Head of Social Sciences – Birkbeck, University of London

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Overview

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Birkbeck, University of London, is excited to announce a unique opportunity for a Head of School of Social Sciences to join our Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

As one of eight Schools, as the Head of School, Social Sciences, you will have the opportunity to work closely alongside the Executive Dean of Faculty, Vice Chancellor and senior colleagues as part of the University’s leadership team, and make your ambitions a reality.

As the Head of School, Social Sciences, your role will include:

  • Providing strategic leadership, aligning the School’s goals with Faculty and University objectives
  • Overseeing day-to-day management of academic staff and efficient use of resources
  • Developing and implementing processes for academic staff review, workload allocation, and mentoring
  • Identifying opportunities for growth in teaching, research, and external partnerships
  • Working with the Vice Chancellor and other leadership team members on specific projects and objectives.

We are looking for a Head of School, Social Sciences, who:

  • Has a strong track record of academic achievement in a discipline relevant to the School
  • Demonstrates strong academic leadership in both teaching and research
  • Has administrative/management experience in a higher education institution
  • Has a good understanding of strategic issues affecting UK and international higher education
  • Has the ability to inspire and foster innovation and initiatives in research, education, and public engagement.

Birkbeck, University of London, is a world-class research and teaching institution. We are a vibrant community of scholars, with a commitment to providing academic excellence. Our Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, established in 2023 and one of three main Faculties, is home to a rich and interdisciplinary environment, spanning from the creative arts through to humanities and the social sciences.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced academic leader to shape the future of the School of Social Sciences at Birkbeck. If you are passionate about driving academic excellence and innovation, we would love to hear from you.

If you have experience or interest in roles such as Dean of Social Sciences, Director of Social Sciences, Social Sciences Department Head, Senior Academic Leader, or Faculty Head, this Head of School of Social Sciences, role could be the next step in your career.

Remuneration

Birkbeck offers a competitive salary and some of the most generous benefits in the sector, all while being located right in the heart of Central London.

Terms of Appointment

Fixed term in role for a period of five years (with a possible extension) after which, an open-ended appointment will be to an academic role at the appropriate level.

Apply

Birkbeck, University of London has engaged the services of Minerva for the appointment of this role. To apply, please send a CV and Cover Letter to birkbeckHoS@minervasearch.com by the closing date of the 6th June 2024.

For an informal discussion, please contact: birkbeckHoS@minervasearch.com.

When submitting your application please include a completed Equal Opportunities form found here: Equal Opportunities Form

General information for candidates can be found here: General Information for Candidates 2024

RIGHT TO WORK IN THE UK

Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered alongside other applications. Applicants who do not currently have the right to work in the UK will need to satisfy UK Visa & Immigration regulations before they can be appointed.   

Further information about Sponsorship and eligibility to work in the UK, can be found on the gov.uk immigration webpages.

OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY

The College is committed to providing the highest quality academic and working environment where all staff, students, visitors and contractors are welcomed respected and treated in a fair, consistent and non-discriminatory manner.  The College is proud of its diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  No one will be treated unfairly because of their sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, carer status, political belief, pregnancy/maternity, social class, gender identity or marital/civil partnership.

Birkbeck is a member of the ‘positive about disability’ Disability Confident scheme and will interview all candidates who both declare a disability within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010 and meet the minimum essential criteria for the post, subject to any limits on the overall number of interviews.

Birkbeck is a member of Advance HE, holds an institutional Bronze level Athena SWAN award, is a Mindful Employers Charter signatory and subscribes to Stonewall’s Diversity Champions.