GLAM Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, University of Oxford


The University of Oxford’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) forms one of the world’s most important groupings of the finest globally-significant cultural and scientific collections. GLAM comprises the Bodleian Libraries, four University Museums (Ashmolean, History of Science, Natural History and Pitt Rivers) and the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum. Each of these institutions, which boast world-leading collections, staff and services, benefits from being located in one of the foremost universities in the world. GLAM’s institutions sit at the heart of the University, aiding and delivering research and teaching, engaging with the wider community and preserving and sharing their unique collections.

The GLAM Registrar and COO has overall responsibility for leading the administrative operations of GLAM, and supporting the Head of GLAM (currently Richard Ovenden, OBE) in providing leadership across the institutions. With a team currently of over 40 staff, the appointee will be responsible for the strategic, operational and financial planning and management of GLAM. Building networks across – and connecting with – the wider university will be key, as will supporting, guiding and advising the Directors of the six institutions, GLAM Board and related committees. Particular priorities will include overseeing the delivery of significant capital and shared service projects, diversifying income streams, and ensuring sound governance and risk management.

The University of Oxford is seeking an exceptional highly-skilled administrator with a strong track-record of delivery, probably gained in an HE environment. Strong candidates will ideally demonstrate experience in or deep appreciation of the cultural sector. Candidates will be energetic and inspirational, with strong interpersonal skills and a belief in collective working. The ability to manage and bring together a broad range of complex stakeholders and think clearly and concisely across intricate environments is also essential.   Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as are strong diplomatic skills and the ability to manage multiple complex stakeholder groups and to plan clearly and strategically in a complex environment.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in developing GLAM in support of the core research and education mission of the University.

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To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter outlining how you meet the job description and person specification to  by midday on the 25th September 2023.  Please note that we can only acknowledge, and process applications sent to this mailbox.

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