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Assistant Director – (Legal Services)

  • £61,198 - £64,914
  • Permanent
  • Canterbury, UK
  • 19086

Assistant Director (Legal Services)
Governance and Legal Services
Salary: £61,198 – £64,914 pa with excellent benefits

Canterbury Christ Church University is seeking a highly motivated leader to take on the exciting newly created post of Assistant Director (Legal Services). A fantastic opportunity to Lead a team of legal professionals, fostering a culture of excellence, collaboration, and continuous improvement.

About the University
The University has over 25,000 students, and 1,800 staff. It is a diverse, global and dynamic community. It has recently invested heavily in new Creative Arts and STEM Facilities and jointly operates the Kent and Medway Medical School with the University of Kent.

The University has a large estate including freehold and leasehold interests and offers a variety of student accommodation options to its students. It provides conferencing facilities to third parties and has a historic wedding venue for hire. It has a track record of entering into successful commercial partnerships and other initiatives in order to diversify its income and commercialise its assets.

It is a particularly exciting time for the university. We are at the start of Vision 2030, our new strategic framework, developed in partnership with colleagues, students, the local community and partners. Vision 2030 puts sustainable futures and our students at its heart.

About the role
The Assistant Director (Legal Services) will be a strategic leader with operational responsibility for the University’s Legal Services team.  This is an interesting and varied role with responsibility for providing a full range of legal services in relation to domestic and international commercial matters, consumer law, student matters, and a wide range of property matters including high value transactions, contracts and litigation. Our team is currently undergoing an exciting transformation and as Assistant Director (Legal Services) you will play a pivotal role in its success by leading a service re-design project to review and deliver an effective, digital first, integrated Legal Services provision.

About you.
The successful candidate will be a legally qualified strategic leader with significant knowledge and experience of contracts, corporate governance, information governance, intellectual property, public and administrative, company and charity law. You will have experience of influencing others at a senior level, leading high quality Legal Services team and driving service re-design and continuous improvement initiatives.  You will possess exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to empathetically lead a team, build and maintain trust and to develop effective working relationships within both internal and external stakeholders.

Our Benefits
At Canterbury Christ Church University, we offer a wide range of discounts and benefits to our staff. You will enjoy a competitive salary, excellent development opportunities and a great working environment with a wide range of benefits ranging from fantastic pension scheme, generous annual leave plus closure days between Christmas and New Year to the use of the University’s facilities including the library and fitness centre, which offers an extensive range of sport and fitness opportunities at affordable prices.
The University is being supported on this recruitment campaign by the search consultancy MRG University People.

To arrange a brief conversation please contact our retained advisors:
Sian Gardiner ( and Sherena Otadende (

Applications should be sent to

Date for applications: Sunday 19th May 2024

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