Director Governance

Date: Sep 16, 2022

Location: Saudi Arabia

Company: King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

Position Summary

The Governance Director is responsible for managing and leading the development, implementation and assessment of governance frameworks and systems across the Board of Trustees, Committees, University and all the different entities, projects and initiatives in accordance with leading practices and emerging regulatory requirements. He/she is also responsible for leading and managing board and committee meeting preparation including receiving and handling information, documenting and circulating meeting minutes, among others. The position is also responsible for leading follow-up activities on the execution of board/committee resolutions and action points.


Major Responsibilities

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Setting the goals, initiatives, plans and monitor their execution.
  • Full accountability of the day-to-day activities and operations, including implementation of all policies and procedures, and recommend potential improvements where appropriate.
  • Development and management of financial and human resource requirements (annual budget) of the department.
  • Direct, manage, guide and support employees in the execution of their work and develop them to improve performance.


Functional Responsibilities:


  • Lead the development of governance frameworks and systems (including charters, protocols, reporting requirements, internal controls & policies) across all entities, projects, and initiatives.
  • Lead the review of drafted governance frameworks and systems and provide final-stage endorsement (or feedback) for rollout to the entity, project, or initiative.
  • Lead the implementation of the governance frameworks and systems across the University.
  • Lead the administration of effective systems for internal controls and regulatory compliance, ensuring that entities, projects and initiatives are compliant and remain in good legal standing.
  • Monitor and maintain alignment of governance frameworks and systems (across all entities, projects, and initiatives) with leading practices & emerging regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee compliance to governance across all projects, entities & initiatives, and work with superiors to resolve severe breaches in accordance with Board authority delegations.
  • Lead the review and maintain the statutory books and registers (i.e. Registers of Members, etc…) to ensure these are valid and remain up-to-date and are valid at all times.
  • Provide advice and expertise, acting as an SME, relating to the governance frameworks, systems and leading practices to the different stakeholders (e.g. leadership teams, board members, others, as necessary).
  • Liaise and work alongside external advisors and representatives in matters relating to governance frameworks and systems.

Board & Committee Secretariat:

  • Lead and provide any needed support to the Secretary General of the Board of Trustees.
  • Manage board correspondence and board and committee’s preparation including Board meeting logistics, invitations, meeting agenda and board/committee pack in compliance with internal procedures and board/committee members’ expectations.
  • Validate and circulate board/committee meeting minutes and actions and participate in obtaining stakeholders approval in consultation with concerned stakeholders.
  • Lead the follow-up on board/committee resolutions and action point, ensuring effective identification of any issues and decide on necessary actions to resolve issues as appropriate.
  • Provide support and expertise relating to board/committee charters and governance policies surrounding Board/committee meetings (e.g. quorum) and maintain compliance of meetings by the board/committees.
  • Provide support to the concerned stakeholders to effectively drive the usage of the board software applications, as appropriate, in coordination with relevant teams.
  • Manage the induction training for new board/committee members, ensuring they are provided with adequate support and are on boarded effectively throughout the process.
  • Handle relationships with board/committee members and respond/accommodate for their requests, as appropriate.






  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Governance, Business Law, or equivalent, with a minimum of 12 years of related experience for Director.
  • Experience in managing, arranging, and attending Board/Committee meetings, minute taking, developing, and reviewing governance frameworks and internal control frameworks.
  • Knowledge and experience of local and internal governance practices and requirements.
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred
  • Relevant Professional Certification is preferred.
  • Prior experience of (6+ years) in a managerial role.
  • Proficiency in English (mandatory) and Arabic Language (mandatory).
  • Critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving, minutes taking, understanding of governance, policy drafting  
  • Must be bilingual