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Associate Director of Faculty Operations

Your leadership  and strategic vision will transform our faculty operations.

About us

Ranked in the global top 100 and a founding member of the Russell Group, the University of Southampton is a world-leading, research-intensive university. We are proud of our strong educational offering, our award winning research and our global reputation for innovation and enterprise.

We have two exciting opportunities to join the senior team within our Faculty Operating Service (FOS). As Associate Director of Faculty Operations, you will be the critical link between the University Professional Services and your Faculty ensuring effective and efficient support to the academic community, enabling them to develop ground breaking research, and deliver an outstanding student experience. The FOS team is the integral professional service directly involved in running and maintaining the faculty and are key to driving continual improvements and ensuring best practice.

About the role

Working closely with the Dean of Faculty, and reporting to the Director of Faculty Operations you will provide strategic, high level operational support, ensuring delivery of the Faculty and University strategy. Partnership working, across the FOS, other professional services, faculties, academic schools and the wider university community, will be critical to success. As a member of the Faculty  Board, you will focus on the implementation and delivery of strategic  business processes, monitoring progress and performance against targets and ensuring good governance. You will also lead a number of key projects within your own Faculty and the wider university.

The positions available are within the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. We welcome an application for one or both of these vacancies.

Based at the University Hospital Southampton, the Faculty of Medicine is a national leader in medical education, investing in multi-disciplinary research teams and creating opportunities for external collaborations. An ambitious community with a reputation for their expertise in both research and teaching.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities draws together a wide range of disciplines into two high-performing schools across several locations in the cities of Southampton and Winchester.  The Faculty is recognised nationally and internationally for its sector-leading research, education, knowledge exchange and enterprise, which when combined, create a unique environment for the successful development of more than 2,500 undergraduates.

About you

You will have a proven track record of leading teams and taking responsibility for a significant function which contributes to the overall success of the organisation.  With substantial senior management experience, ideally in a higher education environment, you’ll be ready for the challenges of managing significant change. You’ll combine experience of strategic planning, operational effectiveness and project management with effective communication and collaborative working. You’ll also be an innovator, capable of developing new ideas and finding creative solutions to operational issues. The ability to foster partnerships and productive working relationships is vital.

What we can offer you

Working at the University of Southampton gives you access to a wide range of benefits in addition to our competitive rates of pay. Our core benefits include pension scheme membership; a generous annual leave allowance (supplemented by University closure days and public holidays) and excellent family leave arrangements (including maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave). All our benefits can be viewed here.

As a university we aim to create an environment where everyone can thrive and are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work. We welcome applications from candidates who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment. We encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+; and people with disabilities. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates from working class, first generation Higher Education, the Global South and other underrepresented groups.

Committed to supporting our staff and students, we are open to a flexible working approach.  We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly and those who have taken a career break.

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