Deputy Department Manager

University of Essex - Department of Sociology

Department of Sociology

We are in the Top 25 Sociology Departments in the world and top-rated in the UK for the quality of our research. We embed our innovative and sometimes controversial research into both our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, linking theory with evidence.

The Department is expanding but there are currently around 33 academic staff members and 2 Research Officers. The Department has nearly 500 undergraduate students, just over 80 postgraduate taught students and around 70 postgraduate research students. The Department has an active Sociology Society run by students for students and a vibrant weekly seminar series during term time that is open to both staff and students.

Due to an administrative restructure an opportunity has arisen within the Department of Sociology for a part-time, permanent Deputy Department Manager starting from October 2017.

The Role and Duties

The Deputy Department Manager supports the Department Manager with all aspects of departmental, course and student administration, and deputises for them in their absence and as required. 

The role has specific responsibility for the Department’s student services function and will be responsible for managing and developing a high-quality and efficient student administration team.  The role will shape the student services delivery model for the Department, and will drive a culture of excellence in service delivery, sharing of best practice, and continuous improvement.  

The role will work closely with the Department Manager and key leadership roles within the Department, the Faculty, and central professional services sections, and as such will contribute to ensuring effective communication and engagement. The role will have responsibility for leading and 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.

Qualifications and Skills required

The successful candidate will hold a good first degree or an equivalent qualification and/or experience.

The role is varied and wide ranging. The successful candidate will have strong leadership, organisational and administrative skills including excellent IT skills. Flexibility, excellent interpersonal and communication skills combined with the ability to deal effectively with competing priorities and deadlines are also essential for this post.

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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