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Programme Director

We are seeking a talented Programme Director with the credibility, drive and skills to lead our dynamic and fast-paced Executive Education programmes, working with influential organisations to develop opportunities for leadership and to build practical approaches to driving change. The Programme Director is an outstanding individual with instant credibility amongst senior executives who is highly motivated to address the challenges facing business and government leaders to operate within the boundaries of a finite planet.

CISL is a globally influential institute within the University of Cambridge, working with leaders to build a sustainable economy. Through focused collaboration between business, government and finance institutions, we believe the economy can be 'rewired' to deliver positive outcomes for society and the environment - in short to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals. HRH The Prince of Wales is our Royal Founding Patron and has inspired and supported many of our initiatives, including our flagship Executive Education programmes, collaborative platforms and our vision to 'rewire the economy'.

This is an exciting role for someone to take responsibility for developing and delivering an expanding portfolio of work of business-relevant programmes and services in the UK and internationally. The role holder will help fulfil CISL's mission through the generation of growth and reputation-enhancing opportunities, key relationships, influence and impact at a range of levels.

The Programme Director works with high-level executives including international business leaders, government officials, board members and senior functional staff to deliver CISL's work. They also work with delivery partners across CISL' international markets, including the Middle East and China, and CISL Fellows and Senior Associates, who support and contribute to the delivery of programmes and services.

The Programme Director will share in the general responsibilities held by all Programme Directors and will, in addition, have responsibilities specific to their portfolio of programmes.

Applicants must be committed to the values that underpin CISL's work and will be expected to demonstrate the following essential skills and experience:

  • Proven ability to identify potential business opportunities and turn them into active revenue generating projects.
  • Experience of working in fields related to sustainability issues and having an understanding of how these affect leadership in organisations, particularly business.
  • Experience of working with senior leaders from business and government, especially in delivering products and services.
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced pressured environment as part of a project team.
  • Proven ability to manage dynamic teams.
  • Excellent relationship building skills and a proven ability to build, grow, and maintain relationships with key leaders.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, highly proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Experience in public speaking and presenting.
  • Understanding of project management and relationship marketing tools and techniques.
  • High level of competence across standard software packages.

The following attributes are desirable:

  • Experience in facilitating groups of executives in an education or sustainability related area.
  • An active network of contacts within the field of leadership development or sustainability.
  • Experience in the use of research and evidence in driving business learning and innovation.

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If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact the CISL HR team:

Please quote reference EN19394 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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