession and the sector.  You develop and deliver the projects and events that support our members in responding to the challenges they face.

  • 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.

EXAMPLES OF CURRENT PROGRAMMES

Examples of current programmes include:

  • ReMPro, our capacity-building partnership with the African research management community, funded by the African Academy of Sciences, sharing best practice and building research partnerships. Programme likely to restart early in 2023.
  • A capacity building catalyst programme with Research Libraries UK and AHRC, where we are providing a programme of workshops, resources  and support on grantsmanship to a cohort of 18 research librarians and collections officers, with the intention of seeing more research activity in this sector. Current cohort concludes Easter 2023. We will be bidding for the next tranche of funding to continue this programme.
  • Due Diligence programme, currently in phase 2,  funded by Research England, looking to streamline research collaboration activity with international research partners such that due diligence activity on an institution is completed as efficiently as possible to avoid wheel reinvention.

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 or Carolyn Coates on +44(0)7825 871 944 or carolyn@andersonquigley.com

The closing date for all applications is: Monday 26 September 2022.

Your application should consist of: 

  • Clearly state whether you are applying for the role on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • A full CV. 
  • A covering letter (maximum of 2 pages) outlining how you meet the points under the skills section in line with the responsibilities 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: Head of Programmes

Completed applications should be uploaded at  www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference number AQ1551.

After the closing date, applications will be shared with ARMA who will decide upon a shortlist of candidates to invite for a formal interview. These will likely take place at the beginning to middle of October 2022, via Teams.