Department Manager

£42149 - £50296 per annum
Nov 30, 2021
End of advertisement period
Jan 07, 2022
Durham University
Contract Type
Full Time

The closing date for applications is 7 January 2022 at midnight.

The Department seeks to appoint a talented individual to the Department Manager role. The post holder will bring vision; energy and a commitment to leading excellent service delivery for our students and staff and will play a key role as part of the Department's leadership team to deliver and operationalise the departmental strategy.

The Department Manager role requires an excellent all-rounder with the ability to:

  • Work at a strategic level but with an operational focus to support the development and implementation of department strategy in learning and teaching and research.
  • Lead and manage the departmental professional services team both in business as usual and also in ensuring responsiveness to change, maximising administrative capacity to deliver departmental strategy.
  • Act as a key channel of communication between academic staff and professional services staff, both within the department and across all academic, college and other professional services departments.

Working with the Head of Department and the departmental management group, the Department Manager will ensure that the department remains a successful and inclusive learning and research environment. You will make a major contribution to the department's strategic planning process, you will also devise objectives, plans and strategies to respond to departmental, Faculty, and University aims, leading and contributing to projects where appropriate.

You will have demonstrable experience of leadership in higher education, the private sector or the public sector, and in managing complex business activity. You will have excellent interpersonal skills to build effective networks and working relationships within the department, the Faculty, University and beyond - and be able to motivate and develop a team to be similarly engaged. The role requires fostering a culture of continuous improvement, therefore, the ability to initiate, lead and implement change is important.

You will lead a team of professional services staff through either direct line management or through matrix management arrangements. You will also work closely with colleagues in the faculty finance and research teams.

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