Master - Emmanuel College

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The College will shortly seek a successor to Dame Fiona Reynolds, who will step down from the post on 30 September 2021. Emmanuel College prides itself on its friendly, open and welcoming ethos and they invite their next Master to build upon and enhance these core values of community and inclusivity. Emmanuel College requires an inspiring leader who shares the College’s values of academic excellence and collaborative governance. The person will have been successful in their chosen career, with the standing to develop the confidence and trust of our academic community.

Emmanuel is vibrant, progressive and diverse. We are looking for a leader who will assist the College to develop further as an inclusive, outward-looking, welcoming and collegiate community.

By Statute the Fellows make up the college’s Governing Body, which meets up to four times a year, with the Master as its chair. They also have an elected College Council, which meets several times each term, of which the Master is again the chair.

On a day-to-day basis the Master works closely with a small number of college officers – in particular the Senior Tutor, Bursar and Development Director – who have executive responsibility for various of our activities. Through regular meetings, officers share information and reinforce collaborative working, with the Master’s role being primarily that of a non-executive chair. Term-time is always extremely busy and the Master’s presence in college is critical for things to run smoothly.

Emmanuel is a registered charity, with the members of the College Council as its trustees, and is subject to supervision by the Charity Commission. In addition, we have various statutory duties with respect to Cambridge University. The colleges work together extensively and help to shape decisions taken by the university and there are a number of inter-collegiate and university bodies on which the Master represents Emmanuel.

The following roles performed by the Master are particularly significant:

  1. Working with the Fellowship, the Master provides leadership and guidance in promoting scholarship and academic excellence, maintaining and improving academic facilities, and planning other developments necessary for the effective operation of the college. This includes sustaining and supporting the vitality, cohesion and collegiate character of the Fellowship;
  2. The Master represents Emmanuel College in the university and to outside bodies, requiring skills in leadership, diplomacy and negotiation;
  3. The Master leads the college’s fundraising activities in close collaboration with the Development Director, developing contact and relationships with well-wishers - both within and outside the college membership - with the assistance of the college Development Director, attends many events both in the UK and overseas, and encourages seeking donations to support the purposes of the college;
  4. The Master promotes the social cohesion of Emmanuel, for example, by entertaining students, staff, Fellows and Emma members, supporting a wide range of activities and regularly presiding at High Table.

The Master is required to live in Emmanuel and is provided with a lodge within the college precincts, free of rent and charges. The length of appointment of the next Master would be for discussion with a successful candidate.

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Closing date: 31 August 2020

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