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Chair - The Electoral Commission

Recruiter: The Electoral Commission
Location: UK-wide
Salary: £71,805 for two days per week, plus reasonable expenses
Posted: 29 Oct 2020
Closes: 20 Nov 2020
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Public

This role is a uniquely fascinating opportunity to have a direct and personal impact on the future of our democracy as the Electoral Commission’s next Chair. The Electoral Commission is a body independent of government which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. It works to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity, reporting direct to parliament.

A small yet high-impact organisation, the Commission’s work is wide-reaching and of significant public interest. Its role has risen in importance - for politics, for those administering elections, and for voters. From social media’s impact on political debate to increasing devolution of election powers, its work is at the heart of some of the most passionately discussed topics of the day.

The Commission’s new Chair will play a critical role in leading the regulator through the challenges and opportunities ahead, while building and maintaining trust. In this environment, issues are complex, and views are strongly held. The Chair will shape the organisation’s strategy, bringing their experience, understanding, wisdom, and independence to bear to ensure the Commission acts consistently and fairly, promoting the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion. They will be an advocate for the Commission and its work, ensuring that its decisions are understood and respected by the public, by politicians, by parties, and by the media.

You are an inspiring senior leader with experience working independently and commanding confidence at the highest levels. Credible and authoritative, your communication skills are excellent. You can demonstrate an ability to lead and shape the strategic direction of a complex and changing organisation, communicating issues and decisions accessibly and transparently to diverse audiences. You will impress us with your capacity to exercise sound judgement and to provide impartial, objective, and pragmatic advice, and with your commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, your understanding of the political context, and your integrity.

If this sounds like you, click here to apply or contact Jemima Dalgliesh or Duncan Ewart on 0113 205 6092 to find out more.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 20 November 2020.

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