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Senior Administrator (Governance) x2

This advertisement initially advertised one Senior Administrator (Governance) role supporting CBELA. It has been updated to include a second Senior Administrator (Governance) role supporting the Estates Committee and its sub-committees. The closing date has been extended to 19 June 2023.

The University is looking for two accomplished administrators to support the University's governance and due diligence processes. This is an exciting opportunity to work within a dynamic and growing team, in close liaison with a range of colleagues across the University, including the Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Senior Officers, and with exposure to key areas of business in a world-leading University.

Based within the Governance and Compliance Division, the roles will sit within the governance team.

One role will support the University's Committee on Benefactions and External and Legal Affairs (CBELA), which scrutinises engagements between the University and external parties in relation to reputational risk. The other role will support the Estates Committee, which directs the strategic planning and oversees the development, construction, and management of the University's operational estate, and a number of its sub- committees.

Both roles will provide high-level support to University committees, and you will work closely with the Senior Governance Manager, to help manage the committee's business, prepare its papers (including some drafting work), and brief its chair and other senior colleagues.

You will undertake a range of governance projects within the Division, including the development and implementation of University-wide policies and other governance documents supporting the University's operations; and the management of strategic project work (such as reviews). You will work with colleagues throughout the Division, and, as you gain experience, you will provide expert advice on reputational risk and governance matters to senior University Officers and colleagues.

To thrive in this role, you need to be an excellent oral and written communicator, with strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise confidently with staff at all levels and to convey an authoritative view to stakeholders and gain the confidence of others over whom you have no direct responsibility. You will also need excellent organisational skills, with the ability to manage a brief which covers a wide range of activities. You will be educated to at least a first degree level (or equivalent), ideally with experience of HE administration.

Additional information regarding the roles may be found within the further particulars via the links below.

Your application should clearly set out how you meet the criteria listed in the person profile (the skills and experience required for the role) along with relevant examples. Candidates will be shortlisted based upon these criteria. Please advise in your covering letter whether you wish to be considered for one or both roles, and, if both, please indicate if you have a preference for one role or are equally interested in either.

The University of Cambridge is committed to supporting our staff to thrive both professionally and personally. We aim to support a good work/life balance, whilst retaining the positive aspects of our unique in-person environment and culture. Elements of this role are suitable for hybrid working, where staff can split their time between in-person collaboration and remote working. Most of our team work in a hybrid fashion, with an average of 2-3 days per week being office based (pro rata for part-time staff). The frequency and pattern of the remote elements of the role can be discussed with the recruiting manager.

Closing date for applications is Monday 19 June.

Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Dr Jo Craigwood, Senior Governance Manager (

For non-web applications, and any other questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Rachel Green, Lead HR Business Partner (

Please quote reference AJ36336 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.

Further information

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