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Chief Operating Officer (Divisional Registrar), Social Sciences Division, University of Oxford

We are looking for a Chief Operating Officer (Divisional Registrar) to join the Social Sciences Division to make a significant contribution to the success of one of the largest groupings of social scientists in the world.  As the operational partner to the academic Head of Division, the Chief Operating Officer (Divisional Registrar) leads the development and implementation of effective administrative and policy frameworks to underpin the division’s strategic academic objectives.  They have overall responsibility for the strategic, operational and financial management of the division, and for leadership of the divisional team. They provide operational leadership and management advice to the Head of Division, and support them in providing academic leadership of the division’s departments and contributing effectively to governance and decision making at University level.


This post has a formal reporting line to the Registrar and is also part of the Registrar’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT).   The SLT brings together the Service Directors and Divisional Registrars as the key individuals to facilitate the administration of the University as sustainable, targeted to need and effective. This cross cutting responsibility aims to generate balanced planning and implementation of university priorities.  It is also the collective leadership of the members of professional services responsible for their management and development, and working towards proactive talent management. 


The Social Sciences Division is one of four academic Divisions of the University of Oxford, and comprises 15 departments. The divisions and departments operate very autonomously, with devolved budgets and very significant devolved responsibilities across all aspects of University administration and management. As Divisional Registrar for the Social Sciences Division, you will lead the development of the division, working closely with and supporting the academic Head of Division, and Associate Heads of Division. You will be an outstanding leader and manager, with a creative and proactive approach to enabling the division’s strategic objectives. The role demands comprehensive engagement with financial and strategic planning, and oversight of academic administration. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as are strong diplomatic skills and the ability to manage multiple stakeholder groups and to plan clearly and strategically in a complex environment.  


Job Description




To apply, please send a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter outlining how you meet the job description and person specification to by 12:00 noon on Tuesday 6th July 2021.


Interviews will be held on 2 August 2021 and the intention is to hold in-person interviews at our offices in Wellington Square, Oxford.