Chief Executive Officer

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • London, UK
  • Salary: £51,325 – £62,346 per annum

Website Royal Historical Society

We are looking to recruit our first Chief Executive Officer to work closely with our Trustees in order to shape and implement the aims and ambitions of the Society.

Role: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Salary: UCL Non-clinical pay scale: spine point 42-49 currently £51,325 – £62,346 per annum (dependent on experience)
Contract: Permanent, full time, 37.5 hours per week – a flexible, part time role will be considered for an exceptional candidate
Location: Royal Historical Society office at University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT – an option for a proportion of remote working will be considered for an exceptional candidate (We are currently working remotely due to COVID-19 but please note there will be an expectation to return to the office once we are allowed to do so.)
Start date: October 2021 – early January 2022

About us

The Royal Historical Society is a learned society, membership organisation and charity with a 150 year history, comprising nearly 4500 fellows, members and early career historians, active in the UK and worldwide. This makes the RHS the UK’s largest membership organisation for professional historians of all kinds, and from all walks of life — held in high regard by historians internationally, and a partner to many similar organisations overseas. These national and international connections are led by the Trustees, academics who make up the RHS Council and the small central team based at University College London, which is the home of the Society.

The role

We are seeking a creative and dynamic individual to help us better equip the Society for today’s challenges and build resilience for those of the future in order for the Society to realise its goals in the 2020s.

As we look to develop the RHS through the 2020s, the Chief Executive Officer will expand and modernise our structures and ensure effective collaboration across the Society’s central team, Trustees, and wider membership. Working closely with a range of key stakeholders the Chief Executive Officer will have responsibility for allocating and prioritising resources so that the Society can continue to extend its remit as the nation’s foremost authority and advocate for the discipline: working for History and historians of all kinds.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a lead advocate for the Society, and work closely with the President, Council and other members of the RHS Senior Management Team to shape and implement the Society’s vision. Together you will oversee the Society’s strategic development, and be responsible for ensuring this is realisable and attained.

The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for the operational side of the RHS with primary responsibility for budget setting, financial and membership management, as well as the development of new funding opportunities and engagement with prospective supporters to make the RHS a more diverse, inclusive and vibrant members organisation.

The role would suit an individual who is prepared to be actively ‘hands on’ and pragmatic in their approach, and to undertake daily tasks, especially in relation to the Society’s operations and organisation.

Who we are looking for

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with considerable experience of running or helping to run a membership organisation or close equivalent.

To be successful in this role you will bring expertise in strategic planning, operational management and financial development within a membership organisation, to ensure the Society’s programme and ambitions are achieved and sustainable.

This role requires financial, operational and strategic input, so we are seeking someone with high levels of financial acumen, business planning, budget setting and operational resource management. Previous successful line management is essential.

Closing date: 11:59pm on Wednesday 11 August 2021
Interviews: Provisionally scheduled for Monday 27 September 2021

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The Royal Historical Society is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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