Vacancy: Board Member/ Director without portfolio

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As part of ARMA’s continuing commitment to providing professional development opportunities to our members, we are seeking to appoint a new Board Member/ Director to replace David Coombe, who stands down this summer.

ARMA’s Board is made up of up to ten members of the Association, selected for their specific experience, knowledge and skills. Board member appointment is ratified by members, at the Annual General Meeting. Collectively, and as individual Directors, these members are responsible for the governance of the Association, financial management, and compliance with relevant legislation and regulations. The Board is also responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Association, ensuring that member interest remains at the core.

We are seeking to fill the position of Director without portfolio. Directors without Portfolio have a responsibility to ensure that the Association is delivering an appropriate offer for its members. Specific responsibilities include:

  •  Strategy: Looking across all Portfolio areas to ensure appropriate delivery of ARMA’s strategic objectives.
  • Performance: Scrutinising the performance of the Executive Office in meeting agreed goals and objectives, and monitoring the reporting of performance.
  • Risk: Satisfying themselves on the integrity of financial information related to ARMA’s operations, and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible.
  • People: Working with the Executive Office to determine appropriate support and succession planning for the Association’s business.

In order to ensure that the Board is comprised of members at various career stages and therefore represents the broader membership, we are specifically looking for someone who is early- to mid-career, rather than a Head of Office or senior manager.

Applicants should have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a research administration/management role, a good awareness of ARMA and a good and current understanding of the policy and funding environment surrounding research. Added to this, an interest and competence in a particular area of research administration or management is desirable, perhaps reflecting one or more of our Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

It is recognised that applicants may not have prior experience as a Director or Trustee, and therefore appropriate mentoring and support will be provided. Some involvement in more general committee business and decision making is desirable.

This post is unpaid, although all relevant travel and accommodation expenses associated with the role will be reimbursed.

If you are interested in applying for the role, please send Hamish Macandrew, Chief Operating Officer, a covering email and brief CV by 9am on Monday 14th May summarising why you would like to become a Director and outlining the ideas, skills and experience you believe you can bring to the Board. We will then review the expressions of interest we have received, and call you for an informal interview, which will take place in the week commencing  Monday 21 May in Edinburgh.

ARMA is committed to equality and diversity for all its staff and members and celebrates and promotes a culture of inclusivity.

For further information, please contact: Hamish Macandrew, Chief Operating Officer at, Tel 0131 357 9852.

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