Director of Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery

Twickenham, London
07 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty: Education, Humanities and Social Sciences: Arts and Humanities 
Starting Salary: £52,132 per annum 
Salary Grade: Band L 
Annual Leave: 35 days per annum 
Hours: 36 hours (full time or fractional by agreement) 
Term: Permanent 

We would also be interested in hearing from applicants who may be willing to take the position only on a job-share or part-time basis. 

The Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery (CSMS) at St Mary’s University was established in 2016 to respond to the increased awareness of the current intensification of human trafficking and slavery cases globally. The CSMS is part of Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ initiative to combat slavery and trafficking, along with Bakhita House (a London-based safe house for trafficked women) and the Santa Marta group for co-ordination with law enforcement, NGOs and governments. The CSMS seeks to support this initiative with relevant research which will feed into anti-human trafficking policy making at the highest level. 

St Mary’s University is seeking a Director of the CSMS to develop and strategically lead the work of the Centre in three main areas of activity: Evaluation and Applied Research; Education, Advocacy and Awareness Raising; and Impact on Prevention, Policy and Practice. 

The CSMS is distinct in its expansive focus across the concerns of social, criminal, legal, political, economic, technological and human rights perspectives. The Catholic ethos and identity of St Mary’s will contribute to the Centre’s unique and distinctive voice in this field of research. The University seeks an appointee equipped to represent the Centre externally, build its capacity and maximise its impact. 

The successful candidate will bring a demonstrable track record of leadership and delivering targets within a dynamic environment. An understanding and passion for human rights is essential, as a significant element of the role will be to advocate across the areas of activity of the CSMS. You will have an understanding of the relevant public policy area and proven abilities to develop research-informed and evidence-led public policy analysis and/or apply research to practical solutions in this field. 

This post offers a dynamic leadership opportunity to further develop the CSMS into an internationally leading centre of excellence by maintaining and expanding the funding base and research and public engagement activity. The Centre has the potential to make a major intellectual contribution to mobilising an effective UK response to the malign global trend. The successful candidate will work with external partners, including the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales and Visiting Professors at the University to strategically lead and manage the CSMS in the three main areas of activity. 

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Closing date: 22 July 2018 at 23.59.

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