Chief Operating Officer, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
The Blavatnik School of Government's mission is to inspire and support better government and public policy around the world. Founded in 2010, the School exists to improve the lives of citizens across the world, through teaching, research, and engagement. The School’s highly competitive degree programmes in Public Policy attract some of the most brilliant and innovative minds from over a hundred different countries. After the School has had ten highly successful years, the founding COO, Calum Miller, is stepping down and the School is looking for an outstanding leader to succeed him.
Building upon strong foundations, the new COO will be pivotal to the development of an ambitious and strategic 10-year plan to take the School through its next period of growth. The successful candidate will provide the insight and infrastructure required to enable all those connected with the School to do outstanding work, and will ensure the School’s vision is effectively designed and subsequently embedded in day-to-day practice. They will seek to improve and simplify processes. They will be expected to represent the School at key events, and will work closely with researchers, alumni, partners and supporters. They will be expected to steer and embody the distinctive collegial and collaborative culture of the School.
The new COO will bring depth and breadth of operational leadership experience across a range of functions in a complex and challenging environment. Financially minded, they will bring outstanding relationship-building skills, with the ability to engage, enthuse and influence faculty, senior leaders, staff, and external stakeholders across and beyond the University. They will ideally demonstrate an appreciation of public policy and practice. Strong candidates will be goal-oriented, constantly on the lookout for smarter ways of working, and will bring fine judgement to the role. They will be agile and strategic operators, able to work at pace and command respect at the highest level internally and externally. They will be imaginative, creative and resourceful problem-solvers. They will be fully engaged in and committed to the work and mission of the School.
To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter outlining how you meet the job description and person specification to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on 19 December 2022.
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Interviews at the Blavatnik School of Government will be held on 26 and 27 January 2023.