Governance Manager

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Hybrid - Any of our hubs - UK
Administration and business support
from £30,000 per annum depending on experience plus excellent benefits
Fixed Term Contract
35 hours

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Role: Governance Manager
Salary: from £30,000 per annum depending on experience plus excellent benefits
Contract: 12 month Fixed term contract
Location: Hybrid - flexibility to work from home or at any of our main hubs (London, Bristol, Manchester and Harwell)

Jisc is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. We believe education and research improves lives, and technology improves education and research.
Our vision is for the UK to be a world leader in technology for education and research and our mission is to power and empower our members with the technology and data they need to succeed. We know that digital technology has the ability to transform the student experience. We have the experience, expertise and know-how to drive that transformation.

About the team and role:
The digital resources (DR) directorate delivers services that support the procurement, licensing, management, discovery and use of content and software for UK further education, higher education and research. Our portfolios span open research, licensing and content and discovery.
In Licensing we broker agreements with vendors for content and software solutions that will enable our members to deliver a quality student experience, deliver high quality research and innovation and enable transformational change.

Some of your key tasks will be:

• You will lead the management of our strategic groups, enabling the voice of our members to drive our strategy for negotiations and licensing and ensuring their terms of reference reflect the strategic priorities of UUK, Jisc and the sector.
• You will lead the liaison with UUK and the chairs of groups, confidently and professionally building relationships and communicating with Vice Chancellors and service directors alongside Jisc colleagues to create agendas and papers for meetings and ensuring for these are agreed in advance, meet quality criteria and are provided on schedule. Where relevant you will present papers to the groups.
• You will be responsible for ensuring that the discussions of groups are made transparent to our members, with accurate minutes and public records whilst managing the confidentiality of discussions appropriately. This will require the distillation of complex and strategic level discussions and the application of discretion.
• You will be responsible for managing the strategic group membership and working with the Chair, UUK and Jisc to ensure it represents the diversity of institutions in our membership and enables the collaboration with relevant sector organisations and professional bodies. This is critical to ensuring we maintain a mandate from the sector for our negotiations.

Key Skills and Experience :
• Previous experience of working in a governance / committee support function
• Experience of Minuting board / committee meetings, as well as management and administration of board / committee meetings
• Preparing reports, documentation for board / committee meetings
• Professional liaison with a range of senior and high level roles
• Excellent writing skills – able to effectively convey and synthesise detailed, technical and non-technical, complex requirements to all audiences

Please refer to the job description for full details.

Don’t meet every single requirement?
We know that sometimes people can be put off applying for a job if they think they can’t tick every box but we realise the ‘perfect candidate’ doesn’t exist. So, if you can do most of what we’re looking for, go ahead and apply. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles!

Why work at Jisc:
At Jisc, everyone plays a key role and gets the chance to feel part of it, that to us is the definition of a meaningful career. We want to create a culture of lifelong learning. You can look forward to a rewarding job with opportunities to develop and make a real difference to the education and research sectors.
We celebrate diversity, embrace our differences and know that this is critical for our success. We work hard to make sure we’re inclusive and we are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. So, if you are great at what you do and share our values, we want to hear from you.

At Jisc we believe a balance between your personal and professional life is essential to your happiness and fulfilment. We work flexibly at Jisc and focus on outputs rather than presenteeism and are open to a whole range of ways of working. It isn’t about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it’s about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life.
We offer hybrid working and although the majority of our staff work from home, getting face to face is something we value and find time for when we can. If you prefer an office environment all our hubs are open and offer a great space to work.

Our benefits are great too. We offer:
• Flexible work pattern, which can adapt to suit your schedules and personal commitments
• 28 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and an additional three closure days over Christmas
• A generous pension scheme with above average employer contributions
• A range of leave options, including parental leave, volunteer leave and even career breaks.
• A generous budget to attend conferences and in-person training
• Allocated allowance of up to £250 to equip your home office
• A company culture which supports and promotes personal learning and development, including access to thousands of courses on LinkedIn Learning
• Mental health first aid trained staff and supportive environment, plus your own Wellbeing allowance to spend on wellbeing for you
• Financial well-being support
• Discounts on big-name high-street stores
• Cycle to work scheme
• Employee recognition awards and travel loans

Equality, diversity and inclusion:
At Jisc, we strive to be best in practice and are working hard to achieve progressive change. ‘Always inclusive’ is one of our six guiding principles - a principle which actively encourages acceptance of differences within individuals.

We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, neurodivergence, trans status, veteran status or gender identity.

Application process:
Just so you know, we review CVs as soon as we can and aim to provide an update on your application within 4 weeks of receiving it. However you may hear from us a lot sooner, so please keep an eye out for our emails or calls!
We advertised this role on 14/03/2023 so please apply now to avoid missing out on this great role.