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Portfolio Director, Executive Education

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13 November 2019.

Portfolio Director, Executive Education

Salary: £60,905



The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is a globally influential institute within the University of Cambridge working on a mission to develop leadership and solutions towards a sustainable economy. The Executive Education team has responsibility for contributing to CISL’s long-term goals by supporting influential organisations and individuals to build the insight and capability they need to lead ambitious change to reconcile profitability and sustainability.

The Executive Education team delivers programmes for senior decision-makers and influential organisations internationally to respond to major global challenges in ways that enhance their long-term competitiveness while contributing to a sustainable economy. Our portfolio of programmes includes the flagship Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme, Cambridge Earth on Board Programmes for corporate boards and non-executive directors, a growing range of open and customised online programmes, as well as customised strategy and leadership programmes.

We are seeking a talented Portfolio Director with the credibility, drive and skills to lead ambitious growth of our Executive Education Programmes. The post holder will report to the Executive Director of Education and will be a member of the Senior Executive team.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding individual with credibility amongst senior executives, who is highly motivated to equip senior business and government leaders with the tools to respond effectively to pressing challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and global inequality. Candidates must have a strong personal track record of business and relationship development with multinational organisations as well as in the leadership of high impact engagements with senior executives internationally.  As the team is growing rapidly, candidates must also have significant experience of leading high-performance teams and delivering portfolio growth that optimises impact while maintaining the highest quality standards.

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

  • Experience of developing and leading business development strategies to create opportunities to engage with target markets and turn these into active revenue generating projects in line with ambitious growth targets.
  • Experience of working at the most senior levels in multinational businesses, supporting leaders to understand and respond to the changing landscape of risk and opportunity.
  • Insight into leading thinking and practice in business responses to global sustainability challenges, and a clear view of what leadership is required from and within business.
  • Insight into the rapidly changing landscape of leadership development, into how leaders learn, the implications of technological innovations and global sustainability trends.
  • Ability to deliver compelling presentations and to facilitate challenging but constructive discussions with senior corporate audiences.
  • A track record of effective product and programme design, harnessing leading practice and insight in ways that respond to client need and open up new markets for the team's work, in line with CISL's strategy.
  • Significant experience of leading teams and of developing organisational systems and capacity to deliver ambitious growth.
  • Excellent relationship skills with a proven ability to personally build, grow, and maintain relationships with C-Suite leaders internationally.

The following attributes are desirable:

  • An active network of contacts within the field of leadership development or sustainability.
  • Experience of use of research and evidence in driving business learning and innovation.
  • Qualification in relevant field to a degree level or equivalent.
  • Experience of working within an academic institution.

Click here to download further details.

This post is full-time and located in Cambridge. CISL is an equal opportunities employer and candidates from all backgrounds and predispositions are encouraged to apply.

Informal enquiries may be made to .

To apply, please click on the link in the 'Apply online' section of the advert published on the University's Job Opportunities pages (Academic-Related staff):

This will take you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you do not have an existing account) and log in before completing the online application form.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13th November.


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