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Associate Director (Sustainable Operations)

  • Fixed Term Contract
  • London, UK
  • 17920

Associate Director (Sustainable Operations)
c. £75,000 plus excellent benefits  

University of the Arts London (UAL) is seeking to appoint to the role of Associate Director (Sustainable Operations). 

UAL is a hotbed of creativity, innovation and invention across the knowledge economy. Drawing together six Colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts, UAL is a fundamental part of the UK’s creative ecology.  Ranked second in the word for Art and Design in the 2022 QS World University Ranking, UAL is hugely international, with a reputation that attracts over 22,000 students from 130 countries, creating a vibrant, multi-cultural community environment. 

Now is an exciting time to be joining UAL to take up this role.  Following the creation of the UAL Strategy 2022-2032, a 10-year Estates Strategy has been developed.  In the next decade we aim to complete the delivery of two major developments for London College of Fashion and London College of Communication (including a new hub for University Services), thus rehousing circa 50% of the UAL population over the period.   We will embark on a period of estate consolidation ensuring that the UAL estate is fit for purpose, sustainable and provides world-class facilities and experience to our students, staff and partners.

University of the Arts London (UAL) recognises that the Climate Emergency is one of the most urgent problems facing society. UAL also recognises the interconnectedness and complexity associated with decarbonisation, which is why the University is committed to using its unique position as a leader in human-centred research and knowledge exchange to influence the creation of a more sustainable future for everyone.

The Interim Associate Director (Sustainable Operations) will direct all aspects of the University's strategic direction for sustainable business operations. The post holder will update and lead the estates response to the University Climate Action Plan, the strategy should decarbonise university operations in-line with commitments made with regard to the Climate Emergency.

With excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, the appointed candidate will need to demonstrable ability to operate successfully with a multitude of internal colleagues as well as external stakeholders.  It is crucial that potential candidates are aligned to UAL’s strategy and purpose.

The role offers a fantastic career opportunity to take leadership of sustainable operations and energy management provision for a world-renowned university with an extraordinary London estate portfolio.  The Candidate Brochure can be viewed here.

The post is initially offered on a 1-year fixed term contract basis.
For a briefing discussion please contact our retained advisors Michael Hewlett ( / 07972579938) and Craig Douglas ( / 07355093394) at MRG.  Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to 
Closing date for applications is Sunday 16th April 2023.

UAL is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments for all staff and students to work and learn – a university where we can be ourselves and reach our full potential. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

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