'People Lab' Director

University of Oxford - Blavatnik School of Government

Do you believe that the “people side” of public service is key to the effective functioning of government? And that human potential should be one of the main priorities for political leaders who seek to deliver improved services for their citizens? 

Are you a highly experienced and motivated leader who can work with senior academics and practitioners around the world to establish and run a centre of excellence for people management in government at the University of Oxford?

The Blavatnik School of Government is establishing a “People Lab” to improve the motivation, responsiveness and effectiveness of people working in government, through collaborative research, direct engagement with the public and private sector, and teaching.

We are seeking a highly experienced and motivated practitioner to direct and co-ordinate the work of the lab and work closely with academics at the Blavatnik School and partners in governments and the private sector across the world. The Director will be key in ensuring the ‘People Lab’ becomes a hub of state-of-the-art knowledge and a powerful network of scholars and practitioners from the public and private sectors who are passionate about improving the public sector workforce.

The Director sets the strategic direction of the ‘People Lab’, inspiring a vision for positive social change, cultivating and managing key relationships with multiple stakeholders, mobilising existing and new resources to support the Lab’s activities, upholding the Lab’s core values, and supporting the Lab’s team to execute the strategy. The work includes all aspects of strategy development, resourcing, operational oversight, reporting, media and external relations, and governance. The Director will organise the involvement of global practitioners and academics with the ‘People Lab’, and curate the development of short courses in this field. 

The successful candidate will be an expert and/or practitioner in public policy, public management or organisational design/behaviour with a considerable international reputation. S/he will have a strong belief in the mission of the ‘People Lab’: to improve people management in government; and an ability to engage persuasively with prospective partners and practitioners on its importance and potential impact. S/he will be qualified to degree level, or equivalent. S/he will have senior management experience, with a proven track record of cultivating and leading successful teams and planning, leading, and executing strategy.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon UK time 3 January 2018. For more details about the post and full application instructions, see: https://www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/professionalandmanagement/

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here: www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening.


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