Departmental Events Administrator

SOAS, University of London - Faculty of Law & Social Sciences, Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy

Fixed term contract for 6 months

About SOAS and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)

SOAS, University of London is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, offering programmes in arts, humanities, languages, law and social sciences. Inaugurated in June 1916, SOAS has had an international reach since the arrival of its first students in February 1917 and is celebrating its Centenary in 2016.   

The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) is committed to the promotion of excellence in teaching, scholarship and research. Through varied degree programmes and course offerings, as well a range of extra-curricular activities, the Centre’s aim is to deliver cross-disciplinary teaching and learning that combines an understanding of key concepts, theories and debates with effective practical skills training. Drawing on the academic expertise of both the Centre and SOAS departments of LawPolitics, and Economics, and leveraging SOAS’ distinctive regional expertise, CISD programmes seek to look beyond the traditional Western-centric approach. 

The role and its responsibilities

As a Departmental Events Administrator you will manage the Centre’s ambitious and high-profile programme of events, including departmental research events, to a high-quality standard, in terms’ 1 and 2 of the academic year. You will be involved in planning, administering and delivering public and research-focussed events, both at SOAS and with external partner organisations, such as the UN.

In addition to this, you will need to act as part of a team responsible for the management and operation of an effective and efficient support service for academic staff within the Faculty, including administrative support to Heads of Departments.

Skills and experience

You will have experience of operating high volume administrative processes and organising and coordinating public events. As a highly organised individual, you will have strong time management skills, with evidence of meeting deadlines under pressure, together with a proactive approach to problem-solving. The role requires an outstanding individual with a strong sense of self-motivation, attention to detail and commitment to excellence in their work.

Further information

As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:

  • 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and School closure days, pro rata for part time staff
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various loan schemes including season ticket loan, IT equipment loan
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial childcare support

To apply for this vacancy or download a job description, please visit

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Interviews will provisionally be held on 04 November 2016

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact

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