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Director of Careers, Employability & Student Enterprise

The University of Southampton’s mission is to change the world for the better. As a world-leading, research-intensive university, with a strong and high-quality educational offering, it is renowned for its innovation and enterprise and sits within the top 1% of universities worldwide.     

We are looking to appoint an ambitious, engaging and collaborative Director of Careers, Employability & Student Enterprise to lead the Careers and Employability Service, and further develop the provision of excellent opportunities and outcomes for our students and graduates. Reporting to the Executive Director for Student Experience, this new role will contribute to delivering an enhanced student experience, and to the delivery of the new University Strategy. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join a university that consistently achieves a top 25 league table position for Career Prospects.  With a strategic ambition to be recognised as a leading university for employability, we are seeking a Director who will help shape and drive the strategic approach to employability and student enterprise across the University to ensure a best-in-class careers and employability offer as part of the student experience. 

The Director will have significant experience of championing, developing and delivering data and evidence led plans in the support of careers, employability and student enterprise including developing programmes in collaboration with faculties and other key partners, as well as a keen appreciation of current trends and issues. 

Candidates will have a confident and collaborative approach, proven experience of leading and managing a sizeable team, as well as influencing colleagues and partners at all levels.  Candidates will also be innovative and must have experience of delivering change in a large and complex organisation.   

This post is offered on a full time, permanent basis. 

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. 

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. 

As well as additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous holiday allowance and additional university closure days. We will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)*, subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts.    

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