Department Academic Officer (Undergraduate)

SOAS, University of London - School of Law, Faculty of Law & Social Sciences

Fixed Term 18 Months

About School of Law, SOAS, University of London

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 role and its responsibilities

We have an exciting opportunity to work closely with administrative and academic colleagues as a proactive member of the School of Law. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing effective and responsive academic-facing administrative support for the School's prestigious LLB programme, in many areas such as coordination of exam marking, developing course proposals, planning teaching, timetabling, management of the virtual learning environment, preparation for examination boards, etc. You will be work with colleagues in the School of Law administrative team, which supports the work of the Department as a whole, and you will liaise with colleagues within the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences and across SOAS, reporting to the Department Manager.

Skills and experience

You will have previous experience of office administration, ideally within a Higher Education context, together with the ability to advise and influence both academic and administrative colleagues alike. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to build strong working relationships with people at all levels and across SOAS, is essential. You will be highly organised, self-motivated and able to identify and implement creative improvements to procedures and systems. You will also ideally have experience of servicing academic committees, including writing minutes and reports, as well as experience of quality assurance processes in Higher Education.

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: 9 February 2017

Please note that it will not be possible for SOAS to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with SOAS, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

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

At SOAS we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.  

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