APPOINTING TO LEAD – EDUCATION IS A SERIOUS BUSINESS, SO IS FINDING THE RIGHT LEADERS
“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.” John Ruskin
Of all the responsibilities which fall to Boards of Governors of today’s educational institutions, appointing the right strategic leaders is probably the most important. In addition to expecting an inspirational leader for the whole institution and all its operations, outstanding strategic leaders are also needed in Finance and Administration, and in crucial positions in Fundraising, Human Resources, Estates and Facilities, Legal, Marketing, Sport and Technology.
For all these appointments, Greenings offers you a team of experienced practitioners eminently capable of finding the best match for the culture and ethos of your institution, as well as the leadership skills which are vital for success in a radically changing and increasingly competitive world. With long experience of domestic and international sourcing for senior positions, established and proven methodologies which are directly relevant to educational institutions, and deep knowledge of independent, state and international education, Greenings is the right company to help you make the best possible choice to secure the future of your school, college or university.
Greenings brings a new standard of rigorous desk based research to appointments in the education sector, which is underpinned by an outstanding network for sourcing and applied through robust methodology – more traditional advertising attracts those actively looking for a new challenge, whilst the thrust of our efforts is focused on finding, engaging with, and attracting ‘passive’ candidates, the high performers - tomorrow’s stars - wherever they may be.
Being acutely aware of the fact that women and minority groups are underrepresented at senior level across the wider education sector, Greenings works to address this issue. We are pro-active in our recruitment and search activity to identify and attract a diverse pool of candidates, and we offer clients detailed analysis and reporting on outcomes.
Principal, President, Vice Chancellor and Head
With significant experience in governing, inspection and recruiting leaders in some of the world’s foremost institutions, Greenings works closely with Boards to define and refine exactly what they are looking for in a new leader, whilst minimising the Board’s distraction and workload in their search for the right person. International search is often the most appropriate solution to the challenge of recruiting an exceptional candidate. This is an area in which we excel.
Post-appointment, Greenings strongly believes in providing mentoring and support for all new appointees, ensuring the appointment is just the first step to outstanding performance.
Bursars, Chief Financial Officers, HR, Legal Counsel and Technology Directors
Greenings’ 26 years’ experience of making high-level placements in the Financial, Estates, Legal and Technology worlds gives us the reach and the resources to find highly qualified and appropriate individuals for these positions, especially those who are interested in exchanging the corporate world for education, with its different rhythms, challenges and rewards. Today’s financial and regulatory climate and increasing student expectations means that education institutions must have dynamic and highly skilled people with appropriate professional qualifications and experience. Greenings knows where to find them, whether currently in the not-for-profit or commercial sectors, and our understanding of the personal qualities needed to ensure a seamless cultural transition means they will integrate smoothly and effectively into your existing leadership team.
Marketing, Fundraising and Alumni and Development Officers
In the last ten years, for obvious reasons, these positions have become highly professionalised. Greenings is extremely well placed to find appropriate and qualified candidates from the business, commercial and not-for-profit worlds, who will know how to transform an institution’s financial fortunes so the focus is on thriving and not merely surviving. An institution’s alumni can be one of its richest veins of opportunity and revenue, but only if these key areas are run professionally and cohesively. The market for first-class fundraisers and marketing professionals is especially competitive across education, globally, so a pro-active attraction strategy is highly recommended.
The responsibilities and liabilities of governors are now such that institutions find it increasingly difficult to recruit the right combination of people, with relevant professional experience, a shared strategic vision and the available time. The strongest institutions recognise the value of Board Evaluation, and Skills Auditing so retaining a search company to conduct a pro-active attraction and selection exercise is vital. Greenings’ broad experience enables us to advise on all these aspects, to enhance a Board’s capability, resilience and success. Partnering with Greenings and our team of practitioners is the start of the exciting process of creating reality out of your vision of greatness.
We very much look forward to working with you to help you identify and ultimately achieve all you hope for (and need) in your next senior level appointment.
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