College Secretary

University of Oxford - Exeter College

Exeter College (part of the University of Oxford) is seeking to appoint a College Secretary to assist senior College Officers in the execution of their duties, especially those dealing with the governance of the College.

This is a newly-created, senior position, and reflects the College’s desire to adapt to an increase in the scale and complexity of its operations. The post sits at the heart of the College’s administration, and will play a key part in the success of its governance structures. 

In particular, the postholder will provide practical administrative support to the Governing Body (the most senior executive body within the College) and to selected other College meetings, and will support the wider governance work of the College. A key aspect of the role will be to ensure the timely follow-up (including by other members of the College) of actions arising from these meetings.

You should have strong experience of committee servicing and minute-taking, including the ability to digest and accurately capture the essence of fast-paced, complex discussions. In addition, you will have excellent organisation and prioritisation skills, and the ability to work successfully with a wide range of stakeholders (including senior managers). Strong IT skills are a must, as is the ability to take initiative and work independently.

A working knowledge of the operation of an Oxford college or the central University of Oxford would be an advantage, but is not essential.

Salary will be at a point on Grade 7 of the University’s Salary Scale (currently £31,604 to £38,833 per annum, pro-rata), depending on experience, skills and qualifications. Benefits include a generous annual leave entitlement, contributory pension, free lunch when on duty, and optional membership of subsidised dental and/or healthcare schemes.

Further Particulars and details of how to apply are available from or by emailing

The closing date for applications is 12pm noon (GMT) on Friday 18 May 2018 with interviews expected to be held in Oxford on Friday 8 June 2018.

Exeter College is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity

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