The Chief Operating Officer of the Social Sciences Division at Oxford leads the development and implementation of effective administrative and policy frameworks to underpin the strategic academic objectives of one of the largest groupings of social scientists in the world. S/he has overall responsibility for the strategic, operational and financial management of the division, provides operational leadership and management advice to the Head of Division (Professor Roger Goodman), and supports him in providing academic leadership of the division’s departments and contributing effectively to governance and decision making at University level. This role is part of the Registrar’s senior team, and has a formal reporting line to the Registrar.
The social sciences at Oxford are distinctive for their depth and breadth. Our teaching programmes range from those at the interface of the natural sciences through to professionally-oriented provision, and the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise confirmed Oxford as the UK powerhouse for research in the social sciences with a global reach. With 14 academic departments and one cross-divisional unit, the division has around 1,000 academic and research staff, 500 support staff and almost 5,700 students working at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Our annual turnover is £200m, including £40m of external research income. For more information, please see www.socsci.ox.ac.uk.
You will be an exceptional leader and manager, with a creative and proactive approach to enabling the division’s strategic objectives. The role demands comprehensive engagement with financial and strategic planning, and oversight of academic administration. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as are strong diplomatic skills and the ability to manage multiple stakeholder groups and to plan clearly and strategically in a complex environment.
Educated to graduate level or equivalent, you will have strong intellectual capacity and reasoning, excellent analytical skills and clear, consistent judgement. With extensive experience of working at a senior management level, you will be able to demonstrate a proven track record of strategic planning in a large and complex organisation and of managing organisational change. You will make a significant and effective contribution to the development and implementation of strategy and policy and you will command the confidence of the division’s academic and administrative communities.
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