Assistant to the Vice-Provost and Executive Director

Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle

Employer: Bader International Study Centre - UK campus of Queen’s University (Canada)
Campus: Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN
Closing date: 5pm BST Friday 25 August 2017

The role

We need you to provide high quality administrative and secretarial support to the Vice-Provost and Executive Director (VPED), and the Senior Management Team (SMT).

Your duties will include:

  • Outlook diary management for the VPED and Academic Director (AD)
  • Organising meetings on behalf of the VPED and AD
  • Minute taking at meetings when requested
  • Making travel arrangements for the VPED and AD
  • Assisting the VPED and SMT with administration on special projects and event planning
  • Supporting the Special Projects Officer with administration of events
  • Supporting the BISC communications team with basic day to day management of the website
  • Acting as back-up support to the Administration Office Manager and Academic Secretary.

Who you are

Essentially you are/have:

  • Educated to minimum A-Level standard/BTEC or equivalent, including GCSE, or equivalent, in English and Maths
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • High level of competence with Outlook and Microsoft Office programs
  • Demonstrable experience of assisting a senior manager
  • Experience of managing a busy workload and prioritising to meet deadlines
  • Experience of working on confidential matters and maintaining a high degree of discretion
  • Flexible approach and able to multi-task or switch tasks quickly whilst maintaining focus
  • Happy working in a team as well as unsupervised and using you own initiative.

Who we are

Bader International Study Centre (BISC), located at historic Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, is the international study centre of Queen’s University (Canada). It provides exceptional academic programmes for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students as well as serving as a venue for international conferences and meetings. It is a registered charity. Its wholly owned trading subsidiary, Herstmonceux Castle Enterprises Limited, is responsible for running the gardens and grounds, corporate events and other functions including weddings.

What we can offer you

In addition to salary and holiday pay, we offer other benefits including:

  • Auto-enrol pension scheme with guaranteed contribution from the BISC
  • Opportunities for relevant training and development
  • On-site parking
  • Subsidised meals scheme
  • Free campus gymnasium
  • Access to the BISC lending library: books, DVDs, CDs and more
  • A wide range of free and discounted leisure opportunities either at, or connected to, Herstmonceux Castle
  • A working environment comprising an historic building with beautiful gardens and grounds
  • Friendly, supportive colleagues in the close-knit Castle community.

The BISC is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunities employer.

More information and

How to apply

Click here for a full job description and person specification. If you think the job is for you, please apply to Nicola Taylor at or by post to Nicola Taylor, Administration Office Manager, Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN. 

Required application format: CV (maximum 2 sides of A4) and covering letter outlining your suitability for this role.

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