Top job! Chief Executive Officer

  • Full time
  • £65,000
  • Merchiston Campus in Edinburgh, with regular travel to Craiglockhart and Sighthill Campuses within the city. (On site)
  • Closing 22nd April 2024

  • Advertised from 25th March 2024
  • Hours: 35 per week
  • Holiday entitlement: 38 days (including 10 when ENSA offices are closed)


Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association (‘ENSA’ to our friends) exists to enable students to make the most of their university experience. We do this by representing, supporting, and developing Edinburgh Napier students to be successful in their studies; to try out new things; to engage in, and contribute to university life; to be healthy and happy; to bring about positive change; and most importantly have fun to make it an unforgettable experience.

As our CEO is moving on to pastures new, we are now looking to recruit a new Chief Executive Officer who will lead a motivated and dynamic professional staff of 14 and develop and support our three sabbaticals who, each year, are elected by the student community at Edinburgh Napier. The post-holder will have the opportunity to lead on the development and delivery of a new strategic plan as our Strategy 2021 – 2024 comes to an end.

About the Role:

Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer is accountable for the leadership, management, and sustainability of the Students’ Association, alongside providing support to the Elected Officers enabling them to fulfil their duties to the best of their potential.

In this role, you will be required to coach, develop, and provide leadership to the Students’ Association’s staff and to take responsibility for ENSA’s management and administration within the accountability frameworks established by the Board of Directors.

The role holder will not only be forward-looking, with a continuous focus on improvement but also have a deep understanding and appreciation for student issues and student experience.

We truly believe in the power of diversity and understand that different viewpoints are important to achieving goals, that's why we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and experiences.

For a comprehensive list of duties and full job description, please see the Recruitment Pack PDF.

What we will need from you:

• Experienced working at a board-level, either reporting to, or serving on a Board

• Excellent leadership, coaching and influencing skills to drive change forward.

• An excellent understanding of governance, compliance and university structures

• Writing high-quality reports and policy pieces

• Managing budgets and setting and overseeing internal controls

• Developing strategies and implementing strategic change Forging productive partnerships with stakeholders

Application notes

Application Process:

For all informal inquiries regarding the role, please contact

If you would like to apply for this position, please visit our partners in Talent Acquisition at Edinburgh Napier University here and submit the following through the apply link:

• A cover letter (maximum two sides of A4) highlighting your experience, what you would bring to the role, and your motivation to join ENSA.

• A CV showing your experience to date, highlighting responsibilities and achievements.

Contact details for two referees (at least one professional). Referencing will not be conducted unless successful and referees will not be contacted without prior permission.

Interviews: We envisage a two stage process with the 1st stage interviews being scheduled on either the 2nd or 6th of May.