Director of Strategic Development

University of Oxford - Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Department of Politics and International Relations, Norham Gardens, Oxford

Grade 9: £45,066 - £52,219 p.a. with the possibility of a market pay supplement up to £66,000 p.a.

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in the Department of Politics and International Relations is seeking an individual to take on the role of Director of Strategic Development.

This newly created post will play a key role in building and developing the Institute as a research centre of excellence with a global reputation in both academic and journalistic circles. The postholder will be expected to develop strategies for connecting the worlds of journalism research, policy and practice, and to increase the Institute’s output, reach and resources. The Director of Strategic Development will be vital in shaping strategic direction, forging and maintaining global networks, and identifying and securing funding opportunities.

The successful candidate will provide intellectual leadership, and will design and deliver successful, industry-focused research projects, events and courses to boost the Institute’s revenue and profile nationally and internationally. The postholder will identify emerging issues in the world of journalism and lead the development of innovative approaches to exploring these issues. Further duties include generating new sources of funding, establishing relationships with potential sponsors and writing funding proposals.

The role will suit an individual with significant professional standing in journalism, the media industry, and/or academia and a keen awareness of the key issues in the international practice and development of journalism and its business and public policy implications. Essential criteria also include expertise and a substantial reputation in the news industry and extensive knowledge of the key issues in the international practice and development of journalism, its business and public policy implications. Further criteria include the capacity to develop, plan and implement the Institute’s strategic and financial aims. The successful applicant will demonstrate intellectual leadership, managerial and fundraising experience and evidence of building partnerships enabling the postholder to represent the Institute both nationally and internationally. They will have the intellectual capacity and reputation to engage with the wider academic community.

The role is full-time and is available as soon as possible. This is a fixed-term position for 2 years in the first instance, renewable subject to funding.

The duties, responsibilities and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars, which also contain details on how to apply. If you have any questions regarding the vacancy please contact Kate Hanneford-Smith, the RISJ Administrator (

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Monday 21 November 2016.

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