Chief Executive

Full-Time, Permanent


£51,630 – £58,089 (depending on experience)

Aberdeen University Students’ Association is the representative body for the 14,000 students at the University of Aberdeen. It is constituted as a Scottish Charity and whilst maintaining strong working relationships with the UOA, operates independently. It is governed by a Board of Trustees and all operational matters are delegated to the Chief Executive Officer.

AUSA’s next Chief Executive needs to be highly motivated by empowering the students to have a voice and shape their own services while providing a supportive and mentoring approach. They will need to ensure deeper engagement with the membership by using modern technology and a range of other strategies. This will be a key objective for this role. You will also need to have the relevant skills and professional experience to run a complex charity which includes a commercial entity. The turnover is just under £2 million, of which an unrestricted grant of around £800,000 comes from the University. This covers the main operating costs. You will need to have all the relevant leadership, finance and management skills to run an organisation of this size. To succeed in this role you will need to be an excellent and sensitive communicator while being diplomatic, tactful and open-minded. You should have an awareness of the issues affecting the Higher Education sector. Experience of running a membership organisation would be an advantage as would experience in marketing and communications. You need not necessarily have a background in the third sector or be an existing CEO, though you should be a senior/Director level manager of a similarly sized organisation.

If you love what AUSA does and are highly motivated by working closely with its membership, then this could be the next ideal career move for you.

If you believe you have what it takes to make a difference and go the extra mile for this wonderful charity, contact as soon as possible for further information prior to making your application.

Closing Date: Midnight, Sunday 2nd August

Interview Dates: Friday 14th August

Second Interview (For top placed candidates only): Monday 17th August