Chair, Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission

Body: Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission (MACC)
Appointing Department: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Culture, Media & Sport, Education
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, HR, International Experience, Major Projects
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The appointment is unpaid. Reasonable costs of travel and subsistence within the UK and US to attend Commission meetings and events will be reimbursed, within HMG agreed limits.
Time Requirements: Part time - The role of a Chair involves attending three or four Commission meetings per year, at least two annual Commission events, plus the regular meetings of the Commission’s committees and other ad hoc work requiring a minimum time commitment of 18-20 days per year.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    Expected to be 12th January 2021.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Chair will lead the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, and will have responsibility for:

  • Providing effective leadership of the Commission and ensuring that strong and effective governance is in place.
  • Together with the Commissioners, setting direction for the Marshall Scholarship programme and monitoring performance.
  • Ensuring that the Commission sets a clear vision and strategy for a vibrant and effective Marshall Scholarships programme that is effectively and appropriately communicated, in the context of changes in funding, in higher education and in the UK/US relationship.
  • Effective management of the key stakeholder relationships, particularly with the following:
  • Working closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as sponsoring department, including ensuring close alignment with FCO strategic objectives.
  • The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as managing agency.
  • The Association of Marshall Scholars (AMS) – the alumni association.
  • UK Universities and other partners.
  • Acting as the public face of and ambassador for the Commission, promoting and communicating the Commission’s views as required.
  • Securing the future of the programme through effective university partnership building, including through and with the Marshall alumni network; and by taking other appropriate actions to secure long-term programme sustainability.
  • Co-ordinating and directing the contributions of Commission members presenting different views and opinions, and doing so by establishing good team working.
  • Carrying out periodic appraisals on individual Commissioners’ performance.
  • Acting as the Accounting Officer responsible for the expenditure of public money.



Person Specification

Person Specification

One candidate is sought whose attributes will range across the following criteria.


  • A keen interest in UK-US relations, and a commitment to improve and deepen that relationship.
  • The ability to demonstrate strategic leadership at Board level of a significant organisation in the public or private sector, including the ability to lead and chair an interdisciplinary group.
  • Ability to network at the highest level and an awareness of how to use networks effectively to achieve an organisation’s goals.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • An ability to engage with the best and brightest American students, and a keen concern for their well-being.
  • Ability to seek out and conclude strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders and organisations that can further bolster the scholarship and work of the commission.
  • The right to work in the UK.


  • Knowledge of finance and governance issues.
  • Knowledge or experience working with or on behalf of UK higher education and its institutions.
  • Experience of dealing with Ministers, senior officials and stakeholders.
  • Skills in stakeholder engagement, and monitoring and evaluation of organisational impact.
  • Knowledge and experience of engaging with dispersed and widespread communities and alumni, including through the use of technology.
  • Commitment towards and demonstrated ability in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience or knowledge of fundraising and commercial sponsorship.

At Marshall, we want to represent the breadth and diversity of the UK and particularly welcome applications from candidates from a diverse range of professional and personal backgrounds.


Additional Information

More information about Marshall Scholarships and the Commission can be found at


Diversity-Monitoring-Form (MACC)
Candidate Pack - Marshall Chair 2020
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