Vice Principal, Van Mildert College
The Department and role purpose
The Colleges and Student Experience Division includes the 15 Maintained Colleges, Experience Durham, the Student Support and Wellbeing Directorate, and the Wider Student Experience Operations Directorate.
The Vice-Principal will join the senior management team of Van Mildert College, and on occasion deputise for the Head of College. Adept at managing at the operational level, they will play a key role in the smooth running of day-to-day operations, whilst ensuring activities and outcomes align with the strategic focus of furthering the development of the College.
The Vice-Principal will be involved in a wide range of activities under the direction of the Head of College. In particular, the Vice-Principal will take a leading role in working with College students to facilitate and co-create a programme of engaging student enrichment activities which promote and enable intellectual curiosity, personal effectiveness, wellbeing and resilience, and a sense of community and responsibility among students, in line with the University's Wider Student Experience Strategy. This encompasses student involvement and leadership in sport, music, theatre, volunteering and extra-curricular intellectual activities, as well as the Durham Inspired Award. The programme in the College will also draw on the strengths and expertise of other College Officers, as appropriate, working as a team to ensure the best possible wider student experience for all our students. In addition, under delegated authority from the Head of College, the Vice-Principal will conduct student disciplinary procedures and initiatives.
The Vice-Principal will work collaboratively with other College Officers, supporting their areas of lead responsibility as necessary and contributing to broader College life through engaging with students, Senior Common Room members, alumni and other external stakeholders. They will be an integral and visible member of the College community, working some evenings and weekends to support the delivery of College activities and initiatives, including participating in rota duties for the provision of out-of-hours Emergency Cover. At the discretion of the Head of College, the role of the Vice-Principal may include some contribution to the broader Colleges and Student Experience Division or to an Academic Department. The balance and focus of responsibilities of the Vice-Principal will be agreed with the Head of College.