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Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer

Contract: Permanent
Location: 28 Bedford Square, Central London
Reports to: CEO
Salary: circa £36,000 to £40,000 per annum according to experience

This post sits at the heart of the organisation and will provide you with a broad overview and insight into the work of the Foundation. The main purpose of the role is to provide high-level executive support to the Chief Executive of the Foundation and the Board of Trustees. Key areas of work include:

  • Supporting the Chief Executive in various aspects of his work, including complex diary management, keeping track of and helping prioritising a busy workload and briefing and preparations for internal and external meetings.
  • Providing executive support for Trustees, including setting up and co-ordinating arrangements for any Trustees’ meetings, drafting agendas and taking minutes.
  • Liaison with the Senior Management Group and supporting their work in leading the Foundation, including coordinating work and activities across all departments. 
  • Enhancing effective internal communications within the organisation through sharing of information, helping plan staff meetings and regular liaison with all staff.

A full list of responsibilities can be found on the job description.

Applicants must have experience of working to an advanced level with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills are essential, as is good numeracy and strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. A high level of accuracy and attention to detail, calm and professional manner and a flexible and accommodating approach to work and to colleagues across the organisation are also important. Experience of working as a PA or Executive Assistant at CEO or similar level is essential. Experience of working in a charity is not required but could be helpful.

Applicants should also show a broad interest in the values and objectives of the organisation and be comfortable in dealing with leading figures in academic and public policy fields. You will often be a first point of contact for a variety of people, ranging from senior judges, vice chancellors of universities and parliamentarians to potential grant applicants (mainly academics) as well as for various staff queries, and an ability to handle each of these equally effectively with discretion and sensitivity will be vital.

This is a busy role in a small and friendly workplace which requires an open and pro-active approach. The Foundation has a national reputation for its work and offers good working conditions.

Standard office hours are Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm although there is some scope for flexibility regarding exact start and finish times.

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