Home Bursar, OXCIS



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The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies was founded in 1985 with the aim of encouraging a better understanding of Islam and contemporary Muslim societies through learning and scholarship. The Centre provides a meeting point for the Western and Islamic worlds of learning, and is dedicated to the study, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, of all aspects of Islamic culture and civilisation, past and present. Its purpose-built premises, inaugurated in 2017, combines traditional Oxford and Islamic architectural styles on a 3.25-acre site on Marston Road, Oxford. As a collegiate institution, the Centre caters for the academic, social and residential needs of its members. The Centre welcomes students, senior academics and research scholars through its Scholarships and Visiting Fellowship programmes, and runs lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the academic year.

In an exciting time of growth and development, the Centre is looking to appoint a new Home Bursar. A key member of the senior management of the Centre, and reporting to the Director, Dr Farhan Nizami, the post-holder will lead and manage all operational functions of the Centre. These span Estates, Catering, Conferencing, Accommodation, Gardens, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Health and Safety and Security. Working with Fellows and the Bursary team to develop commercial conferences and events will be a particular focus, as will ensuring that the necessary processes and structures are in place to support growth. The Home Bursar, in consultation with the Bursarial Committee, will oversee and agree future strategy and budgets for the Centre’s domestic provision.

Candidates should demonstrate excellent leadership and interpersonal and communication skills, with a service ethos, customer focus and business acumen. They will have experience of managing a range of operational functions, staff and resources, whilst generating new business leads and cultivating client relationships. The candidate should be able to evidence success in planning and driving growth and enjoy playing their part in day-to-day operational delivery as required. They must be successful relationship-builders, skilled at engaging with staff, students and contractors. The successful candidate must support the Centre’s aims and have an empathy with its core values. They will demonstrate flexibility, creativity, teamwork, and problem solving in pursuit of the Centre’s mission, and play a pivotal role in the next chapter of the Centre’s history.


The closing date for applications, which should be sent in the form of a CV and cover letter, is 19 June 2024.

Applications should be sent to oxcis@minervasearch.com.

The successful candidate will be expected to take up their appointment no later than October 2024.


Right to Work in the United Kingdom

The Immigration, Asylum and nationality Act 2006 makes it a criminal offence for employers to engage someone who is not entitled to work in the UK. Applicants will therefore be asked to provide proof of their right to work in the UK before employment can commence. Please note that original documents will be required. Where such documents are not in English, a certified translation is necessary. Please do not include these documents with your application. A request for the relevant information will be made at a later stage.

Equality and Diversity

The Centre is committed to the principle and practice of equality of opportunity. The Centre seeks to ensure that all candidates are treated fairly and that selection is based on individual merit and selection criteria relevant to the post.