Divisional Secretary - Medical Sciences

University of Oxford - Medical Sciences Division

John Radcliffe Hospital

Competitive Salary

The Divisional Secretary of the Medical Sciences Division at Oxford has overall responsibility for the strategic, operational and financial management of the division, provides operational leadership and management advice to the Head of Division (Professor Gavin Screaton), and supports him in providing academic leadership of the division’s departments and contributing effectively to governance and decision making at University level. This role is part of the Registrar’s senior team, and has a formal reporting line to the Registrar.

The Medical Sciences Division at Oxford is distinctive for the depth and breadth of its research. The division’s teaching programmes place an emphasis on rigorous science and research, and are responsive to scientific developments taking place in Oxford and elsewhere. The excellence of the division’s research is recognised by top ranking for overall quality in the Research Excellence Framework.

The division has a long standing partnership with local NHS Trusts, including the NIHR-funded Oxford Biomedical Research Centre with the Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. With 16 academic departments, the division has around 5,000 academic research and administrative staff, and over 3,000 students working at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The division’s annual research income is currently about £340 million and in 2017 the division was ranked first in the world for medicine (clinical, pre-clinical and health) in the THE survey. For more information, please see www.medsci.ox.ac.uk.

You will be an exceptional leader and manager, with a creative and proactive approach to enabling the division’s strategic objectives. The role demands comprehensive engagement with financial and strategic planning, and oversight of academic administration. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as are strong diplomatic skills and the ability to manage multiple stakeholder groups and to plan clearly and strategically in a complex environment.

Educated to graduate level or equivalent, you will have strong intellectual capacity and reasoning, excellent analytical skills and clear, consistent judgement. With extensive experience of working at a senior management level, you will be able to demonstrate a record of strategic planning in a large and complex organisation and of managing organisational change. You must be able to make a significant and effective contribution to the development and implementation of strategy and policy and be able to command the confidence of the division’s academic and administrative communities.

Those wishing to seek further information about the role are invited in the first instance to make contact with the current postholder, David Bryan (david.bryan@medsci.ox.ac.uk).

Please note the closing date for this advert is 12.00 noon on Monday 14 May 2018.


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