The Knowledge Partnership has an established higher education interim management practice focused at director level positions covering marketing and communications and related fields.
Our interim directors have a long-standing relationship with The Knowledge Partnership, starting as clients, and they act as an extension to our consulting and research teams. They are encouraged to draw on the company’s wider expertise to address any specific issues that arise whilst delivering the interim service.
It is our policy to present at least 2 CVs for each prospective role to ensure the client can select the individual that best fits the role and the culture.
All our interim managers have held director level positions in at least one university. Their in-house experience includes all types of university from Russell Group to Million+. Our interim team has experience in roles at research intensive universities, in post 92s and in new wave universities with church-based roots.
They have expertise in reviewing marketing and communication departments in a consulting capacity, of re-branding, launching new institutions and campuses, and even creating departments from scratch. We have experts in public engagement, market research, international marketing, digital marketing, and student recruitment. If you feel that having private sector board level experience would be valuable to facilitate B2B activity we can also supply this.
The interim service can run for any length of time to suit the client’s situation. If an initial search for a full-time director takes longer than anticipated an extension can usually be arranged. Interims can work full-time on campus or part-time; clients often prefer the commission to allow for the number of days a week to taper after an initial period.
Interims are used when a director leaves, because of illness, as a result of restructuring, maternity or merger.
The Knowledge Partnership provided the University with a valuable interim appointment to cover the 9 month gap between permanent post holders. The experience and knowledge of the interim director allowed business as usual to continue without disruption and brought an insight which we were able to incorporate into the development of our new strategy
Our service is branded Interim PLUS because you get not just a suitably qualified individual but the back-up advice of our senior team – experts in course development, reputation, crisis management, employer engagement and international marketing. One of our directors will visit the host institution to discuss how the commission is proceeding to ensure the service is meeting the client’s needs.
Our interims do not just hold the fort. They can use our various evaluative frameworks to assess the state of the client’s marketing orientation, internal communications, course portfolio management and reputation. They can and do develop new organisational-level strategies for a vice chancellor’s team, creating a firm basis against which a new job description can be created and the search for fresh talent can be framed.