Senior College Warden
Main purpose of the job:
The Senior Warden will work with a range of key staff members to help ensure a positive and responsible citizenship amongst our students, promoting good behaviour on campus and supporting students at risk. Supporting primarily the Heads of Southlands and Digby Stuart Colleges, the Senior Warden will take a lead in managing the processes and activities which seek to anticipate, counter and respond to breaches in the student code of conduct. Where appropriate, they will also work with the Wellbeing and Security teams to respond to students at risk and manage Fitness to Study and other wellbeing-related processes which sit within the responsibility of the colleges.
Main duties and responsibilities:
- Act as Disciplinary Officer of the University and manage a portfolio of disciplinary investigations, as agreed with the Head of College and, where appropriate, acting as liaison between staff departments, between the university and student parents, and with police and other external stakeholders.
- Supporting the Head of College through providing assistance in the running of disciplinary processes managed by them
- Participate in Fitness to Study panels, as agreed with the Head of College
- Manage the College Wardens, ensuring they are working as required and that adequate emergency response cover is provided at all times, and leading them in their proactive work at key points in the university term
- Become part a known part of the college communities, attending events, participating in welcome activities and helping to promote and encourage the values of the university/college within that community
- Develop and lead a programme of engagement activities with students to promote good citizenship across campus
- Work with the College staff teams to promote good behaviour across the campus, through campaigns, initiatives, programmes of activity, flat rep training and support, and through identifying and pursuing opportunities which present themselves
- Attend relevant committees and groups (e.g. Student Life Committee, Accommodation sub-Committee)
- Act as a member of the college team, supporting and promoting the work of all its members in establishing an excellent student life on campus
- Be part of the emergency response team during term time.
Education and Qualifications
- Degree level or equivalent
- Training in relevant areas of work (e.g. student wellbeing, mental health)
Knowledge and skills
- Detailed understanding of the issues facing students today
- Knowledge about campus life and the main behavioural and wellbeing concerns faced by universities
- Personable and a team player
- Ability to cope personally with exposure to situations which may include violent and illegal behaviour
- Ability to engage with individuals coping with mental health problems
- Experience working or volunteering in a relevant field
- Experience working with confidential cases
- Experience managing people with challenging behaviours and/or serious mental health problems
Managerial skills (all managers)
- Experience of managing staff or volunteers
- Confidence in presenting in front of students and staff
- Ability to communicate in writing up to a standard appropriate for formal university processes
- Ability to communicate well in person and to adapt communication style depending on the audience
- Ability to present as approachable for students
- Ability to network well and to establish excellent communications and working relationships with a range of stakeholders across the university.
- Educational and/or professional qualifications in an area relevant to the role
- Experience working in a university campus environment
Salary range: £35,135- £38,051 p.a. The appointment is usually made at the bottom of the range
The appointment is offered on a permanent basis, subject to satisfactory references, job-share/part-time applications will be considered
The annual leave entitlement is 30 days p.a., additionally there are 3 – 4 days when the university closes for Christmas
Your normal hours of work will be 35 hours per week if full-time, plus a lunch break of one hour each day, the role-holder will need to be able to work flexibly in order to take in to account the requirements of being part of the emergency response team.