Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

University of Oxford - Department of Politics and International Relations

The Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for teaching and research. The study of these disciplines at Oxford has a long and distinguished history and the department is one of the largest in the field in the UK.

The Department now seeks to appoint a Director to the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) at the University of Oxford.  The Director will play a major role in continuing to shape and develop the RISJ with the support of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The position requires a person with energy, strategic vision and judgement to provide academic and institutional leadership as well as to inform crucial wider debates about the role and practice of journalism in the 21st Century. The primary responsibility of the role is to sustain the Institute’s activities and to develop the Institute as a centre with a reputation in both academic and journalistic circles globally. The successful candidate will have a first degree in a relevant subject and the standing to engage with the wider academic community as well as with the world of journalism, nationally and internationally; with the global media business; and with governments and public policy institutions. S/he will be responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the Institute to address short and long-term research strategy, public events and seminars, financial management and fundraising priorities. The successful candidate will be a member of the Department of Politics and International Relations and a non-stipendiary Fellow of Green Templeton College. 

The post will be for a fixed-term of 3 years from 1 October 2018 (or a later date subject to negotiation) and is fixed-term, but may be renewable. The Institute may also consider some flexibility in the contracted hours. The duties and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars, which contain information on additional benefits, and details of how to apply.

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

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 18 May 2018.

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