Deputy School Manager

University of Essex - School of Philosophy and Art History

The Role and Duties

This is an exciting opportunity to join the School of Philosophy and Art History (SPAH), also home to the Interdisciplinary Studies Centre (ISC) in a key administrative role.

The Deputy School Manager supports the School Manager with all aspects of school, course and student administration, and deputises for them in their absence and as required. The role is wide-ranging and the precise duties will vary over time.

The role has specific responsibility for the School’s student services function and will be responsible for managing and developing a high-quality and efficient student administration team. The role will make a significant contribution to shaping the student services delivery model for the School, and will help to establish a culture of excellence in service delivery, sharing of best practice, and continuous improvement. 

The role will work closely with administrators and key leadership roles within the School, the Faculty, and central professional services sections, and as such will contribute to ensuring effective communication and engagement. The role will have responsibility for managing a team of Professional Services colleagues and will guide and support them through their professional and personal development needs, establishing a robust team which is able to respond to change and innovation.

Skills and qualifications

You will be educated to at least A-Level standard or have equivalent qualifications or experience.

The post requires someone with a flexible approach who is able to multi-task, and work both independently and as part of a team. You will be an excellent communicator and will thrive on working in a busy environment, prioritising tasks and meeting deadlines. You will have the ability to develop strong working relationships with both academic and professional services colleagues, solve practical and logistical challenges, have excellent IT skills and experience of using databases, and the ability to lead and manage an administrative team.

At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.

Please use the ‘Apply’ button below to read further information about this role including the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role. You will also find details of how to make your application here.

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